It’s not easy to plan a weekend break. You need to fit in as much as you can, but you have no idea what’s really around. You need someone who has been there to let you know what to do – and when to do it.
Here is how to spend a weekend in Miami.
You can spend weeks in Miami and still not have seen everything. Between Downtown Miami, South Beach and the Everglades National Park, there is something for everyone.
Miami is such an ecclectic mix of people, cultures and lifestyles that you’ll be sure to find something that you love. Or, best of all, experience all that Miami has to offer – lying on a beach one minute, to getting up close and personal with nature the next and then party the night away in the Arts District.
On your first day, take a stroll down Lincoln Road Mall on South Beach. Filled with high-end shops, classy restaurants and gorgeous people, you can really get the buzz of Miami Beach down here.
It’s a great place to get some retail therapy, get a freezing cold Happy Hour beer, chill out in the sunshine, and people watch.
If your budget is up to it, check out any of the lovely restaurants on Lincoln Road. If your wallet is severly damaged (flying from Lima to Miami can do that to you) – check out Maoz, an amazing falafel and salad chain that will feed you for under ten bucks.
Start by heading down to History Miami, a fantastic museum that will show you the history of Miami and Florida since the start of civilization. There are big exhibits, and small exhibits – you can even learn about the growth of Miami as a holiday destination in a mini Art Deco cinema!
Then, grab your swimmers and sunscreen and head down to South Beach. Swim, sunbathe and people watch on the glorious golden sands.
After you’ve had your fill of sand and sun, take a trip up Ocean Drive and admire the Art Deco buildings. Best done in an open top convertible, you will feel the glitz and glamour of the old US Winter travel destination.
When you’re feeling peckish, head over to Lime in Midtown – A Mexican Grill that does nachos that are to die for.
In the evening, check out the Wynwood Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month. You get to see the most beautiful graffiti all over the renovated Warehouse District, plus drink wine and see what it’s like to hang out in Miami’s hippest neighbourhood.
Head out of the city in the morning to join an Airboat Tour on the edge of the Everglades National Park. Airboat tours are not actually allowed in the National Park, so tours are run on the fringes of the park. Visit some baby alligators and then see how gigantic they grow! Try to book with a reputable company that only watches the wildlife – some companies feed the alligators to try to intice them to the boat; not good.
For food, try Versaille, known as the most famous Cuban resteraunt in the world (no, I hadn’t heard of it either). This is a great restaurant and bakery, and is always packed with locals.
After the wild excitement of the morning, check out the Venetian Pool in upmarket Coral Gables. You could spend the day there, swimming in the pool themed to look straight out of Italy, explore the cavern and play with the waterfall. After all that activity, sunbathe on the artificial beach.