Miami and South Florida have Caribbean rhythms flowing on the roads, over the airwaves and at night when these five clubs open their doors playing salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton. Music makes the world go round, and the Hispanic influence is no more apparent in South Florida than when at a night club--seeing everyone moving beautifully and smiling, laughing and enjoying themselves. Any tourist wishing to go sight-seeing in Miami should attend any of these clubs which are in great areas of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
1934 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33020
Close to the Central Business District in Hollywood, the lounge plays Latin music all night long and encourages customers to move to the beat. The elegant location dazzles with room for everyone and then keeps people there for a long while with choreographed shows, belly dancing, capoeira, samba and a fire show called Xango. It is guaranteed to prevent people from sitting down while at Spice but will make them want to sit down at the end of the night after dancing for so long.
Yuca Restaurant & Lounge
501 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Since 1989, Yuca Restaurant has occupied the same location in Miami Beach. During the week, it serves customers delicious food, but on Salsa Wednesdays and Fridays, it is only about enjoying the sea air, the tropical breeze and a live DJ. Salsa classes are also offered to anyone who wants to learn and everyone loves to try at least one class. Yuca transports customers into an atmosphere of luxury and elegance with its panoramic windows which overlook Lincoln Road. Anyone who enters will be sad to leave after feeling so welcomed and joyous, dancing with friends.
Avenue D Jazz & Blues Lounge
8 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
The creators of Avenue D have tapped into Miami's past as the lounge's location was once along Flagler & Avenue D in the 1920s. It then became the Burdines department store and the once great name is still written on the entrance doors. Jazz, blues and Latin jazz bands play at Avenue D throughout the month with DJs playing Latin music on specific days. The layout of the establishment is similar to a sultry jazz club with dim lights, a high stage and wood floors. The key is being in the center of Downtown Miami and feeling the mix of the urban landscape with the rhythms from the band.
Open Stage Club
2325 Galiano St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Located off of Miracle Mile and Alhambra Plaza, Open Stage Club attracts amateur and professional artists to come and share their talents with an audience. The club also holds "Latin Flavor Fridays" where regulars and the interested can dance all night long to Latin music. Even artists who wish to sing Latin music can join the band and treat the crowd. One doesn't have to sit at home watching reality talent shows to see singers pursuing their dreams of being on stage and entertaining.
7000 W. Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33433
A trip to Oasis Nightlife to go dancing is definitely worth traveling any distance because the experience will not disappoint. The establishment brings musical events with Latin dance troupes and current reggaeton acts. The layout is beautiful with wondrous lighting and room to house many dancers whether experienced or beginner. No doubt about it, it will be a great time and after walking out, you will already be planning a return trip.
Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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