Miami – I’m back baby! I’ve traveled to Miami Florida many times in the past but it’s been awhile since I’ve been back in Miami so I’ve missed this city so much. On this trip, I wanted to stay in South Beach so I could do a proper weekend guide to things to do in South Beach with where to eat and where to stay in South Beach.
South Florida is really hot and humid starting in April to November so pack sunscreen, a sunhat, and an insulated water bottle!
THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH BEACH
Sightseeing on Art Deco
Miami has the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world with South Beach home to over 800 Art Deco structures on Collins Avenue.
Take an Art Deco Walking Tour
If you want to learn all about the history of the art deco architecture, book a walking tour with a travel guide.
TAKE PHOTOS ON MIAMI BEACH
The colorful lifeguard towers on Miami beach make me so happy! Make sure you’ve packed water, sunscreen, and a towel before going to Miami Beach.
Escape from the heat and immerse into a world of lines, dots, and letters at Artechouse. Artechouse is a new art museum that’s a virtual playground of four dimensions: X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and T (time) with locations in DC, New York, and Miami. The XYZT exhibition will be on display through Labor Day weekend while the installation platform on the second floor is changed out every few months, currently, it features Fractal Journeys.
Tickets: adults $24 and children $17.
736 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, miami.artechouse.com
BIKE ESPANOLA WAY
Española Way is a historic street between 14th and 16th street on Miami Beach that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped back into town. The vibes are very laid-back. Some of the restaurants are tourist traps but I do love eating Cuban food at Havana 1957 while people watching and listening to live music.
Located in the heart of the Art Deco District in Miami is The Wolfsonian – a museum, library, and research center that uses its collection to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design.
1001 Washington Ave
Shopping on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian road on 16th and 17th Street that’s filled with 200 designer boutiques, local shops, national retail stores, art galleries, and nightlife.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
South Beach is known for its beautiful beaches but it’s also home to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden that was a $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
This 74-acre public, urban park in Miami Beach on the Atlantic Ocean runs alongside South Beach’s legendary strip, Ocean Drive, and has been the backdrop for many tv and film scenes.
World Erotic Art Museum
A little different from your typical museum but leave it up to Miami to create something completely unique.
Art Basel in Miami Beach
One of Miami’s hottest events every year is the Art Basel and this year it falls on June 18 – June 21, 2020. Art Basel is a premier art show of modern and contemporary art that attracts people from all over the world.
The Bass Museum
If you’re not here during Art Basel but still want to see some contemporary art, go to The Bass. This historic art deco space featuring diverse art, artifacts & sculpture garden, plus films & lectures.
Bike on the Miami Beach Boardwalk
The Miami Beach Boardwalk begins at 46th Street and continues south to 23rd Street. Most hotels in this area offer complimentary bikes so I like biking down the boardwalk!
Miami Children’s Museum
If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, visit the Miami Children’s Museum on Jungle Island.
Miami boat tours
I’ve taken Duck Tours in Austin and it’s a fun way to explore the city. Duck Tours in Miami is a 90-minute day trip that goes past Lummus Park and down Ocean Drive, then it’s wheels up and into Biscayne Bay for the amphibious vessel.
WHERE TO EAT IN SOUTH BEACH
The Local House – located inside the Sense Beach House, The Local House on Ocean Drive is the cutest, chic, ocean-themed restaurant. I ate brunch there and the lobster benedict and banana pancakes were so good. The tropical garden cocktail with fresh watermelon juice, gin, and rosemary was so refreshing from the Miami heat!
Havana 1957 – the very first restaurant that I ate when I visited Miami for the first time was Havana 1957 so it holds a special spot in my heart. A trip to Miami isn’t complete until you eat Cuban food so I usually try to dine here every time I visit Miami. Order the chicken and rice with a coconut mojito.
Puerto Sagua – if you get late-night cravings for Cuban food as I do, go to Puerto Sagua. It’s been open since 1962 and the food isn’t overpriced.
Las Olas Cafe – another Cuban restaurant! If you see people standing on the sidewalk scarfing down croquettes and drinking cafecitos, you’re in the right spot.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila – this cute Mexican spot serves tacos, burritos, and tequila. I loved the elotes and salsa & chips but was disappointed to see hashbrowns and cheese in my barbacoa taco.
La Sombra – I didn’t get a chance to here but I did stop in to take a photo of this plant-filled restaurant.
Bacon Bitch – this cheeky restaurant caught my eye while I was shopping between stores on Collins St. The line was too long so I didn’t eat here.
WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH BEACH
SENSE BEACH HOUSE
I stayed at Sense Beach House on this trip and loved this beachy hotel that is right across from Miami Beach, next to the art deco, and walking distance to so many shops and restaurants. There are 18 nautical-themed rooms and I was surprised to find the room nice and spacious.
Sense is located on 4th St and Ocean Dr so right down the street from the art deco district and South Pointe Park. I spent most of my time lounging on the rooftop terrace and pool and then walking across the street to Miami beach. The Local House is located on the first floor and was popping with both hotel and non-hotel guests.
- Complimentary bicycles
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Private balconies – ask for a room with a private terrace
- Complimentary yoga classes
- Complimentary evening wine
These are all included in the resort fee of $20.52 per night. Most hotels located around Miami beach have a resort fee.
400 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, sensebeachhouse.com
SEE ALSO: Weekend Getaway To Four Seasons Miami