Miami’s Best: 11 Places You Have to Visit!

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Hey there, welcome to Miami – or should we say, ¡Bienvenido a Miami! Yep, every time we think about heading to this city, this song starts playing in our heads. And let us tell you, after living on the East Coast of Florida for over 8 years, we’ve pretty much seen it all in Miami. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned local looking for new adventures, there’s something for everyone in the Magic City. So grab your sunscreen and your sense of adventure, because we’re about to take you on a tour of Miami’s must-see attractions. Here are 11 things to do in Miami that include places we have personally visited.

1. Miami Beach

First thing first, let’s talk about Miami Beach which is the ultimate beach paradise. We are talking miles of soft, sandy shores, water so clear you can see your toes, and let’s not forget about the eye candy – yeah, you’re gonna see some seriously hot girls in bikinis, no doubt about it. Now that we’ve spent enough time in the sun, let’s go for a walk along Ocean Drive. You’ll feel like you’ve walked right into a vintage movie scene with all the iconic Art Deco buildings from the 1930s. It’s like stepping back in time, but with a cool modern vibe.

And when it comes to partying, Miami Beach is the place to be. Once the sun goes down, the city lights up with clubs and bars that keep the energy going until sunrise. Just a friendly reminder, hurricane season runs from June to October, so keep an eye on the weather. But don’t worry, from November to May, it’s nothing but clear skies and sunshine – Even though January and February can be a bit chilly at times. Let me tell you, anything below 70 degrees feels freezing to us “South Floridians” lol…, so don’t be surprised if you see us bundling up!

2. Brickell City Centre

If you love shopping, you should visit Brickell City Centre. This place is like a shopper’s paradise, with tons of high-end boutiques, luxury stores, and upscale restaurants. Whether you’re looking for designer clothes, gourmet food, or just a place to hang out and people-watch, Brickell City Centre has got it all.

Brickell City Centre is not just for shopping, it’s also home to some of the city’s best dinning options, from trendy rooftop bars to gourmet restaurants serving up mouthwatering cuisine from around the world. So if you are in the mood for sushi, steaks or something more exotic, you will find it here for sure. Oh, and by the way, we always stay in Brickell whenever we’re in Miami – it’s just that good!

3. Little Havana

If you are a little bit more adventurous, you should visit Little Havana where you can get a taste of Cuba, it’s a lively Cuban district. You will find streets bursting in color, filled with Cuban eateries, cigar shops, and art galleries. It’s a must visit to walk down to Calle Ocho (it is famous for the largest Hispanic street festival in the USA) and immerse yourself in the vibrant Cuban culture, whenever you pass by a bar you will hear the rhythms of salsa and also smell the freshly rolled cigars.

And don’t forget to indulge in some authentic Cuban cuisine while you’re here. If you are in the mood for a classic Cuban sandwich, pastry, flavorful ropa vieja (stewed beef and tomatoes with a sofrito base), or drink their famous coffee called “coladita” which is a strong Cafecito to start your day. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the famous park where locals play dominos. You’ll spot roosters strutting around and police on horseback – this is just part of the unique charm of Little Havana!

4. Bayside Marketplace

You probably must of heard about Bayside Marketplace. This place is right by the water and it’s the ultimate spot for a day to have fun. You’ve got everything from shopping and dining to amazing views of Biscayne Bay all in one spot.. No wonder why this place is the favorite between locals and tourists alike. Plus, the drinks here are seriously good.

You can’t miss the Miami Celebrity Homes Boat Tour – it’s a blast. If you’re up for some speed, hop on one of those cool speedboats. Oh, and don’t miss the chance to ride the giant wheel for an epic view that will blow your mind. At Bayside, there’s something for everyone – souvenir shops, trendy boutiques, cozy cafes, and live music spots.

5. Miami Design District

You won’t want to miss the Miami Design District, if you are a fan of art, fashion, and design. This trendy neighborhood is known for its modern architecture, upscale interior design stores, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, making it the perfect place to spend a day exploring.

From contemporary art galleries to luxury fashion boutiques, there’s something here for every taste and budget. When you need a break from all the shopping and sightseeing, be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the district’s chic cafes or restaurants. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

6. Wynwood

Ready to check out a different vibe in Miami? Let’s visit Wynwood – it’s the coolest neighborhood in town and you can see some awesome street art that’ll make your Instagram pop. Take a walk through the Wynwood Walls – it’s like an outdoor art gallery with lots of murals painted by some of the best street artists around.

But Wynwood isn’t just about the art. It’s also home to some of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants, and boutiques. So after you’ve checked out the street art, be sure to stick around and explore the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife scene.

7. Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is where all the action is – it’s like the heart of the city, buzzing with history, culture, and business vibes. During the day, It’s considered one of the busy shopping areas with cultural and event venues and at night if there is a basketball game, you will find lots of people going to the American Airlines Arena for Miami Heat basketball game and also big concerts take place here.

Take a walk through Bayfront Park and enjoy stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the city skyline. If you’re a fan of architecture, be sure to take a walk through the historic neighborhoods of Downtown Miami, where you’ll find a mix of Art Deco buildings, modern skyscrapers, and charming historic homes. It’s like a history lesson with a view!

8. Virginia Key Beach Park

If you need to take a break from the chaos of the city, you should go to Virginia Key Beach Park, it’s a gorgeous island right by Miami. A few things that you need to know before you head up to this island is that you need to pay for a toll and an admission fee to enter into the park, but it is worth it. Here, you’ll find miles of pristine beaches, mangrove forests, and scenic hiking trails, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature.

Virginia Key is not just about nature, it also has some awesome attractions like the Miami Seaquarium and the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and all sorts of cool stuff. It is a beautiful and exotic space with natural beauty. It’s an ideal place to relax and feel the local tradition to create memories with your family.

9. Key Biscayne: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Going to Key Biscayne brings us lots of memories because this is the place where my husband and I met for the very first time. So this place is so special for us. When you visit Key Biscayne it’s like you are stepping into a whole other world away from the city chaos. Key Biscayne isn’t just about the natural beauty. It’s also home to some of the city’s best attractions, including the Cape Florida Lighthouse and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where you can explore historic landmarks and enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

To visit this island you will also pay for a toll and an admission fee to enter into the park. Here, you will find stunning beaches, mangroves and a tropical forest, scenic nature trails and elegant seaside restaurants that will make you feel like you are in paradise.

10. Philip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science

If you are looking for a mix of smarts and fun at the same time, especially when you travel with your kids, you should visit Philip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science, right in the heart of Museum Park in downtown Miami. Inside, you’ll find all sorts of cool stuff – interactive exhibits, awesome planetarium shows, and hands-on activities that’ll keep the whole family entertained.

When you need a breather, step outside and explore the museum’s green spaces. They’ve got this awesome Living Core area filled with native plants and trees, where you can spot birds, butterflies, and all sorts of critters. Don’t forget to check out the museum’s iconic architecture, it’s like something out of a sci-fi movie, inspired by the beauty of South Florida’s natural landscapes. It’s a must-see!

11. Metromover

Last but not least, the Metromover in Miami, Florida, is like your free ride ticket to zip around the city hassle-free. Miami’s super futuristic way of getting around town. It’s this cool automated people mover system operated by Miami-Dade Transit. This elevated train thingy is the perfect way to zip around downtown Miami, hitting up all the cool spots like Brickell, Downtown, and the Arts & Entertainment District.

And you won’t believe this, it’s totally free! Yeah, you read well it’s FREE! Making it the perfect way to explore the city without breaking the bank. So get on board and enjoy the ride as you cruise above the streets and take in the sights of Miami’s epic skyline.

And that’s all: a guide to some of the must-see attractions in Miami. Whether you’re into sun, sand, art, or culture, there’s something here for everyone. So pack your bags or luggage, buy your airplane ticket or just hit the road, and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget in the Magic City.