Everything You Need to Know
Planning a trip to Miami? This Miami travel guide will give you a full run down of the sexy, intoxicatingly beautiful, wild and eclectic city! Miami is one of our favorite destinations because it is bursting with culture! It’s the place to go to relax, to party all night long, to eat delicious foods, to enjoy nature, and more. Between the art deco buildings, diverse restaurant scene, breathtaking beaches, and endless music, it’s difficult to narrow down our top recommendations! It truly is the perfect destination for a bachelor or bachelorette party, a couples getaway weekend, or even a fun girls trip. Here’s our Miami travel guide on everything you need to know before visiting this amazing city.
Miami is an expensive city in general, especially if you’re staying near South Beach.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Miami is a year-round destination, but our favorite time to visit it between March and May. During these months, you’ll be able to enjoy daily temperatures in the 70s for non-peak rates.
Miami is is in East Standard Time (GMT-5).
Miami is a fairly easy destination to reach, as most large airports have direct flights to MIA. We recommend checking out the flights to both Miami International Airport (MIA), as well as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport (FLL). FLL is a bit farther away, but oftentimes a cheaper flight makes it worth the longer uber ride.
Once in Miami the best way to get around is by using Uber or Lyft, or renting Citibikes. Renting a car is another option, depending upon what neighborhood you choose to stay in. However, if staying in South Beach or Downtown Miami keep in mind that parking is hard to come by and expensive, and most things are fairly walkable. There’s also affordable airport shuttles into town, as well as a public transportation system. Once on the beach, ride shares and taxis are plentiful and many activities are within walking distance.
What To Expect
Is it safe to visit?
HEELS OR NO HEELS?
Where We Stayed
This luxury oceanfront resort in South Beach is one of the largest properties in South Beach, with nearly 800 rooms. Contemporary rooms have elegant furnishings in soft hues, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and Keurig machines. The Loews Miami Beach Hotel also houses multiple eateries, a massive pool area with frequent live music, and the Exhale Spa. The service is absolutely impeccable and the atmosphere is lively and fun.
Things To Do
Clevelander South Beach
This famous Ocean Drive hotel has been throwing poolside parties since the dawn of time! Featuring poolside DJs, fire dancers, tailgate parties, dancing, excellent food, and more, it is perfect if you’re looking to experience the essence of Miami pool parties! And unlike most spots, The Clevelander is also known for throwing parties every day of the week!
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A Miami classic that is home to some of the best pools in the 305 and the adult-only Arkadia Day Club parties. This exclusive poolside club is open Friday through Sunday, featuring electric beats spun by the hottest DJs, refreshing drinks, chaise lounges, and private cabanas surrounding the pool. Enjoy the sun, the pool, gourmet bites and amazing views as you lounge and party with your friends.
Hyde Beach Miami
If you are after a full-blown Vegas-style pool party, Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach is the spot! From noon to dusk every Saturday you’ll find the pool full of floating balloons and tires, awesome EDM and Hip Hop music, and more. It is the place that all party lovers flock to and a crazy fun time! Be sure to dress in your hottest bikini!
A little bit beachier than the other pool parties on our list, Nikki Beach offers chic beach parties, featuring top-notch seafood and awesome live DJs. During the day you can expect a lively crowd under the cabanas partying the day away! Be sure to make a reservation in advance, as they rarely take walk-ins.
One of our all time favorite spots! Located conveniently on Collins Ave, this upscale restaurant and entertainment destination is a must-not-miss. From the moment you walk in, the subtle combination of French daring design with Miami luxury will captivate you. The exclusive and exotic setting serves incredible food (we highly recommend the $120 per person Omakase), but also offers live music and club vibes.
This refined Northern Italian restaurant, set inside an exclusive boutique inn, offers a cozy yet vibrant atmosphere and is a perfect date spot. You can expect indoor and outdoor dining areas featuring a lush garden and lantern lit trees, as well as a festive 20-seat Chef Table. The dishes are simple yet sophisticated, making it the perfect, elegant experience
This massive Lincoln Road Japanese/Peruvian restaurant offers an electric atmosphere and celebrates the flavours of Nikkei cuisine. Featuring a fully retractable ceiling, tall leafy trees, and bright murals by local graffiti artists, Chotto Matte provides a welcoming, vibrant, and contemporary environment.
If you are a sushi lover, this is a must-not-miss! Located inside the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops, chef Makoto Okuwa prepares pristine sushi, negiri, and modern Japanese dishes. This fancy Japanese spot offers the perfect mix of crave-worthy dishes, in a relaxed, tropical atmosphere.
This boho-chic, waterfront venue brings the party to the Miami River with a nightclub feel and expertly prepared Mediterranean cuisine! The Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is delicious, but it’s the party atmosphere that lands this restaurant in our Miami Restaurant Scene top recommendations.
This small, charming restaurant, tucked away in a strip mall, is a true culinary experience thanks to its Michelin-trained chefs. Located on the edge of Little Haiti, this quaint restaurant offers extensive and creative fine dining and a superb wine list.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
This dreamy outdoor eatery is the place to find the best Greek and Turkish food in Miami! The menu is made up of elegant small plates made to share, and is the perfect place for a romantic date. You can expect a cozy, 1930s-era house with patio seating.
The perfect spot for dazzling waterfront views, artfully hand-crafted cocktails, glamorous décor, impressive contemporary American cuisine and the freshest local seafood. Head here for a gorgeous sunset on the 100 seat outdoor deck, complete with outdoor fire pits.
Jaya at the Setai
|Komodo||The River Oyster Bar||Zuma||Crazy About You|
|GITANO||Watr at the 1 Rooftop||Prime 112||Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita|
|El Tucan||Santorini by Georgis||Amara||Sugarcane raw bar + grill|
|Pubbelly Sushi||Stubborn Seed||Cote Miami||II Gabbiano|
|Bagatelle||Gianni’s Restaurant||B Bistro + Bakery||B Bistro + Bakery|
Located in the Fontainebleau Hotel, this is easily one of Miami’s most famous clubs! Put on your heels and get ready for a wild night of dancing until 5am, seeing famous DJs perform, and spotting celebrities in the VIP section! Keep in mind that the club doesn’t get busy before midnight, so be sure to plan accordingly.
This 24-hour Downtown stronghold is part nightclub, part performance venue, part strip club, and part rooftop restaurant. Dripping in neon, with trapeze artists dangling from ceilings and burlesque dancers perched in all directions, there’s perhaps no nightclub in the world as over-the-top as E11even. This is another must-not- miss while visiting Miami.
Another 24-hour venue, but this one is known as the after-hours club of choice in Miami. Located in Downtown Miami, this venue promises an exciting, over-the-top club experience for discerning dance and music enthusiasts. You can expect a huge dance space, a spectacular light show, and even an open-air patio.
This Collins Avenue megaclub is owned by the same people who bring you LIV, but is known to be a bit more accessible. You can expect a much larger dance floor than LIV, but the same dedication to style and exclusivity, with an extravagant circus-style setting where nothing is shocking. We recommend kicking off the weekend here on a Friday night.
Miami is one of the most diverse, lively, and beautiful destinations, and we truly cannot get enough of it. Whether you are looking for a quick girls trip, a solo beach escape, a couples trip, or a wild weekend of partying, Miami will offer you everything! We hope our Miami travel guide helps you to plan the perfect trip! Be sure to head over to our Destinations page to access many more worldwide comprehensive travel guides!