This won’t be the last time I talk about our time in Miami…in fact, I should probably create a section just for Miami posts because it’s our favorite place to visit.
This trip was a little different than previous trips though since we’re celebrated our BABYMOON – a quick getaway to enjoy being just “us” once more before welcoming our little girl into the world.
Must-haves for this trip:
- Close proximity to the beach
- Lots of good food
We stayed at the beautiful Circa 39. This boutique hotel in Mid-Beach is one crosswalk away from being beachfront, so the location was hard to beat and the price was a steal. Upon arrival, the lobby will take your breath away. It feels high-end and warm at the same time, cocooning you in luxury. The room was decorated in a fun, modern (but still beachy) vibe, the hotel is “green”, and the pool area had a resort feel. The Wunder Garden provides a nice outdoor space to enjoy, and they have beach chairs and umbrellas along their reserved area of Miami Beach.
Something to know: they’re a stickler about their beach towels. If the towels are not returned to the room, you will be charged a $50 fee to replace them. Something to keep in mind, so you’re careful not to leave them or let the wind carry them away.
We stayed an entire week, so I’ll hit the highlights:
Breakfast – Taste Bakery Cafe
Breakfast sandwiches, croissants, acai bowls, smoothies…you name it, Taste Bakery Cafe has it! We came here for breakfast, but they looked to have an extensive lunch menu, as well. This little spot was located closer to South Beach, but was definitely worth the trip. We tried a little of everything, left full, and didn’t feel like we broke the bank while doing it.
Lunch – Coyo Taco
If you visit Miami, you have to take the time to visit the Wynwood area. It’s artsy, eclectic, and vibrant. The first stop we made after landing in MIA, actually, was Coyo Taco. The line was out the door and wrapping on to the sidewalk, but the music was bumpin’ and it moved quickly. You have the choice of tacos, burritos, bowls, or quesadillas with your filling of choice. My go-to: Carne Asada Tacos. My mouth is watering just reminiscing. Easy, delicious, and satisfying.
Dinner – The Tavern in Hotel Croydon
Our hotel featured a restaurant called Jules Kitchen, but we actually made our way a few buildings down to Hotel Croydon and ate at The Tavern – TWICE. Michael and I got different things both times, including dessert and it always exceeded expectations.
Menu Items to try:
- Caprese Panini
- Tavern Burger
- Shrimp Scampi
- And don’t even think about leaving without having their Brownie a la Mode. DIVINE.
Portion sizes were filling, the quality was amazing, and the service was impeccable. I know we’ll be back the next time we visit.
This. This was critical above all else. While traveling, I love to do EVERYTHING we can fit in while there, but knowing our lives are about to become a whole lot different, I knew I needed to r e l a x. Being close to the beach made starting our mornings lounging in the sunshine and floating in the waves a breeze. We also ended each day with walks along the boardwalk.
Miami Beach has a fantastic trolley system, making commuting between North Beach, Mid-Beach, and South Beach low-stress. We utilized the trolleys to get to new restaurants, shopping districts, etc. There was a trolley stop near our hotel so we never had to worry about walking too far (although I did push myself too hard and paid for it later..).
Miami is known for it’s party culture, but this vacay proves it’s much more than that, offering the perfect domestic getaway. It was an amazing trip that won’t soon be forgotten, and I can’t wait to go back already.
Tell me, what are your favorite places to visit in Miami?
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