A cliché line no doubt but it holds all the warm promises of tropical climes and the alluring life.
The breathtaking beaches of Miami touched by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, coconut trees, exotic birds, giant fancy cocktails, makes this magical city a dream destination for many holiday makers, who come here to cool off and live the jet-setting lifestyle.
But Miami is not just beaches and the extravagant life, it has a thriving art and culture scene with home-grown artists like Romero Britto and Alex Yanes lending their brand of pizzazz to the cityscape.
When to visit
According to Google the peak season ends in May. My friend Natalia and I visited in early July, we were worried about the weather but the weather Gods were kind and we mostly had picture-perfect days. Needless to say, it was amazing we just had the one rainy day on the beach out of the other 6 beautiful sunshine-y days.
Latin food is so popular here and they have amazing cuisines from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
We tried many Cuban restaurants and were spoilt for choice but here’s what really stood out for me:
- The Front Porch Café offers a great breakfast choice $$$
- Head to Mercato della Pescheria for some fantastic Italian cuisine $$$$
- The best Cuban food I tried in Miami was at Old Havana’s Cuban Bar & Cocina $$
- Shake a leg at Historia Romano $$$$
This place serves amazing Italian food amidst a divine atmosphere, the lovely owner of the place plays a host of latin music and dances with the patrons, really livening up the place.
- Not to forget the Boozies, popular for its giant cocktails that are super cheap
Miami is well known for its trendy nightlife, the most upscale clubs are Story and LIV, you have to book in advance as there is always a long queue of people waiting to get in.
Bodega and Basement are equally happening and if you want to catch a great show, stop by Mango’s Tropical Café, a Caribbean inspired restaurant with sensational live performances.
Taking a dip – Beaches and pools:
Soak up some sun and then head to its nightspots when the sun goes down. It’s the world’s number one urban beach.
It ticks all the boxes – warm azure waters, white sand and everything you need for that perfect day at the beach.
Haulover Beach Park
A nude beach with a separate area for those who don’t feel like taking it all off.
South Pointe Park
A beautiful park with grassy lawns, 360 degree views of the sea and walkways for a nice sunset stroll.
Venetian Pool is an amazing public swimming pool.
For more carefree and lazy days when you don’t feel like packing stuff for the beach, take a poolside break and head to Nikki beach. “I loved their Rosé party!” And thoroughly enjoyed their cozy and relaxing gazebos.
Try a hotel too, some of them offer relaxing pools that are worth a visit. We spent a beautiful day at the luxurious Four Seasons, Miami and enjoyed their great service and creative cuisines.
Not to be missed:
Visit Ocean Drive and the Art Deco district in south beach to see the Miami from the movies.
Key West, one of the most beautiful islands in Miami is famed for its nightlife, watersports, historic sites and beaches.
Little Havana, go by the name and take a stroll here to enjoy the Cuban culture, play a game of dominoes, smoke a cigar, get a taste of Cuban food and art, and finish it up with a cup of Cuban coffee at El Exquisito Restaurant, we were told that Frank Sinatra used to frequent this restaurant.
Wynwood is a vibrant neighborhood, full of artwork, restaurants, clothing stores and clubs. Stop by Wynwood walls, it’s a paradise bringing together the works of the most talented street artists in the world.
Espanola Way, it’s a beautiful district which looks and feels just like a street in Italy filled with European restaurants.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the full extravagance of its owner James Deering can be seen here. The villa and landscape were inspired by Italian architecture and design.
Even though we couldn’t visit, Miami is also famous for its Zoos and nature conservatories.
Shop till you drop
Even with a myriad of fine dining choices, nightlife and sexy beaches vying for your attention, you still need to do some shopping. We had a shopping spree at the Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road and picked up some amazing things.
Souvenirs shops are everywhere and you can pick up many cool items labeled with Miami beach and other Miami logos and prints.
Miami is unforgettable and you’ll know why, as soon as you lay eyes on this beauty and immerse yourself in the breezy summery Miami life. See you soon, until then.
Tip: if you’re traveling there for the first time, skip the Hop on Hop off Bus and baking in the sun that doesn’t involve a pool or the beach. Instead go directly to the places you are interested in and save yourself the time.