Miami Beach

Miami Beach was hot, hot, hot, and I don’t just mean in temperature!  It was bustling, beautiful, and balmy- and lots of fun!   We spent 3 great days in Miami Beach before heading to the Dominican Republic for 5 days. We throughly enjoyed our time in this very vibrant city, which included some activity and some quality time lounging by the pool and beach.  Our family always enjoys mixing city and beach themes to our vacations and this was the perfect balance of busy and on the go to quiet and more low key in the Dominican.  And because I’m always thinking about getaways with my friends, I couldn’t help but notice there were a lot of ladies vacationing with their friends.  Note to self: plan a ladies vacation here or a long weekend away with the hubs.


A large part of what made our stay in Miami Beach extra special was our stay at the very chic, 1 Hotel, located right on Miami Beach.  I loved all of the natural wood elements and the beautiful greenery located throughout the resort.  Once we arrived it was very hard to leave.


The hotel even smelled beautiful and I felt like I was a guest at a spa.  Great music was playing throughout the resort, at just the right volume, adding to the beautiful vibe of the hotel.






The sun setting on a beautiful Miami day.


As many of you know we like our family bike rides when we are on vacation.  We picked a doozy of a day to go because the day we went ended up being the hottest day of the year in Miami.  It was a good tour and we saw things we would not have seen otherwise.  We used Bike n’ Roll, which we have used in many other cities before.  The tour gave us a good lay of the land.  Here is a link to my blog post about other bike rides I have done in the past.



Bike n Roll offers an Art Deco bike tour if you are interested in learning more about the architecture in Miami. These are just a few of the art deco buildings we passed along the way. I could have spent an entire afternoon walking around taking in these unique buildings.





How nice is this set up for the kids each day?  Looks like fun!


The sand perfectly manicured before the crowds settle in for day.


We made a 20 minute Uber trip over to Little Havana where we had lunch at El Exquisito and desert across the street at Acuzar.  After lunch we walked around for a bit then headed back to Miami Beach.  Not a whole lot to see in my opinion, but you can set up walking tours and food tours of the area if you are so inclined to do so.

El Exquisito was busy and had a line out the door – always a good sign.  Service quite bad, but the food was very unique and good.  Make friends with the waitresses and all will work well for you.  Empanadas were very good!  We tried a bit of everything and the kids enjoyed sampling a bunch of dishes.



Mr. B and I enjoying a delicious dinner at Ola, which ended up being our favorite dinner in Miami.  Highly recommend for a delicious Latin meal. Moi Bueno!


A few other things we did with our teens….of course they wanted to hit the Lincoln Road Mall, which we did early on a Sunday morning for about an hour.  It is a several block pedestrian mall which is a nice place for a stroll with coffee.  We also hit the Verasce Mansion which is quite beautiful and is located on the very busy and very energetic (it’s quite the seen at night) Ocean Drive.


Have you been to Miami Beach?  If so, what did you think?

I will be back next week with a post about the second half of our spring break trip to the Caribbean.

  April  xo




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12 comments on “Miami Beach

  1. Hi Ms. B, thanks for the fun post! I love ‘traveling’ with you all around the globe. I have not been to Miami in many, many years. The 1 Hotel looks very promising – would love to check that out one day. I would enjoy a visit to Miami especially with the interesting Cuban cultural flair. Sounds like you all had a very fun visit. So great your family has a tradition of checking out the stomping grounds via bike tours, love that. See you soon 😉

    • Hi Bita, Thank you for your kind words! I’m thinking it would be the perfect place to meet your friends from the Midwest for a ladies getaway! April xo

  2. Enjoyed your post on Miami — especially the hotel — would love to stay there. I sat next to you on the plane so thought it would be fun to check out your blog and learn about the things you saw after we departed ways. By the way — anyone going on a cruise that stops at Princess Cays needs to take the dune buggy ride to Lighthouse Beach — hands down the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Wendy

    • Hi Wendy, Thank you sooo much for stopping by to say hi! Yes, we really enjoyed Miami and the next time you are heading to the Caribbean make sure you stay there for a few days. Sounds like you had a great time on your cruise! The beach you went to sounds amazing!! April xo

  3. Beautiful place! You really take some amazing trips! I have only been to Miami once about 20 years ago so I think I am due for a trip back. Can’t wait to hear about the Caribbean portion of your trip!

    • Hi Shelley, You definitely need to make a trip back! I think you will be surprised at how much it has changed in the last 20 years! Have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by to say hi! April xo

    • Hi Lisa, Thanks for stopping by to say hi! That would be great if you get a chance to try a few of the things we did with our kids….they really enjoyed our time in Miami! xo

  4. Such a chic hotel, April! Love the whole loungey vibe. Scott and I hit Southbeach before a trip to St. Lucia. It was the perfect combo of hip and then laidback, just as you described. Love that pic of you and your hubby. I’ll look out for your DR post. The beaches there are incredible, right?
    xx, Heather

    • Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, Miami was the perfect place to spend a few days before heading to the islands. I would love to check out St. Lucia sometime! I hope the end of the school year finds you well! I know you have some exciting things happening soon! xo April

  5. April, This looks so pretty and relaxing. I love your hotel! So amazing they get the sand all ready for the kiddos. My boys would have loved that when they were small! I think Miami is a great combo of culture and leisure… To me the perfect kind of vacation. The waters are beautiful too! Loved that you got all over to eat too! Great post. xo Kim

    • Hi Kim, You would have loved the 1 Hotel…right up your alley! You are so right, Miami was a great mix of beach and culture making it a great destination for a family trip! I look forward to going back again sometime in the near future!

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