One of the most vibrant cities in the U.S., Miami bursts with culture and spice. While you can certainly find the glitz and revelry of the 80s and 90s here, the city has become a thriving artistic and cultural center with a strong community of artists, designers, musicians, and chefs. Whether you come for its beaches, cuisine, salsa scene, or cultural offerings, there are a ton of options in The Magic City.
Here are some of the best things to do if you only have three days in Miami.
The Redbury South Beach
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Offering an excellent location; fantastic staff; beautiful rooftop pool; and spacious, stylish rooms, the Redbury South Beach is one of the best bets in a city filled with accommodation options. The 69-room hotel is located just a block from the beach and in the middle the action in South Beach, yet it manages to remain quiet. Its 12,000 square-foot-rooftop pool offers incredible views and guests have access to The Raleigh’s beach. Their on-site Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Cleo was named one of OpenTable’s “50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S.”
Rooms go for around $250/night depending on the season.
Las Olas Café
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If you visit Miami, Cuban food is an absolute must. One of the best options is Las Olas Café, a South Beach staple. They offer one of South Beach’s best café cubanos, as well as delicious Cuban sandwiches, croquettas, empanadas, fresh-squeezed juices, and lentils.
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If you’re in the mood for Mexican, consider Taquiza, a small taquería in the heart of South Beach serving Mexican tacos; elote (grilled Mexican street corn); and a range of Mexican, local, and craft beers. Their blue masa, which they use to make their homemade gluten-free tortillas and chips, is ground daily using certified organic and non-GMO corn. Make sure to try their homemade salsas and guacamole, too!
Otentic Fresh Food Restaurant
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Located in a classic Art Deco building in South Beach, cozy Otentic serves excellent French cuisine in a casual atmosphere. If you’re in Miami on the weekend, they offer a great brunch. Customers also rave about their escargot, scallops, and mini desserts.
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Take advantage of Miami’s world-class salsa scene and take some lesson! Salsa Mia is one of South Beach’s best-known salsa venues, offering both Cuban salsa lessons and live music and dancing. They’ve been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, ESPN, HGTV, the Travel Channel, and more. Salsa lessons take place nightly at 6:30 and 8:00. They cost $40; this fee includes the lesson and VIP nightclub entrance.
Miami Beach Boardwalk
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If you’re only in Miami a short time, the Miami Beach Boardwalk should be on your list of things to see. Starting at the southern tip of South Beach, the boardwalk spans the whole length of the beach, offering great views of the beach on one side and the hotels lining the beach on the other. It’s full of people walking, jogging, rollerblading, and enjoying the scenery. If you want to get away from the crowds, try to hit it early in the morning—around 6:30 to 7am.
Fun fact: There are around 150 cats that live along the boardwalk; they’ve been fed by the same woman for over 20 years.