During a trip to Miami Beach, there are certain activities and spots you simply must do and see. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or planning a repeat trip, use this itinerary to plan your day and maximize your vacation in this beautiful area.

Late Morning: Enjoy a Lazy Brunch

When you’ve been dancing the night away at Miami’s best nightclubs, it’s not easy to make it to a restaurant before the breakfast menu is no longer available. One solution: Wagons West Restaurant. Here you can get breakfast all day, such as pancakes, omelets, waffles, and French toast. It’s open from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. You can also get lunch, including sandwiches, crab cakes, burgers, soup, salads, and tasty sides.

The Miami Beach Boardwalk in Miami Beach.

Afternoon: Explore the Natural Surroundings

Miami is home to amazing beaches, but those aren’t the only natural surroundings. The Kampong, a seven-acre botanical garden, is a must-see. Botanical explorer and chief of the USDA Seed Section Dr. David Fairchild once called it home. During his career, he traveled the world, collecting botanical specimens and planting them at this location. The garden is one of only two tropical plant research sites in the United States, offering a tranquil setting that feels different from the rest of Miami Beach.

If you’d rather hit the beach, pay a visit to the 21st-45th Street Beach, located along the ocean and close to some of the most exclusive clubs and hotels in the city. The Miami Beach boardwalk runs through the sandy areas, so you’ll see a lot of joggers and walkers on the path. Along the sand, lifeguard huts and snack bars pop up every few feet.

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The Calle Ocho in Little Havana in Miami Beach.

Evening: Dine on Cuban Favorites

Cuban food is a staple of Miami locals, with Cuban natives coming to reside in this cultural destination. More than a third of the residents of Miami Beach come from the Caribbean island, so you can find delicious and authentic food. Puerto Sagua is one local favorite, serving pernil asado, which is pork shoulder braised with onions; filete salteado, a unique spin on the cheesesteak; croquetas con jamon (ham croquettes); and homemade flan.

Within Little Havana, a neighborhood of Miami Beach, you can also dine at El Exquisito. This family-owned restaurant on Calle Ocho, the main drag, has an extensive and budget-friendly menu with options like empanadas, sandwiches piled high with juicy meat, veggies, and flavorful sauces; and omelets prepared with ham, potatoes, sausage, shrimp, and sweet plantains. Most entrees come with two sides, and you can choose from rice and beans, mashed potatoes, fried plantain chips, fried yuca (cassava), French fries, and mixed veggies.

Late Night: Sip Cocktails

If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere, Nikki Beach Miami is more relaxed than other clubs and lounges in town. On the other hand, when you want to dance and party in a sea of people, STORY Nightclub is a happening spot. World-class DJs, bottle service, and refreshing drinks make for a fun evening.

Whether you’re planning a wild weekend or a laid-back beach trip, you can find plenty of fun things to do, beautiful places to see, and great food to eat in Miami Beach.