Wonderful Things To Do in Miami, FL
I recently flew to Florida to surprise my niece on her birthday and stayed for about a week in Bal Harbour.
Prior to moving to New York, I lived right on the ocean, and I sure miss living so close to the water! So it’s always great being back in the Sunshine State, catching up with family and friends, and dining at my favorite spots.
In today’s article, I am sharing my suggestions of wonderful things to see and do in Miami, in case you find yourself planning a getaway to Miami.
1. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Step back in time and explore the grandeur of what used to be James Deering’s winter home in the heart of Coral Gables.
Vizcaya is a stunning mansion that was built between 1914 and 1916 and features European design traditions showing that America can compete with Europe, not only financially, but also culturally.
2. Sunset Dinner at Mandarin Oriental
If you love Peruvian ceviche, make sure to grab a reservation at La Mar by Gastón Acurio, a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell that overlooks Biscayne Bay.
I’ve been coming here since it opened in 2013, and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami.
3. Brunch at Faena Miami Beach
I love an early breakfast or brunch at Veranda at the Faena Hotel. If you are staying in the South Beach area, this spot is on 32nd and Collins Avenue.
After brunch, check out Damien Hirst’s impressive gold sculpture of a mammoth that stands three meters tall, is plated in 24-karat gold, and is inside a glass vitrine.
4. Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers
There are over thirty lifeguard towers along the coastline of Miami Beach from South Pointe Park up to 87th Street.
These brightly colored lifeguard towers were commissioned to be redesigned in a vibrant fashion to uplift the spirits of the town after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
These cute and vibrant lifeguard towers are definitely worth checking out, plus they make a great backdrop for your photos.
5. Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons at The Surf Club
I lived next door to this hotel for many years, and it was one of my favorite spots for dinner with my girlfriends. I love coming to the Champagne Bar whenever I am in town.
The restaurants at the Four Seasons in Surfside have changed names over the years, but they are always beautifully designed.
I packed a new white swimsuit cover-up from Everything But Water that I really love, this Hunza one-piece swimsuit with a stretchy fabric, and my favorite bikini with a high-waist bottom. See the short version of my white cover-up here (also available in black).
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Which airport is best for Miami Beach?
Miami International Airport is 12 miles (19 km) from Miami Beach, a 20 minute drive.
Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood Airport is 29 miles (47 km) from Miami Beach, a 40 minute drive.
BEST HOTELS IN MIAMI
Miami is full of great hotels, here is a list of hotels that I am familiar with the properties so I recommend them.
Click on any of the hotels below to see their availability and rates.
- Four Seasons at The Surf Club
- The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
- Grand Beach Hotel Surfside
- Mandarin Oriental Brickell
- Biltmore Coral Gables
- Faena Miami Beach
If you are looking for my recent articles related to the hotels mentioned above, take a look at The Biltmore Hotel here, The Faena Hotel in Miami here, and if you are traveling to New York soon, check out The Mandarin Oriental Lounge in New York here.