Laundreez in the City: A Couple's Guide to Visiting Miami
My boyfriend and I weren’t sure where to spend our annual end-of-spring trip this year; we knew we wanted to save a New York City trip for crisp fall leaves, but wanted to venture out somewhere both lively and romantic at the same time. Admittedly, we’re both basketball fans, so when we saw that the Miami Heat were playing at home for the same weekend, we figured at least one of our nights would be spent with a foam finger on one hand and a hot dog in another. So Miami it was.
We learned quickly that South Beach was almost entirely geared for singles and club-goers, making it hard to find quaint little spots for dinner and drinks where we could chat or dance sans strobe-lights. We were also definitely the most clothed at every nightspot we hit up in South Beach- and I was in a summer dress! After one night of entertaining the South Beach scene (you really should experience it at least one night), we quickly edited our week-long trip away from the original South-Beach dwelling vacay to a more couple-friendly getaway across the bridge.
We didn’t venture too far from our hotel on Day 1, since we were still exhausted from the flight from California. Definitely on our radar was a little beach time; the main strip on South Beach, Ocean Drive, is full of seafood restaurants and fishbowl margaritas, and just steps away from the sand. We let our inhibitions slide a little bit and immersed ourselves in a couple of $49 fishbowl margaritas and walked around to enjoy all of the pastel architecture before hitting the beach. South Beach is lined with adorable little snack shacks, where you can order drinks and sunscreen at any time.
Lincoln Road Mall
Lincoln Road was definitely the trendiest shopping spot in Miami, and unfortunately we didn’t discover it until the last day of our trip. Complete with an Alex and Ani store, Madewell, and Zara, Lincoln road was the perfect upscale spot for couples. It even had a cute little ice cream store! Plus, the uber drive from South Beach to Lincoln Rd. took us through the cutest upscale residential area, where we were able to see how the other half lives; vespa-lined driveways and all.
Boca Chita Key Campground
Just an hour outside of Miami is a quaint little island called Boca Chita Key- Miami's own quaint island overlooking Biscayne Bay. It's only accessible by boat via the harbor, and offers the perfect little getaway for a few nights to experience real camping. Don't be surprised, however, to find that the campground offers no showers. Thankfully, I had packed my Laundreez, the perfect solution to freshening up my hiking outfit and washing all of my intimates discreetly using tap water we had packed along for the trip. A few hours draped across a camping chair was the perfect way to dry my outfit- voilá! Clean clothes on the go.
Right across Miami bay is an uber ride into Wynwood, Miami’s ultra-trendy neighborhood that encompasses about 4 blocks of beautiful graffiti murals. The area, which was once a hub for black market graffiti, has become quite the spot for craft breweries, art shops, and brunch-y restaurants. After we perused the amazing artwork, we came across the coolest little weekend farmer’s market, filled with a much more local-feeling crowd and jazzy music that filled the streets.
Little Havana, nestled on Espanola Way, was a neighborhood we stumbled across on foot one night and kept returning to. We dined at authentic cuban restaurant Havana 1957 three nights out of our 7 day trip! Little Havana felt like we had stepped into another country entirely, leaving America behind altogether. It was the least tourist-y spot we experienced in Miami and gave us the cultural experience we were yearning for.
Just south of the Wynwood Walls lie the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a historical Italian villa (and little slice of heaven) built in 1914 by an industrial tycoon. After his passing, Miami-Dade county made the villa an iconic historic landmark. This ultra-Instagrammable spot is the perfect couple’s selfie (or proposal!) spot.
Where are your favorite spots in Miami?