Bienvenido a Miami!!!
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of returning to this tropical American city. I used to visit often when I lived in Barbados, but this trip was different.
For starters, I went for my cousin’s bachelorette so I knew the level of fun would be next level. Secondly, I was meeting and staying with my Instagram friend Isabella Garofanelli. We spent months chatting over text but when we met in person, it felt like we’ve known each other for years. In fact, I dare say her generosity and hospitality has made her a friend for life.
Isabella is a luxury travel advisor, so if you guys are looking to book your vacation, be sure to reach out to her. Please feel free to check out her site below.
Together we explored Miami as she helped me create content for social media (be sure to also check out my Instagram linked below).
It’s not an exhaustive list as my previous travel guides, but it will give you some ideas on where to stay, where to eat and what to do if you plan to visit the sunshine state.
WHERE TO STAY
The first part of my trip, I was fortunate to stay with Isabella. But for the bachelorette, we stayed at Fontaine Bleau. This was the PERFECT hotel for large group stays.
View over Miami from our balcony
With 12 girls, we were fortunate to get 3 adjacent suites, all equipped with a kitchen, balcony and living room. The property had several pools, a massive gym (yay!!), restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a spa. You don’t even need to leave the property.
One of the many pools at Fontaine Bleau
Some of the highlights from our stay included renting a poolside cabana for the day to celebrate the bride-to-be. Even though I don’t drink, it was fun watching everyone having fun while listening to some great music and drinking coconut water out of real coconuts!
The Spa was also a big winner. We got a few daily passes, so we enjoyed the rain showers, hot pools and opportunities to zen out.
For more about this hotel, check out the link below.
WHERE TO EAT
I admit that I am not a foodie. I gravitate towards healthy eating or places with cute decor. Most of the time I cooked at Isabella’s place or we grabbed food from “Whole Foods”. But when I did eat out, it was all amazing.
- Dreamer Miami
Caught in the moment with this babe Isabella
This smoothie restaurant was on my list mainly because of the decor. It was instaworthy!! And while I intended to get a smoothie or something to eat, it was packed when we first got there. With no available seats, we decided to go have lunch elsewhere and return for lattes.
Their list of coffee and tea lattes is extensive so I was in heaven. I couldn’t decide between the vanilla chai latte, ginger spice latte, turmeric latte or golden milk latte. Ultimately I decided to go for the vanilla chai latte and I was not disappointed. This place is a Miami must!
2. Ice Box Miami
This restaurant in South Beach is a great option for the health-conscious. And the minimalist yet romantic look added for a great ambiance.
Check out their site for more details.
I completely admit that I did not eat here. I happened to be walking by, saw the cute decor and got offered a tour of this fairly new Mediterranean restaurant.
The menu looked appealing, and let’s be honest, the decor would make it a winner in my books.
4. Fontainebleau Miami
We ate at a few restaurants during our stay there:
- Hakkasan- a Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant named top 50 in the world. We had a set menu since there was a group of us and everything hit the spot.
- Vida – great spot for sushi
- Chez Bon Bon- tea, coffee and gelato
WHAT TO DO
- South Beach
I’ve been to Miami over 20 times and never visited the beach. I never had reason to before coming from Barbados, but this time it was one of the main things I wanted to do.
And I loved walking around the boardwalk, onto the beach, and checking out the surrounding areas. And maybe pretending I was on the set of Baywatch for a nanosecond.
2. Versace Mansion
Another place I’ve wanted to check out for years, now known as Villa Casa Casuarina.
It wasn’t opened when I went by (reservations for dinner only) but it was still cool to see the building from outside.
3. Muscle Beach
This was a HUGE bucket list check list for me. I am obsessed with gyms, and an outdoor one is literally my heaven on earth.
One morning Isabella and I made our way down to the beaches for a sandy workout. And I love every second of it. I think she did too.
4. Museum of Ice Cream
You may have seen these photos all over social media- colourful, fun, magical. The Museum of Ice Cream is a pop up museum in several American states, Miami being one of them.
For another month, you can get tickets to this place of dream, creativity and of course ice cream. And yes there is ice cream. Lots of variety in every rom. It’s a happy place- literally like a kid in the candy shop.
For the next 30 days, you can check out more information for #MOIC at the link blow.
5. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This was another spot on my Miami bucket list thanks to Instagram. You do have to pay to get in, be mindful that it may be super crowded, and you may be asked to stop taking photos. We were told no flash to take photos, which we abided by, but apparently using an SLR camera versus a smart phone may cause some issues with security.
For more information, check out their website below.
6. Faena Hotel
After the Museum of Ice Cream, we whipped across the street to Faena Hotel. The red Pinterest worthy hotel is worth exploring, and maybe grabbing a drink by the pool bar.
7. Wynwood Walls
Wynwood walls is located in the Miami art district. They are an array of colourful murals spanning several streets, with a mix of funky restaurants, chic boutiques and cool art galleries.
There is a lot more to discover in Miami, but this list is good if you only have a couple days in the city. Please feel free to make suggestions or ask questions in the comment section below.
** Disclaimer- these are all my opinions and suggestions. No part of this blog post was sponsored.