If 24 hours is all you’ve got for exploring Miami, have no fear: it’s doable, but expect an action-packed day. With year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, historic architecture, and rich Latin-influenced culture, Miami has something for every type of traveler. Whether you want to soak up the sun on sandy beaches or party at its famous late-night spots, a trip to Miami can take many different forms. For those looking to get a taste of Miami, this 24-hour itinerary is the perfect mix of relaxation, adventure, culture and nightlife to make your choices easy.
24 hours in Miami
First things first: the beach. Walk, run or bike along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. Go see Miami Beach’s pastel-colored Art Deco Historic District and famous Ocean Drive. Grab breakfast at Big Pink or a quick cortadito and Cuban toast at Havana 1957 – that Cuban coffee will fuel the exciting day ahead.
At lunchtime, head to Miami Design District, a beautiful haven of design showrooms, galleries, high-end restaurants and haute clothing stores. Grab a healthy lunch at Pura Vida or pizza at Swan. Then, swing by nearby Wynwood and wander through its revered Wynwood Walls, the highest concentration of street art in the country.
Experience Miami’s renowned Cuban culture in Little Havana. Head to Domino Park to watch old-timers play heated games of dominoes. When the clock strikes 3:05 p.m. (a nod to Miami’s first area code), join the locals lining up for café con leche at one of Little Havana’s many “ventanitas,” or little windows for Latin food and drink.
With that extra boost of caffeine, return to South Beach to stroll the shops at Lincoln Road or Española Way. Explore art galleries like Oolite Arts and Britto Central and do a little people-watching at one of the spill-out restaurants or bars on either street.
A day in Miami wouldn’t be complete without a tasty dinner. During stone crab season, wait in line at iconic Joe’s Stone Crab or steakhouse @orilla.miami and Smith & Wollensky.
If you’re already on Miami Beach, grab a drink by the Clevelander Hotel pool, where there’s always a party, or dance the night away at one of Miami Beach’s famous nightclubs, like Mynt, STORY or LIV.
Satisfy any late-night cravings at La Sandwicherie open until 5 a.m. on weekend nights.