Bienvenido a Miami
I know you’re singing the Will Smith classic in your head now. I can’t blame you, it is pretty catchy.
At the end of July, Rob and I jetted off to a last minute trip to Miami! He had recently gotten a new job and had some time off in between, so we took advantage. I’d never been before and was a little hesitant, but I left loving it and look forward to our next trip back.
The coolest thing about Miami is that it feels so unlike the U.S. Most of our Uber drivers spoke English as their second language which really made it feel like you were in different country. Then you remember you only flew like 3 hours to get there. Not bad, at all.
So, where should you stay? And, what are the best places to visit in Miami? The point of our trip was more for relaxation than anything else, so we didn’t do a ton of exploring (other than our day in Wynwood), but we had a great time, and if you’re heading to Miami or have been considering it, you’ll want to know about these places!
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Fontaineleau on Miami Beach. The hotel was very nice, and our room was huge and had a view of the harbor which I really enjoyed. We had access to tons of pools, bars and restaurants, and overall, I’d totally stay there again, though I’d love to see what other boutique hotels were available.
The only downside was that once you were there, the food and drinks were very expensive and not the best quality, but not terrible either. It was perfect for poolside drinks and a quick lunch, but we didn’t stay here for dinners at night (though I’ve heard the sushi restaurant in the hotel is very good).
What to Do
Like I mentioned earlier, we didn’t really do a whole lot on this trip, so I can’t tell you much more, but we did love Wynwood Walls and if you’re into street art or art of any kind, it’s worth stopping by. There are some super talented artists whose work lives there and some of the really bright and colorful ones you’ve likely seen on Instagram before (like the one below!).
Where We Ate & Drank
*I highly recommend making reservations wherever you want to eat! Most restaurants were on OpenTable!
Cecconi’s is located inside the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach and was located right next to our hotel which was very convenient. The first night we had dinner here and it was delicious! We shared the avocado and chickpea dip, and then both got a pasta dish as our main course and loved it. The food was great, but the atmosphere was even better—just take a look at their website to get an idea. The restaurant sits in a courtyard and has twinkly lights overhead, making it the perfect romantic date spot!
They have a bar there too and we ended up grabbing drinks here before dinner several times because we liked the ambiance and the drinks were cheaper than at the Fontainebleau.
We met a friend of ours for dinner here one night and it was so cute! It was windy, but we sat outside anyway. The patio was decorated with Moravian star lanterns and the food was yummy. It was tapas style, but not Spanish flavors. There’s a cute bar just down the street called Bocce that we stopped by too.
We found this one on Yelp and went because of the reviews. They lived up to the hype! The ceviche was amazing and we shared a big plate of steak and vegetables for dinner. I was stuffed, but was so glad we came. Definitely add this to your list if you like ceviche!
This place got great reviews online, but wasn’t our favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but we’d eaten at some pretty delicious places beforehand and this spot was a bit disappointing. It was suppose to be Mexican, but I felt like the flavors fell short—no spice! And I didn’t really like the restaurant’s ambiance either. Oh well, live and you learn.
We spent one of our days in Wynwood, which I would highly recommend! It’s such a unique, artsy, kinda-grungy area and we loved it. We started out morning at Panther Coffee. It was actually the only day that we woke up early enough to eat breakfast, whoops! We got a pastry and coffee and sat outside to eat them before exploring. It was such a sharp contrast from Miami Beach and I’m glad we went.
We strolled around for a bit, went to Wynwood Walls, walked around more and then decided it was time for a beer. It was also scorching and incredibly humid, so duh. We popped into Wynwood Brewing which was cold and dark, again, a nice contrast from what sat just outside. The beer was good too! If you need a pit stop during your tour of Wynwood, you should come here.
We ate lunch at this adorable taco shop that was right next door to Panther Coffee. Our favorite was the tacos al pastor. I loved the interiors and cool tile floors. The food did not disappoint!!
Have you been to Miami? What suggestions do you have?!