South Beach jet set vibes, oceanfront Art Deco architecture and Downtown design on holidays to Miami
Candy coloured loungers and swish private cabanas line the white sands of Miami Beach. There’s Champagne on tap, pool boys delivering cocktails and Art Deco architecture thrown into the mix. Our hand-picked Miami holidays take you from hotels with palm-lined pools and ocean views to luxury spa resorts. Wear sneakers and play beach volleyball by day but expect to get dressed up to the nines come dusk for access to Miami’s exclusive clubs. If you’ve ever wanted to try SoulCycle, this is the place to do it, but if you’re more inclined to sink into an oversized sofa with a glass of wine watching a pastel pink Miami sunset, that’s just fine here too. The throngs of crowds on South Beach are there for good reason – this is Miami’s most popular spot; but there are also shiny new kids in town. Follow the scent of sun tan lotion to Mid Beach and you’ll find couture cafés, industrial style restaurants and artisanal bakeries.
Holidays to Miami aren’t just about the beach. There’s an influx of celebrity-chef restaurants, luxury stores and art galleries in the Design District, the historic 1920’s Venetian Pool in Coral Gables and plenty of Latin flair as you sip a cortadito in Little Havana’s Cuban neighbourhood. Whether you come Instagram-ready for the sleek steel and glass façade of the Institute of Contemporary Art or the space-age curves of Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, want a dose of Mediterranean architecture on Biscayne Bay or opt for a sultry mix of surf, sashimi and sunsets, you’ll discover that Miami is not just a city with style, but fast becoming one with serious substance too.
For a glamorous stay on South Beach or a hip Downtown hotel, give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll tailor make your perfect Miami holiday.
- Miami Beaches’ South Beach is a place to see and be seen, while Central and North Miami Beach both offer a quieter alternative
- Miami is a diverse city filled with Latin spirit and Caribbean flair and this is reflected in its food. Blending these flavours, the city has created a unique style of cuisine known as “Floribbean”
- Shopping is a favourite pastime in Miami with a variety of choice, from malls such as Dolphin and Dadeland to the boutiques of Coconut Grove
- Miami is the starting destination for a selection of our cruises and a great place to enjoy a pre or post cruise stay
- A walking tour of the city’s unique Art Deco district is the best way to witness the vibrant 1920s, 30s and 40s architecture
Miami holiday highlights
With miles of stunning shoreline and luxe glamour you’ll be forgiven for not wanting to stray far from the ocean. But walk SoBe’s Art Deco District or take a stroll around Wynwood’s iconic artist-commissioned graffiti Walls and you’ll start to see the innovative and architectural rewards of occasionally leaving your stand-up paddleboard behind.
Between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue you’re treated to plenty of Art Deco and Miami Modern designs from the likes of Henry Hohauser and L. Murray Dixon. A 20-minute taxi ride over the McArthur Causeway takes you into the core of Miami to the Design District’s hip art galleries, street art installations and high-end shops. Mix a trip to Prada and Fendi with viewings in the Institute of Contemporary Art and shop like a billionaire art collector in the magnificently curated de la Cruz Collection. Whilst over this side, an architectural detour to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on Biscayne Bay leads you to an extraordinary Mediterranean estate with 10 acres of grand European-style gardens, fountains and terraces.
Back at Miami Beach you’re going to spend most of your time on South Beach for oversized cocktails, upscale restaurants and rooftop bars, with the best things happening between 5th and 15th Streets. White-sand beaches are standard here, and SoBe runs parallel to Ocean Drive. Other worthy beach contenders include Key Biscayne for Cape Florida Lighthouse, family-friendly shallow waters and watersports; Mid Beach for the stylish pool clubs and its elevated boardwalk; and the northern tip of Bal Harbour Beach for uncrowded white sands and a spot of shopping at Chanel before it’s back to stand-up paddleboarding.
Where is Miami?
Miami is in the state of Florida and consists of the City of Miami and the iconic ‘coastal city within a city’ of Miami Beach. It sits between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean part of the Atlantic Ocean, with the Florida Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east. Biscayne Bay separates Miami City from Miami Beach.
If you want to travel the length of the coastline or head across to the city and Downtown Miami, then you’ll be relying on taxis, buses or a rental car. Getting around South Beach itself is easy with Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue all walkable, or you can use the South Beach Local bus service, which runs throughout the day. Taxis are the best method of transport for bar and restaurant hopping. The Miami Hop On/Hop Off takes you all over Miami, from the beach to Downtown and Coral Gables to the Design District. You’ll find the Trolley electric bus in neighbourhoods including Coconut Grove, Wynwood and Little Havana. The Metrorail and Metrobus have good value seven days passes if you plan on using public transport a lot during your stay. If you fancy a more unique method of transport, water taxis will take you along Biscayne Bay and Downtown.
There’s the flashy new Brickell City Centre plaza and the mega shopping malls of Aventura and Dadeland for high-street, luxury brands and tech gifts all in one spot, but we also recommend the Design District and the Biscayne corridor for alfresco shopping with a mix of luxury brands including Cartier, Hermes and Louis Vuitton and an eclectic choice of art galleries, cafes and independent designer boutiques. Bal Harbour Shops on Collins Avenue is equivalent to Rodeo Drive – a high-end outdoor mall with the big department stores of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue too. In the heart of South Beach, Lincoln Road’s pedestrianised stretch is where everyone flocks for both mainstream and up market shops. Expect to pick up everything from cute swimwear to glam sunglasses and cool cover-ups to floaty sundresses.
Food & drink
Gourmet coffee shops, high-end candy stores, small-batch roasts, artisanal bakeries, seafood feasts and epicurean classics… experience it all in Miami. Sunset Harbour is where local South Beach residents hang out for post-SoulCycle cocktails, tapas and wood-fired pizzas, and you’ll find an enticing blend of Nuevo Latino cuisine and American classics pretty much every where you go. With plenty of acclaimed chef’s restaurants as well as legendary local favourite Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami certainly isn’t short on gourmet treats. The rooftop bars on Lincoln Road and West Avenue are a glitzy choice for craft cocktails and sunset views, but head to the Design District when you just can’t decide – ice-cream and crepes; casual pizzerias or seriously stylish restaurants from well known faces such as the Estefan’s and Joel Robuchon.
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If you’re in Miami at a weekend, hang out around the quieter end of South Beach from 5th Ave near the lifeguard station. You’ll need to stay until around six in the evening but you’ll be treated to people drumming, which was fun to watch, as well as a yoga class which you can get involved in.