Travel Diary | Miami Beach

11:19 AM

We had the best time visiting Miami Beach this past week. Here is a recap of where we stayed, played, and dined!

STAYED
While staying in Miami, we checked into Fontainbleau Hotel, located in Mid-Beach, a mere 20 minute uber ride for Miami International. Since its opening in the 1950's, Fontainbleau has been the place to "see and be seen." This resort is an oceanfront playground that caters to both families, young adults, and couples looking for a romantic getaway.




Fontainebleau is host to four restaurants, including Hakkasan, and the spectacular nightclub, Liv. It's also known for its amazing pools and private beach. 

PLAYED

We spent most of our time in Miami Beach in the sun and the in the water. Staying at a private resort has some me advantages, which include easy access to water sports and beach lounge chairs. Mid-beach was also a spectacular place to stay. It was far enough away that during the day we felt like we were on a private island, but close enough to South Beach that at night we could go out to the restaurants and clubs.








Lincoln Road Mall:
For those familiar with 3rd Street in Santa Monica, CA, this was exactly the same! For those unfamiliar, it is an outdoor promenade of all of the best shops and restaurants. My favorite stores that were Urban Outfitters, Zara, and the Nespresso Cafe! If you walk along Lincoln Road, you will walk straight onto the beach. 











Bayside: 
Bayside is an outdoor shopping center, located across the street from the stadium where Miami Heat plays. This shopping center is located across the Bay from Miami Beach. From this shopping center, you can catch a number of tour boats, including: dinner cruises, day tours, and water taxis. 


South Beach - Ocean Drive: 
Ocean Drive is where all of the Art Deco hotels, built in the 1950's and 60's, are located. At the bottom of each hotel is a fun restaurant. You can find every variety of food here! Every night Ocean Drive becomes a pedestrian area! Although we never had a chance to eat at any of the restaurants, it is definitely on my to-do list for the next time I visit! 




DINED

We loved the food in Miami! By being a basically international hub, every variety of food is available. We went to some of the best restaurants, and there are still so many more on my 'next visit' list! 
Oh! Mexico:

This restaurant served up some of the best margaritas I have ever had! You could taste how fresh they were from the very first sip. The tacos were delicious, as well. I would definitely return! Prices run about $40/ person.

The rest of Espanol Way housed restaurants of every cuisine, including: Cuban, Brazailian, Italian, and Japanese. Espanol St is definitely worth a visit!

Numero 28:

This was an Italian restaurant on Espanol Way that served up some of the best pizza around! We came here on our last night, and it didn't disappoint!

Vida: 

For our first lunch in Miami, we dined at Vida, an American Brasserie that featured comfort food. Vida is located inside of Fontainebleau and was a perfect pit stop for lunch. Here you can order sandwiches, salads, wraps, and burgers, Prices range about $30/ person. 

Cantina 27: 

Our first night in Miami, we went out to a local Italian place. We loved this restaurant! Food was cheap and homemade! We ordered raviolis and tagliatelle and both were completely homemade! Prices range about $25/ person.


Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Monday! Xx, Hannah

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