Even though I only live about an hour or so away from one of the most exciting cities in the United States – Miami – I don’t visit there as much as I wish I could!
It’s time to plan the perfect Miami staycation and I’ve got the perfect itinerary for you…
WHERE TO STAY IN MIAMI
Check into the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Unpack your clothes and toiletries, and get ready for a fun day in the city!
When I visited there for the first time, I was in awe of the room size, but it was the bathroom that really wowed me. The large soaker tub with a bathtub caddy tray and separate shower with rainfall shower heads were amazing, but the in-mirror TV was the kicker!
The floor to ceiling windows gave way to a beautiful water view.
Visit the 19th floor to enjoy the 3D Media Room. Play basketball on the indoor regulation sized basketball court, JW Arena.
Break a sweat in the fitness center overlooking breathtaking water views. Don’t forget to volley some tennis balls on the indoor tennis court!
I especially liked the virtual bowling alley, which was just one of the activities you could enjoy with the family within the sports and entertainment complex.
WHAT TO DO
I have been dying to go to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science so when I was hosted to go, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s something about science that has intrigued me since I was a little kid.
The first place I toured was the aquarium. Each time I plan a vacation, I try to visit the local aquarium because there is something soothing and super cool at the same time about the underwater world.
There are so many exhibits to soak in, some there for a limited time, so be sure to check the calendar of events before visiting.
Right next door is the Perez Art Museum Miami. Exhibits change throughout the year so be sure to check the website as well for and updated calendar of events and exhibits. The gift shop had some really cool and different items – something for everyone!
WHERE TO EAT
One of my favorite meals is brunch. Whenever we travel, whether it be a far away vacation or a staycation, we make sure to plan a special brunch.
This brunch adoration started when I met my husband. We’d try out different local places to find the best of the best. Some places had a coveted Bloody Mary bar, others offered their take on the traditional Eggs Benedict.
Boulud Sud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s newest venture within the Marriott Maquis in downtown Miami, has risen to my all-time favorite brunch spot.
Start with one of their signature cocktails (I went for a classic Bloody Mary, but there a few variations to choose from!), and then choose between the prix-fixe menu or a la carte.
Definitely, definitely, definitely order the Octopus a la Plancha. as a starter. The Burratina was super soft and tasty as well.
I opted for the Frenchie Burger – a perfectly prepared burger topped with tomato compote, rillon, and raclette; served with fries.
Others at the table ordered the Tunisian Brik (a very cool presentation and tasty to boot), grilled steak and egg, and brioche french toast.
If you’re looking for some Mexican food with a super cool atmosphere, check out Bakan. Located in the Wynwood district, this indoor/outdoor dining spot also offers its patrons a behind the scenes look at how to make homemade tortillas via its open view kitchen.
I recommend the guacamole to start, followed by Vuelve a la Vida – shrimp, calamari, octopus, scallops, guajillo and ancho chile tossed with lemon, orange and avocado.
If you like fish, you have to try the Huachinango Entero. It is a whole red snapper, prepared two different ways. One half has an achiote rub, while the other half is prepared with a lemon, garlic, and parsley rub. YUM.
Don’t forget the short rib. I can’t. It was super, super soft and so tasty.
Walk around Wynwood and you’ll find basically any type of cuisine you can think of!
Have you ever visited Miami? If so, please comment below with your favorite places to go and eat!
This is a perfect staycation, the food, the view, the pool, the bowling lanes, so many things and activities to do here. Great for families or any type of gathering.
Miami sounds like a perfect city for a staycation! I wish I’ve actually had a chance to explore the city so I’ll consider this after I’ve properly done a vacation there
What’s with Miami? Been seeing so many post about the city right now.. Did people migrate here all of the sudden?
Kuntala Banerjee says
The foods look interesting in Miami. Good post
We are heading to Miami next month – I need to come to you with questions about where to stay and what to do!
This is my kind of staycation! Like you, I make it a point to visit the nearest museum whenever we travel. 🙂
Emily Fata says
It looks like you had such an incredible time in Miami (just the Tampa Bay area)! I haven’t yet been myself, but I’d love to visit one day to see this all.
I was just thinking about how I need a trip to Miami! I think this was a sign 🙂 thanks for sharing!
kevin Akidi says
Great pictures. Miami is such a beautiful place, looks like you had fun. This is a good idea for things to do.
Thank you, Kevin!
Yeah Lifestyle says
My friend just told me that she has booked her holiday to Miami so this is the perfect blog post for her, I am gonna send this through as you have done your research well.
There is lot of great things to do and the food looks so delicious x
Alexandra Cook says
Oh my goodness I just want to climb into your pictures and never leave! Thank you so much for sharing such a gorgeous experience with all of us!
I want to visit Miami so badly. It would be such a beautiful place and these pictures really showcase that
Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!
How I wish I could come visit here soon! The perfect staycation
I’ve been dreaming of visiting Miami again for ages now! Looks like such a wonderful city to visit..so much fun and so much to do!
Next time I am going to visit staycation for sure.
loved your picture.
Miami looks so fun! And the food looks delicious. I’ve always wanted to go.
Shannon Gurnee says
I love the idea of taking our kids on a staycation. Sounds like you had an amazing time
Quin Cl says
Miami is really a must-visit! I would definitely visit this place soon. 🙂
loved your picture.
Danielle Wahlstrom says
My husband and I have been talking about a Miami trip next time we visit my in-laws in Florida. Thank you for the tips!
Bindu Thomas says
You sure seemed to have a great time. The food looked quite interesting too.
I have yet to venture to Miami… I’ve been to Florida several times, just not Miami. I would like to someday soon. When I do, I’ll have to follow your staycation spot ideas… thanks!
Kalyan Panja says
The hotel looks perfect for a staycation in Miami. The gastronomic offer is splendid and is inducing me to plan a visit soon to this paradise.