I’ve been meaning to put together this Miami city guide (as well as a Las Vegas edition) for a wee while now, but it has most definitely taken longer than I’d hoped. We spent all of our trip in South Beach – and if I had to do it all over again – I would. From the get-go I was adamant about staying in the Art Deco district, and I’m really happy that it all worked out! Stepping outside our vibrant yellow hotel (more on that below!) was like being front and centre on a Miami postcard – the pastel coloured buildings are just so beautiful and distinctive!
If you’re planning on visiting Miami I completely recommend it and hopefully this little guide comes in handy.
Where to eat
11th Street Diner, 1065 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
During our three day getaway in Miami this is basically all I wanted to eat.. and so I did just that! Before making my way to the sunshine state, I emailed several of my favourite bloggers (The Cherry Blossom Girl and Steffy’s Pros and Cons to name a few) and was told this is where I had to go. Well, gals, turns out I’m forever in your debt, because this place was insane.
The black bean burger had me at hello (after all, we all know I love burgers) but on my next visit I sampled the Belgian waffles – which were equally divine (as expected). On our last night we made our final trip to the 11th Street diner to sample their delicious cocktails. Boy, they were good, and strong too – which made for a less than thrilled flight back to Vegas. (In all honesty, I would’ve been less than thrilled, drinks or not! Miami is bloomin’ awesome, I never wanted to leave!)
What to do
Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami
Initially, I just wasn’t sure about visiting Nikki Beach. It seemed really posh, expensive (two things which I definitely am not) and I was feeling a bit anxious about body hangups – because Miami ladies are a seriously good-lookin’ bunch! As it turns out; I’m an idiot. This ended up being one of the best experiences during our whole trip!
We went on Groupon and found a voucher for tickets into Nikki Beach, a sun lounger, a fruit platter and two mojitos. That was all we were going to have, but when you’ve spent the afternoon lying in the sun, followed by frolicks in that sweet, sweet ocean, you’re bound to get hungry! Aaaand it was then that we consumed probably the most delicious vegetarian pizza I’ve ever eaten, ever. Even the pictures are making my mouth water! Definitely be sure to hit up Nikki Beach – you will feel like a celebrity, minus the paparazzi!
My favourite thing to do in Miami was quite simply: walk around! There is an awful lot to see in South Beach, particularly as it’s home to the genuine art deco pastel coloured buildings! The buildings were the reason I was so excited to visit Miami and it certainly was validated. Besides the art deco, you’re bound to also pass the Versace Mansion which you can see above.
Let’s be realistic; would it even be possible to avoid the beach in Miami? I highly doubt it! And why would you want to anyway? This beach is famous for good reason – I have certainly never felt as relaxed (and warm for that matter!) as I did floating amongst the waves of Miami Beach. If you’re lucky you might even see tiny tropical fish darting around the oh-so clear water. Definitely an experience to savour!
Where to stay
Leslie Hotel, 1244 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
When it comes to hotels I’m usually pretty chill and just let Barnaby have the final say. This time (probably for the first time ever) I completely put my foot down! I was adamant about staying in this original art deco building in my favourite hue of all time – bright yellow! I didn’t really care either way about what the interior was like, but it turned out to be one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed!
The staff were so, so friendly, the rooftop pool (!) was beautiful, and the rooms were spacious. I completely recommend this exclusive wee hotel – it was so central and a perfect spot for couples, friends, families and singles alike!