If like me, you’ve found yourself having visited Miami on several occasions, but frequently visiting the same locales, this list’s for you. During a recent press trip to South Beach, I was lucky enough to visit places, and take part in activities I normally wouldn’t have on my own. From there, I was inspired to create a list for the Lushworthy traveler looking to enjoy Miami like a local.
Enjoy A Rose Sangria With A View At PAMM
If only all museums offered views of Biscayne Bay and restaurants with craft cocktails, we’d probably all be much smarter (and Lushworthy). In addition to its vast collection of art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) offers an inviting outdoor area, complete with chair hammocks and an outdoor sitting area for its restaurant, Verde. Although its cocktail menu is somewhat limited, Verde does up the ante with creativity. The Rose Sangria and White Peach Margarita are among the boozy options on their cocktail menu. But with options like Sausage And Ricotta and Butternut Squash + Fig, the pizza menu is the real star of the show at Verde.
Hit The Water (Spoiler Alert: Not The Beach)
It’s no secret that South Beach is amazing for sunbathing, taking a dip in the ocean, and other beachy activities, but there are other ways to enjoy the water. If you drive about 30 minutes outside of South Beach, you’ll find Oleta River State Park, Florida’s largest urban park. You can enjoy a number of activities while at the river, but I highly suggest going kayaking. It’s low-impact, making it a relaxing option for enjoying the Oleta River. And if you want to give your arms a bit of a break, stop at a beach located off the river for a quick snack (you bring the grub) and a dip in the clear and calm water.
Join The Locals For A Happy Hour
Happy Hour is where dreams come true. Slight exaggeration, but I do love a good Happy Hour, especially in a city like Miami where your wallet can empty itself fairly quickly. At Lolo’s Surf Cantina, which is a bit of a local hangout for those who reside in the South of Fifth neighborhood in South Beach, you’ll find quite the cost-conscious Happy Hour menu. Mexican beers, including Pacifico and Negra Modelo, are the cheapest boozy options at $4. And for $6, you can sip on a Margarita De La Casa, Paloma, or Mexican Mule. And on the food portion of the Happy Hour menu, you’ll find Grilled Corn ($4), Carnitas Tacos ($6), and more.
Throw Back A Local Brew At The Wynwood Yard
If you’re not a local, you might not be familiar with The Wynwood Yard: a collective of food trucks in the artsy Wynwood area of Miami. Given that The Wynwood Yard consists of nearly a dozen food trucks, the options can be overwhelming. Thankfully, I love a good mac & cheese, so it didn’t take long before I opted for the Philly Cheese Steak Mac & Cheese from World Famous House of Mac. A bar at the center of the food truck park offers local beers and cocktails, including margaritas and vodka punch.
*** Complimentary food/drink tastings and activities were provided during my trip to Miami, but the thoughts in this post are my own.