Miami Travel Tips

Written by Michelle Natalia

 

Miami is one of those destinations which always provides instant gratification for sand sun and sea lovers but how do you do Miami right is the question?

The Flight

There are so many ways!  First how do you find the best deals on flights? You need to fly to the sunny skies right? What site do I use the the best flight and travel deals? For most flights I use Matrix Airfare powered by Google, a close friend put me on to this site and I have used it religiously ever since! You do not purchase the flights directly from the site but it generates most airlines offerings at the lowest costs! Another awesome app is the Hitlist which you download to your phone it is best for international flights and exotic locales. For this Miami trip I actually bundled the hotel and airfare together on  Bookit.com for a 5 day four night trip at a four star hotel our cost pp was $749 leaving from New York with a direct flight to Miami on Delta you probably already know Tuesdays and Wednesday are the least expensive days to travel. So there you have it how I find the cheapest way to get to the locations but once you are there what do you do?

https://matrix.itasoftware.com/
http://www.hitlistapp.com/
www.bookit.com

 

 

The Hotel

I wanted to stay basically near the beach and close to the action since I did not want to rent a car so when on South Beach it gets not closer to the action but Ocean Drive! I booked the Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive. The check in was seamless and the front desk was super accommodating, we arrived prior to check-in at 4pm so they graciously offered to hold our bags while we grabbed a bite to eat.

One disclaimer the pool was  not available due to renovations but we were provided access to a sister hotel, a few blocks down on Ocean Drive, Hotel Victor, which actually had a superior pool facility with views of Ocean Drive and the Atlantic Ocean. There were sun beds with crisp white linens and plenty of lounge chairs at our disposal. However lets get back to The Breakwater Hotel and our room. Our room was on the 3rdfloor toward the middle of the property which was nice to be away from the elevator but had a constant stream of music from the neighboring cafes and resturants but hey its South Beach right?

The room itself was lovely complete with a king sized bed and plush pillows, flat screen tv, closet and workstation, the bathroom was spacious with a rainshower and all the toiletries you could need. Bikes were available for use free of charge, I regret not taking advantage of this, and beach towels were on hand daily. The service at the hotel was great I cannot say one negative about the staff from the reception desk to the cleaning staff everyone was friendly and accommodating. There was hot breakfast daily starting at7 am on the with fresh juice, coffee, eggs, French toast, bacon and assorted cereals. I would recommend a stay at the Breakwater it is close to all the action, clean and modern!

www.breakwaterhotelsouthbeach.com
http://hotelvictorsouthbeach.com/

 

 

The Foodie in me!

So if you have been following me on Instagram or following my blog you will know I have a thing for food. 😉 So when I travel I normally plan out a few places I want to eat just to avoid a bad meal. I used to live in Miami so there are a few favorites locales I frequent whenever I am in town. My first stop in South Beach is always Puerto Sagua for classic no frills Cuban cuisine. So my daughter and I headed straight over there after we dropped our bags, for her Cuban Sandwich and my personal favorite Bistec de Pollo- Chicken Fried Steak, much to my devastation the restaurant was closed due to a kitchen fire. Although I did not get to partake in my normal Puerto Sagua ritual I still highly recommend them for authentic Cuban Cuisine. They have awesome café con leche, flan and ropa veja too!

So on to the next spot we decided to try Ocean’s Ten for a frosty drink and Cuban Sandwiches instead, brightly colored orange awnings and a beautiful wait staff enticed us to sit and stay a while. We both ordered a classic Cuban sandwich and Mango and strawberry daiquiris . The drinks were refreshing but the Cuban sandwiches missed the mark by a long shot I guess we took one for the sake of no lunch back up plans.

For dinner I did not want to miss the mark again so I made sure I did my research prior to heading out. I came across this Latin Fusion restaurant Bolivar on Washington Ave with a vast menu. The décor was reminiscent of an Amazonian rain Forrest in the evening which I loved. We ordered tapas Columbian style empanadas with a sweet potato style filling and Mexican style grilled street corn which I loved! I seriously wish I had some right now! For the main course we order my daughter’s favorite the Ropa Veja with moro rice, I really enjoyed the flavor of the beans and the meat which also had a slight sweet potato topping. We left quite full and satisfied.

 

For Christmas Morning we wanted a full brunch menu and one of the best places on Ocean Drive is News Cafe. It is perfect for people watching with the outdoor seating. Their menu has a full array of breakfast foods and lunch items as well. 

News Cafe Price Moderate 

 

Things to Do
Flamenco Show- Tintas y Tapas
Salsa Lessons- Mangos
Shopping- Lincoln Road Mall
Star Island Boat Tour 

 

 A funny moment trying to capture this look, kinda reminiscent of  Marilyn Monroe right! lol