Wednesday, February 10, 2016

City Guide: Miami, FL (South Beach)

One thing I always look for when I travel are recommendations from people who have been to the city I am planning on visiting. Nothing beats getting some inside information from someone who has spend time in a specific city! Below are some places that I have found on my past two trips to Miami, FL that I thought I would share.

Miami, FL

WHERE TO STAY

The Palms Hotel & Spa 
When I visited Miami in January 2015, this is the hotel that I stayed at for the week. I loved how it was a little bit more north which meant it was quieter at night. At the time they were running a Wednesday Night Yoga Class complete with a Farm to Table dinner. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and health and I highly recommend. Their restaurant, Essensia, is worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel.

AirBnB
This time around I rented an AirBnb and had a great experience. Our condo was three blocks from the beach and had everything we needed. The place was clean, quiet and had a wonderful kitchen (that we did not use, but it looked nice). I love AirBnB and the fact that it allows you to live like a local for a week.

Miami, FL

WHERE TO EAT

11th Street Diner
I was searching for breakfast options one morning and came across this diner. It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and it was really good. The breakfasts are big enough to fill you up so you don't need to worry about lunch later on. I had the cheese omelet with hash browns and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Juice and Java
If you need something healthy to start your day, this is the place for you. The Goat Cheese Eggs are delicious and their menu of fresh pressed juices is extensive. I'll even admit that their juices are better than some I've had in Santa Monica (bold statement) and California knows how to do juices, so you know it's got to be good. Their coffee is also pretty delicious. 

The Dutch
While the original location may be in NYC, I actually had never heard of this restaurant until I was in Miami. Located inside the W Hotel, it is a little pricey, but totally worth the treat. They have an extensive seafood menu and my favorite things on the menu is the Kale Salad and the Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu.

Havana 1957
This is a small chain, but you would never know it.. the food is that good! The atmosphere was fun and the service was amazing. The waiter took his time to explain the history behind what we were ordering, which I thought was pretty cool. I recommend the Havana 1957 Specialty and the Vaca Frita.
Miami, FL

WHERE TO EXPLORE

Lincoln Road Mall
I normally don't go shopping while I am on vacation but for some reason I really enjoy this place. They have a farmer's market every Sunday and a really great Zara. The mall also has a ton of small restaurants that are reasonable and usually pretty good.

Wynwood Walls
If you saw my post on Monday, then you got a sneak peak into the Wynwood Walls. Started in 2009, the walls were a way to to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood. It's a 20 minute ride from the beach, but if you get the chance to go, you will not be disappointed. There are also tons of art galleries in the area as well.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
I randomly came across this place when I googled, "things to do in Miami not the beach" and I am so glad I did! It was built as the vacation home of James Deering, a wealthy business man from Chicago. The building and gardens look like something you would see in Europe and the history inside the home is well worth the visit.

Interested in more City Guides - Check out my Philadelphia Food Guide and Hoboken Food Guide!

45 comments:

  1. I have heard such great things about Miami, I really want to go!

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  2. Vizcaya is so gorgeous! And the Wynwood walls are so fun! All great tips for someone visiting Miami! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I haven't been to Miami in about 6 years but I really want to go back - so much to see and do and more importantly EAT! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I've always wanted to go to Miami too!! How fun! You gave some great tips that I'm saving in case I ever get there! ;-)

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  5. amazing city guide! The next time we are planning to visit Miami, I will definitely use this as a resource!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. So cool that you stayed in an Air BnB! If love to explore Little Havana and indulge in some delicious Cuban cuisine!

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  7. I would love to be in the Miami weather right now! AirBnB's are the BEST!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  8. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Im gong to bookmark! :)

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  9. all great rec's girl! i think there's so many cool things to do in miami as well as the typical shopping and walking around. i love love vizcaya - it is so worth the visit i agree! doesn't feel like you're in miami!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  10. This is a great guide! Wish I had it while I was on my trip there in December of 2014. I loved Miami - it was an amazing place to visit!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  11. This is a great guide. I have never been to Miami but have always wanted to go.

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  12. So nice to see a different side of Miami!! That garden looks amazing and not at all something I expected to see in Miami!!

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  13. Awesome pictures girl. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

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  14. This is a great guide to Miami! Such a fun place to visit. We haven't been in a few years, but our favorite restaurant is Prime 112!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  15. I live in Miami and those are definitely some amazing hotspots. One of my favorite clubs/ bars that should be on your list is located at Wynwood. It's called Shots. Oh and Viscaya is one of the most romantic spots. The garden there is absolutely breath taking! Thank you for reminding me. I definitely have to go visit again soon. <3

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  16. I did not expect to like Miami when I went but was totally surprised by the character and how charming it was! These are great recommendations! My friend is now in medical school in Miami. I should make a visit!

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  17. i have never been to miami, but pinning this in the hope that i get to go one day!

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  18. Looks like so much fun! I definitely want to visit one day.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  19. wish I had this when I went to Miami. Great post!

    www.lifeisjustrosie.tv

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  20. Loving this review! I've been to Miami a few times, and have never been to the museum and gardens. Definitely on my list for my next visit <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. What a great review! Looks like such a fun place to visit!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  22. Wow! I'd really love to visit Miami one day! Your tips sound awesome! <3
    Simimaus

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  23. ah so fun! my brother-in-law and his wife recently moved to Miami from Chicago and they are loving it. I really want to visit sometime soon. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  24. It's been years since i've been to South Beach. I just love the vibe there and the beach is beautiful to relax on. Need to plan another trip soon and try some of your recommended restaurants.

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  25. This is such a great guide! I've only ever been for cruises so basically never been at all. And now I know what to do!

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  26. I have never been to Miami but I would love to go! I am with you, I love getting the inside scoop on where ever I am off too. And the first thing I always ask? Where should we eat?!?! Hahahah

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  27. I love Miami. I only went for a few hours when I was attending a wedding in Ft. Lauderdale. But next time I go I want to check out that Havana restaurant. Looks amazing!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  28. It's nice that they offer AirBNB.
    I hope i can come and see Miami myself.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  29. Beautiful pictures :)

    Dajana|https://dajanaerd.wordpress.com

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  30. This post made me miss Miami so much! I would love to go there right now and be in the warm sunshine! I have family that lives in West Palm, so we used to drive down to south beach often. Great post!!!

    xoxo Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

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  31. I would love to visit Miami one day! Thanks for sharing what you did and where you stayed - you did a lot (and got some great photos).

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  32. The next time I visit Marks parents we are going to the Vizcaya Museum. That looks beautiful!!!!

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  33. Such great recommendations! I'm in Miami often and will definitely need to check some of these out - especially the gardens! xx


    Audrey Adair | http://www.happilyaudrey.com

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  34. LOVE this! I would love to get to Miami one day!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  35. Beautiful! I would love to visit here! Have an excellent weekend!

    Danielle
    http://www.blushblossom.com

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  36. T and I are seriously considering an Orlando trip this summer and I'm pulling for a side trip to Miami! Glad to hear you had a good AirBnB experience, I'm totally intrigued by the concept but haven't tried it yet.

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  37. This is a great guide! I'm definitely going to save this for future trips to Miami and will check out your Philadelhpia guide now. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Vanessa

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  38. Yes! I love, love a good trip to Miami! All of the bright colors and sun just speak to me! :) These tips are fantastic! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  39. Yes! I love, love a good trip to Miami! All of the bright colors and sun just speak to me! :) These tips are fantastic! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  40. Well this just makes me want to take a trip to Miami! When my husband and I visit places, the first thing we look for is good local places to eat. It sounds like you have some good suggestiongs!
    Emily
    Darling, Dearest

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  41. Love this page! Going to bookmark for any upcoming travel. I'd love to go to Miami!
    xx Gabriella
    pastelsandpastries.com

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  42. So happy I stumbled across this (albeit several months late)! I'm actually headed to Miami and Key West next month, and I'll definitely be adding these places to my list of things to check out! Great post!

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