A south Florida island city, Miami Beach is quite simply stunning.
It’s the perfect location to go on holiday as there’s so much going for it. Sunshine, palm trees and the beach – what more could a gal ask for?
Renowned for its art deco district, Ocean Drive and pretty pastel-coloured buildings, I was excited to visit for the first time in 2016.
And here are my 5 personal highlights of Miami Beach.
Stretching along the entire east coast of Miami Beach, the soft white sand and crystal clear blue waters of South Beach are what makes it one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever laid eyes on.
During the day, you can expect it to be packed with all nationalities, ages, shapes and sizes up for letting their hair down and having a good time.
In essence, be prepared for one big PARTY on the beach!
Highlights of Miami Beach 101: this road that has one side lined in palm trees overlooking South Beach with an array of cafes, bars and restaurants on the other side.
Oh and did I mention that the cafes, bars and restaurants are AWESOME in terms of food, drink and atmosphere? The only thing is, be prepared to pay for the location.
Pro traveller tip: Miami Beach is quite expensive in general. It’s not really the type of place you can budget travel. Treat it as a luxury holiday and you won’t go far wrong.
Whether you shop ’til you drop in the luxury boutiques down Collins Avenue or fill your boots in the high street stores at Lincoln Road’s outdoor mall, Miami Beach offers the best variety of shopping.
Don’t be surprised if you part with even more money because you can’t resist that cute little bikini or cover-up for the beach. (Guilty as charged.)
Another one of the key highlights of Miami Beach is the nightlife.
Granted, the city is quite similar to Las Vegas in terms of nightclub exclusivity.
If you manage to get yourself in with the right promoter, they will sort every night out for you. We got to go to LIV nightclub and see Steve Aoki DJ whilst we were there. We also got to go to Justin Bieber’s PURPOSE world tour official after-party at STORY nightclub where Jonathan Cheban, Kourtney Kardashian and Bieber himself were partying.
Not to name drop or anything. Ahem.
But yes, the nightlife in Miami Beach will help you create awesome lifelong memories – it’s a must do.
Finally, what is a duck tour, I hear you ask?
Well, it’s basically a tour in a duck boat, so you get to see Miami Beach by land and by water.
We paid something like $30 and had a very pleasant afternoon on a duck boat, soaking up the gorgeous scenery whilst our tour guide performed what can only be described as a one-man-show.
It was such a laugh, as well as being educational, and definitely something I would recommend to anyone about to visit Miami Beach for the first time.
Overall we had such a fun time during our week in Miami Beach and it’s definitely somewhere I’d consider going back to on a luxury holiday.
Even if you only manage to do one of my recommendations, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. That’s just the Miami vibe.
Have you ever been to Miami Beach? What did you think? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo