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Once In Miami, Visit Some Of Its Most Unusual Attractions

Taste the World’s first avocado wine at Schnebly Redland Winery: At the southernmost winery in America, you wouldn’t find any Sauvignon or Merlot, instead, you can treat yourself to a tropical selection of wines handcrafted from Lychee, Mango, Passionfruit, Coconut and for the first time in wine history, Avocado! The winery will drive you away in a luxury oasis filled with palm trees and trickling fountains offering daily tours around its stunning property, where you can learn about its fascinating wine-making process, you can also taste the wines and visit a great restaurant on-site serving a selection of tropical flavors to match its bold wines. 30205 SW 217 Ave., Homestead, FL. 33030. (305) 242-1224.

Visit an ancient Spanish Monastery: Recognized as one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, the Bernard Clairvaux Episcopal Church. First constructed in 1141 in Segovia, Spain, is a must-visit for art, history and architecture. The story is that William Randolph Hearst, the late American newspaper publisher, businessman and politician, bought the dilapidated monastery in Spain in 1925, and shipped it to the U.S. in 11,000 crates for it to be restored to its former glory. Today the Monastery serves as a parish for the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida, and it’s open to the public for a small fee. 16711 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL. 33160. (305) 945-1461.

Dive to underwater city built for the dead: Based on the Lost City of Atlantis, Neptune Memorial Reef, an underwater labyrinth of stone roads, carved lions and enormous Roman columns, is a 16-acre (six hectares) cemetery that sits 40 feet (12 meters) below the surface of the sea. The memorial serves both an artificial reef and a final resting place for famous divers. Underwater aficionados come here to pay their respects to the greatest diving heroes, (whose cremated remains are cast into concrete memorials). They’re also able to explore a great variety of marine life that now call this underwater metropolis home! Approximately 3 miles off the coast of Key Biscayne, 1801 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33306. (954) 630-3279.

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