Miami is one of the world’s most popular vacation spots. As cliche as it is to say, Miami really does have something for every type of traveler – from the trendy nightlife of South Beach to the vibrant LGBT scene to the gorgeous architecture of the Art Deco district, every Miami vacationer will find something they’re craving.

Beach

The beaches in Miami are some of the best in the United States. When we’re on the road, we’re usually moving around and all over the place but we loved the beach so much in Miami that we just couldn’t resist. You can experience the South Beach you’ve heard about on tv or opt for one of the quieter family-friendly spots. Most of our time was spent at the 12th street beach, marked with two large pride flags.

queer woman walking in the sand on the beach. She is facing the ocean wearing a hat, white shirt and denim shorts

Cuban Influence

Cuban culture is everywhere in Miami. Miami’s Little Havana showcases Cuban art, music, and cuisine. Visit on the last Friday of every month for Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) for their monthly block party where you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of Cuban music while sampling fried plantains and cafe Cubano or one of the very best mojitos you’ve ever had.

Miami’s Restaurant Culture

It’s an exciting time in Miami’s restaurant scene. You can find everything from high end to low brow eateries specializing in delicious cuisines from around the world. Enjoy the farm to table eateries like Kush in Wynwood or snag a reservation at the sleek La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental.

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Wynnwood

Wynnwood is easily one of our favorite neighborhoods in the world. Our first visit was sort of by accident but we just keep going back. From the incredible street art to the trendy coffee shops like Box Cold Brew, it just fits our vibes. This part of Miami is seriously an Instagram photo waiting to happen. I can almost guarantee if you spend a full day here you’ll stumble upon a photoshoot or two. Make sure to check out the mural done by Entes and Pesimo. Entes is our favorite street artist that we met in Peru.

 

Miami Architecture

Miami is home to some of the coolest architecture in the world. Known for its historic art deco district and colorful buildings, Miami is the ultimate city for architecture and real estate enthusiasts. The Villa Casa Casuarina, also known as the Versace Mansion, is one of the most famous buildings in Miami. Gianni Versace was probably one of the most extra people on the planet. He casually owned a house with a swimming pool made of thousands of 24k gold tiles.   Today, Casa Casuarina operates as a luxury hotel, restaurant and boutique. If you’re in the market, check out some of the most breathtaking pieces of Miami real estate to check out next time you’re in town.

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Gorgeous Hotels

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring Miami and have stayed at a bunch of absolutely stunning hotels. Two of our favorites were Circa 39 and The Hotel Astor. They’re both small boutique hotels but have different vibes. Circa is a bit further up the beach and is a bit quieter while Hotel Astor is right in the middle of the party. Both have gorgeous interiors and incredible service.

Art Scene

Miami is the home of Art Basel, one of the biggest modern and contemporary art shows in the world. They’re also home to PAMM or the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Miami Art Week. PLUS, everything that’s going on down in Wynwood with legendary street artists. If you’re a creative person, Miami is a vibrate and welcoming scene. I love it because it’s an art scene without the pretentious vibes. In Miami, art is for everyone.

Lesbian Parties in Miami

Miami is one of the places in the United States where the lesbian party scene is still alive and well. Check out the annual circuit parties, Aqua Girl is a wet and wild pool party that helps to raise funds for nonprofits each year. Also make sure you check out the Women’s White Party from Pandora Events, it’s one of the biggest women’s parties in Florida.

 

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