Miami is a perfect destination to get to know it at Easter or Christmas (in summer it is too hot), with a tropical climate, there can be temperatures of up to 30 degrees at Easter, and throughout the year it does not usually drop below 18 degrees.
I leave you the sites that you can take into account during these six days:
1st Day: Calle Ocho and Miami Beach
Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) is located between South Miami Avenue and SW 107 Avenue (near Florida International University). This street is known as Little Havana. It can be walked quietly for a couple of hours and you can eat at any of the restaurants there are.
In it, you can find cafes, restaurants with typical Cuban food (and even a Spaniard), beauty salons and hairdressers, supermarkets, souvenir shops, etc.
The route of this street runs on both sides of the sidewalks and begins at the Memorial of the Plaza Cubana (13th Avenue and SW 8th Street); the next stops would be: Los Pinareños greengrocer; La Casa de Los Trucos (The House of Costumes); The Walk of the Stars; La Lilly Records (a store with a great selection of Latin music, a true paradise for those who are passionate about salsa, bachata, etc); the mural of the Guardabarranco Cafeteria, which pays tribute to Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Selena; the Little Havana To Go gift shop; the Maximo Gomez Park on SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue; the tower Theater 1508 SW 8th St; the Latin Quarter Cultural Center; the Alfaro clothing store; and Casa Panza.
If you still want to walk down Calle Ocho and get off the tourist track, keep heading towards SW 13th Avenue, this is where you will truly see how Cuban immigrants live.
Miami Beach Art Deco District
In the afternoon you can go down to Miami Beach, to visit the Art Deco District. There are guided routes, but it can be privately done on foot and supported by a guide. The main stops you should make are Park Central (between 6th and 7th st); Lummus Park at Ocean Drive and 7th st; Art Deco Welcome Center; Clevelander; Casaurina House; Tides hotel (between 12th and 13th st); Carlyle Hotel at 1250 Ocean Dr; Cardozo Hotel (between Ocean Dr and 13th st); Front Porch Café and Restaurant (at 1418 Ocean Dr); National Hotel (at 1677 Collins Ave); Delano; Sagamore and Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave).
During the tour of the Art Deco District, you will run into countless tourists especially on the walk that runs through Ocean Drive, and you will find a large number of bars and restaurants with music and salsa atmosphere, so if you are passionate about this environment you will be in your “sauce”.
Similarly, Collins Ave, Washington Ave, and Lincoln Rd are the streets with the greatest atmosphere, mainly because it is where bars, restaurants, and shops are concentrated.
2nd Day: Fort Lauderdale and Key Biscayne
Fort Lauderdale is located 40 miles from Miami, when you arrive you will be quite struck by the mansions on the edge of the canals and the yachts that rest at the foot of the houses. An interesting way to go around it is with a water taxi, they are boats that make stops in the main points of Fort Lauderdale. They cost $ 15 for adults (tickets are bought on the boat itself), there are approximately 13 stops, and the boats pass every 15 minutes.
At each of the stops, you can visit the different areas of the route, and when you want to return to the ship you will have to go to the stop where you got off and wait approximately 15 minutes until the next ship arrives. During the tour, the guides will give you explanations of each of the points of greatest interest, above all, these will be focused on: knowing who each of the mansions and yachts belongs to, as well as the jokes of the North American guides. , very funny.
To do this tour you should spend two or three hours quietly, when you finish, I recommend that you take a walk along Las Olas Riverfront (SW 1st Ave with Las Olas Blvd), the Stranahan House, and rest on the beach, there is a very good atmosphere.
Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne)
Back in Miami, you can visit Key Biscayne (it is 50 minutes from Downtown Miami), here is the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with an impressive lighthouse and where you can do a lot of activities and routes. Entering the park costs $ 8 with the car and $ 4 per person. To enter the site of the Lighthouse it is done at specific times, I recommend that you check at the entrance to the park.
3rd Day: Everglades National Park and Coconut Grove
Everglades national park
If you are in Florida it is essential to dedicate a whole morning to the Everglades National Park (it is about an hour from downtown Miami), it is totally different from the parks on the West Coast of the United States, the park is full of mangroves and crocodiles, a real luxury since you will be able to see them up close. All the routes you do through the park are made over wooden bridges, and the routes do not exceed any of them a mile.
After making the stops that mark you on the itinerary, it is advisable to take a boat that will tour the mangroves for approximately 2 hours, here you will also have the opportunity to see crocodiles.
The cost of entering the park by car is $ 10, and within it, you can do multiple activities, the best place to find out what you can do in the park is the website of the United States National Parks.
In the afternoon you can visit the Coconut Grove area. It is a residential area and probably the least interesting, but you can take the following tour to get an idea of the area: Peacock Park, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Mayfair at the Grove shops, CocoWalk, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam, The Maya Hatcha, Commodore Plaza, Coco’s, Greenstreet, The Barnacle Historic State Park, and Cefalo’s at the Grove.
4th – 6th Day: The Florida Keys and Key West
To go down to Los Cayos you will need practically the whole day since during the tour it is essential to make different stops, the landscape is a real luxury and the only road you will travel through will become incredibly narrow. If you don’t want to make any stops to Key West, you can get there in three and a half hours, but it is worth spending time on this tour and especially if you are a diving lover.
Throughout the tour and in each of the keys you will see the announcements in the different establishments and posters on the side of the road, where you can do water activities and fishing.
In the upper part of the Keys you will find Key Largo (it is the longest key of the islands with 33 miles), south of Key Largo is the city of Tavernier, later you will find Islamorada (in this key it reaches Anne’s Beach, It is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find during the tour), and in 30 minutes you will arrive at Long Key.
The next keys will be Grassy Key and Marathon (it is the second-largest key), at this point of the route is a good time to make a stop, I recommend that you do it at Wooden Spoon (MM 51 Oceanside) or Keys Fisheries (3502 Gulf View Ave).
The keys that you will find in this last section before reaching Key West are Big Pine, Bahía Honda (it has a very beautiful beach), and Looe (it is a perfect place to go diving), and at the end of the section, there are the Sugarloaf keys and Boca Chica.
This is when you will really want to get to Key West since it will have been a very beautiful journey, but surely you will be tired of the multiple stops you will make, there are only 20 miles left to start seeing Key West !!
This key can be explored and enjoyed perfectly for two days, the idea is that one of the days that you are renting a bicycle for a couple of hours and it will allow you to tour the main streets, or take a tour of a couple of hours on a boat.
Some of the places that you cannot miss are Mallory Square, Duval Street, Hemingway’s house, Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Park (this park has a very quiet beach and perfect for a picnic after having been walking the main streets with the bicycle), the lighthouse ( Key West Lighthouse ), the Little White House, the Heritage House, the Southernmost Point (you will have to queue to photograph yourself, a good time is when the afternoon falls) and Casa Antigua.
Without a doubt, the street with the most life in the key is Duval St, but it is also interesting that you walk through Simonton St, Whitehead St, Elizabeth St, and all its perpendiculars. Of course, you cannot leave the island without having a drink at the Green Parrot (at 601 Whitehead St), which is the oldest bar on the island.
And finally, before you go, try to connect to the days you are in Miami to see: The City Hall (with a very Spanish facade), Downtown (although it lacks tourist interest), and the Wynwood, Design District & Little Haiti neighborhoods.
Shopping in the City
The largest number of stores in Miami Bech are concentrated on Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue, where you will find the typical North American brands, but especially stop at Anthropologie (1108 Lincoln Road), Urban Outfitters (653 Collins Avenue), and Steven Madden (635 Collins Avenue and 1006 Lincoln Road).
If you go through 818 Lincoln Road, make a stop at Romero Britto’s art gallery, you can enjoy his works and take photos inside the exhibition, it has very original merchandising and perfect to carry detail.
Outside the city, you can go to the Sawgrass Mills outlet. It is approximately less than an hour from downtown Miami and you have to dedicate at least a whole morning to it since the number of stores that this outlet has is overwhelming (it is the 6th largest outlet in the US). You can find the offers in practically all stores, but it is recommended that you stop by Stuart Weitzman (if you are a fan of his designs) the prices can range between $ 150 and $ 200 some sandals, they always make a discount if you take two pairs; Michael Kors, where you can find blouses for $ 70, Saks Fifth Avenue (with some impressive offers on footwear and accessories, yes, you will have to search), in Tommy Hilfiger with sweaters for $ 25, Anne Klein and Kate Spade New York, and Polo Ralph Laurent blouses and shirts for $ 35.
When in Fort Lauderdale take a walk around Las Olas Blvd and make a stop at the Bohemian Style vintage store (1309 E Las Olas Blvd) you have real gems in custom clothing, and also make a stop at Shop 603 (603 E Las Olas Blvd) You will find signature clothes at good prices, especially from North American designers.