I hope you had a good weekend. I got up today and I said that it was time to write that post that I had been promising for some time of five days in Miami.
Here it goes! I think there are post of all the restaurants I mention, of all areas and plans. Just search the blog or Google, putting my name and the area, or the name of my blog, Loving Miami, and the restaurant / area / destination.
Day 1: Miami Beach (weekdays)
Morning drive along Ocean Drive, Lummus Park, Collins and along the beach. Sunbathe at a beach club like Delano’s or (unpaid) beach at South Pointe, which is the southernmost area of Miami Beach.
Lunch at Smith & Wollensky or Lincoln Road (cheaper), sampling the Shake Shack burgers that to me are the best. Walk and shop on Lincoln Road.
See the sunset at The Standard Spa Hotel, with a mojito if possible, romantic dinner at Casa Tua (barbeque and must book in advance but it is a classic) and drink at Juvia with spectacular views.
If you want to go out drinking (you must be over 21 years), you can go to the bars of Ocean Drive or in more sophisticated nightclub type Liv in the hotel FontaineBleau.
Day 2: Central Zone (Saturday, for example)
In the morning by car or at Metromover you would walk down Brickell Street to the entire financial center with tall buildings. Then the downtown area (eye, which at night is not the safest area). I would visit the Freedom Tower and take a walk through Bayside.
There are options for renting small boats for a stroll and see Miami from the water, stroll along the canals and eat a good fish in Casablanca, for example. But there is also the option of getting on a guide boat that teaches you everything, even where the famous people live, although sometimes they are wrong …
You can see the AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami Heat stadium), the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami Performing Arts Center) with spectacular architecture, or the PAMM (Pérez Art Museum Miami) museum.
In the Brickell area, you can eat well in Novecento, which is a classic, and in Perfecto, or you can enjoy a breathtaking view on Crazy About You. The trendy restaurants are Zuma, Il Gabbiano, Cipriani, Cantina La Veinte and Coya.
From there (better if it’s Saturday) to Wynwood or the Art District to stroll through the galleries, see the atmosphere of this neighborhood, Art Walk, etcetera.
In this area I would eat at Joe’s which is very well priced for being Miami and would not fail to try the Panther Cafe, famous in Miami. Nearby is the Design District where, or you are very interested in decor and luxury shops, or you would see it from the car. In this area I really like a Greek called Mandolin, it is very authentic, always lively and good food.
I would end the afternoon at 8th Street, walking and seeing the Domino Park, visiting a cigar factory and seeing how they do them right there, etc. Indeed, the Cuban neighborhood is superauthentic, it seems that one moves in space and time.
Day 3: Key Biscayne (Weekdays)
It’s not because I live here, but I think it’s worth spending a day in this area renting a bike at Bill Baggs State Park in Cape Florida. First you would walk through what is the park where you can enjoy some beautiful landscapes: a mixture of sea and nature. I would stop at Boaters Grill for a drink and take a short break, then skirt everything to see the houseboats and get to the lighthouse. From the lighthouse I would go to the beach and I would have a good time. It is better to go on weekdays.
For golf lovers, Crandon Golf is Florida’s most beautiful and challenging public course, a challenge! And for tennis lovers, you can play a game on what is the central track of the Sony Ericsson tournament, for $ 20 per person. For children and not so children there is also the Miami Seaquarium.
You would eat at a restaurant on the island depending on the budget (Artisan, Patagonia or Golden Hog more affordable versus great Costa Med, Francesco, Puntino or Kazumi). The sunset from Rusty Pelican is spectacular!
If you do not feel like spending all day, you can complete with shopping in Merrick Park or visiting Casa Vizcaya (towards Coconut Grove) and touring its gardens.
Day 4: Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, walks and walks
It is a very extensive area so I would focus on:
Visit Casa Vizcaya and stroll through the gardens.
Visit Biltmore Hotel, a Miami classic with an impressive history. If you like golf, the course is great. If you can go to Sunday brunch, do not hesitate. It is expensive but quality and so famous that you usually have to book with a couple of weeks. The surrounding houses are nice to see the architecture from the car.
Stroll along Miracle Mile, which is another charming Miami classic. This area was known to be the street of brides, now there are also the best known bookstores in Miami, good restaurants … From here you must try the ribs of Hillstone and its key lime pie.
Another lively ride is on Main Highway, in Coconut Grove, with lively streets of young people and good looking students. I love to go out to dinner in that area or to the movies and to dinner. George’s in the Grove and Strada are my favorites.
To purchase, you can go to Merrick Park or Dadeland Mall in the area. The second is more complete because there are more shops, but the first is more upscale and has stores like Pottery Barn Kids or Anthropologie, which are not in the Dadeland.
Day 5: Excursions or shopping
I usually save in the trips a day or an afternoon for that which did not give me time in the plans, to return to some place that I was left wanting or to change something that I have bought. But when there is none of that, I look at alternative plans nearby. Here are some depending on the time that is available or if instead of 5 days are 6 days.
There are excursions very close, in Everglades Park or Everglades, where the Air Boats are very west, on 8th Street, seen in an afternoon or in a morning. For day trips you can go to Palm Beach, for example, visit The Breakers Hotel, stroll along Worth Avenue or go to the beach.
You can also go and spend a night in Key West or Key West, where for me the best thing is how beautiful the ride and the sunset. In convertible or motorcycle has its charm.
On the other coast is Naples and Marco Island, are getaways for those who already know Miami and its surroundings. Of course for kids the best excursions are to Disney, Legoland and Universal Studios in Orlando!
For shopping (with my plan) we would have some shopping malls that I want to highlight: Aventura (for being the most complete), Bal Harbor (for being the most luxurious. It is worth just to see the spaces, the Shop windows and eat in Carpaccio or Japanese), Sawgrass Mills (the outlet par excellence, although it is far away).
Of course, next to the airport there is a smaller outlet called Dolphin Mall which is more a mall with rebates.
I hope you liked it! And enjoy Miami!