What comes to mind when I think of Miami? The Will Smith song-yes, The show “Miami Vice- I wasn’t born when It was on TV but sure, Bright colors, even brighter characters.
Summer is slowly approaching, and it’s going to be hot! Welcome to my new series. For the next few weeks I’ll be bringing you info on different cities, and how you can make the most out of a summer weekend or in many cases winter and spring! My first stop was Paris and the next stop is Miami, which I will be (hopefully) visiting again this summer. I absolutely fell in love with this Florida and Miami I cant wait to go back to, it’s culture, it’s art scene, the food, and the beaches are what attract me. Let’s take a look at how you should spend 48 hours in Miami!
Ok – so you’re going to arrive at Miami International airport Grab a Uber or Lyft and head to your Airbnb or hotel, but where are you staying? If you are looking for a fun hotel mixed with a little trendy, look no farther than Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach. Take your bags up to your room and close your eyes for a brief nap. If no nap is necessary, then head to the beach. Soak in the sun(wear sunscreen), take a dip in the ocean or build a sandcastle .
After the beach, dust all the sand off and lets grab some grub. Head over to Maxine’s Bistro and Bar- great food with a Dj or Dolce Italian Miami with great italina food or if you like to keep things healthy, try Freshii.
Now you have food in your stomach, head over to Lincoln Road Mall for some retail therapy.
This place has everything, Shopping, resturants and more. This is the best place to get warmed up to Miami.
You have had a full first day filled with Surf, food and shopping. You can just stop and call it a night, but whats the fun in that. For those looking to hit the Miami party scene on the first night, look to go to Ocean Drive or when you come to Miami stay at the Hotel Croydon, I heard they have a great rooftop bar. I have also heard of but never been on a party cruise, that sails around Miami harbour. That looks like a blast, Also it’s a great way to meet new people if you are on a solo trip. Another fun place is Ball & Chain in little Havana. However, if you are same-sex oriented or just looking for a good time, head over to Twist Nightclub. Where you can dance with DJs & drag queens until the wee hours of the morning.
So you’ve survived your first day/night in Miami. You may or may not be in rough shape, now you need some food in you from the night before. To perk yourself up, you need to go to “Orange Blossom” for their fried rice made with quinoa. This will help you get through the day or if the sun is too bright and you can’t take your sunglasses off, head to little Havana to grab a ‘Cubano’ sandwich which is awesome at “Las Olas Cafe”.
After some food and a few Advil later, you’re now thinking “what do I do now”? You could head south on U.S. 1 to Key Largo for some snorkelling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (it’s at least a 90 minute drive and also give yourself time to rent your gear). On your way back, you have to stop by stop at Alabama Jack’s for their fish sandwiches-So Good.
Or if you want to stay local and aren’t up for a day trip, then you can go back to Lincoln Road Mall for day two of shopping or if you want fresh air and a beautiful view, rent a bike from the Miami Beach Bicycle Center. Take you bike and just cruise on past the Versace Mansion. If your still a little wobbly, then being on a bike isn’t a good idea. What you can do is sign up for the Art Deco Tour, which takes in the beautiful pastel buildings that put the coastal city on the map in the 30s and 40s.
It’s lunchtime now, Go to Joe’s Stone Crab or Yardbird. Either one will have great food. Now you’re done with lucnh and your ears are ringing because you heard someone mention a pool party. If the hotel you are staying at isn’t poppin’ and lit, then you can buy a day pass to The Standard or The National, and lounge like the locals do. You have nowhere else to be this afternoon, so swim, tan, and sip on smoothies or cocktail slushies on repeat.
It’s your last night, so let’s make it a memorable one. Dress up, then wander down Espanola way, it’s a fairy-lit, pedestrian-only street that’s lined with alfresco restaurants, bars and cafes. Pop into Havana 1957 for a Cuban cocktail, then go around the corner to Pane e Vino for dinner.
After 48 hours, you’ll be heading back to the airport a little more tan, with less liver function, and a greater love for Latin food and Latin music!