The moment you step out the doors of Miami International Airport, and into the warm and potentially humid Miami morning, head straight for your hotel to freshen up. Now, we aren’t here to plan every facet of your vacation – you have a plethora of fantastic options for your accommodation. If you want to stay at a retro-chic boutique hotel near the beach, we suggest checking out Sense Beach House, Fashion Boutique, or The Marlin. If a luxury hotel is more your style, then we can point you in a number of excellent directions, complete with beach access, cabanas, spas, fine dining restaurants and much more: hotels such as the 1 Hotel, Pelican, W, and The Setai.
After getting situated and unpacked, you’ll more than likely be ready to eat. Don’t bother getting in a cab – you’ll be within walking distance of many great restaurants no matter where you choose to stay. Ocean Drive is a great place to take in the Miami atmosphere as you people-watch, pop in and out of the odd clothing boutique, and narrow down what type of food is going to taste the best. You can’t go wrong with Texas de Brazil if you’re in the mood for some great meat off the grill, Spris for Italian thin-crust pizza, or Havana 1957 for authentic Cuban cuisine with a festive Latin atmosphere.
Dinner was excellent and things are looking good so far. Right about now you are getting yourself into the party mood, or at least you should be. Miami Beach offers a wide variety of bars and clubs for all different crowds. Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Purdy Lounge and LIV are all solid options. It’s time to head to the hotel, put on your trendiest evening outfit and head out. Keep in mind that everything in Miami starts late and goes on all night, so don’t feel pressed for time if you’re leaving the hotel at 11 or 12pm. If we had to choose one club for the evening it would have to be LIV, where the bottle service is quick, the DJs are the best in Miami, and the atmosphere is electric.
Last night was a success, and you danced for hours! After a good night’s rest, we think its time for a solid breakfast; you’re going to need the energy for a busy day. What’s it going to be? Shopping on Collins Avenue and maybe some beach volleyball more your style? The Front Porch Cafe serves some legendary granola pancakes, and take it from us: the fish dishes and omelettes at Oliver’s Bistro are the best around.
If you came to Miami to do a little shopping, then you have to pay a visit to Lincoln Road. This legendary street is pedestrian-friendly and offers plenty of luxury brand boutiques, great places to eat and fantastic opportunities for people-watching. Miami is a trend-setting city, so you might as well go to a store that sells trend-setting outfits and accessories. The Lincoln Road Mall is a good place to start, and so is BASE Superstore, a quirky store that focuses on selling lifestyles and creating individualized customer experiences instead of just selling merchandise.
You can’t leave here without having put on the swimsuit at least one time. Quick change at the hotel, maybe a cheeky bite to eat and then head straight to the beach. Whether you’re flying solo or you have a group of friends around, there’s an activity or adventure waiting for you around every corner. For a proper tour of Miami Beach, why not rent a bike and go for a casual ride down Ocean Drive? When you’ve worked up a nice sweat, cool off in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic or stop by one of the countless seaside bars for a refreshing beer. As evening sets in, it’s time for your last night here. Keep the good time rolling, we say! Head to the hugely popular Miami Beach favorite The Clevelander, for round two of your Miami Beach escape.
By Laurence Kidd