Miami: A Native's Guide

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Airports: Miami International, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International

Tips & considerations

Transportation: Rent a car, Uber/Lyft, Metro (avoid buses)

Go to touristy areas with a solid action plan (Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown)

It's not NYC - Don't attempt to walk everywhere. It's very hot.

Where to stay

Our favorite spot in South beach is the One Hotel South Beach. For a calmer and more relaxing scene try Mid-North Miami Beach. Here you'll find the Miami Beach Edition Soho Beach House, Fontainebleau and Faena. Off the beaten path are Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. An Airbnb here will get you the Miami feels without the tourist fanfare. And for an authentic Miami cultural experience, check out Key Biscayne. It's a bit further south but could be worth the drive to escape the tourists.

Where to eat

KYU Miami

Miami has so many great spots to eat! For casual food, we recommend KYU, Last Carrot, LoKal, Kush. Our favorite spot for a fancy meal is Bugatti - It's really the best Italian in Miami. If you want a more clubby atmosphere and are willing to spend a lot for delicious food and a great scene, then check out Zuma. It’s great Asian and the people watching there never disappoints.

What to do

Miami is the perfect place to relax and let go. The people are outgoing and the beaches are beautiful. We recommend South Beach in Key Biscayne and South Pointe in Miami Beach. Head over to 12th street beach for the vibrant LGBT scene and join a game of beach volleyball.

For a great workout, drop into Modo Yoga, Barry's Bootcamp or Equinox South Beach. You can also opt for one of the beachfront outdoor gyms. Getting some bikes and exploring Miami Beach is the perfect way to spend your day. Lay out on the beach. Grab a cooler and some beers - That’s how the locals do it!


Miami has great indoor/outdoor music venues that play everything from hip-hop to EDM. Our favorites include Wood for hip hop, El Patio for reggaeton/latin music and Coyo (great taco place in the front). There are also a number of secret gems so keep your eyes open and talk to the locals. The live music scene in Miami is buzzing - If you want to see grunge or indie music, stop by Las Rosas, Churchills, Electric Pickle or Gramps. All are quaint, fun spots to enjoy music and dance with locals. As for the clubs, unless you're after a night of expensive bottle service minimums, groupies and poor quality sound systems, we recommend skipping these crowded tourist traps. In a city as culturally rich as Miami, you'll want to spend your time, money and energy on experiences you'll actually remember in the morning.

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