If you’re a couple that loves the beach and dancing the night away, Miami, Florida is the honeymoon destination for you! This hotspot is known for its colorful buildings, white sandy beaches, and trendy night clubs. To help get your honeymoon plans rolling, we’ve picked our top choices for hotels, beaches, activities, and restaurants to make your vacation romantic and fun!
FOR THE LARGER BUDGET Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the #1 luxury hotel in Miami Beach. Set in the center of millionaires row it has 22 oceanfront acres of restaurants, nightlife, spa, beach, and endless pool. You can spend an entire day at Lapis Spa (the most beautiful spa in America according to Martha Stewart!), grab dinner at one of their 7 restaurants, and then grab a drink and dance at one of their nightclubs or bars!
FOR THE MODERATE BUDGET Recently renovated, Circa 39 is a charming hotel with an eclectic mix of styles. Conveniently located down the street from the beaches, Circa 39 also is home to a hidden courtyard garden and pool deck. It’s in house restaurant, Jules Kitchen, serves global comfort food, and the Wunder Bar serves delicious tropical cocktails!
FOR THE WALLET FRIENDLY BUDGET The New Yorker Boutique Hotel is set in a 1950’s motel in Miami’s Modern Architecture District. It is just 2 miles front the shopping district and 8 miles from Miami Beach! It offers a pool, continental breakfast, and free shuttle to the airport, beach, and Port of Miami. This is a great option for the couple who wants to spend most of their budget adventuring!
FOR BREAKFAST Ham & Eggery is a go-to for the locals so you know it’s one of the best. This restaurant has been open since the 60’s and serves all the classics. Beachcraft, owned by the amazing Tom Colicchio, is on the pricey side, but definitely worth the splurge. It offers 2 unlimited breakfast buffets and a la carte mimosas and bloody marys! If you want an authentic Cuban breakfast, check out Las Olas Cafe! For only $3.99 you can get eggs, homefries, toast, and a cup of coffee.
FOR LUNCH If you’re on the go you must try Ms. Cheezious, the hottest food truck in Miami. It serves up amazing cheese-y sandwiches that put the regular grilled cheese to shame. If you want fresh seafood or an amazing salad go to Sabor a Peru. Indulge on all the delicious Peruvian food it has to offer! Having a fancy dinner and want to save on lunch? Try Frenchie’s Diner. For under $10 you can get a cheeseburger croque-monsieur, or escargot.
FOR DINNER You have to go to Joe’s Stone Crab. Established in 1913 (it’s older than Miami itself!) this restaurant is famous for its stone crabs and seafood. If you’re craving Italian go to Macchialina. It serves homemade pastas and is said to be the best Italian in the whole city! Try the Yardbird Southern Table & Bar if you and your hubby are adventurous eaters. This restaurant puts a twist on your classic southern dishes, and you won’t be disappointed.
LUMMUS PARK BEACH Voted best beach by New York Times in 2017, this beach is the picturesque paradise you need to sunbathe on. Located in the the Art Deco Historic District, this beach is lined with retro buildings, palm trees, and shops and restaurants.
HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK If you want some peace and quiet this is the beach for you. Here you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes. The beach bottom is rocky so you may want to wear water shoes, but otherwise this beach is perfect for soaking up the sun!
HOBIE BEACH If you need a dog friendly beach, or just love pups in general, this is the beach for you. Hobie Beach offers shallow water, lemonade stands, and an amazing view of the Rickenbacker Causeway. Catamaran rentals and lessons are also available for those wanting a bit of an adventure!
ARTS AND CULTURE The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in 1910 as James Deering’s private Coconut Grove estate, but has now been preserved as museum showcasing European beauty. Take a stroll in the 10 acres of gardens, or take an audio tour of the mansion! The Pérez Art Museum Miami, located in Downtown Miami Museum Park, features international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. A recently new museum, it has already been claimed as a must-see by critics and tourists. The Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is another must see. It boasts a state of the art planetarium and 500,000 gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium.
ATTRACTIONS The Florida Everglades are full of wildlife and unlike any other place in the world. Cozy up next to your man and take an adventurous boat ride through the Everglades and snap pictures of the alligators and snakes you may see along the way. If you’ve got some cash to spend take a breathtaking tour of the city via helicopter. Miami Executive Helicopters will customize your tour to be exactly what you want. Visit Coral Castle Museum if you want to be awed. A Latvian immigrant excavated and carved these amazing sculptures out of 1,100 tons of coral over a span of 30 years, and scientists are still guessing how he did it.
NIGHTLIFE If you want to dance the night away in a club, then LIV is the nightclub of your dreams. The 18,000 square foot venue has huge domed ceilings, a light show, and VIP tables up and down the dance floor. If you want to embrace the Cuban culture try your hand at salsa at the historic Ball & Chain. Here, there is a focus on live music, wood panelling, and palm fronds reminiscent of its heyday in the 50’s. Miami Improv is the comedic haven for those wanting a laugh. This comedy club has a 2 drink minimum, a full dinner menu, and is located in Coconut Grove.