I just got back from Miami for my birthday. Last one in my 20s!!!!!, still not sure how I feel about this. But regardless, my husband and I had an amazing time. I try to make an effort to not go to the same places twice because there is just so much travel to do and sites to see I hate wasting precious travel time doing the same things over and over. However, Miami is an exception to this rule. There is no other place quite like Miami, you feel like you’ve travelled international the minute you land, the culture is vibrant and latin vibes are in the air. The first thing I want to do is always head straight to the beach, the multi-colored umbrellas bring the beach to life and the water is perfect bath water temperature. Make sure to bring a float! (I always forget) Whether its party or relaxation your after this city has all to offer!
where to stay
the Confidante: $$
We stayed here last time and still HIGHLY recommend this place. It is pastel heaven and the photo ops are limitless.
the Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel: $$
F*** it, I loved you too! The location of this hotel was perfect, your right in the middle of all the luxury hotels. You’ll want to grab a drink out at the SLS and the Delano. Plus it a walk or quick uber to everything. The hotel offers yoga Saturday mornings for guests as well as bikes for free during your stay. Two chairs are also included in your resort fee ($30 per night) but you have have to rent a $20 umbrella if you want one. My favorite drink at the resort was the frosé. They also offered a vegan IMPOSSIBLE burger poolside, so you could eat plant-based and never even leave the pool!
This outdoor space was awesome during the day. They have bocce ball, ping pong, and cornhole you can play while listening to the sounds of the DJ poolside.
vegan lunch spots:
Such a cute hidden gem. They have great matchas, smoothies, acai bowls, sandwiches and wraps.
I ordered the lemonade matcha and the avocado, spinach, quinoa, tomato wrap. (ask for side of their homemade pesto)
This place is in the 1 WATR hotel. Its kinda hard to find, go up to the M level on the elevator and your going to walk through the gym before coming across the storefront. Make sure to snag a table and couch out on the back patio overlooking the ocean.
I ordered the ginger kombucha, pesto noodles, bahn mi wrap, and thai paper wrap. the Bahn mi wrap tasted a little too healthy in my opinion and wasn’t satisfying enough and the pesto noodles needed something else to break up the pesto flavor, maybe some marinated tofu!
other vegan lunch spots:
- Under the mango tree
- Chef Chloe Coscarelli- at St. Roch Market
- Glam vegan
- Lilikoi Organic Living
Vegan Dinner spots:
Hands down my favorite meal. Looking back, I probably would have ate here for breakfast, lunch and dinner it was that good. The ambience was on point, the cocktails were fresh cold-pressed juices with liquor, and the food was mind-blowing.
We ordered the southern belle and drop the beet for cocktails both were so good they were gone in 2 minutes. Then we ordered bloc party and El jefe (both had more of a “guy’s drink” taste to me) I probably would only order the first two again.
for food, you MUST order the Grand Tasting Sushi Menu. Its chef’s selection so what we had might be a little different than what you get. If for any reason you don’t get the watermelon “ahi” you must and I will repeat MUST order two pieces on the side. Its UNREAL. Literally tastes like ahi. We also got the carrot tartare and Korean BBQ pizza. The pizza is “thia spicy” if you know what I mean. I like spicy but couldn’t feel my lips when I was done. Maybe would have tried something else because it was almost too painful to finish.
Great outdoor space. Has an asian sanctuary vibe. peaceful. The food was good and creative but just didn’t compare to Planta for me personally. I did hear a couple say they were there for their second time that weekend. Either my tastebuds were off or they just haven’t discovered Planta yet.
I ordered a cold-pressed cocktail to start thinking it would be like the southern belle I had the night before. But it came out in a plastic bottle like the one you buy at the store with a shot of tequila on the side. The presentation was lacking and so was the flavor. We then ordered the mushroom ceviche (ask for taro chips on the side), the ramen (amazing), jackfruit gyoza (good), and king oyster hand rolls (not flavorful at all- wouldn’t order again)
other vegan dinner spots:
- Plant Miami- Wynwood
- Full Bloom Gourmet Vegan Cuisine
things to do:
1. tan on the beach:
I could spend the entire vacation doing just this.
The green umbrellas reminded me of the Amalfi Coast so much. I’ve only seen pictures but go this August! Stay tuned for that travel guide and if you’ve been please leave some recommendations in the comments.
2. walk Ocean dr.
I love just walking the streets and people watching. Ocean drive is art deco at its finest.
3. explore the life guard towers and beach huts:
Its fun to walk the boardwalk and admire all the colorful huts. Make sure to stop by and grab an ice cream too!
Doesn’t this one remind you of the Jetson’s?
4. visit the Museum of Ice Cream
other things to do:
- Visit the Vizcaya Museum
- Explore Wynwood walls
- Go to Key Biscayne
- Explore Little Havana