Miami has two very distinct but beautiful sides. With only 48 hours at your disposal, we suggest you divide your time between the touristy side and the real soul of the city in order to get the full Miami experience. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and search for flights to Miami to start your weekend adventure in The Magic City!
Start your Miami adventure by introducing yourself to its soul. Since the city is largely Cuban-American, one of the best ways to do this is to visit Little Havana. “Calle Ocho” is the main vein through the neighborhood. Stop by Arahi’s Bakery along SW 8th Street for some affordable and delicious pastries and coffee. On this street, there are a variety of souvenir shops, fresh-rolled cigar shops, restaurants and more. Be sure to try a mouth-watering pressed Cuban sandwich before leaving Little Havana — they’re legendary.
An important part of Miami’s true essence is art, and Wynwood has plenty of it. Stop at the Wynwood Walls first. These are a series of walls that are intentionally painted with impressive graffiti-style art. You can set up a tour with Wynwood Art Walk to see the whole neighborhood if you prefer. Next, visit the Art Fusion Galleries to see international sculptures and paintings.
Start off the evening with a trip to Little Haiti. Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, the art and cultural hub of the neighborhood. It’s where there is always an art exhibition on showcase, and it’s where you can find authentic Haitian arts and crafts for sell in their Caribbean Marketplace. And if visitors have disembarked their flights to Miami on the third Friday evening of the month, they’re in luck; the center hosts a free outdoor concert featuring a Haitian band. The area is home to Yeleen Gallery, Laundromat Art Space, and Daleus Museum & Art Gallery; and it’s adorned with beautiful murals throughout the neighborhood. And, of course, try genuine Creole cuisine at restaurant favorites such as Leela’s Restaurant. We recommend the fried green plantains and stewed chicken.
Start your morning off at North Bay Village. For a variety of breakfast options from Belgian waffles to New York sandwiches, visit Yepara. Next, head to the famous Miami Beach. Take the main coastal route for a scenic oceanfront drive. Find a good spot and relax in the sand or swim in the rolling waves.
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Before your next outdoor adventure, enjoy some fresh farm-to-table fare in the upscale Forge Restaurant. From pastrami duck breast to Wellington-style yellowfin tuna, the menu is full of creative sensations. Next, head west to the Everglades. For an optimal experience, reserve an airboat ride with one of the many tour companies along SW 8th Street. Airboat rides give you a firsthand look at the swamps, waterways, wildlife and other intriguing sights of the Everglades. Most tours also stop at observation decks.
For a thrilling evening, visit the House of Horror. With 30 different rooms and a haunted carousel, this fun amusement park is the largest haunted house in South Florida. If yesterday’s Cuban adventure left you craving Cuban food, end the evening at Mojitos Restaurant. For choice steaks, sushi or seafood, visit the tantalizing KOBE House instead.
No matter if your trip is short. There’s so much to do in Miami, that this small introduction will leave you wanting more. You’ll definitely feel compelled to book flights to Miami and return to The Magic City at the earliest.