If it’s sunshine, beaches, music & dancing you want – South Beach Miami is calling your name.
If it’s good food, coffee, artwork & activities you want, Wynnwood Walls is your go-to in Miami.
There’s a little bit of everything within a 30-minute drive!
Here’s a peek into my recent girls getaway – where I ate, enjoyed a mocha, resided, visited, enjoyed, etc. 🙂
Atmosphere: Laid back, beachy, indoor/outdoor seating, artistic murals on the walls
I can’t urge you enough to stop at this place for crab legs, scallops and calamari.
It’s not fine dining, by any means, but it’s EXTREMELY delicious.
The servings are large, so plan to share appetizers!
THE CRAB LEGS!
I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the prices were for everything too.
You’ll need to request a table that’ll seat 4 because their tables for 2 would barely fit drinks on them.
This mural caught my eye. Request to sit here… it’s the prettiest seat in the place. 🙂
OMG… doesn’t this just make your mouth water!?
SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI: MONTY’S SUNSET
Atmosphere: Relaxed, nice view of marina
On my last day in Miami, we took the free taxi over to Monty’s Sunset.
Katie ate their salmon and she was pretty impressed!
I enjoyed their cobb salad.
A nice person bought us margaritas, and they were also pretty amazing.
We definitely recommend the margaritas if you’re just stopping by on a walk.
DOWNTOWN, MIAMI: FRESHKO
Atmosphere: cafe-style, small, corner of DT street
I ordered the french dip – and I can’t lie… it was the best one I’ve ever had!
Thumbs up if you’re in the mood for a quick bite to eat.
WYNNWOOD WALLS, MIAMI: COYO TACO
Atmosphere: Outdoor seating is the best.
Tacos were gone almost instantly – we demolished the guacamole & salsa!
This is somewhere I’d recommend going to if you’re able to go to several different dining places in Wynnwood during your stay.
Be ready for quite a line! 🙂
MY ACCOMODATIONS: CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB
Atmosphere: Hustle & bustle. You’re right in the heart of the South Beach area. Budget-friendly option.
I have a lot of good things to say about my stay at The Catalina Hotel, paired with a few tips/heads up factors.
I loved the location of the hotel, being within fair walking distance to many restaurants, and the beach, of course.
FREE SHUTTLE: Yes, but be SURE you’re actually told the exact location of your pick up from the airport.
(Plan on 2 hours of wait/travel time if you’re using this option. Otherwise, just Uber & you’ll only pay $18).
This hotel consists of 3 different complexes, which I wasn’t aware of when I booked originally.
I’d recommend requesting The Dorset or The Maxine based on what I noticed during my stay.
Those two buildings have restaurants built into them on the ground floor.
The Dorset (Red Bar) is where you’ll find a FREE happy hour every night at 7 p.m. (Hosted by The Catalina)
Make use of this or get ready to pay $15/drink after it’s over.
They also have Fung Ku FKU, which is a BOMB sushi joint – and I wish I would’ve had time to go more than once!
It appears that all I did was eat while on this vacation… But look at how happy that makes me!
The daytime vibe of Fung Ku is nice, but go at night – it’s BEAUTIFUL with the lighting and decor.
The Catalina has a small bamboo garden with a cute hideaway in it on the main floor.
Grab a book and go chill there!
This is also where you’ll check in.
The front desk attendants are awesome when you’re in there face-to-face.
Getting through to them by phone/email/facebook never worked for me, so be sure to call at least a week in advance to assure you get a response before you head there.
Maxine’s Bistro is best known for their amazing brunch, but also for being open 24 hours/day!
We only ate there two times due to convenience on the first night, but I ended up really liking their chicken piccata!
We also enjoyed their specialty cocktails & spinach/cheese crock pot dip!
The fact that they have live music most nights was a huge plus.
This is an evening shot of one of the pools at The Catalina. (It’s located behind The Maxine building.)
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO KEY BISCAYNE!
We rented a red topless JEEP from Jonathan Pelletier. (Contact info soon to come!)
Starting in Downtown Miami, we headed to Key Biscayne, but made a few pit stops.
You’ll see I highlighted a small square on the map below that shows you where we went for a joyride around Hibiscus Island, taking photos of the gorgeous homes.
At the bottom of the map is Key Biscayne, where we continued our joy ride.
We did stop at one of the public beaches on the long stretch to Key Biscayne.
Grab some seashells & sand!
COFFEE STOP: PANTHER COFFEE in Wynnwood Walls
I loved the fact that I could see them making the coffee in this shop!
Although the inside is small with only one table to sit at, the outside of the store has plenty of umbrella seating.
The artwork they framed and featured was beautiful & it was nice to have something creative to look at while I waited for my drink.
As for the coffee – MMM – I had a cortado, and my friend ordered an iced mocha.
We were both delighted with the experience.
Be ready to wait in a long line – it’s worth it though to be in a place where you get a behind-the-scenes look at the coffee creating process!
And as always, I would thoroughly LOVE to hear your thoughts and feedback!
Where else do you enjoy going when you’re in Miami?
I know there’s a lot more to see – but I did what I could in the short time I had. 🙂