If you thought about relaxing on the beach as the only activity you’d want to put on your agenda while in here, think twice!
Day 1- Welcome to Miami
Ok, I’ll admit it, what better way to start your week in Miami if not in a nice day at the beach? The turquoise blue sea, white sand, cool people, a lot of hotels and sun all day. My top recommendation for a 1st beach day in Miami would be to go to Miami Beach. This area offers a lot of comfort so you don’t have to worry about anything apart from getting the perfect tan.
South Beach is the hot spot! Tourists, young people, cars with loudspeakers, bars, pool parties... Here you also find Ocean Drive, where you party 24/7. If you’re looking for a more relaxed spot on the beach, you should definitely stay close to one of these areas:
1. Near Metropolitan by COMO, 1 Hotel, W South Beach, The Setai, and SLS.
2. Near South Pointe Park (The sunset here is amazing).
If you chose to stay in this area, enjoy your day and take a stroll at the Art Deco District, which is mainly located near Ocean Drive. You can walk around and appreciate the cute and old colorful buildings around every corner and if you are lucky enough, you’ll also spot stylish vintage cars to get your social media’s perfect pic.
The Mid-Beach region is located between 25th Street and 63th Street. It is a calm and much more refined area than South Beach. It is super trendy right now with super cool restaurants and hotels such as Faena, The Miami Beach EDITION, and Fontainebleau.
North Beach is located between 63th and 87th Street and is super chill and less crowded. If you continue North you’ll also find the beaches of Surfside, Bal Harbour, Hallouver, Sunny Isles…
Have dinner at Lincoln Road.
The famous street with lots of restaurants and stores. You can spend hours walking around this pleasant boulevard with many options to choose from, whether to eat or shop. Wondering where to eat? Check out our posts Restaurants in Miami Beach, Brickell and Downtown. If you want shopping tips and are into Beauty products, you have to check this cool shop named Ricky’s. And for those looking for décor objects, I would highly recommend CB2.
Day 2 – Art Vibe
Between Art Basel Miami and the Wynwood Arts District, it’s hardly a surprise that Miami is one of America’s most art-friendly cities. Enjoy your day exploring Miami’s Art Scenario with the best Hi-Lo combo in town.
Wynwood Arts District
Wynwood is a must!!! The coolest and Hypster neighborhood in Miami with its colorful and fun graffiti walls. Wynwood was an abandoned area till 2009 when the project The Wynwood Walls was created with the goal to develop the zone and foment street art. Artists from all over the world created their own graffiti panels in Wynwood and you can stroll and appreciate it for free. This art-friendly environment attracted galleries, bars, antiquaries, alternative shops…
Miami Design District
Meet this new and exciting neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design, architecture and why not, gastronomic experiences. Cool place to visit and walk around.
Day 3 – Shop all day, play all night
You can’t come to Miami and miss the amazing and worldwide famous deals that you can only find in here.
Ok, so if you followed my travel itinerary above, you already went to Lincoln Road Mall (Miami Beach), Miami Design District and Wynwood’s cool shops.
If you are into outlets, the 2 places I would recommend are Sawgrass Mills and the Dolphin Mall. You can easily spend the whole day exploring each and every store in these “shopping sanctuaries”. As they are far away from one another, you should visit them in separate days.
Other nice places to go shopping would be Bal Harbour Shops (for luxury brands), Aventura Mall (for an amazing mix of fast-fashion and luxury brands) and also The Shops at Merrick Park, at Coral Gables.
Wanting to do something different at night? Why don’t you take a look at the American Airlines Arena events calendar. From great concerts to NBA games, guarantee tickets that will bring you a fun and different experience.
Day 4 – Miami’s Cultural Scenario
Rainy day? Don’t worry. We have plenty of museums and cultural activities you can choose from. For a complete list, check out our post Museums in Miami.
Day 5 – Tropical vibes in Coconut Grove and a swim in the Venetian Pool
One of my favorite areas in Miami, Coconut Grove is one of those places you simply enjoy spending time at. With its nice trees spread around its beautiful avenues, you can take a stroll at The Barnacle Historic State Park which offers an opportunity to relax in a serene atmosphere. Here you’ll also find a few beautiful boutiques like The Showroom, First Flight Out and Nikki’s Beachouse Boutique on Commodore Plaza. Surrounded by trees and cafés with terraces, this district has a cool Caribbean vibe going on.
Finish your day with a nice swim at the Venetian Pool. Known as a must-do in Miami, it is a historic public swimming pool and its construction dates back to 1924.