As I mentioned in my previous blog post Florida Part ONETaking OFF in BOCA My husband, the kids and I travel to Boca several times a year. On our week long trip (During Christmas or Thanksgiving week) we have made our own tradition (cue Fiddler on the roof music Maestro) to escape to South Beach from Boca for a few days sans kids every year. I love Miami, it is filled with wonderful architecture, culture, great restaurants and nightlife (that is if you go clubbing and stay out past 12). It truly is a wonderful combination of city and beach vacation all rolled into one. Perhaps I love it so much because it reminds me so much of Tel Aviv and its atmosphere... I have a great affinity for this city. I enjoy the idea that this is a place we return to every year. Each time we go we stay at a different hotel. This year we stayed at the Ritz Carlton South Beach www.ritzcarlton.com. The rates prior to Christmas are actually quite reasonable. one plus about Ritz Carlton on SB – most of the hotels along the beach a charge a service fee for lounges and umbrellas for the day (not included in your room stay) the RC does not it is included in your price per stay. Itinerary breakdown....
On our first morning my husband had a business meeting in Miami so I just walked around grabbed some ice coffee and walked all over Brickell Ave. and saw some of the beautiful yachts, walked all along the gorgeous Miami Riverwalk and Bayfront park www.bayfrontparkmiami.com And the bayside market. www.baysidemarketplace.com
our next tops is a tradion for us as we always find time for one of our all time favorite Miami spots Joes Stone Crab - www.joesstonecrab.com
Here are a few tricks we have learned to navigate the wait at Joe’s: (they do not take reservations) we go for lunch on the later side. The lunch is typically not as long for lunch during high season at Joe’s then it is at dinner. You still may have to wait but not nearly as long. Another trick: is Joe’s take away next door which serves breakfast and its AMAIZING for breakfast!
Dinner - Nobu
www.noburestaurants.com/miami/ The new Nobu at the Hotel Eden Roc opened recently in Miami and I heard from all the “cool” people who party way more than me that it’s the new hot spot.
Day 2 –
We always go for a walk down the beach in the mornings
Many people on the beach also rent bikes (citibikemiami.com ) or segways to take along the boardwalk
We then go for coffee and breakfast at one my favorite jaunts – Aroma Café…for my little slice of Israel.
Then it’s hitting the beautiful beach on south beach. Then onto a late lunch and window shopping on Lincoln Road Mall -
Dinner – I have been following Pubelly Boys on Instagram for quite some time now so we were eager to try Pubelly – OMG let me tell you… WOW. Incredible meal a meal made in heaven for foodies www.pubellywww.pubbellyboys.com
Day 3 –
Wynwood Walls - thewynwoodwalls.com
After our walk and lounging around the beach and pool our last day in South Beach we then headed over to Wynwood. This was long over due we (well lets be realistic I) have been talking about going here for the past few years and finally made our way. We had a late lunch at a delicious restaurant - Morgans in Wynwood www.themorgansrestaurant.com we then headed over to the see the Wynwood Wallls. This is an awesome area of Miami that once consisested of shoe warehouses (some still do) that has now been refurbished into an outdoor museum of sorts. The walls display beautufil works of art by many international artits. The area is also home to many great restaurants and shopping. I highly recommend it for kids as well.
After a great day we made our way back to Boca (see previous blog post)! Thanks for taking this journey to South Beach with me...see you next stop. Itinerary Info Below ~Enjoy!
Some Wynwood Info -
Parking – Parking is tricky in the area – find spot on street and use pay by phone app
Juvia - 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - juviamiami.com - (305) 763-8272
**Great views - if you dont go for dinner there have a drink on the gorgeous outdoor rooftop bar**
Other restaurant recommendations by area –
Lincoln Road Mall –
Nexxt Café - nexxtcafe.com
Pizza Rustica - pizza-rustica.com
Spris - http://spris.cc
Little Haiti –
Versailles – 3555 SW 8th St - versaillesrestaurant.com – 305-444-0240
Suggested Activities for Miami - (for traveling with & without the kids) -
Miami is all about the Segway tours! Below are several companies have tours for all different areas in Miami:
Segway & Bike Tours –
Bike &Roll -http://bikemiami.com/ (Bike & Segway Rentals)
**Segway Rental is 12 years of age** some rental companies may require proof of age
Segway Tour = $59 adult/ $49 student
Bike Tour = $35 adult/ $25 student (helmet included)
Locations – 210 10th Street **1655 James Avenue **Bayside Marketplace
Segway South Beach - segwaysouthbeach.com
954-804-0253 Location - 1 Lincoln Road
**Appointment ONLY** Age 7 years of age!!!! (yaye!)
$95 per person – cash/ check only – 11/2 hours
Bike Rentals – www.decobike.com
305-532-9494 Location – 723 Washington Ave
Deco bike carries the Citibikes throughout Miami. The Site includes directions and locations for citibike rentals.
Electric Bike - southfloridatrikke.com **must be 10 and up**
305-830-9440 – Location 226 14th Street
Jet Ski Tours - www.jetskitoursofmiami.com
305-538-7547 Location–(Given after purchase tickets)
$80 per jet ski (2 people) +35 3rd rider (one of the girls)
This company also does various boat and other tours check out the site for info.
Boat Rentals –
Boatsetter.com – they are sending me quotes and proposal will send separately
Let me know if you would like further information from the other (2) companies as well.
Duck Tours - ducktourssouthbeach.com
305-673-2217 Location –Lincoln Road
People LOVE this tour… I am telling you! Great thing for your whole family as they allow infants!
$32 adult/ $18 child/ $5 infant – 5 year olds
Speedboat Miami - thrillermiami.com
401 Biscayne Blvd 305-371-3278
$36 Adults $ 23 Children
Jungle Island – jungleisland.com (with KIDS)
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail 305-400-7291
Jungle Island is an intimate zoological park located between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition, it is home to some of the world's rarest and most exotic animals. Guests enjoy engaging animal shows and exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on a guided behind-the-scenes VIP tour. Jungle Island enriches the lives of visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. With its renovated Treetop Ballroom, the 18-acre park also serves as Miami's destination for events.
*approx. 20- from hotel**
$35 per ticket + upgrades to play with animals + $10 parking
Miami Seaqarium - miamiseaquarium.com (with KIDS)
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway 305-361-5705
Miami Seaqarium is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty's Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter.
$41.95 adult / $31.95 per child
**Dolphin Encounter** children and adults can swim with Dolphins – call / check out site for pricing and scheduling
1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152nd Street (Kendall) **approx. 1 hour away from hotel**
Located one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com in 2014, this 340-acre zoo showcases more than 3,000 animals including koalas, tigers, and elephants in large open-air exhibits. Things to do and see include: the 27-acre Amazon and Beyond, American Banker's Family Aviary - Wings of Asia, Dr. Wilde's World, Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, Humpy's Camel Rides, Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter, the Zoo Squad, Wings Down Under: A Parrot Feeding Experience, Playground Playworld, and zookeeper talks throughout the day. Rent a Safari Cycle, ride the monorail or take a guided tram tour to see the zoo.
$19.95 adult / $15.95 child / 2 and under Free / Parking Free Valet $8 (on weekends and holidays)
Miami Children’s Museum - miamichildrensmuseum.org
980 MacArthur Causeway 305-373-5437
Play, learn, imagine and create on Watson Island with the museum's 14 interactive and bilingual exhibit galleries, as well as daily programming for the whole family.
$18 adult/ $14 per child - Parking = $1 per hour
Movie Theatre – (end of Lincoln Road Mall) Regal Cinemas 1120 Lincoln Road Mall
The Everglades –
Airboat Tours -
Down South Airboat Tours –downsouthairboattours.com – 239-331-6613