I cannot believe it has been two weeks since my trip to Miami. I’m already ready for my next trip, but first I have a few more tips + suggestions for your next trip to MIA!
South Beach is everything you would think it would be. It’s beautiful, the water is the perfect greenish blue, the sand is white, and the sun is always shining. It looks just like the pictures you see online if not better.
I decided to get up early Friday morning to head to the beach, because I read that it gets pretty crowded, and I wanted to avoid the rush. We made pit stop first for a nice breakfast at Front Porch Cafe which was right off the beach. The wait was about 10-15 minutes, but we scored patio seating so it was worth it. I ordered the Granola Pancakes – they were actually really good and the dish came with a side of fruit.
After breakfast was the beach! We decided to rent a cabana and chose Boucher Brothers. There are several Boucher Brothers located throughout the beach, but we went with the one by Loews Hotel (16th and Collins). We were lucky to get a cabana with a queen size bed, a tent, and two chairs for $100. At $25 per person, I didn’t think that was a bad deal! The rental is for the day, so you can stay as long or as little as you would like.
*For parking at the beach, I would recommend parking at the parking garage at 16th and Collins. The rates are reasonable and you are extremely close to the beach.*
I am so disappointed that I didn’t get to experience all of Wynwood. This was the only thing that I really wanted to do the entire trip. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor art museum featuring street murals from artist all over the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of it during the day as it was night time when we got there, but I was impressed with the little that I did get to see. If I am ever back in Miami, this will definitely be my first stop.
We had dinner at this really cool restaurant called SuViche. The sushi was delicious. My mom, who is not a sushi eater, ordered a roll and was very impressed. Be sure to check this place out during your visit.
Perez Art Museum Miami
Perez Art Museum Miami, also known as PAMM, is a contemporary art museum. The space was open and bright. The pieces were very beautiful and full of meaning. I was under the impression that it would have been more 3D, but I think that I missed the exhibit that I thought I was showing up for. Overall, it was a great experience! There is free entry every second Saturday of the month – otherwise it is $16 per adult. We parked at the lot across the street for a couple of bucks.
*Miami Suggestions + Recommendations:*
Brunch at Lulu In The Grove – This was my favorite place to have brunch. It was located in Coconut Grove which is such a beautiful area. The trees are gorgeous and you feel as if you’re in a tropical country driving down the streets of Coconut Grove. I ordered the Nova Benedict – it was phenomenal! Brunch on the patio was the perfect Saturday morning to people watch and hang with my girls.
Ocean Drive: This area is LIT! This is where you will see just about any and everything! People in their fancy cars cruise the streets, tourist hang out on the patios, and people party and day drink at the beach. I would avoid eating or having a drink in this area. We stopped for a drink at one of the local restaurants and the drinks were overpriced and under poured. My whiskey on the rocks was about $15!
Lincoln Road Mall: This is a South Beach shopper’s paradise. If you’re looking to do some shopping after a day at the beach, this is your place. This is an outdoor mall, so it’s nice to pop in and out of stores to cool off and shop. Stores range from Armani to Forever 21.
YardBrid Southern Table +Bar: With over three thousand reviews on Yelp, I had to give this place a try. The wait was about an hour or so, which was okay because it is right down the block from Lincoln Road Mall. I ordered the shrimp and grits which did not disappoint. My mom and cousin ordered the chicken – it looked delish! The food was a little pricey, but it was our last meal so I wanted to have something nice for my mom’s birthday. This is a very nice restaurant, so if you’re looking to dine somewhere elegant and sophisticated, this is a perfect spot!
Getting Around: We flew into the Fort Lauderdale airport and rented a car at Budget. The rental was a total of $65. Flying into Fort Lauderdale is often cheaper than flying into Miami. The drive is quick and easy!
Where to Stay: We stayed in Coral Gables which is about 15-20 from South Beach. Miami is very expensive, so I would recommend staying wherever you feel would give you the most out of your trip. Our Airbnb was perfect and we were able to Uber for a reasonable amount! Sign up with Airbnb today and get $40 off your first stay! Airbnb – $40 Off