One day is obviously not long enough to see any city, let alone Miami. But since I was leaving on a cruise the next day I didn’t want to waste the trip without a quick visit to the city. I did a little research before I arrived and discovered some things along the way. If you ever have a chance to go to Miami, here’s a quick guide on how to spend a day:
Miami – A Quick Guide
10 am: Wynwood Art District
The Wynwood Art District was actually the spot I was most excited to see. It is a former industrial area that has been transformed into an amazing area filled with street art and galleries.
We had our Uber driver drop us on 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Street. Once we told him what we wanted to see he knew exactly where to take us. He let us off on a street corner where we were surrounded by art! Painted walls and entire buildings. Every turn we took we discovered more color.
There are also plenty of places to eat and drink as you admire the area, so finding a spot for lunch will be easy.
12 Noon: South Beach
A stop in Miami should always include a visit to South Beach. We took a quick Uber ride to a restaurant on the southern most point to start our tour. After that we headed to the beach so we could walk along the ocean and soak in the atmosphere.
The beach was crowded, but not unbearably so. Lots of people laying out in the sun and playing in the water. We had to dodge a few people playing games as we made our way north along the beach, but the people watching was lots of fun.
My favorite part of the beach was the colorful lifeguard towers. They are definitely what I think of when I think of South Beach . . . that and the art deco architecture on Ocean Drive along South Beach. The Art Deco district lines Ocean Drive along South Beach and is full of 1930s Art Deco and plenty of bright neon lights. The combination is distinctive and charming and it is absolutely worth taking time to walk the street.
4 pm: Espanolo Way
A few blocks from South Beach is a small, European style pedestrian friendly street. It was the perfect location to retreat to after the crowed beach. We enjoyed happy hour and then a wonderful Italian dinner at Piccola Cucina (440 Espanolo Way). Our Italian waiter was very entertaining and the food was wonderfully authentic.
8 pm: Nightlife
South Beach is also the perfect place to find bars and nightclubs. You could spend hours going from place to place and soaking in the local flavor. We have hung out there at night before, but on this last trip we skipped this part of the evening. (Mainly because we had been awake since 3:30 am to catch our flight to Miami.) For this trip we headed back to our hotel early and crashed. All in all it was a perfect day.
I’m already looking forward to another trip to Miami. We like to take cruises and a lot of the cruise lines sail out of Miami, so I think there’s a good chance we’ll be back. If you have any recommendations for my next trip I would love to hear from you!