I recently spent a long weekend in sunny, warm Miami, Florida. I compiled my favorite places to stay, eat, shop, and explore, so read on to discover how I spend my time when I visit this tropical city oasis. If you have any favorites that I’ve missed, make sure to let me know in the comments below!
Where to Stay
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If you’ve only ever stayed in Miami’s famous South Beach, you’re missing out on the quiet, luxurious, lesser-known portion of the Miami peninsula: a little area called Surfside. Nestled upon a supremely private white sand beach and smack-dab in front of crystal blue-green waters, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, or, as the locals call it, Four Seasons Surfside, is a must-stay. Upon entering the hotel’s secluded drive, you almost feel like a resident of the building; not a tourist. And, with its Italian-inspired (or, more specifically, Positano-inspired) values (in decor and in kinship), the hospitality provided at this hotel is second to none. If you happen to stay here, be sure to make a reservation at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Le Sirenuse, where you’ll be transported to the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast through fresh, vibrant ingredients and a staff that sets out to make your dining experience unforgettable from start to finish.
There are two must-see destinations for shopping in Miami: the Miami Design District and the Bal Harbour Shops. These are two very different vibes, yet equally as beautiful and fiscally dangerous. Head to the Miami Design District for architectural genius paired with high-end retailers. Head to the Bal Harbour Shops for an (extremely) elevated outdoor mall experience, complete with great food and lush tropical trees.