We don’t know what travel is going to look like in the future. The travel industry has had a crazy, chaotic, and honestly depressing last ten months. It’s more important than ever to support the communities we love. Once it is safe to be able to travel again, these destinations will need our support. I’m still making my bucket lists for travel and hope you are too! I’ve spent A LOT of this year looking back on my favorite travel photos wistfully, and Miami is no exception.
I was in Miami twice for work. Because of my work assignments, I didn’t get to spend as much time exploring the city as I usually would. My “Must Do” in Miami list combines some of the destinations and experiences I got to have while in city, as well as other places I want to see sometime soon.
Miami is an extrovert’s dream come true – with high energy buzzing around the city and endless opportunities for entertainment everywhere you turn. Miami is distinctly different from other Florida hot spots like Orlando, Key West or Fort Lauderdale. There are beautiful sprawling beaches and historic buildings, but there’s also a vibrant art district, high-end shopping and an inspired food and wine scene.
If visiting Miami, Florida is in your future, make sure to visit these 7 places.
What Must Be On Your Miami Bucketlist
The Adventura Mall at its core is just another shopping mall. However, it’s one of the most beautifully designed malls you’ll ever see. There are over 300 luxury boutiques within the mall and endless dining opportunities within. If you are going to visit Miami, you should set aside some spending money to have a full shopping spree at the mall. Get yourself some chic new Miami styles before heading out to explore the city.
I became familiar with the Wynwood Walls years before I stepped foot in Miami. I worked with Jackie from Get Lost with Jackie on behalf of one of my clients, and I loved how she captured the artistic marvels of the Wynwood Walls from behind her Polaroid camera.
In 2009, the Wynwood Walls revitalized Wynwood’s warehouse district by highlighting graffiti and street art among the walls. Now, the world’s greatest artists come to Wynwood to display their art. You can get a private guided tour of the Wynwood Walls, or you can simply go and explore on your own, which is what I did. There was a lot to see and it was a great way to spend the afternoon.
South Beach has been called the American Riviera and has an amazing art deco scene (see below!). South Beach is the Miami of movies, of postcards, of Instagram (if you will). Think white sand beaches, bright blue ocean and tons of eating and drinking to be done along Ocean Drive.
Ocean Drive Art Deco
The Art Deco District in Miami has over 800 historic buildings and has the largest concentration of art deco buildings in the whole nation. There are walking tours available to understand more of the history around the Art Deco District. There is also an Art Deco Museum that can teach you about the three distinct styles of architecture in Miami Beach: Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, and Miami Modern.
Little Havana is a neighborhood in Miami that is the epicenter of Hispanic culture. This neighborhood has Latin restaurants, cafes, venues, markets, and more to explore. Once a month they host cultural events on Friday nights that showcase the art scene in the neighborhood.
Poolside at Four Seasons Hotel Miami
The pool on the seventh floor of Four Seasons Hotel Miami is my safe haven in the city. The hammocks hanging above the wading pool are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city. If you want to go for a splash or soak up the sun, just a few feet over is the main pool surrounded by lounge chairs. They have incredible poolside dining at Bahia – and the vegetarian tacos are seriously drool-worthy.
The Champagne Bar at The Surf Club
Four Seasons is here again, but this time at their other Miami location The Surf Club, an icon in the city. The Surf Club opened its doors in 1930, and the property has hosted legends like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill. Today, you can indulge in many ways at Four Seasons Hotel At The Surf Club, including pool-side cabanas, private beach access and insane Almafi-inspired dining. However, if you are just hoping to pop by, enjoy a cocktail at the famed Champagne Bar and take a stroll down Peacock Alley.
What’s on your must-do in Miami list?
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