The insider's guide to Miami

With its buzzing nightlife, spectacular beaches, art deco buildings and luxury boutiques, Miami isn’t just one of Florida’s most popular destinations, it’s one of the world’s favourite winter getaways.

If you’re heading to Miami shores soon, we’ve compiled a special three-day guide to help you get the most out of the Sunshine State’s most glamorous cities.

Day 1

Once you’ve freshened up at your resort, head over to the SLS Hotel in South Beach for lunch. The pork belly sliders are a local speciality.

After a long, lazy lunch, make your way along Lincoln Road and take in some of the city’s most luxurious shops, before heading to a restaurant where you can enjoy a late afternoon caipirinha and soak up the amazing views of South Beach.

Before the sun starts to dip, take a stroll along the beach and top up your tan while you watch the tanned, toned bodies of Miami’s most glamorous beach goers.

After sunset, head back to Lincoln Road for a spot of dinner at Meat Market – we recommend the Kobe filet mignon with a side of truffle creamed corn.  Miami has a vibrant vegetarian food scene, so if meat is not your thing you’ll find plenty of super-sized healthy salads on the menus, too.

Day 2

In the mood for some culture and sightseeing? Miami’s Design District is short taxi ride from South Beach and is a breath of fresh air. Home to innovative shops, architecture, design and art, grab a pastry and takeaway coffee and explore the local galleries and boutiques.

Once your legs are tired and you’re shopped out, dive into the Egg & Dart to sample the delicious Greek food and spectacular dishes. Try their modern take on Mediterranean favourites such as grilled orange-flavored sausage and lamb chops.

After lunch, take in some art and visit the Markowicz Fine Art gallery. The gallery hosts up-and-coming names, and sells works by the world’s biggest art legends like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, and Keith Haring.

To finish the day, have dinner at The Cypress Room, which offers inventive dishes in an eclectic atmosphere, reminiscent of an English hunting lodge smack in the middle of Miami.

Day 3

Relax, unwind and enjoy breakfast at the Atlantico in the St. Regis Hotel. The restaurant offers up some of the most breathtaking sea views imaginable, as well as classic (with a twist) dishes such as eggs Benedict topped with key lime truffle hollandaise sauce.

Once you’ve finished your leisurely breakfast, head on over to Miami’s famous Bal Harbour Shops, which are directly across the street.

Like California, Miami definitely knows how to do sushi! Many of the locals will tell you Makoto serves up the best sushi in Miami and it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch. After feasting on watermelon ceviche and tuna tataki, jump in a taxi and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The art scene in Miami is spectacular, with the MoCA the buzzing hub for it all. The 23,000-square-foot houses some extraordinary works of art that will almost take your breath away.

After a quick shower in your hotel, it’s time to round off your long weekend or three day escape in style. We recommend dining at The Dutch, located within the W Hotel. The seafood-centric menu is refreshing and delicious, while the vibe is relaxed. Order the crispy lamb belly couscous or the Collins Platter, bursting with oysters, little necks, shrimp, yellowtail ceviche, crab salad, lobster salad, and tuna tartare.

What’s your top Miami tip? Share your favourite places to shop, eat and people watch with us on Twitter at @GoTimeshare.

For more on Miami visit the official tourist board website at http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/miami.html

 

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