Winter blues getting you down? Grab your sunglasses and bikinis, and cue the Latin music because we’re off to Miami in this next travel guide! ☺ Southwest was having a great deal, so we booked a last minute trip to get our tan on.
Day 1: Thursday
We took an early morning flight and were able to make the most of the rooftop pool at Riviera Hotel South Beach and enjoy some mojitos before check-in. Our first stop was the cute little Rosetta Bakery which is absolutely MUST when you’re in the Miami Beach/South Beach area. We had a delicious apple bomb and chocolate cake. We went back and got ready for a well-deserved happy hour at Bodega in South Beach. This is another must if you’re nearby! From 6-8pm, they have an awesome happy hour: $2 tacos, $3 chips and guac, and $6 specialty cocktails. I should mention it was a speakeasy, so you had to go through a secret door to enter 😉
We went bar hopping at night to all different places from The Basement at the Miami Beach Edition back to Bodega.
Day 2: Friday
There’s no better way to start your day than by having an egg croissant sandwich on the beach (except if there are seagulls around)! After relaxing on the beach for a few hours, we went to the The Social Club which was having a really cool promotion – if you checked in on Yelp, you’d get a free mimosa. Of course, I had a watermelon one, but there were tons of other fresh fruit juices.
If you’ve seen Rachel’s seasons of The Bachelorette, you may have heard of Little Havana. Being a big fan of the show, it was a must-stop on my list! We got to explore some really cool street art, walk around Domino Park, drink Cuban coffee, etc. Of course, this included a stop at Azucar Ice Cream Company where I had the delicious Abuela Maria – classic vanilla ice cream with guava, chunks of cream cheese, and Maria cookies. Definitely recommend! We had dinner at Versailles where we indulged in some yummy Cuban food – rice, beans, empanadas, croquettes, etc.
After we got all dolled up, Area 31 was the place to be! A gorgeous view of the city of Miami AND a beat the clock type deal for drink specials. From 5pm-11pm drinks are priced by the hour 5pm = $5 mixed drinks, 6pm $6 mixed drinks, etc. (select drinks, select red and white wines and prosecco). There was a performer playing the saxophone, and not to mention this bar was a great photo opp!
We also headed to the infamous Clevelander where we danced the night away!
Day 3: Saturday
Next on our list was Wynwood and it all started at The Salty Donut, an artisanal donut shop and coffee bar – so good! We had the most delicious Strawberry Shortcake and Guava & Cheese donuts. Nothing like washing it down with my favorite, chai tea! Once the Wynwood Walls opened, we explored the outdoor colorful street murals (which had many photos opps). We then went to Plant the Future which is a really cool nature-inspired design company with tons of plant designs and floral arrangements.
Rosé Saturdays at Nikki Beach is a great spot to spend the afternoon sipping rosé (by the glass for $5 and bottles for $25) and listening to fun music while having quick access to the beach.
Another must is watching the sunset on the beach in South Beach. All the colorful lifeguard stands make for perfect photos. After, we headed to Broken Shaker for some yummy avocado fries and pear hard cider. It was a really chill place with good music and pretty lights while you sat around a big in-ground pool.
Day 4: Sunday
For our last day, we wanted to just relax on the beach & rooftop pool to soak up all the color we could get, but not before stopping at Rosetta! This time I had a really delicious raspberry preserve filled croissant.
For lunch we went to Havana 1957 and had Cuban sandwiches (I had chicken) and went to little Cuban shops where we purchased some tasty Cuban coffee to bring home!
There was so much to do and see in the Miami area. We need to plan another trip back especially now that we know you can usually find a great deal!