Miami makes for a great east coast girlie weekend getaway. Being able to feel the warm sun while the East coast cold front reigns makes it even more tempting from October to March. Fly in Friday evening and you have plenty of time to make the most of the weekend. No passport necessary.
The accommodation that worked best was renting this apartment through Homeaway which was very reasonable, spacious and centrally located. It even had its own pool for use on the roof.
Rise early Saturday am to make a day of it exploring. First stop was brunch and Jerry’s diner was a find serving a super breakfast.
Next explore the waterfront. The bicycle scheme is a great way to zip up and down the boardwalk. You can pick up and drop off from any location and you do not have to return to the same station as you picked up from. The bike path runs right along the shoreline and makes a great way to explore.
After all that exertion park yourselves under an umbrella for the rest of the morning and take a dip in the ocean.
For the afternoon a good option for a little pampering is one of Miami’s many spas. I have used the Aveda spa in the Palms Hotel which has any treatment you could care for. Their body wraps are incredible. They also do manicure and pedicures and have a hair salon onsite. One of the perks of the spa is that you can use the hotel’s beach and pool facilities before and after your appointment which allows you to make an afternoon of it. An afternoon margarita by the pool seals in the relaxation.
Glammed up and ready to go. Pre dinner drinks at the Rose Bar in the Delano hotel are the perfect aperitif. Their chilli cocktail comes highly recommended.
For dinner Escopazzo was a superb meal with a really eclectic menu including plentiful vegetarian options. The fish and pastas stole the show. It was great value. If Italian does not take your fancy Sushi samba is another good option for girls night.
For after dinner dancing we chose Mansion which is really centrally located. It was expensive and the staff characteristically grumpy but the entertainment was plentiful.
Rising late after the night before you will likely have to satisfy the munchies. Joes stone crab is delicious and low key – and if you really cant move they will deliver.
If you have more party energy left then hit the scene at Nikki Beach where the sunday brunch is something of an institution. Their namesake rose wine can cure any ills. The music pumps and the breakfast buffet lasts all day.
If you have time, take a stroll around the harbor afterwards and spot the giant cruise ships docked for the day. They all leave in an orderly procession starting at about 5pm every evening.
All that’s left before you fly out is to pencil in the weekend you can all make next year…