We visited Miami in October 2014 – combining it with a trip to Barbados and loved this vibrant, colourful and laid back city. We stayed at The Redbury, a five minute walk away from South Beach. It’s the sister hotel to The Raleigh, which means you can use their facilities (read: amazing swimming pool).
So what’s there to do in Miami apart from lying on the beach?
1. Discover art deco gems
I LOVE art deco and Miami is full of art deco buildings. They are mostly found along Ocean Drive and in around South Beach. Either walk or hire a bike and go exploring.
2. Explore Brickell Key
Brickell Key is a man-made island that’s a luxury neighbourhood. You’ll find the Mandarin Oriental hotel here (which has a fabulous Peruvian restaurant) and lots of luxury apartments. The Island is 1.7 kms in circumference and is a really lovely walk as you get panoramic views of the Miami skyline.
3. Do some shopping in Lincoln Mall
Lincoln Mall is basically a really long road full of shops, bars, restaurants and even a theatre. As it’s outdoors, it’s best to go in dry weather. Most restaurants have tables outside so it’s a great place to people watch. Whilst my husband and I were having lunch at Sushi Samba, an elderly gentleman rode past on his bicycle in just a gold speedo….
4. Jog, gym or cycle along South Beach
You only need to look at the buffed bodies to know that people who live in Miami lead an active lifestyle. So why not join them? You can hire a bicycle, jog/run or even join in with the locals at one of their free, outdoor gyms along South Beach.
5. Take a drive along the Florida Keys
We hired a car and drove along the Florida Keys. Once you’re out of Miami, it’s a straight road all the way down to Key West. We chose to go about a third of the way down and stayed a night at Chesapeake Beach Resort, which is in Islamorada. It was great to take a road trip and see a bit more of Florida. Oh, and drive a Mustang convertible…