For Americans, one of the great things about Miami is that you can get there pretty inexpensively, especially if you use frequent flier miles, but you feel like you've been transported to another country because everyone is speaking Spanish, French, Russian, German, and British English. Plus there are the New York and New Jersey accents which are nearly as foreign to me. We visit South Beach every other year or so to escape the gloomy Pacific Northwest winter rain. The past five nights went by in the blink of an eye. Now it's back to boots and scarves and long coats.