Miami Beach is such a popular vacation destination and a perfect spot to wind down and relax…or to go wild and hit the party scene. But with so many beachside hotels, a never -ending selection of clubs and bars, restaurants in every corner, countless water sports and activities to choose from — it can be overwhelming trying to plan your Miami vacation. So, of course, I created a Miami Beach travel guide for you because I love you all so much and I want to make your next Miami visit a breeze!
What To Do
Hit The Beach
Literally the best and most obvious thing to do in Miami! The beaches are an absolute dream with their warm and clear turquoise water you’ll never want to leave until your skin is all wrinkly haha. P.S. South Pointe Beach is my favorite!
I’ve jet skied in a lot of places but Miami is my absolute favorite for this activity. I suggest going to Biscayne Bay because you get to ride through some very luxurious properties and islands. I even encountered dolphins the first time I did it. You can find amazing deals on Groupon!
Another one of my favorite water sports/activities! You get to see the Miami shore and city skyline from above and it’s an absolute beauty! I booked my parasailing trip with Loews Hotel.
Walk Along Miami Beach Boardwalk
Such a beautiful and scenic pathway, perfect for a sunset stroll. You get ocean views on one side and lavish hotels, condos, and restaurants on the other.
Bike Along South Pointe Park
If you don’t care for jet skiing or paragliding, I strongly suggest that you at least bike through the city so you can catch that Miami Beach vibe! It’s so easy with CitiBike, they have rental stations everywhere. I love to bike down all the way to South Pointe Park!
Day Trip To Key West + Snorkeling
Key West is a popular destination in itself but you can make it a day trip from Miami. It’s the southern most point of the entire country and it’s only about 100 miles away from Havana, Cuba. You can rent a car with Expedia or book a boat tour and head down to the Keys for some snorkeling or scuba diving.
If you want to dive deep into the culture then head over to Little Havana. You can walk into cigar shops where the locals will teach you all about them, you can indulge in the delicious cuban food, or just walk down Calle Ocho and appreciate the vibrant art and culture.
A spot in the city that features huge, colorful street murals and graffiti from artist around the world. Wynwood Walls is such a fun place to take pictures!
The cutest pedestrian-only street with peach-colored building that were inspired by romantic Mediterranean villages from Spain and France. You can visit this spot for cute hotels, restaurants, and boutique shops.
Vizcaya Villa (Museum & Gardens)
I personally did not get a chance to visit this estate but I’ve hear that their gardens and sculptures are absolutely stunning! You can get your tickets here.
Gold Mammoth at Faena
Faena is an upscale beachfront hotel that has the cutest Gold Mammoth sculpture — it’s super popular on Instagram! Perfect for a photo-op!
Shop at Lincoln Road
A very stylish and bustling promenade with chic retail shops and sidewalk cafes. It’s the cutest shopping center! You don’t even have to shop, you can just go for a stroll or to people watch and you’ll still find it very enjoyable.
- Broken Shaker – chill vibes, outdoor area, perfect to sit down and socialize while enjoying a couple drinks.
- 1 Hotel – rooftop bar, upscale, relaxed vibes.
- Mango’s – fun nightclub with latin vibes and live performances, perfect for dancing. The club has different rooms, each playing different music genres.
- Ball & Chain – live music venue with Cuban-style food & drinks.
- Story – neon-lit nightclub that offers 5 bars, large dance floor, and celebrity performances.
- LIV – trendy nightclub where DJs spin at parties and attract celebrities.
- E11EVEN – one of the hottest nightclubs, open 24/7, was featured in “Jersey Shore: Family Reunion”
- El Patio – outdoor spot for relaxed socializing, playing latin music.
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Where To Eat
- Front Porch Cafe – my favorite breakfast spot on Ocean Drive
- Big Pink – retro hangout with comfort food and late-night hours
- FL Cafe – bistro offering American, French, Italian, and Latin-style dishes
- Malibu Farm Beach – organic American cuisine with ocean views
- The Social Club – Southeast American breakfast inside a hotel space
- Bodega Taqueria y Tequila – the best taco spot EVER with speakeasy bar (pictured above).
- Time Out Market – all the best food in Miami under one roof, such a great vibe (pictured below).
- Havan 1957 – delicious cuban food
- Taquiza – more tacos never hurt nobody
- The Betsy Ventanita – little ice cream window shop
- Joe n the Juice – you’ll find this juice spot around the world but the one in Miami is so cute (pictured below)
- Snow Social – shaved ice is perfect for that Miami heat
- Miami ‘N’ Ice – another shaved ice option
- Dreamer Acai Juice Matcha – the cutest and most instagrammable cafe
Other Helpful Tips
- A lot of restaurants and bars in Miami include an 18% tip without letting you know so make sure you check your bill and avoid tipping twice.
- Stay in Miami Beach/South Beach area. It’s super centered and pretty much everything will be walkable.
- Miami can be pretty expensive but if you want to save money stay at an Airbnb and avoid dining in touristy areas, like Ocean Drive. You can get $40 off your first stay with Airbnb by clicking here.
- I suggest flying into Miami International Airport (MIA) instead of Fort Lauderdale. It’s so much closer to the city! Avoid paying extra for ground transportation. Trust me, it’s less hectic.