The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Miami Beach, Florida! + Giveaway
Welcome to the Miami Beach travel guide. I hope this blog post helps you find new places to eat, stay, and explore while you’re visiting beautiful Miami Beach Florida!
I’m back with a new travel guide, and I’m so excited to share everything my best friend and I did in Miami! Miami Beach has been on my bucket list for years, and after making the trip, I can confidently say, “it did not disappoint!” Miami is colorful, relaxing, but also has a wild side. No matter what kind of traveler you are, you’ll be able to find things you enjoy whether it’s trying new restaurants, relaxing at the spa, exploring art galleries, sippin’ sangrias on the beach, or dancing all night long! We even went ice skating in Miami! How bizarre, but totally us!
Oh, and make sure to look out for the giveaway!
After browsing the internet for the perfect place for us to stay, I came across Loews Miami Beach Hotel and fell in love. It had everything we were hoping for: beachfront, pool, spa, fitness center, restaurant, and a coffee shop that opened as early as we woke up. Well, It’s even more beautiful in person, and one of the most conveniently located hotels in Miami beach. You’ll be seeing A LOT of Loews Miami Beach hotel in this post because it’s where we wanted to spend all of our time. Sometimes, it’s nice to travel to a beach hotel and simply enjoy it rather than exploring all over the city. We left this trip feel rejuvenated, and that was the whole point of us going.
Loews is one of the prettiest hotels, and they never skipped out on the details. I usually leave a place saying “I wish they offered this or that” but not here! They’ve thought of everything. Did I mention it’s located in the heart of South Beach Miami? This meant we could walk to most places! We stayed in the ocean view balcony room, and it was gorgeous! At night, the view of the moon lighting up the ocean was breathtaking. You’ll have to check out my video to see it. If we wanted to hang out at the beach, we just had to take a few steps to get there. If I could describe this hotel in one word, it would be: convenient. The hotel staff was there to help you with no matter what you needed! I have to say that the people in Miami were some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.
disclosure** Loews Miami Beach Hotel gave us a media rate for our stay! All opinions are my own!
We woke up SUPER early on the first day so we could grab a coffee down in the lobby at Miami Joe’s, and catch the sunrise. Loews Miami Beach Hotel loves to bring local businesses into their hotel, so the coffee, ice cream, and some of the food are all sourced from outside local businesses. Oh, and the coffee was DELICIOUS. It’s sourced from Panther Coffee which is located in the Wynwood Art District!
It was pretty hot and humid while we visited, so we took advantage of the cooler mornings and walked along the beach and the boardwalk.
We decided to explore a bit of Miami Beach before parking it at the beach for the afternoon.
WHAT TO DO: WALK AROUND THE ART DECO DISTRICT
You all know how much I love my colorful things, so Miami was totally my vibe! All of the buildings, streets, and sculptures in the Art Deco District was a blast to explore.
We were both super hungry after walking around, so we were on the hunt to find a quick bite to eat before heading back and getting ready for the beach. We walked passed Chloe’s at the Marseille and decided to give it a try. There wasn’t a wait, and we wanted something quick. I’m happy we tried it out because it ended up being delicious! We ordered peach and orange mimosas to toast to our weekend in Miami!
For my breakfast, I ordered fresh fruit, roasted vegetables, and two eggs over medium. Becca ordered the eggs benedict and said it was outstanding!
We had to stop by A La Folie Cafe. This place looked like it was transported from the south of France! It was adorable, and the owner was super sweet!
We ordered an americano, cappuccino, and a chocolate croissant. Espanola Way is pretty calm in the mornings, but poppin’ at night! I have to admit, the americano was probably the best tasting americano I’ve ever had!
There’s nothing better than spending the day on the beach. Talk about RELAXATION! We spent two of the afternoons there!
The great thing about staying at Loews Miami Beach hotel is that they have all the beach chairs with umbrellas ready to go at your convenience (again, with that word!) They laid out fresh towels, and even came by to wait on us. We spent most of the day eating the tastiest food, sippin’ fruity drinks, and relaxing at the beach. This was exactly what we wanted to do on our weekend trip. The point of visiting Miami together was to celebrate Becca’s wedding and to take a break from all the stressful wedding planning.
The hotel offered a lot of fun games for the restless **cough me!!**
You could play cornhole, chest, or Jenga! They even had the cutest set up for sandcastle fun for kids. I don’t have kids, but I would say this is a super kid-friendly hotel if you’re visiting Miami with the family.
Who wouldn’t want to spend more time outside by the pool? When we out-beached ourselves, we headed to the pool to park under the shaded umbrellas. We cooled off while sipping drinks in the water, and I even fell asleep because it was so relaxing!
The pool also has service for food and drinks, which makes the pool day so much fun! I highly recommend Frose and french fries! 😋 They also make skinny drinks if you ask! I usually told them to hold any of the syrups.
We planned on going to a Greek restaurant the first night, but they didn’t open for a few hours, so we decided to split a dinner at Malibu Farms. This was one of my favorite spots while visiting California, so I was happy to see it in Miami! I love their food.
I started with a warm almond milk matcha latte, and we ended up splitting their organic airline chicken. It was delicious, and I’m so happy we split it because we were stuffed afterward. It came with potatoes, arugula, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and shallots.
We popped into Rosetta, the Italian Bakery while trying to escape the heat before our 12:30 pm reservation at the Palace!
We thought it looked cute, and we could really use some iced coffee to cool us down. It was a hot one! I just have to note; we had the best ice coffee EVER. This spot a goldmine for iced coffee. All of their pastries smelled heavenly, too!
Brunch at the Palace was the star of the trip. If you’re visiting Miami Beach, don’t think twice, add this to your itinerary.
We were really there for the show, but even the food blew us away! We had bottomless mimosas and ordered off the special brunch menu. I had their eggs benedict without the hollandaise sauce and bun. The potatoes, avocado, eggs, and flavors were flawless. Beca ordered a frittata and couldn’t believe how good it was.
The show is FANTASTIC! Come prepared to laugh, bring ones for the dancers, and be prepared to get called out. We ended up staying for the entire three hours!
Ice skating and bowling at the Basement is the perfect thing to do on a rainy evening!
We hit up the Basement at the Edition hotel to escape the rain and have fun ice skating. I’ve never seen an ice skating rink this cool. We skated for about an hour before getting exhausted, but we loved it! Other than a few teenagers, it wasn’t crowded at all. When you’re done ice skating you can hit up the bowling alley right next to the rink. Definitely call ahead and make reservations for the bowling.
We headed to Taco Taco South Beach to have a quick meal before heading back to the hotel. We wanted to grab wine and hang out by the hot tub later.
We are total meal splitters on trips because we are usually not that hungry in the evening, and it’s a great way to save money without having all the leftover food go to waste. Becca and I both LOVE fajitas, so we split chicken fajitas, margaritas, and a basket of tortilla chips.
We decided to wake up super early on Saturday morning and walk the boardwalk down to Pura Vida for breakfast.
Pura Vida is a healthy spot and super trendy. I’m so happy we stopped into this place because they had exactly what I was craving! I ordered the egg salad toast. It was made with pasture-raised eggs, avocado, mustard aioli (SO YUMMY!), fresh herbs, spices,
micro-cilantro, served on arugula and toasted multigrain sourdough gluten-free bread.
I also ordered a super greens smoothie that had spinach, kale, granny smith apple, cucumber, celery, pineapple, cayenne pepper, lemon, and extra ginger.
On the way out, I picked up a gluten-free guava coconut cookie, which was the BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. And also the worst because now I’m craving it again, and they don’t ship 😭
After spending all Saturday bouncing back and forth between the beach and pool, it was time to get ready for our scheduled photoshoot with Focal Point! We didn’t know what to expect but were super excited about having someone take professional photos for us!
We signed up for the free session online and set up a time that would work best. We met up with our photographer, Felipe, and shot photos all around the resort and on the beach. He had us posing in all kinds of fun ways, and we honestly had such a blast doing this shoot. This is something we are always going to remember! I was happy with how great the photos turned out. I’m excited that I’ll be able to frame these photos of us as a way to remember our bestie vacation!
You’ll be able to have access to all of the edited photos in an online gallery and pay for the ones you want to keep!
This was definitely my favorite one he took!
After our photoshoot, we headed to Espanola Way to explore it at night. There were so many restaurants and a lot happening down there! Unfortunately, we got rained out, but it’s on my list to go back next time! It’s been around since the 1920s, and I know there’s so much left to see!
We headed back to the hotel to pack, and head to sleep, because we had to be up at 3 am for our flight!
Since I LOVE bringing my travels to the blog, and home to you! It’s time for a giveaway. I’ll be giving two readers a bag of Panther Coffee! All you have to do is leave a comment answering one of the questions below! xo xo & good luck!!
WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED IN THE COMMENTS!! Didn’t win? head over to the NYC blog to enter THAT giveaway!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever been to Miami?
- Are you team pool or beach?
- Where was the last place you traveled to with your best friend?
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