The Magic City in the Sunshine State
Contrary to popular belief, Miami is not all sand, cocktails, and plastic flamingos. Let us give you a few pointers so you’re not missing out on the real Miami and all it has to offer.
Having enough initiative to explore past the tourist traps will get you far – you’ll encounter parks, museums, a burgeoning arts scene, live bands, quaint shopping areas, and of course, lots of suburban sprawl.
We sourced our favorites amongst a sea of Miami Hotel bars, curated programming, eccentric meals, and hotel nightclubs so you don’t have to.
We’re here to help you cheat the system with the local intel necessary to travel in style without breaking the bank.
A list of Miami’s best hotel views including stunning ocean views, the city skyline, the bay, and more.
Our list of best looking, designer-approved hotels in Miami. From classic art deco to lavish contemporary and everything in between.
Our list of favorite pet-friendly hotels in the Miami area. From guest perks, pet beds, treats, and sitting services to private walking parks.
It’s no secret that people come to Miami to unwind. While you’re here, you may find yourself more entertained than you anticipated—believe us, it happens. There’s no better way to tune everything out than to check-in at the spa; turn off your phone, and treat yourself.
A list of best business hotels in Miami where you can get things done, get some rest, and even schmooze at the bar.
Miami’s III Points Festival is back with three days of the best music from all over the world and features the best local talent.
Art Basel Miami Beach, a yearly art fair featuring leading galleries from all around the globe, parties, concerts, design fairs, and more.
SOBEWFF has been serving up stellar dishes by the best chefs around. The fifteen year old festival is the largest in the US, backed by the Food Network, Delta, NYTimes, and more.
Miami Music Week brings the best in music, interactive art, nightlife, and beyond. The fun spans South Beach to Downtown and culminates with Ultra Music Festival.
Up until a few years ago, Downtown Miami seemed like a ghost town that existed only to connect Brickell and Coral Gables with North Miami. Then came Wynwood, the rebirth of the Design District.
Walking won’t get you anywhere the beautiful Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Key Biscayne—get yourself some wheels and explore the more low-key Miami spots.
What’s for dinner?
Miami’s food scene has been steadily growing in diversity, size, and quality. Here’s a few of our favorite places to explore it:
If someone ever tells you that Miami lacks culture, then they simply don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t be blinded by the flashy clubs and lack of clothing on the beach… you’ll see below where to have an enriching Miami experience, even as a tourist.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This early 20th century estate, once a private residence, is now a museum with loads of of historical objects, very fancy decor, and stunning gardens. Abandon modern day Miami and get lost here for a few hours.
Miami’s latest and most decorated modern art museum with selected works by world-renowned artists, injecting a global view on an already bustling local arts scene. Come to get cultured with weekly talks, screenings, and workshops.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden
A quick car ride to Delray Beach puts you in Miami’s very own Japanese garden complex where you can get your zen on and then some. Beautifully manicured bonsai trees, art galleries, and tasty treats at the cafe will make you take a further trip out east.
Wynwood & Little Haiti
While most people gravitate towards the Wynwood Walls, we encourage you to get lost in the countless options to get your art fix: Fredric Snitzer, Dina Mitrani, Spinello Projects, Emerson Dorsch, Locust Projects, and more. Rising rent costs have driven loads of artists to Little Haiti, where the more cutting edge art can be now found.
Not all beaches were created equal. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite sandy coastline spots.
South Pointe Park
At the tip of Miami Beach stands this beachfront park with picnic areas, a playground, and pretty cool cruise ship views.
One of the most scenic beach areas away from the South Beach hoopla. Choose your own beach adventure, clothing optional — Between the 2 northernmost parking lots you’ll find the nude beach, and a gay nude beach just north of the lifeguard tower.
Situated in Key Biscayne, this palm-tree lined quiet beach is ideal for families due to its picnic areas and shallow waters.
21st – 45th Street Beach
Not a far hike from the hotel hub in South Beach, but definitely more approachable, less crowded, and a good place for joggers as the Boardwalk runs through it.
Worth the short drive to Crandon Park Beach where you can opt to throw a towel down on the sand or go for a full blown bbq. Good for everyone from kids, to teenagers sneaking in beers, to people looking to avoid the busy beaches on Collins.
Key Largo & Islamorada
The first couple of stops in the Florida Keys. These two small patches of land offer different kind of beaches – resorts are easy to come by but if it’s a small town vibe you seek for a few hours, you may be able to sneak in a full beach day.
You may want to consider staying overnight but a little roadtrip never hurt nobody. Key West offers a vibe of its own with a mix of drag queens, Southerners, and tourists all blending into one happy beachey community.
Party, If You Must
We won’t try to dissuade you from spending all your money on bottle service, but we wanted to share some alternative options for those partying on a budget or looking for an alternative to the rich & famous Miami clubs you see often on tv.
Breaking the Bank
If you happen to be in the mood to spend some cold hard cash, these are some of the spots you may want to stop by – and don’t worry, they also take credit cards.
Lincoln Road Mall
Mostly families on vacation that have replaced the iconic 90s bare-chested rollerbladers. Today’s incarnation of the Lincoln Road shop are big chain fashion retailers like H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Madewell, and Lacoste. You’ll also find some higher end options like Alchemist, at the stunning 1111 building, and Osklen. A very conveniently located Apple Store can also be found here.
Bal Harbour Mall
Where rappers and washed up reality stars meet with old money Miamians who don’t think twice about dropping two grand on underwear. Tucked away in the quieter Bal Harbour neighborhood, you’ll find names like Agent Provocateur, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chopard, Celine, and the like.
Considered thee hangout spot in a mostly jewish latin suburb, Aventura Mall has everything to entertain you: movie theater, plenty of fashionable stores for all ages and tastes, and the token Italian restaurants where you’d most likely take your in-laws.