When the price is right, sometimes you just have to book a weekend getaway. Sometimes it will be a place near home... other times it will be Miami. I finally got a chance to return to a city loved by many, and this time I was healthy and with a different mindset. Many of you know Miami like the back of your hand, but I am going to give you a little crash course of do’s and don’ts for a weekend trip.
First, let’s talk about airfare. Frontier Airlines just opened up here in Guatemala, and we were one of the very first flights out of Guatemala and into Miami. Frontier is an airline that offers REALLY cheap tickets, but everything else is an add-on (seat selection, carry-on, checked bags, meals, etc.). So, if you are going how we did, from Friday to Monday, all you need is a backpack (which is considered the personal item). Make sure you pack exactly what you want to wear, that way you don’t bring unnecessary things - unless, you want to shop when you get there, then just bring clothing that you want to replace with new one. Here’s my honest opinion about Frontier... you pay cheap, you get cheap. I will give them the benefit of the doubt since our flight to Miami was the second flight ever, and they were having system failures at check-in. But, I think they need to be way more organized at the airport. We got super early to the airport, only to be told that there was ”something wrong” with our ticket type, and they made us wait too long for the problem to be solved. By the end of it, we got to our gate minutes before departure time - which did not even matter because the flight was delayed due to all the technical problems they were having.
Bottom line... wait at least 6 months or more to fly with Frontier, that way they can hash out EVERYTHING.
Another recommendation: stay at a hotel near the airport. We stayed at the Holiday Inn near MIA since we were traveling on a budget and wanted to use our money on other things. Also, rent a car. Ubers are way too expensive and you are better off driving yourself around. At first, it is hard to get used to the Miami roads, but once you let loose... it’s like driving anywhere. Be very careful when renting cars though, because the price you see on their websites is NOT THE FINAL PRICE. You still have to pay for insurance and a security deposit, if you do not have one already, and you have to pay for the Sun Pass to be activated. Highly recommend this, otherwise you get fined about $25 for every toll you go through without having the Sun Pass.
Now on to the spot recommendations! My absolute favorite place is definitely Miami Design District. I like to think of this place as the 5th Avenue or the Champs Elysees of Miami. The architecture is stunning and it is filled with all of the designer stores we love. If you have time, head over to the Mia Market for a couple of drinks and order spicy margaritas. And, if you’re in the mood for food, their assortment is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Of course you have to go to Miami Beach! If you don’t go to the beach... then why did you even go to Miami for? One thing I do have to say about the beach and Ocean Drive in general... I did not feel safe. I would say that about 75% of the people there were not using face masks. My party and I kept our face masks on until we sat down to eat at a restaurant or found a decent spot on the beach, far away from everyone. I would recommend finding a place to eat and drink on Lincoln Road.
A great find, thanks to my friend Nikki, was Prana. This cute coffee shop is located near Ocean Drive, but not on it haha. And it serves all kinds of organic and healthy foods. Our pick was the Salmon Egg Benedict, it definitely had us wanting more.
If you know me, you know I ADORE brunch and even more if it has bottomless mimosas! A fantastic rooftop restaurant on Lincoln Road perfect for all your fancy dreams is, Juvia. This place has fantastic views, a beautiful aesthetic, and a delicious menu - I recommend the french toasts! If you want to check out the cool reel I made at this place head over to my Instagram.
This trip to Miami gave me newfound love for this city, and definitely left a wonderful taste in my mouth. What made this experience even better was that I got to spend it with my loved ones - and celebrated the birthday of one of my best friends, Nikki!
Until next time, Miami!