Miami. A city in the south of Florida, geographically close to Cuba, Miami has become a cultural hotspot that entices travelers from all over the world with its offerings of fashion, nightlife, cuisine, and abundant sunshine.
So, you’re all set for your Miami adventure with your bikinis, speedos, sunglasses, and that Scarface-inspired shirt. Landing at Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the busiest US airports for international passengers, you’re eager to get your car hire and hit the town. But how do you make the most of your week in Miami? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with the perfect guide to the 305.
Day 1 – Welcome to Miami Beach
The first order of business is to get some sun on your skin, especially if you want to blend in with the tanned, toned, and taut beachgoers. Head to South Beach, the Sun and Fun Capital of the World. Yes, we know Blackpool might contest that title, but South Beach is famous for its white sand beaches, including South Pointe and Lummus Park, often considered the best in Miami. Besides, the area is filled with eateries and bars, so you can grab a bite while soaking up the sun.
Miami’s beaches are popular year-round, staying warm even during winter. Make sure to take a selfie at the iconic colorful lifeguard stations dotted along the beaches for a memorable keepsake.
Day 2 – Discover Little Havana
After a perfect day at the beach, it’s time to explore Miami further. Drive to Little Havana, where you’ll find a thriving scene with Latin American art galleries, bustling restaurants, and cafes serving strong Cuban coffee. It’s a quintessential Miami experience.
From Little Havana, take a drive through Bayside Marketplace, known for its shops and restaurants, and don’t miss the opportunity to visit Wynwood Walls, Miami’s original street-art museum. Wynwood has transformed into the ‘Silicon Valley of the South,’ so you might encounter musicians, tech giants, and more on its streets.
Visit Maximo Gomez Park in Little Havana, nicknamed Domino Park, where people from all walks of life come together to play dominos and discuss politics.
Day 3 – Embrace Miami’s Culture
Dedicate a day to exploring Miami’s cultural centers. Depending on your interests, you can visit Zoo Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, or Coral Castle Museum. After some organized sightseeing, take a spontaneous amble through the streets and discover numerous cafes, restaurants, and hidden gems.
- Zoo Miami – open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – open Wednesday-Monday, 9:30am-4:30pm
- Coral Castle Museum – open Thursday-Sunday, 9am-6pm (last tour 5pm)
For an extra dose of culture, head to the famous Villa Casa Casuarina, the former Versace Mansion, where you can indulge in a set lunch menu for just $34 (available from Monday to Friday).
Day 4 – Explore Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive is the heart of Miami Beach, known for its architecturally impressive hotels, restaurants, and bars. Take a stroll through this historic district, and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of the Great Depression and art deco buildings.
Don’t miss the iconic 1939 Colony Hotel, one of the most photographed art deco buildings globally. When it’s time to eat, try one of these popular spots:
- The Ocean Grill (at The Setai) – renowned for celebrity clientele including Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians
- Queen Miami Beach – designed to capture a bygone feel of decadence, glamour, and power
- Limonada Bar + Brunch – for the more budget-friendly, this all-day sports bar and restaurant is a great place to enjoy the scene
Day 5 – Day Trip to Key West
While Miami is captivating, take advantage of its proximity to other fantastic destinations. Consider a day trip to Key West, which is only about 160 miles away and a 3.5-hour drive. The picturesque town offers a perfect escape and a taste of luxury. Rent a boat, relax under the pink skies, and enjoy the charming waterfront establishments.
If you prefer a shorter drive, head to the Everglades, located about 20 minutes away from Miami. Explore Florida’s famous swamps and, if you’re lucky, spot an alligator or two.
Day 6 – Experience Millionaire’s Row and Miami’s Nightlife
Today is all about luxury and excess. Embark on a bespoke tour that offers premium views of Miami’s finest homes and sights along Millionaire’s Row. Admire the opulence of celebrities like JLo and P Diddy.
After a glimpse of the high life, immerse yourself in Miami’s vibrant nightlife. Some of the most popular clubs in Miami are:
Day 7 – Final Beach Day
As your week in Miami comes to an end, indulge in another day on the beach. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters, unwind with a free yoga class on the beach, shop for souvenirs, and bask in the golden rays of the Sunshine State.
With a week full of adventures, tours, and sightseeing behind you, this final day of rest and relaxation will be a fitting end to your Miami journey.
Now you have the ultimate guide to spend a perfect week in Miami, filled with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the sun, the beach, the culture, and the nightlife in this vibrant and dynamic city. Miami awaits!