It is not a bad idea to cut some time off the beach and visit three museums that offer the latest works in modern and contemporary art in South and North Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum of Art in South Beach (2121 Park Avenue), presents, year round, exhibitions of its impressive permanent and of international traveling collections. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The permanent collection includes pieces as diverse as Haitian Art with works by Edouard Duval-Carrie to Botticelli's altarpieces.

One of its most applauded exhibitions was Retratos, showing 2000 years of Latin American Portraits painted by masters like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Francisco Bottero and less known painters. Check out at www.bassmuseum.org ) for the current exhibition schedule.

In North Miami Beach, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at 770 NE 125th Street ( www.mocanomi.org ) will definitely suffice your needs for contemporary art. Its permanent collection includes works by John Baldessari, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Julian Schnabel, Zoe Leonard, Uta Barth, Teresita Fernandez, Mathew Ritchie, Raymond Pettibon and Yoko Ono.

This year's exhibition schedule include Bruce Nauman's works of light, performances and exhibitions by Pablo Cano, and a collections of installations showing Merce Cunningham’s collaborations with visual artists from1998 to the present

South Beach is home to the WEAM -- the World Erotic Art Museum at 1205 Washington Ave.  Its open daily from 11am until 11pm so there is plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the museum.  Situated in the heart of South Beach art deco district, the museum boasts 15,000 sq ft filled with the world's largest collection of erotic art, with thousands of historical and contemporary pieces.  Click on www.weam.com for more information.

Miami is also one of the three host of the annual Art Basel International Art Fair held each December each year.