For years, I’ve heard so much about the beautiful weather, people, art and unique culture of Miami. It has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. And so, after many postponements and reschedules, finally I took a trip to Miami!
Before I go any further, I’d like to recognize Delta Airlines for their outstanding Customer Service and rebooking policies (not that they need anymore publicity BUT when you’re good, you’re good ;P).
I’d also like to share that covid isn’t a ‘thing’ anymore and that some accommodations don’t accept that as an ‘excuse’ for having to reschedule travel. So even if you book 5 days before your trip- pay for extra insurance, because if not, you’ll be out $$$$.
Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, let me tell you about Miami!
We were there during the Art Deco Festival, so the first night, that is exactly what we did- we headed to Miami Beach and walked all of Ocean Drive. They had period music and the vibe was great!
Having booked and rebooked this trip so many times, I had quite the extensive list of places to see/ things to do. The tricky part was figuring out when to go where since we did not rent a car and solely relied on Uber/Lyft and our feet.
Side note: Would you be interested in seeing an itinerary that lays out getting from place A to B with transportation mode details?
Now to our itinerary! Below you’ll find what we saw, ate and visited. Most of the bullets are hyperlinked- so you can visit the corresponding website as you plan your trip.
South Beach & Miami Beach
- Versace Mansion – Miami Beach – this was a little overrated – another insta trap.
- Ocean Drive walk + Art Deco District – highly suggest going both at night and during the day.
- Holocaust Memorial – the builders did an absolutely beautiful job.
- Lincoln Road – South Beach – great place to spend an afternoon!
- South Pointe Park Pier + beach – head here for sunset, you won’t regret it!
- Joe’s Stone Crab – be sure to make reservations, the fill up quickly (if you get stuck, they have a take-out restaurant next door, not as fancy but the crabs are the same).
- Wynnwood walls – I saw so many complain about the admission fee, it’s still worth visiting.
- Bayside Marketplace – Take a boat ride – so much fun!
- Little Havana – Calle 8 – I really liked Ball & Chain (really good mojitos and music).
- Domino Park – located in Little Havana.
- Versailles Bakery & Restaurant – initially I thought this was going to be a tourist trap, however going in the morning for breakfast (everyday) + dinner and seeing the locals actually frequent the bakery, coffee window and restaurant, not to mention tasting the food- I quickly realized this was not a tourist trap at all, rather an invitation to live like a local. The breakfast empanadas with jamon are to die for.
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Visit for sunset – note, if you’re carless (like us), Uber/Lyft cannot get inside the gates once the park closes (after sunset)… plan accordingly!
As I always do, I watch many YouTube videos and check out instagram before visiting places. For Miami- I found one video particularly helpful- Thanks Walter’s World! I highly recommended you check out this video before going to Miami, especially if you’re used to dining in the north of the US…
Thank you Miami for a great time- we’ll be back.
Cheers & thanks for stopping by!