Miami was always one of my dream destinations and I’m super excited to finally have made this dream come true. It was everything I imagined, from old cars to luxurious mansions. In this city, you breathe luxury and art wherever you go.
Vacation in Miami is not as expensive as many people would think, (of course it depends on the type of vacation you want to do). We booked with plenty time ahead and since now it’s low season, it all came out very economical.
The hotel included breakfast, which was exquisite and varied. It was also very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We did not need a car rental, except the day we went to the Keys, although there is an excursion that takes you by bus, however we wanted to do drive. In the city, you can take public transportation, some are free.
There are many places that you can visit in Miami. You will get carried away by the magic of the city and for sure you will not regret it. Here I leave a guide of the best places we visited. If you have any question, please ask me.
Where can you stay?
The Marlin Hotel: This hotel is incredible and very central. If you are looking for a place somewhere in the heart of South Beach, this is ideal. The rooms are clean and with good lighting. The hotel is located approximately 4 min from the beach and all attractions are relatively close.
Where can you go?
Art Deco District – Its architecture is of beginning of 20th century.The combination of the beach, palm trees, charming hotels, restaurants and nightclubs make this place a must stop.
Villa Casa Casuarina – As a curiosity you can visit the residence of the renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace. A fascinating place.
Miami Beach – The beaches are a delight and its fine sand, just spectacular. One of the curiosities are the lifeguard stands all along the beach.
Wynwood – It’s a very nice area where you breathe art wherever you go. You can walk quietly through its streets and it has many restaurants where you can eat very well.
Coral Gables – One of the most expensive neighborhoods in Miami. Great Mansions, expensive cars and very good restaurants. Ideal for walking.
Cocowalk – Very nice walking area. It’s a bit more quiet, ideal if you want to escape the hustle of downtown and the beach. You can not miss the harbor area, it’s spectacular.
Brickell – This is the downtown area. Spectacular skyscrapers, with amazing views from the bay. Very quiet and is another area where you could also walk.
Vizcaya Museum – A work of art. A place to clear your mind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The museum takes you to Europe.The gardens are fascinating.
Perez Museum – If you love of art, you cannot miss this site. A very interesting building, with several artists, meetings and temporary exhibitions that are changed periodically. The restaurant is very good. Nearby is also the science museum.
Key West – From Mami, it’s about 5 hours driving, but absolutely worth it. The whole trip is very nice, the colors of the sea are lovely. Then, on arrival you have many activities. You can visit Hemingway’s house or go scuba diving as well as do many more water activities. In Key West, there are several excursions (I really enjoyed the boat tour that you take out to sea and you can see some sharks and corals). The architecture is spectacular.
Star Island – It is the residence of big celebrities. The island can be visited by car but in the Bayside Marketplace you can take a boat trip, where you can better appreciate the luxurious mansions.
Where can you eat?
Hotel – We had breakfast at the hotel every day. Very exquisite and varied.
Española Way – Famous for the variety of restaurants. Ideal if you want to freshen up from the heat of Miami. You have to try the famous tapas.
Coral Gables – Variety of restaurants of all kinds. We visited Xixon, a Spanish restaurant, and Old Lisbon Restaurant, a Portuguese.
Il Gabbiano – Located in Brickell. Excellent Italian food. With spectacular views. Good atmosphere and excellent service.
The Forge – Very nice restaurant, with spectacular architecture. Good atmosphere and the food is exquisite.
Havana 1957 – Cuban restaurant. Very nice food. Good atmosphere and attention.
Ballyhoo’s – We discovered it way to Key West, it’s actually in Key Largo. Ideal for crab lovers. The fish is also very fresh.
Sunset Pier – This wonderful restaurant is in Key West. Very nice, I recommend it in the afternoon because you can appreciate a beautiful sunset accompanied by an exquisite dinner.
Where can you go for a drink?
South Beach – Best mojitos in town.
Bulla (Coral Gables) – They have a beer sangria that is delicious. Great place for tapas too.
Crazy About You – Best Serrano ham croquettes and good mimosas. Perfect location for a romantic evening.
Blue Martini Lounge – Order the Blue Martini cocktail.
CocoWalk – Nice spot to have few drinks and hang out.
Where to go Shopping?
Lincoln Road Mall – Lots of stores and nice for a stroll. Great location. The H&M store is also.
Merrick Park – Burberry, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, La Perla and Adolfo Dominguez are some of the name brands stores you will find here.
Note: There are others, but we did not visit.
Thank you for reading!