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Bienvenido a Miami: A look into the best hotels, museums, tourist attractions and restaurants for every budget

March 12, 2012 by Cristina Habersetzer in Travel with 0 Comments

Miami is one muy caliente vacation destination… regardless of your budget. Check out a few of our recommendations below.

HOTELS

If you’re looking for luxury, Brickell Avenue offers many upscale hotels in the most central location. You’ll never be far from the beach and attractions! Try the Mandarin Oriental Miami for 5-star indulgence with a full-service spa and one of the best restaurants in Miami, Azul ($$$$).

For the budget conscious, South Beach is not out of reach. Slip your toes in the sand on Ocean Drive and then into your slippers one block over, on Collins Avenue, at one of the few hotels to have preserved its original Art Deco splendor, The Kent ($$). This pet-friendly property is in the heart of America’s Riviera, so you won’t miss one second of the action.

 

MUSEUMS

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens ($) – Agricultural Industrialist James Deering’s 1916 winter home is open to the public with guided tours. Inspired by Europe’s palaces, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a beautiful estate that will make you feel every bit a part of historical Miami. Admission is $15.

Miami Children’s Museum ($) – Take the kids over to the Miami Children’s Museum and let them explore their imaginations through educational play. This 56,500 square foot museum includes 14 galleries, classrooms and a 200-seat auditorium. Admission is $15.

 

RESTAURANTS

Joe’s Stone Crab ($$$) – For a uniquely Miami dining experience, head over to Joe’s Stone Crab (a mainstay in Miami since 1913). Stone Crab season is from October 15th to May 15th so book your reservations accordingly!

Michael’s Genuine ($$$) – For something fresh, organic and local, Michael’s Genuine is not to be missed. With menus changing daily based on seasonal foods, you’ll be sure to find something amazing–all from local farmers, fisherman, ranchers and artisans.

Big Pink Restaurant South Beach ($) – Looking for a diner that’s got it all? Check out Big Pink South Beach, where you’ll find anything from a chili dog to Vietnamese beef salad and steak to seared tuna… all under $20!

 

ATTRACTIONS

South Beach – probably the most notorious neighborhood in Miami, South Beach features Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, both of which feature Art Deco architecture and some of the best boutiques, restaurants and nightlife Miami has to offer. Venture to Lincoln Road for great shopping and beautiful people watching. Swing by the beach to get a photo of the colorful and unique lifeguard towers nestled in the sand. Then head over to Española Way, which runs from Collins Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, to see the art galleries, shops and restaurants modeled after romantic Mediterranean villages.

Design District – in Midtown you’ll find a collection of warehouses and galleries known to locals as the Design District. You can find everything from high end retailers like Christian Louboutin, to design showrooms, antiques dealers and art galleries. Check out Art & Design Night every second Saturday of the month from 7 – 10 pm, when showrooms and galleries open their doors to the public for music and refreshments.

Little Havana – the Latin Quarter of Miami, Little Havana, includes Calle Ocho and Walkway of the Stars. Known for its vibrant street life, restaurants and culture, you’ll find everything from hand-rolled cigars to meat markets and authentic Cuban cuisine. The last Friday of each month, Little Havana hosts Cultural Friday—a family-friendly street party with music, dancing, art, performers, theatre and of course… food.

Everglades – What’s a trip to Miami without a visit to the Everglades? Visit Florida’s vast ecosystem to see birds, fish, deer, wild boar, snakes and least we forget… alligators. Take a guided airboat ride through the saw grass and experience nature firsthand.

 

Pricing Guide

$$$$ – Very Expensive
$$$ – Moderate
$$ – Affordable
$ – Budget

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