Welcome to Miami. You just arrived and only have 24 hours in your long layover. No worries, while Miami deserves much more than 24 hours, it is still possible to get a very good taste of its architecture, food, beaches, and shopping and make the best of your short time there. So, let's go ahead since we don't have much time
Start your morning with breakfast at the Front Porch Cafe. This is arguably the best breakfast restaurant in all South Beach, serving it at any time of the day. Located at the Z Ocean Hotel, Front Porch offers an excellent spot to people-watch, which is part of the sexy environment of South Beach, without necessarily being in the middle of the action
You can enjoy some of their favorites like Front Porch Eggs Benedict and the Beach Breakfast Deluxe, among others.
Spend a relaxed morning visiting The Wolfsonian, a museum well-known for its galleries of European and American fine arts created between 1885 and 1945. There you'll find works from Beaux-arts to Art Deco and everything in between. Should you get hungry by the end of your visit, The Wolfsonian's Cafe serves delicious handcrafted Subatomic Sandwiches.
If you don't want to walk a lot, you should consider renting a DecoBike, Miami Beach's public bike rental program. They are inexpensive, reliable, and easy to use.
So, walk or bike towards the Collins Avenue/Ocean Drive Shopping District, which is located between 6th Street and 8th Street. Here you'll have a varied selection of designer stores where you can update your wardrobe, or simply go window-shopping.
A visit to South Beach is not complete without going to the beach, so make sure you have your bathing suit readily available. No matter which part of the beach you go along South Beach, you'll have a similar experience. The only difference is the kinds of restaurants, shops, and hotels surrounding your spot.
Are you up for more shopping? Head to Lincoln Road and Espanola Way, which offer a varied mix of famous brand stores, small local boutiques, and all kinds of items from fashion, to modern, and vintage.
Should you be done with your shopping, take your time to peek at the windows of art galleries like ArtCenter / South Florida and Britto Central. You could also check Miami's literary mainstay, Books & Books, or the design outpost Base, which features a unique and varied collection of home furnishings, clothing, and toys.
It's time to get fashionable in one of the most fashion-oriented cities in the world. For that, we are having dinner at Juvia, an award-winning restaurant located on the rooftop of a Herzog & de Meuron-designed building. This place is design-oriented and fashionable.
Juvia serves contemporary, French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine with an unparalleled panoramic view of South Beach and Miami. I guarantee that once you dine here, you'll feel like you had a million-dollar experience without actually spending it! It is recommended to make reservations beforehand since this is a very popular lunch and dinner spot.
Still have energy for the night? Mango is a popular locale for a wild night. It is hard to miss the salsa scene and its impressive dancers when passing by in front of the club along Ocean Drive. There are also the popular hangout places like Mynt, SET, and LIV. These are more chic nightclubs for the 25+ crowd, so it is recommended to call to get your name on the waiting list. Otherwise, you'll be stuck outside standing in line.
I hope you have a lot of energy because doing all this will require it! But, it is South Beach, so it is worth it!
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Norbert Figueroa is an architect who hit the pause button on his career in 2011 to do a round the world trip. He's been blogging for over three years at globotreks.com, where he shares his travel experiences, budget travel tips, and a good dose of world architecture. From hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to diving with great white sharks, he is always on the search of adrenaline and adventure. Norbert is originally from Puerto Rico and he is currently based in Milan, Italy... when not roaming around the world, that is. He has traveled to more than 80 countries in 5 continents and his goal is to travel to all 193 U.N. recognized countries. Follow Norbert on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
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