You’ve seen the food we’ve eaten but to round off our Miami content it’s now time to focus on the attractions, history and the various neighbourhoods which makes up this wonderful part of the world.
First thing to clear up before we go into this any further – Miami Beach is not a beach. Technically Miami and Miami Beach are two different cities, with the two separated by numerous roads which bridge the gap of around 3 miles. Between them is a beautiful area and a prime spot for jet skiing, speedboating or cruising around Millionaire’s Row and the other luxury mansion estates which only the most wealthy can afford… Will Smith, David Beckham and the man responsible for viagra’s existence either live or have lived there before.
Broken down into our favourite neighbourhoods, here is our guide for how to have a fantastic time in Miami… and Miami Beach.
South Beach is perhaps what most envision the whole of Miami to be like. The never ending beaches, bars, cafes and palm tree lined roads made our prejudice 100% accurate and when the sun is out, well it seems like there is no better place on Earth. We spent the majority of our time in South Beach simply wandering around and absorbing the feel-good atmosphere.
Ocean Drive’s Art Deco District is a personal fave which is experienced best with a walking tour so you can understand the history and importance of this style on the area. Compared to the UK at least, history is a strong word for most architecture in Miami. The 1930’s era is when the Art Deco style featured on pretty much all of the buildings was inspired from. The pastel buildings and neon lights are emphatically retro and enhanced by the Saturday morning classic car display that lines the streets.
With the sun beaming down, music pumping from the street food stalls and rollerblading, bikini clad adolescents sipping fresh coconut juice, it really does make you feel a long way from home… in a good way. A very good way.
Make sure to also stroll down Lincoln Road – Miami Beach’s premier shopping district which is home to almost anything you can think of. It’s also very close by to some first class restaurants, bars and a fantastic food tour which we participated in.
Wynwood, On the side of Downtown Miami but slightly further north, was one of our favourite days out. After hitting up Zak the Baker for breakfast, we hit tourist spot no.1.
The area was revitalised in 2009 when an artistic community spotted an opportunity for the windowless warehouse district to be the blank canvas for something spectacular. The street art that now covers the walls is a massive statement and personifies Wynwood as an elegantly gentrified area full of boutique fashion stores, hipster coffee shops and impressive artwork. It’s like Shoreditch, but bigger and better. We’ll let the photos do the talking.
Lock and Load
We were incredibly lucky to be roaming Wynwood in the blazing sunshine but a few days later when the rain was falling, we needed to stay inside. Wynwood had the perfect answer for us in Lock & Load – a premier machine gun shooting range with fully automatic weaponry and the capacity to give you with a great amount of adrenaline and a truly unique experience.
One caveat is that it’s incredibly expensive. We opted for the cheapest package available and it worked out as £110 each. But, no regrets as it was yet another moment of our holiday that will make it something we’ll never forget.
Miami Heat Basketball
Although both of us know absolutely zilch about basketball, we just had to taste the euphoria and energy that goes into American sports. With the opportunity to attend the Miami Heat v LA Clippers NBA clash, we snapped some cheap seats although you can get a lot closer to the action and pay many, many times more.
Sat not far from the back row of what is Miami’s equivalent of the 02 Arena, we settled in for the flamboyance of the fireworks, cheerleaders, kiss cams and team mascots… it really is like in the movies. The sport is almost a side piece, which is strange, but great fun. Go if you get the chance! It’s an experience.
Neighbouring the American Airlines Arena is Bayside Marketplace, a shopping centre which is home to multinational chains, Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters, but perhaps most interestingly the harbour where you can take numerous styles of boat trip from.
We took two during our week there – a cruise around Millionaires Row, and one speed boat which took a similar route but with much wetter consequences. Going at golden hour and simply absorbing the calm water, incredible skyline and sun set was amazing, especially when we were getting reports of snow in London at the same time.
We’ll be honest, this post would be outreageousoy long if we spoke about everything we did whilst there, so we’ll leave it there with our personal highlights. If you are to go then make sure to take the trips out of the city to the nearby Everglades National Park and the beautifully scenic road trip down to Key West.
We hope you’ve found it useful! If you have any questions, need recommendations or just fancy telling us what you’d love to do out of everything above then let us know in the comments! This brings to an end our Miami content, but as this gets published we’ll be packing our bags for Gibraltar. Check back next week for Jessica’s birthday adventures there.
Thank you for reading ❤️