Miami, the buzzy international city on Florida’s southeastern tip, is a glamorous destination for visitors from around the world. No matter the type of experience you’re looking for, Miami’s got it, so find out how to plan the perfect vacation and discover Miami’s must-see attractions.

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The American Riviera in Miami

Early Morning: Grab Breakfast

Start your day off right with some yummy grub from one of Miami’s top breakfast spots. Threefold Café features a gourmet breakfast menu featuring premium, locally sourced seasonal produce. Offerings include the Not So French Toast, which consists of a small baguette filled with ricotta, basil, and prosciutto, egged and pan-fried; Marcia’s Muesli, consisting of oats soaked overnight with nuts, dried fruit, and milk; Toasted Like a Tourist, which is gourmet toast served with a selection of jam, peanut butter, or Vegemite; and the favorite Morning Monkey, banana and walnut bread served with espresso butter.

A longtime staple for Miami residents, the Donut Gallery Diner has been family-owned and operated since 1972, making it one of Key Biscayne’s last remaining landmarks. If you’re not sure what to get, you can’t go wrong with the world-famous Ted’s Special, which includes bacon, ham, cheese, tomato, and egg on an open-faced English muffin. Other great options include the Key Slammer with pancakes, chicken or steak and eggs, and huevos rancheros.

For help exploring the city, be sure to download one of the helpful Miami mobile apps available, including the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and Miami Map and Walk.

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South Beach in Miami.

Midmorning: Get Back to Nature

One of the best parts of visiting Miami is the seemingly endless array of outdoor activities. This isn’t a city you want to visit only to stay inside with the air conditioner turned up. Get out there and explore Florida’s idyllic beaches, botanical gardens, and nature parks.

Located due east of Miami city, South Beach is one of the Atlantic coast’s most frequented destinations. This Miami neighborhood is an Art Deco playground that’s been called the American Riviera for good reason. South Beach, also called SoBe, boasts fine white sands and blue-green waves. Book a deep-sea fishing experience to get out on the water, or take an amphibious trolley tour. Try your hand at paddle boarding, surfing, snorkeling, or sailing. The possibilities are endless!

You’ll also want to spend time exploring the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The site features tram and walking tours, garden exhibits, and a tropical plant conservatory. You can even learn how to create your own garden back home.

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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.

Noon: Enjoy a Delicious Lunch

Miami is known for its culinary delights, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when selecting restaurants. Inspired by Madrid’s tapas scene, Bulla Gastrobar serves tantalizing appetizers, cured meats, and cheeses that are perfect for sharing. If you need something more substantial, order a two- or three-course lunch. Options include spinach and grilled chicken salad, Andalusian gazpacho, grouper and quinoa, roasted vegetable brioche, a dry-aged beef burger with truffle fries, and coconut flan.

Peacock Garden Bistro in Coconut Grove offers alfresco dining in the restaurant’s beautiful garden. Lunch items include a short rib baguette, cheeseburger, prosciutto and brie cheese, daily soups, fresh salads, seafood, pasta, and weekend brunch classics. Book priority seating in advance to help reduce your wait time at this popular café.

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The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

Afternoon: Hit the Museums

Museums may not be the first attractions that come to mind when you think of Miami, but you’d be remiss not to tour these iconic facilities. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a breathtaking landmark that immerses you in the Old World of lavish homes and estate gardens. The subtropical winter home of industrial executive James Deering was constructed in 1910 and has endured as a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum.

Art lovers should visit the Perez At Museum Miami, a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and showcasing 20th- and 21st-century works. PAMM also offers public and private tours and studio lessons and has on-site dining.


Dinnertime: Enjoy a World-Class Meal

After spending the day sightseeing, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Satisfy those cravings at db Bistro Moderne, a modern French-American bistro with a seasonal fine-dining menu served in a casual setting. Start with a yummy cheese plate before moving on to the likes of steak tartare, escargot tart, duck cavatelli, or seared octopus.

For more affordable fare, head to Blue Collar. With its comfort-food favorites, this ’70s-inspired restaurant feels like coming home. Enjoy a hearty veggie plate, braised brisket, stick-to-your-bones ribs, and chicken, pork chop, or eggplant parmesan over pasta. Just save room for the butterscotch Heath bar bread pudding!

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