Mary in Miami: A 10-hour Day Trip

 

Everything about Miami screams relaxation and indulgence. During our Miami day trip, we swooned over giant colorful murals in Wynwood, skipped through the waves of South Beach and noshed on lunch at a tiny Cuban spot in Little Havana.

South Beach

My brother and I spent 10 hours in Miami, traveling from Fort Lauderdale. We decided to Uber everywhere, which made us very mobile and we were able to see a LOT. Check out our day, hour by hour, and then save my Google map to your phone so you can save an itinerary that will keep you busy in this famous Florida metropolis:

Hour 1: Wake up at 8:00 a.m. Snooze. Then snooze again, then finally wake up and eat a couple of bites for breakfast.

Hour 2: Call an Uber. Jump in the car, and it’s 45 minutes to Miami from Fort Lauderdale. We loved Ubering right away. Since the drivers are all locals, they know the local news, and what to see and do in the area.

Hours 3&4: Arrive at South Beach. Chill. Splash in the waves and people-watch in this famous neighborhood bordered by a long, long spread of beach.

South Beach

Hour 5: Stroll the Art Deco District. Grab a cigarillo and get in the Miami spirit. The entire street is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because it’s the largest concentration of these retro buildings – it’s like an interactive museum.

art deco district

Hour 6: Uber to Little Havana. Stop at a local fruteria and buy a coconut in the shell – so refreshing. We loved sitting like old men on benches in the sun and enjoying the warmth.

little havana

Hour 7: Find a local restaurant that’s not too full, not too empty. We got great seats at e Exquisito Restaurant and ordered beers and a couple of classic meals; a Cuban Sandwich and Arroz con Pollo.

arroz con pollo miami

Hour 8: Uber time. We headed to Coral Gables, a quiet neighborhood, to see The Biltmore and act like super rich people. The grounds are exquisite, as is the lobby. While the pool is off limits for those who aren’t guests, we still got a good glimpse. This was a whole other side of Miami.

biltmore pool miami

Hour 9: Uber time, of course. This time, over to Wynwood, this insanely cool art district with Brooklyn vibes. I can see this being the place to go out at night. The Wynwood Walls were an ABSOLUTE MUST. It’s basically a huge playground with huge murals by famous graffiti artists.

wynwood walls

Hour 10: We met up with my friend and fellow blogger, The Fashion Poet. Annie showed us an awesome coffee spot called Mister Block Cafe, and we chilled there for a while, people watching, soaking in the sun and playing with Elmo, her cute ‘lil pug.

the fashion poet

In our Uber back, with the sun setting on Miami, it all felt like a dream. What an amazing place with so much to do, and so much diversity. Everywhere you turn in Miami is a completely different setting, but overall, everyone and everything is connected by one warm and welcoming vibe. Can’t wait to go back again soon and spend some more time there.

 

Have you been to Miami? What should I do next time?

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