Miami is also the 5th most visited city in the US with 38 million annual visitors. Miami had a certain beachy charm that flowed throughout the city. If you’re heading to Miami anytime soon, here are 6 fun activities and things to do in Miami!
1. CHILL AT SOUTH BEACH
South Beach is where most people stay when they visit Miami. This famous beach is where you’ll find those iconic colourful beach structures where the lifeguards hang out.
Popular beaches can often be overrated, but I honestly loved South Beach. It wasn’t too busy, and I really enjoyed chilling on the sand and watching people surfing, paddle-boarding, jogging, and generally enjoying the pleasant December weather.Where to stay: Urbanica the Meridian Hotel
2. RIDE A BIKE ALONG THE BOARDWALK
My favorite activity in Miami was riding bicycles along the concrete boardwalk at South Beach. The boardwalk starts at South Pointe Pier and follows the shoreline up to Miami Beach.
We used free bike rentals from our amazing hotel near South Beach, but there is also a Citibike bike share program where you can rent bicycles by the hour.
If you want to learn about the history of the area while you’re at it, you can also do a bicycle tour.
3. EXPLORE THE ART DECO DISTRICT
I’m a huge fan of Art Deco architecture. It may be because I have a background in graphic design, but I can’t help but love the grandeur and glamour that comes along with this architectural style.
The Art Deco district lines Ocean Drive along South Beach. Most of the buildings in this historic district are just a few stories tall and have strangely charming combination of 1930s Art Deco and bright neon lights.
This area is also where you’ll find a whole bunch of nightclubs and beach bars. If that’s your thing, then go back at night time, purchase some overpriced drinks, and listen to blaring club music until the early hours.Where to stay: El Paseo Hotel
4. VISIT WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT
The Wynwood art district is a former warehouse/industrial area turned art hub. Literally every large wall, garage door, and fence was smothered in amazing art.
Wynwood Walls is the center of all the art hype and was established in 2009 as an outdoor art museum. It starts on NW 2nd Ave between 25th and 26th street, and takes you between the buildings and into some galleries.
There are also plenty of places to eat and drink around this area, so grab lunch here if you can. We had an awesome veggie burger at The Bar Next Door, and a killer cold brew at Panther Coffee. I also heard that Wynwood Brewing Co has some pretty great craft beers.Where to stay: Hilton Miami Downtown
5. SEE LITTLE HAVANA
If you’ve seen the movie Scarface, then you’ll known that Miami has a huge Cuban influence, mostly due to an influx of migrants in the years following the Cuban revolution in 1959. These people brought much of their Cuban culture along with them and infused it into the city of Miami.
Little Havana is the hub of Cuban culture. Start at Maximo Gomez Park as this is where you’ll see the stereotypical old men smoking cigars, playing dominoes or chess, and talking about Fidel Castro.
On the sidewalk lining SW 8th St, you’ll find the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, which is much like the Hollywood Walk of Fame except that it features the names of Latin stars and famous personalities.
If you’re keen to buy a cigar, go to the Little Havana Cigar Factory. This store had a massive amount of choice – we ended up going with a $10 cigar from the Dominican Republic.
6. DO AN EVERGLADES AIRBOAT TOUR
If you have an extra day in Miami and are keen to see some ‘gators in the wild, then head out of the city to the Everglades. This national park is mostly shallow water and swampland, so an Everglades Airboat Tour is the absolute best way to see it.National Park guide: Everything you need to know for visiting the Everglades