Feel the heat in Miami with this do it yourself itinerary

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Purple lifeguard tower on South Beach

With white sand beaches, endless summer temperatures, vibrant neighbourhoods, culinary treats and a thriving art scene, Miami is one of the best travel destinations in the US. After spending four days in the Magic City with my wife, here are the highlights from our trip.

Keep in mind, there is a lot more to explore and experience in Miami, so consider this a launching pad for a great do-it-yourself itinerary. 

WHAT TO SEE

Ocean Drive

With its neon lights, art deco buildings and supercar-lined road, Ocean Drive is Miami’s most iconic street. Running from 1st street to 15th street, it’s restaurants, hotels, colourful shops and palm trees makes it the perfect place to see and be seen in the city.

Location: Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

The breakwater in miami, bar

The Carlyle, where the birdcage was filmed

Night photo of the winter haven hotel

Wynwood Walls

Featuring work from the world’s top graffiti and street artists, Wynwood Walls is a free outdoor museum in the heart of the Wynwood neighborhood. What was once a collection of aging warehouses, is now home to a vibrant art community surrounded by breweries, restaurants, bars and shops.

Location:  2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA

Black metal gate at the entry way to Wynwood Walls

Hello Beautiful graffiti in Wynwood Walls

Hand holding a phone taking a photo of graffiti

Drawing of child pulling back a curtain

Face smiling at Wynwood Walls, Miami

Graffiti of a rainy street

Man walking past graffiti at Wynwood Walls, Miami

Large mural of three boys

Bearded man taking a selfie at Wynwood Walls

Marty McFly sticker in Miami

The Standard

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to #TreatYoSelf, spend the night or pick up a day pass to The Standard. Located in the Belle Isle neighborhood, this adult-only hotel has a hip and trendy vibe. We purchased a day pass, which gave us access to the hotel’s grounds and spa. We spent most of our time at the infinity pool, which offers an unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay.

Location: 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
 two women in bikinis sit next to a pool at the Standard in Miami

Purple sunset overlooking water in Miami

Lincoln Road Mall

This open-air shopping destination offers stores, restaurants and cafes. On Sundays, the Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market takes over the street, as vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and other locally sources treats.

Exterior of the Colony Theatre Miami

South Beach 

No trip to Miami would be complete without a trip to the beach to see the uniquely designed and painted lifeguard towers.

White and red lifeguard tower in South Beach, Miami

Yellow and orange lifeguard tower in South Beach

Pink lifeguard hut on Miami's South Beach

Sunrise in Miami on South Beach

 

WHERE TO EAT

Coyo Taco

To quote my wife, the tacos at Coyo Taco are, “slam the table, oh my god, best taco of my life,” tacos. We visited the Coyo Taco in the Wynwood neighborhood and enjoyed it so much, we also visited the Coyo Taco at the Time Out Market.

Wynwood location: 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, US

Time Out Market location: 1601 Drexel Ave, Miami, FL 33139, US

People eating tacos outside at picnic tables in Miami

Coyo Tacos sitting on a blue picnic bench

Joe’s Take Away

A bartender at a South Beach restaurant recommended Joe’s Stone Crab, so we walked over for lunch, only to discover it was packed! Fortunately, no reservations are required at Joe’s Take Away, so we ran in to try Joe’s crabs. While the meal was good, for me, it didn’t top the fresh seafood meals I’ve had on Prince Edward Island.

Location: 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

Exterior of Joe's Take Away in Miami

Crabs at Joe's Takeaway

Time Out Market

If you want to take a food tour of Miami in one night, the Time Out Market is the place to be. It houses 18 eateries, a pop-up demonstration kitchen and bar.

Location: 1601 Drexel Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, US

Time Out Market in Miami

Hosteria Romana

On Española Way, we dined al fresco at Hosteria Romana, an Italian restaurant. In addition to a great meal, the street was bustling with music and other people enjoying the evening.

Location: 429 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139, US

Spaghetti

WHERE TO STAY

El Paseo Hotel

When choosing accommodations for this trip, we decided to go with the El Paseo Hotel. One of the main draws for us was the hotel’s location. It’s two blocks away from the beach and Ocean Drive, there were great restaurants and things to explore right outside its front door and it was easy to use it as our launching pad to venture off to other neighbourhoods. Our room was quiet and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We also really enjoyed the coffee bar and balcony on the second floor that overlooks Española Way.

Location: 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Pink hotel building in Miami

Bed with white cover and green wall, Miami

Whether you’re in the mood to unwind or explore, Miami offers something for everyone. If we missed a great Miami attraction, let us know in the comments!

1 Comments
  • Mario Aquiilina March 10, 2020, 6:40 am Reply

    Another great blog Jon! Covers all the highlights of what is a very photogenic and vibrant city! Great shots! You have a real eye and a creative way of shooting!

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