48 Hours in Miami

Miami Weekend Guide: 48 Hours In Miami

If you are looking for some surf and sun, you don’t have to look further than South Florida. With so much to do, you can accomplish so much with 48 hours in Miami.

So, pack your swimsuit and sunscreen before you set off for a weekend of soaking up the rays and dancing the night away.

48 Hours in Miami, Florida

Friday Afternoon

Check in to 1 Hotel South Beach for a waterfront view from your luxurious hotel room. This hotel prides itself on sustainability and being made out of reclaimed materials. Stay in for the night and head to the hotel’s Watr at the Rooftop for Japanese-inspired cuisine.

You can’t go wrong with the parmesan-crusted scallops or steak saltado bowl. Chill afterward by grabbing a cocktail at the hotel’s bar, Drift, before watching the day turn to night on South Beach.

48 Hours in Miami


With breakfast being the most important meal of your day, start out right by going to Lilikoi Organic Living. Choose the gluten-free quinoa waffles or the papaya our way for a fresh, yummy start. After, go to Jungle Island to embrace your wild side and visit the lemurs, sloths, flamingos, and capybaras. Next, embrace historic Miami by taking a walk down Ocean Drive and take some photos in front of the pastel Art Deco buildings located there. 

For lunch, go to La Carreta for a classic Cuban sandwich – you can’t go wrong with it. After, visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and take a relaxing stroll along the 11 acres of the exotic Formal Gardens. For shopping, check out Aventura Mall which has everything from Armani Exchange to Zara. 

After taking the shopping world by storm, head to dinner at A Fish Called Avalon for some scrumptious seafood. Pick the macadamia-crusted snapper or jumbo shrimp scampi provencal for an entree before selecting the award-winning pecan-crusted key lime pie. For a night on the town, enjoy a frozen drink at Wet Willie’s or the classic atmosphere at Clevelander

48 Hours in Miami

Sunday Morning

Before flying out of Miami, enjoy one last brunch stop by visiting 27 Restaurant & Bar at Freehand Miami by ordering the chia seed pudding and shakshuka. After a whirlwind of a trip, you’ll be happy you visited South Florida.

48 Hours in Miami

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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