Rooftop parties, endless Atlantic waves and arguably the best Cuban food off the island await in Miami. Whether you’re seeking out the sun, some great shopping opportunities or the swanky lifestyle of South Beach, you’ll find it in this South Florida metropolis.
We’re not surprised that the vacation rentals here are just as diverse as Miami’s locals, and we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re completely in awe of these cool, classy and downright captivating places to stay, which are scattered from downtown to South Beach. For an independent stay in this vibrant coastal city, book one of these top vacation rentals with Culture Trip.
Art and artisanal foods are on display around these adults-only studios in Wynwood. The Wynwood Walls open-air gallery, Museum of Graffiti and Miami Selfie Museum are four blocks south of these cozy flats. Though these rooms do include modest kitchens, the convenience of the onsite pizzeria and outdoor dining area makes dinner decisions effortless. Other restaurants are within a 5-minute walk, but you could also grab a quick bite while browsing the boutique stores in the Miami Shopping District, only a 5-minute drive away.
Spend some time getting to know South Miami in La Finca’s one-bedroom cottage. Approximately 5 miles (8km) from both the University of Miami and Florida International University, La Finca’s cottage for three features a furnished patio, a full kitchen and a deep soaking bathtub in the single bathroom. Whilst downtown Miami and South Beach are within a 30-minute drive to the north, you can also opt to drive a half-hour south to visit Zoo Miami, the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the entrance to the Everglades.
Shady trees surround the private pool at Le’Toile, where you’re welcome to let your worries float away. Most apartments are one-bedrooms and cater to four to five guests, including the premium unit with a private second patio, but groups of eight can call dibs on the lone two-bedroom unit if needed. The complimentary concierge service comes in handy if you need help snagging tickets to a Heat game or want to book a fabulous boat tour around South Beach.
If you’re searching for a low-key stay, the quiet Cottages El Portal include full kitchens, free onsite parking and relaxing outdoor leisure space. Don’t let the distance from downtown Miami fool you, though; these one-bedroom studios for two are fantastically positioned to discover both the popular and often overlooked parts of the city. MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District and Miami Design Shopping District are fewer than 5 minutes away, while you can conveniently reach South Beach and downtown Miami within a 20-minute drive.
Pet-friendly? Check. Massive pool? Check. Sensational views of Biscayne Bay? Double check. The Mint House apartments in downtown Miami were designed for travelers who want to be right where the action is. They range from studios that sleep two to three-bedroom apartments for six people. The Mint House is also less than half a mile (0.8km) away from the American Airlines Arena. Walk a few extra blocks north or south, and you’ll find the Pérez Art Museum, Bayfront Park and a host of shops and restaurants. These comfortable condos are also a 15-minute cab ride from the cruise terminal and the shores of South Beach.
Less than a 5-minute walk to South Beach, this two-bedroom 1930s apartment in the Art Deco Historic District is an excellent escape for up to eight. Shopping on Collins Avenue, sipping Cuban coffee and places for dancing the night away under the stars are all within walking distance of this third-story apartment. Though the small kitchen provides a microwave, an oven and a toaster, Mega Pizza, Wet Willie’s and other restaurants in a single-block radius offer up seafood, burgers, cocktails and breakfast plates to fuel your South Beach experience.
Art lovers will enjoy the pop and abstract pieces displayed throughout the Hispaniola House apartments, especially since these one- and two-bedroom suites sleeping four to six guests are less than a mile (1.6km) from the vibrant Art Deco Historic District. A small kitchen and living space make these studios efficient for short stays. If you want to purchase a few artworks of your own, Lincoln Road Mall and the Collins Avenue shopping area are within a 5-minute walk.
Casa Gaby is ready to host your entire crew with accommodations for up to twelve. Roll from one of the four bedrooms into the private pool, or slide on a pair of flip-flops, and dig your toes into South Beach, only a half-mile (0.8km) away. To soak up the sun without the sand and surf, the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and Miami Beach Golf Club are ready to host you, just over a mile (1.6km) to the north.
In Miami’s Upper East Side, a little bungalow rests in a tropical oasis of mid-century modern furniture, tucked away behind an array of greenery. Palm trees and other lush flora surround the standalone guesthouse and its neighboring pool, which guests can access during their stay. Also included is a small outdoor breakfast nook – a perfect quiet escape from the bustle of Miami’s day-to-day. Amenities include a kitchenette, great for whipping up quick breakfasts and stowing leftovers from nearby MiMo restaurants, and hotspots like Miami Beach and Little Havana are less than 20 minutes away.
If you want to bask in a bit of nature on your metropolitan getaway, check into this urban treehouse, situated on a permaculture farm in the metro Miami area. The private room at the top of this treehouse overlooks a mini-jungle, replete with goats, pigs and roosters galore. The outdoor shower and mosquito canopy around the double bed add to the location’s off-the-grid flair, and the quaint oasis is still central to Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. Guests also get to enjoy the quirky juxtaposition of passing trains and roaming chickens, as well as experiences like sailing, kayaking and cycling (for an additional fee).