Miami is my jam. I go every year at the beginning of summer for a quick, easy, and fun getaway. Hotels.com asked me to share my best tips to maximize your Miami trip, so read on if you’re looking for great food, art and culture and beautiful beaches with minimal effort:
Easy, Low-Cost Flights
If you book months in advance, you can usually find great deals on non-stop flights from DC, and you don’t have to deal with customs. You could be holding a frosty-cold margarita on the beach in 3 hours flat.
Though South Beach is super sexy and super fun, there are plenty of pristine beaches in Miami with warm, crystal blue waters. Try Lummus Park Beach if you love Spring Break, 21st–45th Street Beach to hang with locals, away from the chaos, or Haulover Beach where there are family-friendly and gay-friendly nude beaches.
Art, Art and More Art
I love street art, and the Wynwood Walls are an art lover’s dream. Take an afternoon to grab a snack and explore this cool and artsy neighborhood. Also, Art Basel has been giving Miami street cred for over a decade.
Delicious Cuban Food
You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Cuban sandwich from Versailles. Better yet, try my favorite–the Pan Con Bistec from Sanguich de Miami—slow-cooked, thinly sliced top round steak, mojo rojo, fried string potatoes and fontina cheese on Cuban bread. Holy mackerel!
Latin Flair and Culture
Enrique Iglesias once sang, “she gon’ make you move to Miami,” and it’s true. There’s electricity in the air here, and it’s festive, colorful, and great fun! Check out the Little Havana neighborhood to watch Cuban men play dominoes, grab a cortadito, or come in March for the Calle Ocho Music Festival.
Delicious International Food
Brickell Key has glittering views at night, and if you want a dining experience that will knock your surf shorts off, make a reservation at La Mar By Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami for exotic eats and impeccable service.
Miami is like the Vegas of the East when it comes to nightlife. There is no shortage of glittery nightclubs, dive bars, lounges, and strip clubs that attract celebrities, the young with deep pockets, and anyone looking for a good time. What’s more Miami than a pool party? Check out the queen of all pool parties at SLS Hyde Beach.
Music Lovers Paradise
Eye-Poppin’ Eye Candy
Everyone in Miami is hot, and when you go to Miami, you get hotter too. There’s a body-positive attitude in Miami, and I’m here for it. You’ll find scantily-clad bodies walking the streets in Miami, and I’m here for it.
Museums for Every Interest
The Wolfsonian is Florida’s answer to the Smithsonian, with artifacts that speak to the power of art and design. In addition to temples of history, art and culture, there are museums for kids, fashion lovers, and science.
When looking for a place to stay in Miami, remember to widen your search for better hotel deals. Deals can be found in Miami vs. Miami Beach, north of Miami Beach, and even neighborhoods off-the-beaten-path. Check out local neighborhood guides, or ask a local about the best neighborhood to stay for your needs. You can always take public transportation or ride-shares, which are easy and inexpensive ways to get around Miami.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.