RedWeek Travel Guide: Miami

published on August 8, 2023 by

Miami isn’t called “Magic City” for nothing. In this dynamic south Florida destination, visitors will encounter gorgeous beaches, eye-catching architecture, glamorous nightlife and luxurious experiences. A Miami vacation is packed with unforgettable adventures, no matter what you’re in the mood for. If you need inspiration for your own Magic City getaway, check out RedWeek’s Miami vacation ideas below. 

Things To Do In Miami

  • South Beach: This legendary Miami neighborhood lives up to its reputation — and then some. The beach itself is picture perfect, attracting sunbathers, roller skaters, swimmers and beyond. But it’s just the start of South Beach’s allure, where you’ll find glamorous nightclubs, historic Art Deco architecture and a wealth of oceanside dining spots. 
  • Miami Seaquarium: This 38-acre oceanarium is a Miami must-visit, thanks to a host of state-of-the-art exhibits that get you up-close-and-personal with manatees, sea turtles, penguins, rays and more. The Seaquarium also features thrilling daily marine mammal shows featuring playful dolphins and sea lions. 
  • Superblue Miami: One of Miami’s newest — and most unique — cultural attractions, Superblue Miami incorporates light, sound, video and large-scale installations to create an immersive art experience like no other. A visit here is wondrous and awe-inspiring, but also thought-provoking and imagination-sparking.  
  • Oleta River State Park: If you need a bit of a break from the trademark Miami excitement, this natural oasis will do the trick. Oleta River State Park is just a half-hour from downtown, but it feels much further, with more than 1,000 acres of waterways, hiking trails, fishing holes, mangrove forests and much more.  

Where To Eat In Miami

  • Joe’s Stone Crab: For seafood lovers, Joe’s Stone Crab can’t be beat in Miami. It’s been serving up fresh catches for more than 100 years now, with chilled and cracked crabs served with a tasty mustard sauce. The delicious lobster rolls also come highly recommended. 
  • Versailles: Cuban cuisine runs deep in Miami — and there’s no better place to experience those rich flavors than Versailles, which has been going strong for more than five decades. The menu at “the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant” is filled with authentic dishes and age-old recipes, from slow oven-roasted pork to the beloved Versailles Cuban sandwich. 
  • The Broken Shaker: There’s no shortage of chic cocktail bars in Miami. But if you have to pick one, the Broken Shaker, where innovative mixologists create amazing libations in an elegantly laid-back outdoor setting. 

Where To Shop In Miami

  • Aventura Mall: Perhaps the ultimate luxury shopping mall, Aventura offers shoppers an upscale and sophisticated retail experience. Not only will you find all the high-end brands you’re looking for (Gucci, Hermes, Armani, etc.), but you’ll also enjoy a world-class art collection and a vibrant Saturday farmers’ market. 
  • Lincoln Road Shopping District: This walkable 10-block stretch of South Beach is ideal for a Miami shopping spree amidst the neighborhood’s signature colorful architecture and ambience. From jewelry and apparel to wellness-focused boutiques, Lincoln Road won’t disappoint. 
  • Bal Harbour Shops: More luxurious offerings can be found at Bal Harbour, which was the recent recipient of a $50 million renovation, making a good thing even better. Opulence is the name of the game here, with Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue serving as anchor stores. 
  • Wynwood / Miami Design District: Explore 18 square blocks in midtown Miami, where you can browse all kinds of interesting and unusual shops, including art galleries, trendsetting fashion studios and electronics shops. You’ll also want to just soak in the creative atmosphere. 

Miami Timeshare Resorts

  • Hilton Grand Vacations at McAlpin Ocean Plaza: Set in the heart of South Beach’s famed Art Deco District, McAlpin Ocean Plaza puts you in the center of the action. You’ll always be just steps from the nightclubs, restaurants and shops that have made South Beach one of the world’s top vacation destinations.  
  • Marriott’s Villas at Doral: This sumptuous resort lets you enjoy the excitement of Miami — but also lets you escape for a little rest and relaxation. You’ll have easy access to four championship golf courses, an indulgent European spa, and more. 

Start planning your Miami timeshare resort vacation with RedWeek now.

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