Miami combines buzzing city vibes with laid-back beaches, giving you the best of both worlds on your break. It’s the perfect place to spend summer, and whether you’re a culture vulture, art enthusiast, or dedicated sunbather, there’s an activity for you.
Here’s our round-up of things to do this summer in Miami…
Head to the beach
When we say Miami, you probably think beach. And you’d be right – the city’s sun-soaked beaches are the place to be in summer. There’s a slice of sand for every sunbather, whether you’re after a quiet spot or want to be in on the action.
Lummus Park Beach is the lively one and popular with spring breakers and party crowds. Haulover Beach is a serene, family-friendly spot with soft sands and shallow, paddle-friendly waters. And, Crandon Park is all about picture perfect views, and wide open spaces – perfect for sunbathing.
Beach Loop (Blue) Route, Stop – South Beach 1
Browse an open-air art gallery
Wynwood Walls in Miami is pretty much the street art capital of America. It has one of the largest collections of colorful murals in the world, with work from leading artists like Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf. In 2016, Wynwood Walls was one of the most Instagrammed places in the world – so if you love documenting your travels on social media, this is the place to be. The bright Miami sunlight brings out the bold colors of these amazing murals, so summer is the best time to explore. It’s not just about the art either, this buzzing district boasts a friendly vibe, and there are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants to duck into.
City Loop (Red) Route, Stop – Wynwood Walls
Visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
This stunning Renaissance-style villa brings a touch of European culture and architectural style to the sunny shores of Miami. The 34-room mansion was built in the early 20th century, and is packed full of European antiques and beautifully-designed fixtures and fittings. Outside, the 10 acres of manicured gardens, mazes and classical statues combine with tropical shrubs for a unique fusion of European and US style. Don’t miss a stroll around this National Historic Landmark if you want to experience Miami’s sophisticated side.
City Loop (Red) Route, Stop – Vizcaya Museums & Gardens
Meet the residents of Miami Zoo
Miami Zoo is home to no less than 2,000 species of animals. The sub-tropical climate of the city makes the zoo perfect for a huge range of species from Asia, Australia and Africa. You’ll get the chance to see everything from American flamingos and red eyed tree frogs, to camels and chimpanzees. And, the zoo’s open-air setting and cage-free environment means that you’ll get a safari-style experience when you visit. Kids will love it too – there are loads of interactive exhibits, shows, a splash park, and a children’s zoo.
Soak up the Carribean vibes
If one beach paradise isn’t enough for you, take a trip to Little Havana where you’ll be transported to Cuban shores. Miami’s very own slice of the Caribbean is a vibrant neighborhood full of colorful buildings, authentic Cuban food and of course, cigars. Don’t miss the popular Versailles Cuban Bakery where you can sample a Cuban coffee and start the day with some guava pastries and empanadas. Head to the Máximo Gómez park afterwards to mingle with the locals and join in the competitive dominoes games that take place there.
City Loop (Red) Route, Stop – Little Havana
Miami might be famous for its beaches, but there’s so much more to see and do in this buzzing city. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the vibrant neighborhoods, brightly-colored murals and Cuban coffee spots, so start planning your trip today.