I just came back from a Girl’s trip to Miami! Here is the full blog post of my 4 night, 5 day trip to Miami Beach, Florida!
***DISCLAIMER: It was my first time in Miami and all the opinions below are from my own experiences.
Best Times to Visit
The best time to visit Miami Beach is between March and May when the sun shines with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s during the day.
September-November: With hurricanes a definite possibility, visiting during the fall can be a gamble.
If you want to visit some sights/attractions/museums, I suggest:
Get the Go Miami Card – If you are going to see the sights around Miami, you should get the Go Miami Card. You can get unlimited free admission to over 25 major Miami attractions for one price. The cards are up good for up to 14 days.
What I loved about Miami?
The heat & sunshine
What I didn’t like about Miami?
How expensive it was
Didn’t enjoy any of the top rated restaurants (continue reading for the full review)
Where I stayed?
Washington Park Hotel in South Beach
-Recently renovated hotel
-The staff is great and very friendly
-They offer free beach towels, beach chairs, and a shuttle service to the beach (only 5 mins)
-free happy hour (beer, wine, cheese & crackers) all you can drink/eat from 5pm-8pm daily (obviously this was the best part of our stay)
-Free Bike Rentals
-Great location: Close to the beach, restaurants, shopping etc
*Average per room/night cost: $250 CAD
Visit their website here: http://www.wphsouthbeach.com/
HERE IS MY FULL ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP:
-Naked Taco for Lunch
-Happy Hour drinks @ Mangoes
-SLS Hyde Lounge for drinks
-Breakfast/Lunch: 11th Street Diner close to the hotel
-Happy Hour Drinks @ Clevelander
-SLS Hyde for Predrinks & LIV Nightclub
-Breakfast/Lunch: Puerto Sagua (Cuban Cuisine)
-Shopping Day: Lincoln Street
-Dinner: Sushi Samba
-SLS Hyde & Clevelander
-Niki Beach Brunch (We got a cabana and were there all day from noon-6pm)
-Dinner: Prime 112
Flight back home to Toronto
- Gionni’s at Versace Mansion 1/5
- Prime 112 1/5
- Sushi Samba 4/5
- Mom’s Pizza 4/5
- Clevelander 3/5
- Mangoes 2/5
- Naked Taco 5/5
- Puerto Sagua 5/5
#novicetravel tip: A gratuity (18%) usually is automatically added to most bills in popular Miami Beach restaurants.
Where to Party? South Beach Favourites
- Nikki Beach : Sunday Afternoon Brunch & Cabana Party 5/5
- Pearl Club : Sunday Night 3/5
- LIV 5/5
- SLS Hyde 3/5 (they usually have good day parties on Saturday’s)
- Mynt Nightclub
- Clevelander: The place to be for happy hour 5/5
- Mangoes 2/5
We didn’t venture out much besides South Beach but some areas that I wish I checked out but didn’t have enough time:
- Coconut Grove
- Bel Harbour
- Bike riding around Miami
- Exploring the Wynwood District
- Exploring Little Havanna
- Big Pink for brunch
- Visit the everglades to see some crocodiles
MIAMI PACKING LIST:
Click this link for a full list of what to pack for the ultimate Miami Vacation!
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any tips or recommendations for me next time I visit Miami, please leave a comment below:)