Sometimes the only getaway you can get away with is 48 hours in a different city but whether you have two weeks or two days, Miami should be on your short list of vacation destinations. Here are my tips for squeezing the most out of a brief weekend in beautiful Miami.
Stay In South Beach
You should plan to explore downtown Miami, especially the Design District but I’d recommend staying at a hotel in South Beach. South Beach offers white sand beaches, Art Deco buildings, glittery nightlife and trendy daytime hangouts. It’s what you imagine Miami to be like.
We decided to stay at the unique, trendy oasis 1 Hotel South Beach and fell absolutely in love with it. The rooms (and the entire hotel for that matter) are designed to feel like a retreat. Think natural materials, white linen and lots of greenery. The hotel was so enjoyable in fact that we spent all of Sunday at their adults-only rooftop pool. We literally just had to press a button on our lounge chair and a server would come right over to help us. Between dips in the pool we ordered breakfast, lunch and a few beachy cocktails. We even came close to reconsidering our dinner plans when by 2PM there was a DJ playing and hundreds of beautiful people dancing and socializing by the pool.
Tip: plan on arriving early to reserve your spot by the pool & definitely order the Be My Hula Boy!
Experience Vibrant Little Havana
Miami’s Cuban culture has centered itself in Little Havana. The main drag Calle Ocho is where you’ll find authentic Cuban sandwiches, an abundance of cigar shops and get the chance to observe a few fiercely competitive rounds of dominoes played by old men and women.
We stopped at Ball & Chain, a great open aired space with live music that once served as a dance club in the 1930’s. Tip: order a mojito here. They process the sugarcane right at the bar & it was the best drink we had all weekend! After Ball & Chain we explored the strip, picked up a cigar and indulged in some Cuban food.
Get Your Art On At Wynnwood Walls
Wynnwood Walls is located in an artsy neighborhood that was formerly a warehouse district; the perfect canvas for the world’s leading graffiti artists. The giant, colorful murals and incredibly detailed, yet sprawling wall art will leave you very impressed. Tip: snap more than a few photos here!
Enjoy Miami Beach
To be honest, we didn’t spend much time at the beach. There was so much to see and do, and we had a really hard time leaving the hotel pool! So here’s a few things you could do: walk the Miami beach boardwalk, rollerblade down Ocean Drive, stop and eat at famous Joe’s Stone Crab.
- Byblos restaurant for a nice dinner
- Niu restaurant for some tapas. This was my favorite meal!
- Sugar rooftop bar in Brickell (careful, there are three places in Miami called Sugar and we found out the hard way)
- Wood Tavern for a casual place to grab drinks in Wynnwood
Miami truly exceeded my expectations. It’s a vibrant city brimming with interesting people, places and cuisine. I’m already dreaming about our next visit. If you’ve explored Miami I’d love to hear in the comments what your favorite activities were!