We were a couple of days in Miami, 2 days before our Caribbean cruise and 2 days after our cruise. So definitely enough time to explore some of this lovely city!
We absolutely loved spending our time here. The Latin-influenced culture, the vibe, the energy, the white and blue buildings erecting into the skyline, the Art Deco hotels, the food, the beach, the people. Just about everything.
So here are all the things you can or better, must do, when you’re planning a trip to Miami + also some tips to make your stay here even more pleasant!
- Book your tickets & arrange a rental car
Our second time we booked a flight with this airline and we love it! Good service, seats, food & also good drinks!
For the car we rented with Dollar. After arriving in Miami we immediately could pick up our car!
They gave us a very nice offer so definitely check out their website!
Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your SIM card for the USA! In that way you can still make some phone calls and have 4G on your phone. (150 RMB = 20 EURO)
- Book your stay
We booked our stay with AirBnb. You can search for lodging using a variety of filters including lodging type, dates, location, and price,… There are a lot of reviews if you want to make sure that you picked a good one!
We stayed at ‘Casa Caroline‘ in the area of Miami Lakes.
Caroline’s place is in a beautiful and peaceful area close to a variety of restaurants, cafes, Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts next to each other. (Aaaah, perfection)
The room was spacious, clean and very comfortable. We also had direct access from our room to the veranda/balcony which faces the lake.
Panorama view from the lake:
Every morning she made us some delicious, healthy breakfast:
We also made a 5K run in this area, so nice to wake up with views like this:
The balcony was the perfect place to hang out in the evening or eat breakfast in the morning. Caroline and her husband Michael are both amazing people, kind, generous and incredibly helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at ‘Casa Caroline‘ and warmly recommend it to everyone.
- Visit some nice outlet-malls
Great selection of stores like MK, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Victoria Secret, Ralph Lauren,…
There are a lot of places to eat and there’s also a band playing music in the weekends.
Outside & inside shopping mall with all of the top brands.
Once inside there were 4 avenues to shop in, with very little repetition of stores. They say it’s the best in Miami.
- The Everglades
The Everglades is often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species.
We book our airboat-tour tickets online through the website of Gator Park.
When you book online you’ll get a discount of $5. So now we pay $19,99 and our ticket included an airboat tour, a wildlife show & Gator park.
We saw some baby-alligators and two big ones! Yeeeej!
Let the show begin:
- Visit Little Havana
- Wynwood walls
- Miami Beach
- Key Largo
Normally we had planned to go to Key West, but it’s more than a 3 hour-drive form Miami. And our lovely Caroline from AirBnb told us that Key Largo & Key West are very similar.
We wanted to dive or maybe snorkel a little bit here but because of the weather every trip was cancelled. (?!?, That day it was 27 degrees and a nice little breeze)
I think the weather was to nice for these guys to work! 🙂
So instead, we enjoyed the surrounding. Had a drink at the Marriott Beach Hotel and visited some lovely souvenir shops.