Miami Beach Makes New York Times List of Top 52 Places to Visit in 2015

The New York Times hasn't been particularly kind to Miami in recent months. Back in August, the storied publication skewered our fair city with an ill-advised editorial by Miami native Pamela Druckerman. Druckerman lambasted the city's lack of culture with an appalling absence of insight.

But that's in the past, and all is forgiven. We're snubbed, no longer! The newspaper recently saw fit to include Miami Beach in its list of 52 places to visit in 2015.

Okay, so Orlando came out ahead of us, but we still earned a spot -- and we can take a compliment.

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Miami Beach came in at number 45 on the lengthy list, wedged between two Chinese cities: Shanghai (46) and Chengdu (44). Orlando came in at number 13.

The paper led the section with the headline: "A white-sand spot is getting seriously fancy." The write-up centers around the upcoming Faena District, a mega development scheduled to open north of South Beach this summer. Names are dropped: Baz Luhrmann, Ian Schrager, Norman Foster, Tommy Hilfiger. Superfluous adjectives used: unprecedented, gleaming.

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While it would have been nice if something other than sprawling development had earned some attention, we won't look a gift horse in the mouth. We'll take the honor, because Miami Beach is worth visiting in 2015, for many reasons that are less about condos and more about creative cuisine, interesting people, and insanely awesome events.

Oh, and as a footnote to the summary, they included a comment from a Facebook fan. When asked what she loved to do in Miami Beach, her answer was: "Hang out at the Standard Spa for the day. Plunge in the ice cold pool, then warm up poolside as you feel your worries melt away."

Bring on the piña coladas.

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