Miami: Travel Diary

miami path to beach access{The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}

My husband and I just got back from a long, relaxing weekend in sunny Miami.  It was the perfect getaway: convenient to get to from the east coast, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, great food.  Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip and my list of places to check out while in Miami if you are planning a trip there soon or if you are looking for new spots to check out next time you are in the area.

miami morning rooftop pool and ocean view {The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}


The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside – This is the best spot for a quiet retreat with beautiful views of both the ocean and the bay.  The hotel is close enough to all of the great restaurants and nightlife of South Beach while remaining peaceful and serene.  The rooftop pool is a must: amazing view and free yoga included with your stay each morning.  This is also my pick of places to stay if you are looking to bring kids.  The pool on the first level of the hotel is kid-friendly with quick access to the beach and the oceanfront suites have a separate sleeping area and bathroom for the little ones.  And the French-inspired restaurant that has indoor and outside seating serves a great brunch.

The Raleigh – I loved the Art Deco architecture of South Beach and this hotel highlights that fun, vibrant style.  You will find funky poolside cabanas and vintage furniture in each guest room.

The Miami Beach EDITION – Brand spanking new and full of life, this hotel is top-notch in every way.  It is so chic and impeccably decorated.  Their restaurant, The Matador Room, was my favorite place to eat while in Miami.  And they have an entire basement filled with an ice skating rink, nightclub and a bowling alley.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel – This hotel is located in the heart of South Beach, so it’s the perfect spot for those looking to be situated just steps away from busy Ocean Ave, Lincoln Road and the beach.  Another bonus is a great spa on premise.

miami the betsy hotel{BLT Steak Miami at the Betsy Hotel South Beach}


The Front Porch Cafe – A great location to view the crowds on Ocean Ave over brunch.  And you can fuel up before lots of walking to check out all of the stores on Lincoln Road.

BLT Steak Miami – Best lunch spot for a really great burger, big salad and lots of people watching on the front porch of the Betsy Hotel located in the center of South Beach on Ocean Ave.

The Matador Room – We loved this place so much we went for dinner and went back another day for lunch.  This restaurant, located at the hotel, Miami Beach EDITION, serves amazing sweet pea and pumpkin seed guacamole, and their BBQ pork and chipotle chicken tacos were my favorite meal of the trip.  At night, enjoy cocktails in their indoor bar while you wait for your table or their outdoor bar that overlooks the blue-lit pool.

miami edition pool{Relaxing poolside at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel}


Rent Bikes – Cruise along the long stretch of sidewalk between the ocean and the heart of South Beach, just north of Ocean Ave.  Around 15th Street is a great place to start out.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe South Beach – Catch a live show or salsa at this busy nightclub.

Deep Sea Fishing – Charter a boat with your family or with a group and go deep sea fishing or just explore the waters of Miami.

miami morning light{Early morning view on our balcony at The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}

miami rooftop yoga{Rooftop yoga at The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}

miami matador room lunch{Matador Room, at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel}

miami moscow mule{Oak Tavern, Downtown Miami}

miami packing list zoom{Triangl Swimwear is a beach must-have}

miami matador room date night{Matador Room, at The Miami Beach EDITION hotel}

miami beach{Beach entrance at The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}

miami edition pool 2{The Miami Beach EDITION pool}

miami matador room date night 2{Matador Room, at the Miami Beach EDITION}

miami blue vibes{Early evening view out our oceanfront suite at The Grand Beach Hotel Surfside}

Go out and explore Miami and let me know some of your favorite spots there, too!

xo gina


1 Comment

  1. I’m impressed, Good ideas.

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