miami florida beach vacation


Ryan and I treated ourselves to a long weekend in Miami (3 nights, 4 days) and we had the BEST time. It was a great mix of adventure and relaxation which, in my opinion, makes a great vacation. We had no plans, no reservations – just booked a hotel and winged the rest. Even though Covid was still rampant, we were still able to experience a lot while playing it safe. There is no need to rent a car as everything is accessible in South Beach by either foot, biking or Uber. I also feel like a long weekend in Miami is all you need – anything longer and we would’ve been beat.


We stayed at Palihouse, a boutique bayside hotel that was sooo Instagrammable. It had the cutest pool, was a block from the beach, and the service was superb.

If you’re a grandma like me and want an area that is a bit more chill, I would recommend a hotel at or above Collins Park (above 21st Street). I found it to be quieter, calmer, and a bit more fancier than being right in the middle of South Beach.

palihouse miami


Please keep in mind that we weren’t in Miami to party but instead, to relax. I was determined to finish a book I’ve been reading for far too long and really only cared about eating good food, getting a tan, and spending quality time with my man. Here is what we did and again, it was perfect:

  • Walk (or bike) along the Miami Beach Boardwalk
  • Head to the beach – plenty of entry points accessible from the Boardwalk!
  • Bike down to South Pointe Park Pier – especially at sunset
  • Explore the Art Deco District
  • Go shopping at Lincoln Road Mall (they even have a Zara.. swoon!)
  • Wake up early to watch the sunrise
  • Live music and cocktails at Broken Shaker
  • Get a drink at any of the beachside bars along the Miami Beach Boardwalk
  • Walk around Collins Park and see Miami Mountain (picture above)
  • Read a book and get order pool service at the pool
  • Explore Espanola Way
  • Visit Wynwood Walls (we did this on our way to the airport as it’s more inland)


  • Breakfast at Love Life Cafe (great acai bowls)
  • Joe and the Juice for coffee and juices
  • Shepherd Artisan Coffee for breakfast sandwiches and coffee
  • La Sandwicherie for the *best* sandwiches of all time
  • Carrot Express for healthy take-out
  • Surfcomber for a casual brunch/lunch
  • Las Olas Cafe for homemade cuban food and juices
  • Full Bloom Vegan for the most amazing vegan food you will ever eat – make a reservation!
  • 1-800 Lucky – an Asian inspired food hall with delicious poke bowls and unicorn ice-cream (it’s near Wynwood Walls)
  • Lincoln Eatery Food Hall (highly recommend a milkshake)


  • Skip traveling on busy days (Friday – Sunday) and consider traveling on slower days. We flew out Saturday and flew back on Tuesday.
  • Book your hotel weeks in advance and check several websites. Prices varied greatly across different sites and we used a promo code simply by searching Google.
  • If you’re an influencer, reach out to the hotel and see if you can get a media rate for social media coverage.
  • Stock up on snacks, drinks and alcoholic beverages when you get there – it’s easier to grab and go than search for food while you’re out and about.


We also love escaping to Boone, NC for a long weekend. Click here for some suggestions on things to do!

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