Nomad Faces – 10 budget friendly things to do in Miami with tips, prices and where to eat.
‘The Magic City’ – Miami is known for being the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. It is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States.
🌀 Fun Fact: Hispanic or Latino (of any race) make up 70% of Miami’s population, so you will barely hear English being spoken there.
1. South Beach: great place to go during during both, day and night. It’s a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels.
2. Ocean Drive: probably the most famous street in Miami. Known for its well-preserved art deco architecture, outdoor cafes, endless sandy beaches and turquoise sea. At night, it’s a great starting point for discovering the Miami nightlife.
🍴EAT/DRINK: Taquiza (mexican), CJ’s Crab Shack (seafood), Puerto Sagua (Cuban), etc.
3. Lincoln Road: a nice, walkable 10 block street of shopping & dining in the heart off South Beach. Featuring shops like ZARA, Gap, Anthropologie, Forever 21, NIKE, etc. Perfect place to eat since they have restaurants for every type of budget.
💎TIP: Look for Happy Hours, usually from 4-7pm, you can get $3 or $4 drinks when they’re usually $7/8.
🍴EAT/DRINK: La Cervecería del Barrio (seafood), Pizza Rústica, SuViche (Ceviche), Sbarro (Italian), etc.
4. Miami Design District: creative neighborhood and shopping destination dedicated to innovative fashion, design, art, architecture and dining. Located just 2.8 miles from Downtown Miami. We recommend this place to have a walk, a coffee, and take some photos. There are many cool sculptures and buildings.
🍴EAT/DRINK: Harry’s Pizzeria
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5. Bayside Marketplace: located next to the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat where you can also appreciate the famous Freedom Tower of Miami Dade College. Perfect place to have a drink, shop clothes and souvenirs, enjoy live music (every day) and dance by the seafront. Always very lively and crowded.
💎TIP: the Hard Rock Cafe is here, next to the sea with a very nice view. Have a look!
🍴EAT/DRINK: Fast food area upstairs, Chili’s (Tex-mex), Bubba Gump (seafood), Bavaria Haus (German), etc.
6. Wynwood: former industrial hub is now one of the city’s most happening districts. A hip neighborhood full of artistic murals and graffiti, breweries/bars, hipster shops and coffee places. Do NOT forget to visit Wynwood Walls while there!
🍴EAT/DRINK: Coyotaco (Mexican), Pizza Tropical, Cray Poke (Asian), The Taco Stand (Mexican), KYU (Asian), El Patio (bar), Veza Sur (brewery), Gramps (bar), Miami Mojito Company (bar), Wood Tavern (bar), etc. | Rubio’s Coastal Grill (Mexican; At Midtown).
7. Venetian Pool: unique aquatic facility built in 1923 that features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls. Filled with 820,000 gallons of spring water from an underground aquifer. Check opening hours here.
💵PRICE: From Feb-May, Adults $15/Children 3-12 $12. From May-Sept, Adults $20/Children $15.
8. Brickell: the city’s financial center full of business towers, luxury condos, rooftop bars, art galleries and fashionable boutiques.
🍴EAT/DRINK: 100 Montaditos (Spanish), Vapiano (Italian), Mister O1 (pizza), Cantina La Veinte (Mexican), Toscana Divino (Italian), RedBar (bar), Burger and Beer Joint, Better Days (cocktail bar), American Social (bar), etc.
9. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: former villa and estate of businessman James Deering located at the beautiful neighborhood of Coconut Grove. A mansion with European-inspired gardens and decoration where you have incredible seafront views. One of our favorite places to visit. Open every day 9:30 – 4:30 except Tuesdays.
💵PRICE: A bit pricey but totally worth it. Adults $22, College students $15.
📝NOTE: one of Miami’s most popular places for wedding photos and ceremonies.
10. Little Havana: Wanna get a taste of Cuba while in Miami? Little Havana is small in size but big in personality! Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) is the main drag within Little Havana and home to The Walk of Fame. Colorful buildings, live music, cafes, bars, restaurants and cigar shops.
💎TIP: Don’t leave without trying a Cuban Coffee! Locals love it.
🍴 EAT/DRINK: Versailles (Cuban), Cardon y El Tirano (tapas), El Rey de las Fritas (Cuban), Mi Rinconcito Mexicano, Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina, La Carreta (Cuban), etc.
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⭐ EXTRA: Everglades National Park
Want to experience something different from the beach and the city?
We recommend you taking an Everglades tour. Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of Florida. It is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. You can take an exciting airboat ride and see some crocodiles!
💵PRICE: It varies; Usually around $20-25.
💎TIP: Carefully read reviews before you buy one. Some of the tours are pricey and not that good. You can look for good deals on Groupon.
We went to Sawgrass Recreation Park in Weston, which we totally recommend. The tour was long and very informative. We saw a lot of animals including crocodiles (big and small), and after the tour, you can visit the small outdoor reserve where they take care of sick animals. We were even able to hold a baby crocodile in our hands. Price now is Adults $21.45/Children 4-12 $11.60 online here.
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