Its #TravelThrusday and as promised your girl has come to deliver you more travel-related content, thank me later.
If you read the first blog from my #TravelDiary series, like 2pac in 93, I get around, you would already know that I am no stranger to the beautiful city of Miami. I always knew that I wanted to return, I just wasn’t too sure when that was going to happen.
Luckily for me, the stars aligned and I found myself heading back to Miami at the end of August 2016. The plan was for me and my girl to attend Drake & Futures #SummerSixteenTour but that was quickly abandoned when those tickets prices started looking crazy lol. Everything happens for a reason I guess because this trip turned out better than I expected. It was intense, fun, therapeutic and special. There is just no way I could write up a travel diary on it, as it would take me forever to complete. So I decided to bring you #JennasWorldViews Top 10 things to do in #Miami instead, enjoy x
1. Visit Nikki Beach
It is not possible to visit Miami and not go down to Nikki Beach, in fact, it doesn’t even make sense lol. Nikki Beach is located right on the right sand of 1st and Ocean DR. It is a well-known party playground for jet-setters, celebrities,VIP’s, guests and visitors alike. Visitors can choose from a variety of foods and drinks, served to them by wait staff, as they lay comfortable on Nikki Beach’s signature white lined beach beds. Saturday and Sunday are the most popular days as there is a house DJ on site spinning the latest and hottest tracks. Sun, sea, sand, food, cocktails and music is a great combination, so definitely give NB a visit.
2. Ocean Drive
When I think of South Beach Miami, I automatically think of Ocean drive. You can stroll down there in your best swimwear and nobody would look at you crazy. It is a normal thing because Ocean drive is so close to the Beach. This iconic street is well known for its neon-lights and those amazing Art Deco buildings. Ocean drive is filled to capacity with hotels, bars and restaurants on every street. I highly recommend that you head down there and let yourself get lost through those streets, you won’t be disappointed.
A good place to start for shopping is Lincoln Road Mall. Another well-known spot in Miami, which is basically a long street filled with great retail shops and food. Lincoln road mall was laid out in the 1920s and was known as the ‘Fifth Avenue of the South’
Another great place is Aventura Mall, for those of you that are from the London, Aventura Mall is the equivalent to our Westfields shopping centre. It literally has everything you need under one roof. If you don’t mind a busy shopping environment then Aventura mall will be right up your street. I went to town in Aventura Mall, I didn’t plan to do so much shopping, but baby when I got started, I couldn’t stop.
The rejuvenated Miami Design district. is another hidden gem which features fashion, architecture, design, luxury shopping and fresh dining experiences. The display of public art is also a nice touch. Even if you don’t plan on spending lots of money shopping, still go check out some shopping spots to get a feel for the area. I met so many nice people whilst out shopping, they really loved my British accent. Miami has many other dope places to shop, click here to see what else the 305 has to offer.
4. Experience the Miami nightlife
If there is one thing Miami is known for is the nightlife. I have lost count the amount of times I have heard rappers reference it in their songs, especially club LIV on Sundays. Miami’s nightlife has a worldwide reputation. It is vibrant, filled with celebrities, local socialites and of course dope music. I am a lover of Hip-hop and RnB, so on my trip, I checked out clubs like Dream(now closed), Story, LIV & E11EVEN. Club Story & LIV operate on a who hot, who not/slid in your panties for club entry type basis. Securing your entry via guest list through a certified club promoter is much more efficient, so just go with that option. Most Clubs are super easy to find as there is one located on near enough every street.
5. Day cruise to the Bahamas
Book yourself on a one day round trip excursion to visit the Bahamas. The ferry takes about 2-5 hours to get there and once you are there you can expect to experience a fun day filled with adventures. Snorkelling, water sports, shopping plus a whole lot more is available to you during your one-day visit. This trip is a great way to explore the Bahamas for a small fee. It is possible to book online, but from what I can remember local tour companies offer it from about $100 per person. Read up some more information here before you go making any bookings though boo.
6. Let off some steam at Lock & Load Miami
Lock & Load Miami, offers a Machine gun experience and shooting range in a controlled, safe environment. Again, this is another popular attraction that is loved by locals and tourists. I did it for the first time during my last trip and I must say for me it was very therapeutic. Holding a gun is nothing like you see in the movies, there was so much to learn. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something different. So if you are interested in doing the same, check out Lock & Load Miami.
7. Get a massage at the Versace Mansion (The Villa Casa Casuarina)
Maybe its the slice of boujee in my blood, but baby I love a good massage. Now you could probably get one for cheaper in downtown Miami. But why do that when you can book yourself one (click here) in a mansion previously owned by the Fashion Icon Gianni Versace(RIP).
The former Versace mansion attracts thousands of guest and visitors every year. I believe the assassination of the designer at the property is probably the number one reason why. Nevertheless, the place is still iconic and I highly recommend you go down there to take a look. If the idea of getting a massage on the property doesn’t appeal to you then you can always opt in for a photo opp outside the mansion in true tourist form.
8. Pop some bands at the King of diamonds nightclub (if you’re into that sort of thing of course).
My King of diamonds experience didn’t go quite the way I planned. In fact, it didn’t even happen because I got dressed, fell asleep and woke up the next day, lol. A total waste of Slay (see pic below), but hey life goes on.
Even if strip clubs are not your thing, I encourage you to be open-minded and give it a go. KOD is located in Miami Gardens 25 minutes out of South Beach, offering their customers a next level strip club experience. KOD is popular across the sexes and it attracts the hottest celebrities on the Hip-hop scene. Friday, Saturday & Mondays nights at KOD are always popping, visit on any of one these days and you won’t be disappointed.
9. Taste Cuba
It is no secret that Miami has major Latin influences, that stem from the migration of their Cuban neighbours from the 1950’s. Fidel Castro’s reign of power caused many Cubans to flee and make their new home in the heart of Miami. The Riverside neighbourhood in downtown Miami was transformed into ‘Little Havana’ which includes authentic Cuban restaurants, salsa bars and cigar shops. It is a great way to experience a bit of Cuba in Miami. You can book yourself onto a ‘Little Havana Walking tour’ to explore and soak up all of that Cuban culture.
10. Wynwood Walls
This space is well known for its colourful murals and has become a safe haven for creatives to showcase their talents. Only located a few minutes from Downtown Miami, the Wynwood Walls gives you a taste of Miami’s art world filled with abstract paintings, graffiti, and murals galore. The best time to head down there is the second Saturdays of each month, as they host a monthly event which turns into a late night street party and arts festival. It is a great tourist attraction that will give you a chance to take some dope pics.
Just so you know: Miami is a busy place so there will always be something for you to do. My best advice to you would be to decide what time of year you want to visit and just take it from there. Miami’s event calendar is popping from January right through to December. Have a look here to see what else is on the calendar for the rest of the year.
I hope you enjoyed this segment of #TravelThrusdays. Look out for my newest Blog series: Post Break Up Travel…You really don’t want to miss out on that, it is going to be JUICY!
Ps. Not all the pictures above belong to me, I found them floating around on google as always lol
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