The Best of Miami

Miami, USA. I have to admit, Miami had never been top of my bucket list but this year, as we searched for summer holidays, the US city suddenly found its way to the top. As usual, we searched Skyscanner London to ‘everywhere’ and within a couple of minutes, we’d decided on Miami! Will Smith’s ‘Welcome to Miami’ then circled endlessly in my head for the next two months as we counted down to take off!

We spent 10 days in Miami and there is just so much to write up! We went in July so it was pretty hot but we didn’t let that stop us making the most of it. Here’s my guide to the best of the city…

Where to stay?

Dream Hotel, South Beach

On the corner of 11th Street and Collin’s Avenue, Dream is just one block away from the golden sands of South Beach. The rooms are boutique-style with hues of blue and silver. They’re on the smaller side when it comes to storage for your clothes but the bed is huge and ever so comfy! The best bit? The rooftop pool!

Best place for yoga?

3rd Street Beach Yoga, South Beach

Ok, maybe ‘best place for yoga?’ isn’t a standard entry on a travel blog but I couldn’t write an entry on Miami and not mention 3rd Street Beach Yoga. It takes place every day, first thing in the morning at 7am and early evening around 6pm. On our second night in Miami, we were suffering from jet lag and fell asleep at 7.30pm! We missed dinner and woke around 11.30pm. Rather than go out, we decided to stay in bed but agreed we’d get up early to make yoga. We headed along to 3rd street just as the sun was rising. It was magical and something I’ll always remember. Doing yoga on the sand was harder than I’m used to but it was a great way to start the day!

Best place for brunch?

Green Street Cafe, Coconut Grove

We used South Beach as our base throughout our stay in Miami and rather than hire a car, we ubered everywhere! I’ve never known an Uber to come as quick as they came in Miami and they’re pretty reasonable too! We ubered over to Coconut Grove one morning and checked out Green Street Cafe that came highly recommended online for brunch. After enjoying scrambled eggs and an onion bagel, I could see why. It was delicious!

Best place for star spotting?

Star Island (of course!)

We took an organised day trip to the Everglades National Park and on the way back, we stopped off for a boat tour around Star Island. The trip included a free cocktail – just what we needed in the scorching sun – and the guide pointed out all of the celebs’ homes; from Rihanna to the Beckhams to Gloria Estefan!

Best place for shopping?

Lincoln Road Mall, South Beach

This is a pedestrianised road lined with shops and eateries around 17th Street. I’d probably avoid the eateries as they’re a little touristy but Lincoln Road Mall is great for shopping if you want to take any new clothes home with you. The H&M was in a very cool art deco building!

Best place for watching the sunset?

South Pointe Park, South Beach

We only discovered this on our last night in Miami but I’m so glad we did! This is literally the southern most point on the island. We arrived at South Pointe Park just as the sun was setting and were lucky enough to see the sky change colour before our eyes. Gorgeous pinks, purples, oranges and blues.

Best place for street art?

Wynwood Walls, Miami

This was top of my list to tick off in Miami and we visited twice – once in the day and once in the evening. The Wynwood Art District is home to the Wynwood Walls, a street art photographer’s heaven with amazingly colourful pieces of street art within a gated area. At night, the area gets even cooler with a Shoreditch-style vibe. Loved it.

Best place for a taste of Cuba?

Ball & Chain, Little Havana

Not far from Downtown Miami, we headed to Little Havana to check out the famous Domino Park as seen on Channel 4’s Travel Man. We walked past this place that had a cool mist being sprayed from the front with Cuban music echoing onto the street. It instantly put a smile on my face so we decided to head inside. It was lunchtime after all! When inside, we realised this was the famous Ball & Chain. We shared some Cuban tapas, including delicious golden plantain and sipped on Miami Mules.

Best way to explore South Beach?

By bike

We hired the Miami Citi Bikes a couple of times while we were staying on South Beach and bar taking Uber, these are the quickest way to get around. There are docking stations regularly dotted along the coastline and one day, we cycled all the way from South Beach to North Beach. Boy, was it hot! There are good cycle paths and as long as you take plenty of water, it’s a good way to get some exercise in too.

 

 

 

 

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