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Written by guest writer Luna Martin @lalunalyss
Miami, Miami. Definitely, another city that never sleeps …or gets a break from the humidity.
I recently took a girls trip to Miami with my friend Ash. We stayed right on Miami Beach at the Shore Club Hotel.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a luxurious suite, but usually when you’re in Miami all you need a room for is to sleep in so, in that case, it is recommendable – specifically for the location and the pool.
The entrance to the pool gives you a tropical ambiance. This was my favorite part of the Shore Club. Ash an I spent an entire day by the pool then the beach and got the best tan to last us the rest of the summer.
I especially love how the drinks and food are delivered to you by the bartender so you can just bathe in the sun with no disturbance.
We had a great view from the balcony of our room as well.
What To Do In Miami: Restaurants In Miami
On our first night, we went out to eat at a restaurant called Prime 112 – Everyone must go to this restaurant when they visit Miami.
I ordered the chicken and waffles dish and Ash got the fish special. The chicken and waffles could have been split between 3 people!
We came to this spot for their famous fried Oreos. Have you ever had a fried oreo? Me neither. Absolutely delicious. After my extremely oversized entrée, we still managed to eat all 5 Oreos!
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What To Do In Miami: Miami Attractions
The next day we attempted to get an early start to our day to beat the heat…however, this is not possible in Florida.
At 10am we were dripping in sweat trying to walk down Lincoln Road Mall. It is definitely a cool tourist attraction.
Everything to do in Miami is outdoors so you have to really be prepared to be out in the heat.
What to do in Miami to beat the heat: After we couldn’t take the heat anymore we went back to the hotel to lounge on the beach. Another great aspect of the Shore Club is that all of the same amenities they offer by the pool you can also receive on the beach. This includes chairs, towels, and the bar.
What To Do In Miami: Miami Nightlife
Later that night we dined at a restaurant called Spiga. Ash has been here before, and she loved this restaurant. It was a cute little spot and I have to say this was probably my favorite meal from the whole trip
The pasta dish called Tortelloni alle Pere & Taleggio, it literally melts in your mouth.
Of course, you can’t go to Miami without experiencing the nightlife.
The club options were endless but I knew I really wanted to see what Story Nightclub was about.
So we started off at the Delano in South Beach at their poolside bar. Such an elegant, classy back venue where we sat and had a drink before heading to Story.
The Delano was one block from the Shore Club. From there, we took an Uber to Story Nightclub. The cover was $60, but if you talk to the right people you can walk right in. The DJ played great music the whole night. It was extremely crowded and filled with VIP sections but was a fun time.
We had some delicious food in Miami at some admirable places. We went to a restaurant called Byblos. Ash and I loved the vibe and we really enjoyed this meal. We started off with the crispy baby artichoke as an appetizer, then had yogurt baked fluke, roasted brussels sprouts, and couscous for dinner.
For dessert, because of course we left room for that, we had these incredible cheesecake bites!
On our last day in Miami, we took a boat tour around Biscayne Bay, Star Island, Millionaire’s Row, Port Miami and Fisher Island.
We saw an impressive amount of celebrity homes. From Shakira, Jenifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neil to David Beckham, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dr. Phillip Frost (inventor of Viagra) who’s mansion was the biggest in Miami ($58 million!).
Each palm tree you see in front of his house was imported from Africa costing $10,000 each and there were 32 of them! I found this tour by just googling “Miami boat tours” it was super easy and they picked us up right near our hotel and dropped us back off.
The boat docked at the Bayside Marketplace. Which was another cool touristy spot to visit, almost like an outdoor mall. We found a place to eat in the Marketplace called Los Ranchos Steakhouse where I had battered fish and shrimp with plantains. Another highly favored meal.
That about wraps up my fabulous girls trip to Miami. I definitely give a 10/10 on the food I indulged in and the tan that I got.
I can’t thank my sister Ash enough for taking me to explore all of these places and expanding my experiences.
There’s so much to see and do in Miami that there’s no way you can do it all one trip, such as Wynwood and the Versace Mansion.
But most likely, I will not be visiting in July again – too hot! Thanks for reading and be sure to comment any questions or suggestions for me!
Luna is a brutally honest, down to earth, practical millennial who is boisterous behind the keyboard. Writing, traveling, and yoga have eased her mind for the 24 years she has been alive and now she aims to make at least one of those more than just a hobby. Luna is a fresh, new freelance writer, who writes about where she’s been and where she’s going.
Connect with Luna Instagram: @lalunalyss
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