Looking to spend a 3-day weekend in Miami but aren’t sure what to see? We’ve got you covered!
Since Miami is well known for its beaches, live music, outdoor adventures, architecture, shopping and the arts, it can become a bit overwhelming to plan a Miami itinerary.
However, we have put together a great list of stops so planning can be less stressful and you can enjoy the sun while strolling the streets in South Florida! This Miami itinerary is great for a weekend trip and we know you will enjoy everything this wild city has to offer!
The Ultimate 3-Day Weekend in Miami Itinerary
Getting to Miami
Getting to Miami to start your long weekend is easy because South Florida is such a popular travel destination. Luckily, there are 2 airports you can fly into, which gives you lots of options!
The first airport is in Miami International Airport, which is arguably the best airport to fly into when spending a long weekend in Miami because it is closer to the heart of the city. You will probably pay a bit more for flights at this airport, but you will also have the option of a variety of carriers such as American, Delta, United and more.
The second option is to fly into Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is about an hour drive north of Miami itself. This is a smaller airport and is easy to navigate, and typically has lower cost carries such as JetBlue and Southwest.
Ultimately the decision is up to you! You may want to even consider driving to Miami– especially if you’re already in Florida! Luckily the drive to Miami takes you consistently on long stretches of highways (like 1-75 South). This can be a slightly “boring” drive but it is easy enough!
Getting Around During Your Miami Weekend Trip
If you have decided to fly for your weekend in Miami, you may want to consider how you are getting around. Both the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami International Airport have car rentals if you’re interested in driving yourself: you can rent from National, Enterprise and others!
However, you may also want to consider simply ubering around. Because everything is fairly close to one another in the city, it may be easier to participate in walking tours and hitching a ride when you have to travel a bit.
For example, an Uber to South Beach from the MIA would cost you less than 20$ vs. renting a car for a full day. But whatever you decide to do, just make sure you are prepared to go through a lot of tolls in the city and on the highways, and be cautious of parking with meters!
Day 1: Little Havana & Miami’s Art District
Stop 1: Little Havanna
After arriving in the city, we recommend heading toward Little Havana to kick off your weekend in Miami! Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart. It features a vast amount of art galleries and restaurants with cafes that feature Latin flares.
Many cafes have walk up windows that sell Cuban coffee or cigars. This place is the perfect first stop on your fist day because it is close to downtown Miami (just west of it!) and has so much to do.
Calle Ocho Street typically has locals that welcome all of the tourists, and challenge them to a game of dominoes in Maximo Gomez Park. After talking to the locals, and playing some games, you can always see how cigars are made at El Titan de Bronze or sample fun flavors at Azucar Ice Cream Company.
Little Havana also has live performances often at Cubaocho and its clubs, such as Hoy Como Ayer are great for dancing. The Tower Theatre also hosts great revival and independent films. Ultimately this is such a fun place to explore, so we recommend swingy the the Little Havana Visitor Center and planning out a great afternoon to start of your weekend in Miami!
Stop 2: Wynwood Art District
The Wynwood Art District is home to over ten galleries, museums and other collections. It is one of the first open-air street installations in the world and features a variety of art to explore, making it perfect for your second stop during your first day of your weekend in Miami.
When walking through the district, you can pick out your favorite Wynwood Wall mural from a variety of street artists, swing by local breweries, and even dance in the back of taco shops (Como Taco for the win!).
This art neighborhood lets you explore some of the neighborhood’s oldest galleries– Wynwood is Miami’s art district after all! You can swing by the Locust Projects and then finish your afternoon at a wine bar!
The outdoor adventure, laid-backed local vibe, and immersive art makes this district welcoming to tourists and locals alike, so you don’t want to miss it during your 3 days in Miami!
Stop 3: Downtown Miami
We have 3 stops on your first day of your weekend in Miami just so you can pace yourself and see all you can see– especially once yo get to downtown Miami! Downtown Miami is a busy area known for its sops, cultural events, sports events, concerts, museums and more.
You don’t want to miss this part of the city: with its waterfront lined marinas, this place is not only a sight to see but is full of things to explore. While exploring, you can always take a boat cruse through the docks and sail over Biscayne Bay.
You can also visit the History Miami Museum to learn about Spanish conquistadors, and then stop by the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The Perez Art Museum is also a great place to explore if you need to escape the Florida sun!
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village keep people busy during the day and evening, and throughout downtown, you are sure to find yourself stopping at great places (maybe the Bloom Skybar or a cool nightclub?) to enjoy food, drinks, and local gems! It’s the perfect place to spend your later afternoon and evening during your first day of your Weekend in Miami!
Day 2: Beaches and Sun
Stop 1: South Beach
Would you really be experiencing a weekend in Miami if you didn’t spend some time at the iconic South Beach? South Beach is known for its glamorous surrounding area and its white sands and aqua water.
Some say that South Beach glitters– both at night and during the day! This area is fun to hang out in as it attracts everyone for some sun and fun. From tanning, relaxing on the sand, building sand castles, and soaking up some water or even renting a jet ski, there is not a dull moment here!
You can also stop by Haulover Park which is nearby for some fishing adventures, tennis, golf and bicycle rides. Because you are also in the Art Deco district, you can take a walking tour to enjoy the fine architecture.
There is no denying the fact that South Beach is an experience. You have to visit or stay here and check it out for yourself, but do be prepared for some crowds on those shores or in the oceanside dining!
Stop 2: Española Way
After soaking up some sun and water at South Beach, you’re probably going to want to grab some food and replenish your energy so you can continue having fun during your weekend in Miami!
We recommend stopping and replenishing along Española Way! Here is where you can discover some of Miami’s best restaurants, live music, entertainment, shopping, and more!
This historic street which is SUPER close to SouthBeach offers a unique selection of boutiques and speciality stores that offer one of a kind products, celebrity-inspired and run culinary options, and more.
Most importantly though, this street stays true to its 1920s roots and is known for its dancing and dining in the streets: whether its yoga in the park or salsa in the evening, the movement and culture of Española Way will be one of the memorable parts of your weekend in Miami.
Stop 3: Lincoln Road
Speaking of streets in Miami, Lincoln Road is a pedestrian road that runs east, parallel to the beaches, and is another great outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination to add to your 3 days in Miami itinerary.
This mile-long stretch of road is made for pedestrians only, and its street is always hopping with locals and tourists because of what it features. Lined with mainstream clothing options, casual and chef-driven restaurants, and an IMAX theatre, there is so much to do.
People love to gather at the sidewalk cafes and tables. The umbrella-covered outdoor seating offers great spots to relax and enjoy happy hour, or to just relax and people watch!
With some high foot traffic and lots of people visiting, you’re sure to experience a lot and witness a lot: from dog-walking locals, to street performers, smelling authentic cuisine and more, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!
Stop 4: Ocean Drive & Collins Ave
To wrap up your evening on day 2 of your weekend in Miami, we recommend heading back to South Beach, but this time, make sure you focus on Ocean Drive & Collins Ave rather than the sun, sand and water!
This area is central to Miami’s evolution as a city that is known for tis art, fashion, culture and entertainment. This edgy street features a mix of restaurants, nightclubs, retailers and hotels.
The art Deco District is at full play here, so don’t be afraid to hop on a walking tour to learn more about the history and architecture o beach building as you witness “the Capital of Cool.”
To end your evening on this Ave is to end it at a club, high class restaurant, or experience that is ultimately trendy. You will not experience any other street like this one, especially in the evenings. From performers to modeling shows, to clubs that are kid friendly, rooftop bars, and graffiti artist shows, this area draws in creatives, locals, tourists, entertainers and more every second of every day!
Day 3: Heading toward Coral Gables
Stop 1: Vizcaya Mansion and Gardens
Vizcaya Mansion and its gardens are part of a breathtaking Gilded Age estate on Biscanye Bay. Across 10 acres of well composed gardens that feature a vast amount of flora, a mangrove shoreline and more, this is one of the things you must see during your weekend in Miami.
This unique cultural gem lets tourists connect to Miami’s past as they navigate the rocklands and acres of this mansion and its surrounding gardens. Through tours you can learn about the stories of creativity and innovation, of those who built and lived at the estate.
As a cultural hub, this mansion seeks to be a green space for residents and visitors but it is also consistently creating innovative programming for tourists: they even created a virtual family food lab about plants during Covid-19!
This wonderful place also hosts a variety of fun experiences, such as Murder Mystery nights, cultural events, and more. Better yet, every time you visit something new is in bloom so the always changing gardens will always look different in some way!
Stop 2: Venetian Pool
The Venetian Pool is a historic U.S. public pool in Coral Gables, Florida. In fact, it is the U.S’s largest public swimming pool, which is why we recommend adding it to your 3 days in Miami itinerary: you don’t want to miss this!
This aquatic facility is unlike any other. As a main attraction of Coral Gables, thousands of tourists come to visit this pool. Created in 1923 from coral rock quarry, this 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water.
The pool itself is filled and drained adult to enhance a visitor’s experience, but people also love its surrounding areas, which includes 2 lookout towers, and cave-like grottos, which makes swimming more interesting.
The “pool deck” is also accentuated by palm trees, bridges, loggias, and porticos. This gives the pool a completely immersive experience and makes visitors feel like they are in a whole resort area in Miami!
Stop 3: Miami Fair Trade Marketplace
After touring gardens, mansions and pools, it is then time to visit the Miami Fair Trade Marketplace! On your 3rd day of your long weekend in Miami, we recommend spending some time at this marketplace to explore a great area.
Located inside the Coral Gables Congregational Church, this market places was created by a pastor who wanted to create an alternative shop in Miami. At the marketplace, individuals refrain from sing inhume practices (such as child labor, and sweat shop).
This marketplace supports Artisans in over 30 countries by selling their indigenous products. It is super important to stress that all of these products are made under safe working conditions, so we fully support supporting this market place!
You can find jewelry, fashion, gifts, food products and more here. By purchasing these products you are raising the standard of living for the countries they are from through trade and not aid– and you can get some of the most unique souvenirs from your weekend in Miami!
Stop 4: Coconut Grove
To wrap up your 3 days in Miami, we recommend finishing your third day at Coconut Grove! This upscale restaurant hugs the shoreline of Biscayne Bay and is known for its relaxed nature.
Alongside the streets are sidewalk cafes, chick shops and even the Coco Walk Mall. You are able to sit and relax here, grab some great grub, people watch and window shop!
But better yet this area also has a variety of green spaces including a mangrove forest and the Barnacle Historic State Park if you want to check out some more of Miami’s natural beauty!
Sailing clubs and marinas also dot the water, so feel free to take a seat and watch some water sports, of even rent out some equipment for yourself to finish up your long weekend in Miami on an adrenaline high! Can someone say jet skis or parasailing?
Where to Stay in Miami
It’s important to feel safe and comfortable during your weekend in Miami. Because Miami often draws tourists to its streets and beaches each year, there are tons pf places to stay, including:
1. The Mayfair at Coconut Grove
Only 2.5 miles from the Vizcaya Mansion, this boutique hotel is great to stay at because it features a rooftop pool, a spa, and an on-site gourmet restaurant so you can relax no matter when you return to your hotel!
All accommodations are safe, include TVs, wifi, a safe, a mini bar, and coffee making facilities. The bathrooms include stone flooring with marble oversized bathrooms– but better yet, you are only 11 minutes from South Beach!
2. East Miami
East Miami is located in the heart of the city and is known for its luxury. Each room is decorated with modern decor, including floot-to-ceiling windows that offer great views of the water.
But even better views can be found at the rooftop bar, and if that doesn’t interest you, you can always go relax at one of the four pools, the on-site restaurant, or the fitness center. And with nearby retail shops, movies, bars, spas and more you won’t ever be bored!
3. Oceanview Apartment
If you can imagine waking up to a stunning view of South Beach’s water, smelling the salt and feeling the ocean breeze, then you want to check out this condo on Airbnb!
With a backyard that features a tiki bar, tennis court, and resort pool, this modern-style apartment lets you have the entire condo to yourself for a great and safe stay during your weekend in Miami!
4. Oceanfront 16th Floor Flat
A recently renovated beachfront flat, this entire condominium is available for your weekend in Miami and is beautiful! With a modern style and 180 degree ocean views, you can always see the crystal clear water in this place.
The apartment features a king size bed, WiFi, and is known for being clean as well as just a quick walk toward South Beach, so driving far isn’t an issue (and if it is, they have free parking!). It is a great, private getaway.
Where to Eat During Your Weekend in Miami
There is no denying the fact that it can be slightly overwhelming to decide where to eat during your weekend in Miami, just because there are so many options! Whether you are eating by your hotel, near the art district, after the beach, or looking for a cup of great cafe, we recommend ensuring you stop by:
The waterfront restaurant of Tequiza features traditional tacos (and you can’t have a weekend in Miami without tacos!) with pastor, chicken, and more served on blue-corn tortillas. It’s a classic stop with great, quick food!
2. Phuc Yea
Phuc Yea is credited with helping the resurgence of the MiMo district as a great place to eat! This restaurant offers a mix of Vietnamese food flared with Cajun influence. The colorful setting is also great to relax in, but the dishes like bao buns, seafood curry, and PY noodles! Yum!
3. Le Sirenuse Miami
If you’re looking for a more upscale place to eat, or to splurge on a nice dinner one evening during your weekend in Miami, go to this old-Italian hot spot! From pasta-stuffed beef rags and a classic mozzarella salad, this place oozes elegance for a nice “treat your self” meal.
4. All Day
An unassuming coffee shop from the outside, All Day offers much more than cafe con leche! Aside from its creative coffee offerings (coffee with rosemary and limeade anyone?), its menu serves breakfast sandwiches you will drool over, classic avocado toasts, and more for your grab and go mornings during your weekend in Miami.
And there you have it: the best itinerary for a weekend in Miami! This city is so full of life–it has a fantastic culture and vibe that cannot be found elsewhere.
So in-between soaking up some sun, enjoying nightlife and art, make sure you are enjoying yourself during your 3 days in Miami! We promise you won’t regret it!
And if you need tips on how to pack for your trip check out our Florida Packing List or even consider reading 30 things to do in Florida to see if you want to add any stops to your long weekend in Miami itinerary!