From South Beach to Little Havana, Miami is a melting pot of cultures and the North American gateway to Latin America. If you want to get a taste of what it’s like in places further south without leaving the country, take a cheap flight to Miami for a weekend.
What to do in Miami for a Weekend
Whether you like to laze the day away at the beach, party until sunrise, or immerse yourself in arts and culture, you’ll have plenty of choices in Miami. If you only have a few days to explore, here’s a few suggestions on how to spend a weekend in Miami.
After a day of traveling, what could be better than hitting the beach? Of the local beaches, South Beach is where people go to see and be seen. Make sure to check out the historic Art Deco architecture and Miami’s famous nightlife scene. At Lummus Park Beach, you can rent a pair of roller blades to cruise like a local along the beach path.
If you‘re looking for a more low-key atmosphere or have the kids in tow, try going a little further north to Surfside, which has a waterpark. And if you’re feeling the need to be liberated from your swimsuit, head up to Haulover Park’s nude beach to sunbathe without tan lines.
Depending on how you spent the previous night, you may just want to lay on the beach all day. If you’re up for a little more exploring, go see some impressive street art at the Wynwood Walls. This outdoor museum features murals by some of the top street artists in the world.
Want to cycle your way through Wynwood while having your favorite adult beverage? Book a party bike bar crawl with Cycle Party. Don’t worry, the steering is operated by the tour guide. All you have to do is power the vehicle with the pedals, which can be a fun way to see Miami’s art district with a group of friends.
For a taste of Cuba, head to Little Havana. Join a food and walking tour or just explore this vibrant neighborhood on your own. Versailles Restaurant is a popular spot to get some authentic Cuban food like the roast pork, swiss, pickles, and mustard that make up a Cuban sandwich.
A walk along Calle Ocho will bring you through local art galleries and the walk of fame, which honors Cuban and Latin cultural icons. Don’t just pass by Maximo Gomez Park. Stop here to play a game of dominoes or smoke a cigar with some local retirees. Want to know how cigars are made? Pop in to any of the family-owned shops along Calle Ocho for a demonstration. At night, Hoy Como Ayer offers live Cuban music until the wee hours of the morning.
Before you board your flight back home, why not try flying yourself? If you’ve wanted to try skydiving but the thought of jumping out of a plane scares you to death, you can now fly indoors without a parachute at iFLY. A wind tunnel will allow you to float around and enjoy the sensation of flying through the air.
A certified instructor will make sure you know what to expect and guide you through all phases of flight. Afterwards, you can check out an air show from the instructors where you’ll see some acrobatic flips, and choreographed moves that you can learn to do yourself.
Of course, there’s plenty more to do in Miami as well. Mix and match activities for each day to fit whatever works best for your travel schedule. Miami is one of the top destinations worldwide and while flying there for a weekend will only give you a small window into what life is like in Miami, it can be a great way to enjoy the beach life for a few days.
Cheap Weekend Flights to Miami
If you’re looking for a cheap flight to Miami for the weekend, try out our new Weekender search tool, where we find the best prices for upcoming weekends departing from your local airport. It searches for flight deals departing on Thursdays or Fridays, and returning on Sundays or Mondays, so you can take advantage of a cheap flight without taking a lot of time off from work. The Weekender also has the option to add a recommended hotel for your trip so you can quickly and easily book your next weekend getaway.
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