“If you’re stuck in the snow and dreaming of a getaway, let us guide you through this diverse, culturally vibrant, and playful Florida city.” – The EveryGirl
What You Need To Know Before You Go:
This Trip Is For You If:
✓ You want a quick escape from the cold with an extended weekend getaway
✓ Want a girl-specific getaway where you can hit the beach, shop and dance
✓ Don’t mind spending a little more to get the best experience possible on south beach
How Long To Go For: 3-5 Days
Weather In Miami:
- July is the hottest month in Miami with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F)
- The coldest is January at 20°C (68°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in July.
- The wettest month is October with an average of 234 mm of rain.
- The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 30°C (86°F).
Daily Travel Costs In Miami:
Below is daily average of a typical travel budget for Miami. Costs include accommodations and food in US dollars.
Budget Travel: $120/day
- Dorm beds/camping: $30–50
- Supermarket self-catering and cheap eats
- Beaches are free
- Avoid a car; stick to one place and cycle
Mid-Range Travel: $200/day
- Hotels: $80–200
- Mix of in-room meals and seafood feasts
- Target theme park/beach shoulder seasons
- Rental car: $40–50
Luxury Travel: $250/day or more
- High-season beach hotel/resort: $250–400
- Miami gourmet dinners (for two): $150–300
- All-inclusive, four- to seven-day theme-park blowout: $1500–4000
Getting There & Around:
- Flights: See the best flights to flights and compare prices here.
- Airport Transfer: Avoid the hassle of cabs and book a private transfer from Fort Lauderdale or Miami airport here.
- Car Rental: Explore Miami on your own terms with the cheapest car rentals in the country here.
- Local Transportation: Find the best bus routes using their local transportation here.
✓ SLEEP: South Beach
BUDGET: Best budget hotel is Freehand Hotel (Under $150)
TripAdvisor Room tip: “The best part: the patio. There is a cool bar there, where you can hang while chugging a couple of cold beers. The decor is a little bit dated, but the hostel is nice and clean. The staff was really helpful! Location is very good, and the breakfast is a great tour.”-TripAdvisor
MID-RANGE: Best mid-range hotel The Redbury South Beach ($150-$300)
“We are speechless you need to come stay to see and to believe …one of the best hotels in miami … Super clean big rooms and service very good. Location very close to the beach and you can use the SLS pool across the street just perfect!”-TripAdvisor
LUXURY: Best luxury hotel Epic Hotel ($300-500)
“I have enjoyed the excellent service, the comfort of the room, the great amenities, the STUNNING view , the music coming from the swimming pool but most of all the vibe: vibrant, wired, eclectic mix of people! And the plus , one of the best urban art gallery!”–TripAdvisor
✓ DO: Hit South Beach
Duration: 3-4 hours.
Cost: Free, unless you prefer going to private beach clubs.
Tip: Take a dip, enjoy the warm sun but don’t forget your sunscreen. And be careful of the pricey drinks $$$.
“very nice place to visit and enjoy the sun sand and surf. would recommend to friends and family. went on a weekend and was not as crowded as I thought it would really be. this was in July so that might be why.” – Tripadvisor
✓ RELAX: Biltmore Spa
Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: $ 265 – $ 495
Tip: Visit the spa early to take advantage of its other amenities such as the steam room and fitness center.
“Fantastic place to indulge in pampering and spa activities! Wonderfully appointed areas with relaxing vistas and amenities make for a wonderful experience!” – Tripadvisor
✓ DO: Rent a Jet Ski
DO: Jet Skiing
Duration: 30 min – 1 hour.
Cost: $ 79 – $ 109
Tip: Ensure that jet skiing place is fully licensed and you are fully insured before heading out.
Highest Ranked Operator on Tripadvisor: Miami Jet Ski Rentals
“Our experience with American WaterSport renting Jet skis was great- Fun and we highly recommended.. and we want to thank all the staff that work there they made sure all the equipment was ready for our tour, they were extremely professional , helpful and detailed.. Definitely we will be back… Thank you !” – Tripadvisor
✓ SEE: Little Havana
Duration: 2-3 hours
Tip: Take a stroll along the Cuban neighborhood’s main street, Calle Ocho. Don’t forget to stop by the Domino Park and watch the locals play dominoes.
“If you are looking for some Cuban experience, we´ll find it there! The shops, markets, bars e restaurants…everything brings you to Cuba. I had an amazing dinner at a Cuban restaurant for a good price.” – Tripadvisor
✓ SEE: Vizcaya Museum and Garden
Duration: 1- 2 hours.
Cost: $15 for entrance fee
Tip: Wander around the villa and see various kinds of decorative sculpture. Don’t miss taking beautiful snapshots of the place and its marvelous sunset.
“This is a must visit when in Miami. It’s a historical site with amazing views. During the weekends and summer months, you will see many quinceañeras having photo shoots here. The gardens are the best part but the house is worth a visit.” – Tripadvisor
✓EAT: Cheap Tacos at Taquiza
Cost: $ 10- $ 25
Recommend: Certified classics such as the chicken and carnitas tacos while beef tongue or charred poblano for adventurous diners
Website and menu found here
“We were looking for a good Mexican place and finally found this taqueria. This is a nice beautiful open air place. Interior is pretty unique. The food is so delicious and authentic, I cannot explain. This is a must try place when in Miami. I am definitely coming back during my next visit!” – Tripadvisor
✓EAT:Dinner at Versailles
Cost: $10 – $30
Recommend: Versailles is known for its mojitos, piña coladas, Ham Croquette, Ropa Vieja and Cassava with Cuban mojo.
Website and menu found here
“Excellent Cuban restaurant, fast service, good price, excellent food. 5 minutes “from la calle 8”. They have a big pastry and coffee shop. Versailles rest it a must!!!!” – Tripadvisor
✓DRINK: Hyde Beach Kitchen and Cocktails
Cost: $30 – $ 60
Recommend: The restaurant’s Ginger Spiced Mojito, Kale Kimchee Salas with fried tofu, pumpkin seeds and avocado and its very own Oxtail Bucaniti are definite must-try
“Perfect ocean view, great service, extensive menu, wine and cocktails. Make sure you seat outdoors and try some of the smaller dishes, flavors are delicious. Nice setting for a sunset dinner.” – Tripadvisor
Written by Ali K