Miami and Miami Beach both have so much to offer, and being located just a thirty-minute drive apart, it is relatively easy to explore both in one trip, even if you are only in the area for three days. This itinerary assumes that you will be staying in Miami, but includes a full day in Miami Beach.
In order to really appreciate all that Miami has to offer, it is important to learn a little about the area’s history. This means that your very first point of call should be the HistoryMiami Museum, which can be found in Downtown Miami, followed by the Cauley Square Historic Village, which is a well-preserved village that dates back to the early 20th century. Next up, head to Little Havana, a Cuban neighbourhood that can easily be explored on foot, and where you can grab an authentic Cuban lunch. While your morning was spent learning about Miami’s history, your afternoon will be filled with art and culture, as the Wynwood Arts District is your next stop. The buildings here have become a canvas for Miami’s many street artists over the years, with the very best pieces on display at the Wynwood Walls. The Wynwood Arts District is also home to several craft breweries and traditional beer gardens, and stopping off at a few of these, while sampling their unique products, is a great way to round up your day.
On the morning of your second day, head straight to Miami Beach, as this is where you will be spending the day. Ocean Drive has to be your first stop, which is a part of the Art Deco District, and is where you will find 800 buildings that date between the 1920’s and 1940’s, making this area quite the architectural wonderland. After this, head on over to the Miami Beach Boardwalk, which is considered to be one of the best walks in the city. This pathway stretches all the way from North Beach to South Point Park, and you will pass many cafés, bars and shops as you stroll through. Since your day has so far been filled with walking, it is time to reward yourself with an afternoon on the sand, weather permitting of course. South Beach is the busiest and most dynamic part of the beach here, but if you are after a bit more peace and seclusion, Miami Beach North is much quieter.
Miami is a fantastic shopping destination, and Lincoln Road Mall, which is more commonly known as “Lincoln”, is often referred to as the “Fifth Avenue of the South”. This iconic street is home to everything from glitzy fashion boutiques to cutting-edge art galleries, and you could easily spend a few hours browsing all that you see here, before stopping off at one of the many eateries for lunch. Depending on when you need to leave Miami, you could possibly also squeeze in a visit to the Miami Riverwalk Trail, which will reward you with incredible views of the city skyline.
The beauty of this itinerary is, since Miami and Miami Beach are so nearby, you can swap the days around at your will, and mix and match the various activities to suit you. This is a truly dynamic part of Florida, and although three days is just about enough to take in all of the highlights, it is likely that you will soon be returning back for more.