Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
A trip to Miami is on many travel bucket lists and justification is not hard to find. Known as a trendy playground for party-goers, Miami also offers some of the best beaches for families and those looking for quiet serenity. Lounge on the many white sandy beaches hidden away or soak up the sun on the lively South Beach for a true Miami experience. Walk past art-deco style buildings, indulge in Miami cuisine, explore some of the finest museums and malls, experience the vibrant nightlife, and window-shop at designer boutiques. You may even spot a celebrity in the process. You may want to visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to see the extravagant European mansions and landscaped grounds from the early 1900s or visit the Everglades, a wetland full of plant, fish, and bird species for a nice retreat from Miami’s bustling center. You may even take a short drive to check out the beautiful island of Key West while you’re close by, head to Zoo Miami for a day-trip, or dine in a park among the famed Miami food-trucks. Whichever part of Miami you wish to experience (and we suggest a little bit of everything!), one thing is for sure: you’ll come home feeling impressed – and wanting to return!
From the Airport: Miami International Airport has over 200 shops and restaurants. The Rental Car Centre houses 16 rental car companies on the upper level of the airport. On the ground level are taxi cabs and shuttle buses that will transport you to your hotel for flat rates depending on your desired Zone. For example, a taxi to South Miami Beach (Zone 4) is $32.00.
Getting Around: Renting a car is the best way to explore Miami. Most hotels offer valet parking and unlimited in and out privileges so that you may drive to different parts of the city. Taxis may also be a good option depending on your hotel location and where you plan to visit.
Where to stay
The Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa is located downtown, a short drive away from Miami Beach, the Arts and Entertainment District, and Miami International Airport. The luxurious rooftop pool is located on the 14th floor providing a beautiful view of the city.
Doubletree By Hilton Grand Biscayne Bay is a waterfront hotel located next to Sea Isle Marina and Bayside Marketplace. South Beach is only a 15 minute drive and access to downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment options are close by.
The Palms Hotel and Spa is a beach resort on Miami Beach. Enjoy the ocean-front views, spa experiences and refreshing guest rooms and restaurants at this sophisticated hotel.
The Betsey South Beach is a timeless boutique hotel on Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District. You may enjoy the rooftop garden and spa, courtyard pool, and serene beachfront location in this intimate and elegant lodging.
In the Art Deco district of South Beach you will find Ocean Drive, the street lined with glamorous hotels, sidewalk restaurants, and famous nightclubs. The clear blue waters attract people from around the globe wanting to enjoy the beach life. South Beach is also a popular surfing destination.
Lincoln Road Mall
This hip outdoor mall is studded with boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. It’s the place to be during the day and night. Stroll through pedestrian walkways and lounge on the stretches of patios while enjoying the fantastic dining, wine bars, and gelato shops.
Discover Cuban shops, quaint homes, and authentic Cuban food in this historic area. While there are not many sites to see, you may walk around and listen to the Latin music radiating throughout the street to immerse yourself in Cuban culture.
Aventura Mall is a large traditional mall with department stores such as Bloomingdales and Macy’s plus over 300 specialty retailers and spectacular dining options.
Bal Harbour Shops is a luxury mall decorated with plants and ponds in its landscaped interior. If you’re looking for haute couture, or just love to browse the sophisticated collections, this is the place to visit. This mall also hosts many events with special designer appearances.
Bayside Marketplace is a market-style mall with an open-air concept. Located by the harbour, you may watch the sailing boats, have a drink on a patio while listening to live entertainment, or peruse the unique shops.