6 Things to Know Before Visiting Miami

Miami is an awesome city to visit! But, there are things I wish I’d known before I went so I was better prepared and faced less frustrations on my trip! I’m hoping the followng six pieces of advice will help you:

  1. There are Beggers: I am not referring to homeless people here…instead I am talking about the restaurants. We noticed specifically in Miami Beach while walking up and down the streets restaurant employees would nearly be begging you to come into their restaurant for lunch or dinner. I thought this was strange as I’d never seen this anywhere else in the country before.
  2. A Trip to Miami Makes for a Pricey Vacation: This is an expensive city to visit! It’s so worth the cash you’ll be dropping here, but just letting you know so you can plan and budget accordingly.
  3. Forecasted rain=no rain: We visited Miami in October which is their ‘shoulder season’. Heavy rain is expected in Summer, while little rain is present in the Winter here. However, if you see on the forecast that it will rain every day on a Fall trip, don’t listen! It was supposed to rain our whole time here and we didn’t get one drop-at least not during the day while out and about.
  4. It’s HOT: Miami gets extremely warm-even at night! I don’t think this place ever cools off. You’ll be sweating in pants for sure so dress for hot weather!
  5. Street parking is a pain: We rented a car for our Miami trip and drove all over town to different sites. If you can find a free spot, it may take you a while to figure out how to actually pay for it! And you definitely want to pay, because you will totally get towed or ticketed. Several times we went to pay at a machine and it would be out of order and/or wouldn’t take card or cash. The best thing to do is park then pay through their app Park Mobile. It will prompt you for your zone number (listed on a sidewalk sign) and then you can enter in your card info to pay.
  6. Opt for a land animal: If you’re like me you’re thinking ‘Oh, great we’re in Miami so I’m going to stuff my face with all the seafood!’ Yeah, I don’t advise that. I tried a few fish plates at various restaurants thinking they’re going to be amazing because we’re right on the ocean and all and was disappointed every time. It wasn’t until I switched to beef and chicken plates until I truly had a delicious meal in Miami.

I wish for none of the above to deter you from your Miami excursion. It’s a wonderful place to visit! Check out my other posts on Miami to read more about this oceanside paradise: Where to Eat in Miami that Won’t Break the Bank and What to do in Miami.

Where to Eat in Miami that Won’t Break the Bank

Miami is a beautiful and fun ocean side city to visit. But cheap and budget friendly? Yeah, no. We especially noticed the high prices when it came to dining out. However there were a handful of places that we snagged some grub at that were inexpensive and still delicious and amazing! Here is my list of cheap eats in Miami:

  1. Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita: A really awesome spot nestled in downtown Miami. When you walk on to their patio you’re thinking okay WOW ambience…but also what’s this bill going to look like? But it’s actually a very inexpensive place to dine at.
  2. Azucar Ice Cream: This cute ice cream shop is located in Little Havana. They have a chalk wall of all kinds of different flavors to choose from and it’s so yummy!
  3. La Sandwicherie: This is an awesome spot to grab subs before you hit the beach! They have lots of other food options here, too, but we opted for some sammies and what was brought out to us were two huge sandwiches piled with meat and lots of fresh veggies-it will definitely fill you up without busting your budget.
  4. Juanchi’s: This place has some of the best burgers I have ever tasted in my friggin life!!! It is an inexpensive spot and man are the burgers to die for. It’s a must if you’re in Miami!
  5. Mama Tried: Ok, so this is actually a bar in downtown Miami. BUT I felt like it deserved a spot on my list here because the ambience was incredible, they serve legit cocktails, and for $10 or less. That’s a steal in Miami!

Don’t let Miami’s prices deter you from visiting this awesome city. It’s like no other-you may just have to scope out a littler harder the cheap spots to hit up for a meal, and I’m hoping this helps!

What to do in Miami

For my 30th birthday, it was my heart’s desire to visit Miami for the first time. This was also my first time ever to visit the state of Florida. It was an awesome trip! we spent three whole days in this southern FL paradise and here’s all the fun things we got into:

  1. Miami Beach: We hit the beach our first day there and it was amazing. The water was a pretty turquoise and a decent temp in mid October. We started on Miami Beach which you could say is the ‘mid beach’. You can walk along the shore line either way to hit both North and South Beaches.
Miami Mami

2. Visit the Everglades: If you head south from Miami, you’ll hit Everglades National Park in about 30 minutes. We stopped at Gator Park to take an airboat ride in the Everglades and it was awesome! The boat glides so fast on the water in every which way. We got to see wildlife and, yep, even an alligator!

No touchey

3. Barnacle Historic State Park: This is a cool spot in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. It’s a pretty little oasis on several acres of land. You can tour all the property including the house, grounds, and boathouse.

Idc how basic it is to love palm trees

4. Explore Wynwood neighborhood: This was by far my favorite neighborhood we explored. There are murals literally EVERYWHERE. It was so fun just walking around snapping shots of all the beautiful local art.

Gimme my money

5. South Beach Pier: Head to the end of the shoreline and find a pretty pier in South Beach. You’ll see lots of fishies in the clear water and can see the whole expanse of the beach and ocean.

Wish I would have brought my fishing pole!

6. Explore the Art Deco District: This neighborhood is right next to the beach. It’s so cool to see the all old style buildings! You’ll feel like you stepped right out of the Great Gatsby novel. You can walk for miles and miles to see all kinds of old architecture from this era.

Call me Daisy

7. Little Havana: This is another sweet area to explore. There’s a cigar shop on every corner along with all other kinds of Cuban style merch and restaurants.

Where’s my droptop caddy at?

Miami was so amazing to visit. I’ve never seen a tropical area like this before, I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the state of Florida!