When you live where "most people vacation," you can easily become flooded with texts for recommendations for what to do in Miami during people's weekend trips down to the tropics. Lucky for me, I love my city and I am always eager to rattle of my favorite things to do so that people can experience the Miami that is my home, rather than just the Miami they see portrayed in TV shows and social media.
Since I spent almost two months in Miami for my winter break (ask me how genuinely excited I am to be back at school with a routine and actual wintery weather), I hit up my favorite hometown spots as much as I adventured out to the newer sights in town. And here's a little write up of the current highlights in Miami - in case someone needs a recommendation list of things to do:
Explore Art Deco throughout Miami Beach
Bonus points if you find a corner cafe and stop for an empanada and cafecito - for the true flavor of Miami.
Venture down to South Florida for the best Cinnamon Rolls & Strawberry Shakes
Pro tip: visit Knaus Berry Farms RIGHT when the open in order to avoid the lines and inevitable sun burn you will get outlining your outfit because you spent 3 hours waiting for the snacks in this photo.
Visit Dante Fascell Park to see the statue that has become an iconic portion of any South Floridian's childhood
This here is the naked lady. She is a staple of my childhood. I don't know who made her, or who decided to put her here, but she is easily one of the most peculiarly intriguing memories of my youth. Re-visiting her and being able to climb from her navel to her shoulder in one fluid motion really reminded me that wow, I am tall.
Have an early morning beach day before the big crowds emerge and block your view of the water
However, if you like people watching, I would recommend going during lunch time - though that's when you risk some skin torching sun rays.
Noodle around the Wynwood Art District and 'nosh at 1-800-Lucky
Since the walls are always changing and there's new fusion cuisine constantly populating the area, this is a great spot to revisit time and time again. It also helps to bring a crew of friends for the laughs but also for rotational photographer purposes...
Walk around the re-vamped Design District to see well-known art at the ICA and more site-specific art in the streets
At the end of the day, I think the best thing about Miami is that you can be craving nature, art, fashion, or food, and be able to accomplish everything (and more) in a single swoop - if you play your cards right.