Things to do, see, eat, and where to stay.
You need to add Miami on your list of places to vacation. It is rich with Cuban and Latin culture, amazing food, great night life, and beautiful beach and pool hangout spots that truly make you feel like your in Tulum. Every time I go, I never want to leave. My most recent trip was my fifth time to this beautiful city so it only felt fitting to finally do a travel guide on the blog.
Best times of the year to visit & Airports
It’s best to visit Miami between April – November because it’s their dry season and the perfect temperature for a beach holiday. Flying into Miami International Airport is the easiest to travel into for easier travel to and from the airport! You can fly into Fort Lauderdale but expect to travel a bit further to and from the airport if you find a cheaper flight into FLL. Another thing to note is that if you are a huge fan of flying Southwest, you can only fly in Fort Lauderdale because they do no fly into the Miami airport.
Where to stay
When planning your vacation to Miami figure out the vibe you are wanting to go for because there are 3 locations you can look to stay — South Beach/Mid Beach, Downtown/Brickell, and the Design District. We stayed at an Airbnb for my bachelorette trip and the most recent bachelorette trip I was at in South Beach on Collins Ave and everything was in walking distance for the most part which allowed for easy day time trips to get coffee, shop, and enjoy the Miami scenery.
South Beach + Mid Beach
South Beach is the main location for tourists to visit. There are tons of shops and restaurants and is a beautiful place to walk around and soak in the urban lifestyle. Mid Beach is very similar to South Beach but a lot more quiet of an area if you’re looking for some peace at the beach. Driving around South and Mid Beach can be pretty difficult, so be ready to be on your feet walking for a quicker way to get around!
Downtown + Brickell
Looking for luxury? Brickell is the perfect place for you. Brickell is more residential but there are really nice and luxurious places to stay in the area. Just slightly north of Brickell you’ll be Downtown. Downtown Miami is where you’ll find the most history of the city. There are landmarks to check out, and great shops and restaurants to visit. Downtown is the place for you if you’re looking for museums, parks and tourist attractions to visit.
Design District + Wynwood
If you love fashion, art and architecture then the Design District is where you need to be! The Design District is a few miles across the Bay from Mid Beach, so it’s a lovely drive no matter which side of the bay you stay at. The Design District is filled with art galleries, showrooms, vintage stores, and tons of shopping. Dress your best and get ready to have your picture taken with all of the beautiful structures and architecture!
I would look on Airbnb or VRBO if this is the area you want to stay in because they are not many options for hotel stays.
Where to eat
Vice City Bean
II Dante Caffe**
Cachito Coffee and Bakery
Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar
Eternity Coffee Roasters
Panther Coffee (you can find them almost everywhere)
Suite Habana Cafe
The Salty Donut
Breakfast + Brunch
Pinch Kitchen + Bar
Three & No. 3 Social**
The Palace (drag show and brunch)
Bacon Bitch (plan ahead because it gets super busy)**
The Front Porch Cafe
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar**
The Local House
The Social Club**
R House Wynwood
Casablanca on the Bay
Gianni’s At The Former Versace Mansion
Puerto Sagua Restaurant** (MUST EAT CUBAN SPOT)
The Surf Club
Half Moon Empanadas
DBakers Sweet Studio
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
El Rey De Las Fritas
Three X Social
Old Havana’s Cuban Bar & Cocina
Everglades Gator Grill
Amara at Paraiso
Kiki On The River
Pool/Day Clubs – Nikki Beach, Kiki On The River, Daer Day Club, Strawberry Moon, Delano Beach Club, Hyde Beach Club, Mondrian Pool, Fontainebleau Joia Beach, 1 Beach Club, The Shelborne South Beach, Savoy Beach Club, and Baia Beach Club. A lot of these require planning in advance to book a reservation/day pass or table/cabana.
Boat Day – On almost every trip out to Miami, we book a boat to do one of the days. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. So many coves you can ask your driver to take you to and the view of the city is unreal on the water.
Shop – There is shopping up and down South Beach and if you are lucky you will run into a pop-up for Shein, Pretty Little Thing, and more. Then the Design District and Wynwood is a great area to do a full day of shopping and eating.
To be completely honest outside of nightclubs, I have not done much so this will be a full list of nightclubs. Cover fees can range from $40-$80 depending on the weekend and if a guest performer is showing up.
El Patio Wynwood
Do Not Sit On The Furniture
Things to do Outside of miami
Boca Raton – Head to Boca Raton for peace, nature and relaxation. It is about a 1 hour drive north of Miami.
Fort Lauderdale – It is about a 45 minute north of Miami, you expect more luxury shopping and restaurants. Another great option for day clubs and nightlife.
Delray Beach – filled with arts and galleries, and it about an hour drive north of Miami.
Miami is filled with amazing things to do, whether you’re on relaxing vacation, on a bachelorette party, birthday party, or there ti emerge yourself in the culture. The nightlife is unbelievable and nothing beats the ocean views. The combination of city and beach life will have you never wanting to leave. Enjoy your Miami vacation!