A picture-perfect paradise with prominent palm trees, bounteous beaches and a remarkable nightlife, Miami is a surprisingly amazing weekend wanders. What may surprise first time visitors, however, is the great number of attractions that include sand and sea.

Day 1

lincoln roadWhen you arrive on Friday, you can either check in at one of the many great big hotels on the beach or you can see what the smaller eclectic hotels have to offer.  Your best bet for tonight after checking into your hotel is dinner and people watching on Lincoln Road. Filled with shops, boutiques, art galleries and museums, seven blocks of this ten-block mall have been closed to auto traffic. The unique atmosphere lends itself to some interesting people that shows up, and you never know who you can see.

Most restaurants offer outdoor seating so you can enjoy the atmosphere and beautiful weather. Although spring break can be crazy, most of the year is more glamorous. There are bars, clubs and cafes for all tastes. Spend the rest of the night, so you can be renewed for a full day tomorrow.

Day 2

everglades boatYou want to get up early on Saturday to get the most out of your day. Explore Miami by rocking in the Everglades, the Florida Keys and the Gulf is always present, you might want to pick up a Go Miami Card to fully explore the options that are in store for you. Alternatively, you can make things with a tour of the City of Miami, which includes a relaxing and informative cruise on Biscayne Bay.

Miami is all about playing outdoors in the sun. Ride an airboat in the Everglades and come face to face with killer whale at Miami Seaquarium, or mix with wildlife on the island of the jungle. If you are interested in art deco, be sure to visit Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Welcome Center.

Day 3

beachOn your last day on your weekend getaway, of course, visit the South Beach for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. It is a quiet time to stroll along the beach. Hit the miles of beach and enjoy the little piece of heaven for the day. Most hotels on the water offer umbrella, lounge chairs and towels included as a “resort fee” in the cost of the room, so by all means take advantage of it. Before you leave, you can enjoy lunch and dinner in any restaurant you will find up and down at the Ocean Drive.