Trip reports: three days in Miami

Saturday, October 5, 2013

If you want to have a small guide on what to do in Miami in 3 days, this is the right place! 

The "essential" Miami will guide you through all the posts written regarding one of the top travel destinations you could visit, live, explore and experience.
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Miami impressed me as you can find different districts and people ("Spanish, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, Black, White, Cuban, and Asian") and I think that this variety really is what it makes this place special.

In Little Havana you are in the Cuban district, where you can walk along the famous Calle Ocho, with its traditions such as Cubans playing domino in the Maximo Gomez Park, the Little Havana Cigar Factory, where to buy the famous Cuban cigars, the art and the murals. This is also the area of "adult motels".
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In Coral Gables you can visit a wealthy and beautiful district with a park and "European style" villas, European luxury cars and the Venetian Pool, an aquapark that reminds a bit Venice.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

The Downtown, honestly, is good to take some pictures to some pictures with the skyscrapers. If you're into basketball and if you visit Miami during the NBA regulars season, you could go to the American Airlines Arena and see a Miami Heat match.
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And now welcome to Miami Beach, maybe the best part to visit and to explore. First of all do not miss the beach of South Beach.
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You can also find and stroll around the Art Deco District with its art deco buildings.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

Part of Miami Beach, South Beach and the Art Deco District is Ocean Drive, the famous and touristic avenue, plenty of bars, restaurants and locals: it's the touristic nightlife of Miami Beach.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

If you want to spend your entire travel budget somewhere, there's the Lincoln Road Mall, an impressive opened-air mall with a nice walking area and many restaurants, besides the shops.

If you have time, you can also go to the Mondrian Hotel and "visit" the Sunset Lounge, the hall and the automatic vending machine.

You can also see and visit the main attractions such as the Old City Hall, the Wolfsonian Palace and the crowded Espanola Way, similar to an old Spanish village.
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If the beach and the ocean are the perfect environment for water sports, Miami Beach is also famous for its sleepless nightlife whose heart is for sure Washington Avenue , Ocean Drive the most touristic and Espanola Way the smoothest. Many people also party on the beach and if you miss it, you would lose a significant feature of this city. Be careful as most clubs require from 20 to 40$ cover and the drinks are quite expensive too.
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Where to eat:
  • El Palacio de lo Jugos in Little Havana is definitely a place where to eat: you can have tasty tropical drinks ( 2,5$), chicken with rice and boiled potatoes for just 11$, buy sweets like dulce de leche. Please not that what you get is huge: so if you have an entire chicken with rice, please consider that you won't finish it.
  • Licoln Road and Ocean Drive are more expensive and you can eat around 50$ - 75$ per person.
  • In South Beach another place where we ate was the TGI Friday's, 500 Ocean Drive, typical American restaurants with affordable prices. Do not miss hamburgers, bbq's and steaks, lower that the South Beach or Ocean Drive average.
  • In South Beach you can also find some bar where you can eat some decent slices of pizza.
  • In Miami Downtown, you can drink an Italian coffe at the D'Oro Caffè
 Where to stay:
  • Budget accomodation: Bianco Boutique Motel in 5255 Biscayne Blvd, not far from Little Haiti, was the best where we slept. For 60 - 70 USD per room you can sleep in a triple room, you have the classic Wi-Fi and a good breakfast. It is called "the boutique motel", as it has a nice and white design. 

  • If you travel solo, I could recommend you the Hi-Miami Beach, a really nice hostel located in the exclusive South Beach, 1506 Collins Avenue, around 30-40 Euros per night. Recommended.
  • Medium budget: always in South Beach, I would recommend the Stardust Hotel, a modern and functional aparthotel that costs around 140 Euros per night per double room aparment.
  • Luxury budget: for sure the Washington Park Hotel South Beach, a 4-star hotel in Washington Avenue, just 300 meters from the Art Deco District. Prices range between 250-300 Euros per night per double room.

Where to shop:
  • The Lincoln Road Mall is the area where you can find many shops, malls and souvenir shops like Surf Style and Alvin House.
  • In Collins Avenue (Miami Beach) you can find "posh" shops and luxury brands.
  • In  Ocean Drive, there's also an interesting art expo shop, called Effusion Gallery.
  • We bought the souvenirs in South Beach Clus, 601 Collins Avenue, South Beach
  •  In South Beach you can find many electronics shops with low prices - don't know if the products are new, refurbished or "stolen", but they have great deals for sure.

Travel tips / Practical info: 
  • Miami has a subway, but is limited: so if you are going there it is recommendable to hire a car as the city is huge or you can visit the city using the buses.
  • If you need to change some cash in dollars, you can find many exchange agencies in Miami Downtown.
  • From the airport to South Beach and viceversa, you can get the bus n. 150, the Miami Beach Airport Flyer. The price is 2,35$ once you get to the Miami Central Station. From the Miami Central Station, there's a train that takes you to the Miami International Airport.
  • Did not take taxis or cabs: so don't know their prices.
  • These tips are customized for a 3 days trip in Miami
  • There are many agencies that sell trips to the Bahamas or to Key West, the National Park of the Everglades (former Unesco World Heritage Site, de-listed as "in danger").
In the surroundings, you can go to a quieter place, Key Biscayne, the next stop of this fantastic USA East Coast Road Trip.

3 commenti:

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Thanks for those great tips, Marco. We have wanted to go to Miami and South Beach for a long time. I have printed and saved your post for the moment when we do visit Miami! ~ David

Marco Zannin said...

Wow thanks a lot David! I'm really honoured if you printed this post. I think it's good for 2-3 days if you want to see the main things ( well I've added the nightlife as I love it) and some off the beaten path places...uff if I had more time I had visited better the city and some surroundings! :-)

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