Bienvenidos a Miami!
With this all-in-one guide to Miami, you’ll be hittin’ the beach with a drink in your hand with total ease.
Picture it: palm trees lining the main streets, sandy cheeks are part of your outfit and Cafe Cubanos (just ask for one, seriously) and mimosas are a normal way to get your day started. The sand is sour cream white and there’s picturesque lifeguard houses everywhere, and not to mention amazing food!
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After Hurrican Florence forced my friends and I to a last minute, whirlwind Miami trip, I decided to put together this all-in-one guide so you can get a taste of just how great it was!
One of the best ways to see the sites, and becoming increasingly popular, are taking hop-on hop-off tours! This tour taking off from Downtown Miami takes you to the places I mention below, with Coconut Grove added on! Tours are convenient so you don’t have to rent a car or pay for Ubers all day!
Best time to travel here – September is a prime time to go, since everyone else is just off their Summer breaks and back into the swing of things, you get the whole place to yourself. The weather is beautiful – not too hot or humid, but still pretty warm and perfect for beach days.
Best place to stay – Boulan South Beach hotel, directly across the beach, private beach access, free golf cart valet service, prime location and beautiful rooms.
This location is central to anywhere you need to go and within walking distance from everything! There’s a Walgreens just down the street too so you can grab essentials.
We spent most of our time wandering the two main strips of South Beach. The food in this city is spectacular, especially the seafood. Since I am quite a foodie, this all-in-one guide to Miami is definitely going to be centered around food.
Around South Beach & Collins Park
Naked Taco Amazing food, service, and t-shirts that play off of their name. Get the lobster enchilada with chihuahua queso, add crab, you’re welcome.
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. Unique retro drinks and exceptional food!
The Social Club at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel Brunch and more brunch. They have amazing Cubanos too!
Orange Blossom Attached to the hotel we stayed at, and they have amazing waffles and mimosas! Upscale yet casual, and right across from the beach!
Miami Mojito Company Directly across the Wynwood Walls entrance you are suddenly in a jungle with King Kong waiting at the door. Walk inside and be introduced to a tiki bar with AMAZING mojitos! Their coconut mojito is to die for.
Le Chick This is where you come for the best brussel sprouts you have ever had. Trust me I HATE brussel sprouts. They are the bane of my existence. But these….these are awesome. They have mac n cheese, burgers and other comfort food with a classy vibe.
What to do when you aren’t letting your blood turn to alcohol?
South beach has such soft white sand! What else should we expect from this far south in Florida? The boardwalk is super long and stretches around 50 blocks or so, making it a great night walk and bar hopping cruise.
Holocaust Memorial & Botanical Garden
I had picked a later flight than everyone else so I could see more of this iconic American city (as if I was going to pass up more adventure). It was HOT and dragging my suitcase around was miserable but I’m so glad I did it. The memorial is so incredible to see. I can’t really describe how it felt seeing it; I guess just as any memorial like that is supposed to make you feel. Right behind it are the Miami Botanical Gardens, and boy was I impressed. It’s beautifully laid out and they have such interesting plants and trees!
These are famous for a reason. Not just the displays, but the whole area of Wynwood has wall murals. The artists being showcased at the Wynwood Walls are just simply talented. Walking through the gate, there will be art you have never seen, with a building full of more art on display and plenty of photo ops!
City of Miami
After the memorial and gardens I took an Uber into Miami and hung around Little Havana until it was time to leave for my flight! I had 3 more hours to kill and that was plenty of time to explore the main strip.
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Not surprisingly, this was my first and main attraction to Little Havana! They have so many different flavors, I tried the weirdest one I saw and it did not disappoint!
Calle Ocho Walk of Fame
These stars are dedicated to iconic Cuban and Latin idols and public figures.
So many Cuban treats and baked goods! Also an iconic gem of Little Havana.
Little Havana Visitor Center
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Right across the street I saw cute old men smoking cigars (surprise) and playing dominos. Come to find out this game is a national pastime. Tables are put out on the street to play all day long.
Finish your trip off with some souvenir hunting! We didn’t do much shopping and I really don’t spend time on my trips doing that, but I’m glad I stopped in here. Probably one of my favorite stores I’ve been in, and there’s a lot, is La Isla. Support the local artists and grab a souvenir that creatively depicts iconic scenes of Cuba. T shirts, hats, mugs, you name it. His handiwork is on almost every piece of clothing and item in the store.
The culture here is very rich and there’s always something going on. The seafood week festival in October is incredible and worth every penny! Miami is whatever you make out of it. A relaxing getaway, a good time you won’t remember, or a total foodie haven. Whatever it is for you, it should be on your Miami bucket list!
Hopefully this all-in-one guide to Miami will make your decisions easier, and you’ll be able to give your man an answer when he asks where you want to eat! Go ahead and save this post to Pinterest so you can come back to it while you’re there!
If you need any tips on packing for Miami, check out my carry-on packing guide which includes my favorite water shoes!