The Miami Sampler
- Arrive: Miami International Airport
- 10 Days
- Depart: Miami International Aiport
Miami & Key Biscayne
Price from £2299
Get the full taste of Miami with this extensive 10-day tour that takes in the historic highlights as well as some of the South Florida wildlife and a good cross-section of the fabulous dining for which the city is known. You will sample much of the cultural diversity that Miami has to offer, including the essential Cuban district of Little Havana, and enjoy the contrasting styles of Miami Beach and Key Biscayne, the former being upbeat, lively and packed with great nightlife, while the latter is distinctly laid back, understated and more nature-orientated. Between the two, you will encounter the superb history of the Vizcaya Museum, Jewish Museum and the extensive Deering Estate; one of the great natural wonders of the world in the magnificent Everglades; the animal adventures of Zoo Miami; and the essential fun of a baseball game. You will also get a real feel for the fundamental beach nature of this part of Florida, and taste the flavours of an amazing range of restaurants. For a quintessential Miami sampler, this ticks all the boxes.
The classic Leslie Hotel is set in a 1937 art deco building located in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district on the oceanfront. The hotel is just 3 minutes walk from the beach, making it ideal for anyone who enjoys spending time on the sand. The sleek, modern rooms feature complimentary WiFi, TVs and minibars. Choose a suite and you will gain a living room, wet bars and ocean views. During your stay you will be treated to a continental breakfast every morning served in the onsite Mediterranean restaurant. There is also a gym, TV lounge and media room, as well as a rooftop pool and terrace.
Things to do...
Wander the length of Ocean Drive to get the feel for this historic part of Miami, with a dazzling variety of restaurants and bars to choose from.
The Front Porch Café provides a great location for breakfast, just two blocks away on Ocean Drive, an iconic spot in the Art Deco area.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Coconut Grove for dinner at the polished-but-casual choice of Lulu, with the option for small-plate tapas dining as well as fresh main courses, with almost everything made in-house.
Head out to Little Havana and sample Miami’s Cuban district, with a lively evening vibe and great restaurants, including the friendly Latin style of Versailles
Have lunch at the News Café, a quaint sidewalk cafe, restaurant and bar located at the corner of 8th Street and Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach.
Enjoy the nightlife and urban vibe of Miami in the Brickell district, where La Mar by Gaston Acurio is a South American icon for Peruvian-inspired cuisine.
Have dinner at Soyka, a dramatic repurposed warehouse with wonderfully inventive food and style.
Stroll along Ocean Drive, a main thoroughfare in the South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach and choose a location for breakfast. Look out for the renowned Front Porch Cafe.
Make the most of the close proximity to Miami Beach by spending a day on the sand basking in the sun, with the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean lapping at the shore.
Visit the Jewish Museum of Florida, at the lower end of Washington Street, in conjunction with Florida International University, with a fascinating array of historical exhibits (closed Mondays) and regular walking tours.
Head over to the Edgewater district and discover the amazing art of Wynwood Walls, a unique outdoor display of street art and murals from international artists.
Spot classic cars and vehicles from Hollywood films at the Dezer Auto Museum in north Miami, featuring the largest eclectic transportation collection in the world.
Discover Miami’s unmissable historic gem of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a former 1920s private estate villa now a magnificent home to extensive European decorative art and Renaissance-style gardens.
Visit the extensive Zoo Miami, a zoological park and garden in the South Miami Heights district, with rare species, exhibits, tropical plants and children’s play area, all spread over 300 acres. There are three cafes at the zoo providing plentiful options for lunch.
Embark on an Everglades expedition with an eco-friendly River of Grass Adventures tour, offering a variety of airboat trips from 1 to 2.5 hours (reservations required).
From April to October, you can catch the essential American sport of baseball by watching the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park, with most games from 7pm. Alternatively consider a stadium tour if the team is playing away or it’s the off-season.
Discover the superb Miami outdoor experience of Lummus Park Beach, a 74-acre public urban beach park in South beach, which has been featured in many films and TV shows.
Stop off at the Dolphin Mall, the city’s largest shopping centre, with more than 240 stores, plus the fun of the Bowlero entertainment complex, with 10-pin bowling, laser tag and more. For dinner, choose from more than a dozen restaurants, including the upscale South American churrascaria of Texas de Brazil.
Spend the day exploring the upscale suburb of Coconut Grove, with its impressive variety of shops and restaurants along the shoreline of Biscayne Bay.
Shop at the lively plaza of CocoWalk. For lunch, choose from 10 different restaurants and cafes, notably the chic Italian cuisine of Bice Bistro.
Travel by car
- From: Miami International Airport
- To: Leslie Hotel
- 12 miles, 30 minutes
On the drive you will use the General Douglas MacArthur Causeway which connects the mainland to the surrounding islands.
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Experience the luxurious Miami resort that captures the spirit of the Caribbean. Take a dip in one of the pools, get pampered in the spa and energise at the gym or on the tennis courts. Once you’ve finished being busy, you can dine on dishes from across the globe at one of the finest Biscayne Bay hotels. If you’re travelling with children, they can have an adventure of their own at the Ritz Kids club. This hotel really does have something for everyone.
Things to do...
Enjoy an afternoon relaxing back at the splendid Ritz-Carlton, with al fresco lunch at Cantina Beach poolside.
Have dinner at the chic Lightkeepers restaurant at the hotel, with a modern seafood-with-a-twist style cuisine.
On your last night, why not finish of your stay in style with an elegant dinner at Kebo on Key Biscayne, with its fresh Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine.
Walk the grounds and tour the beautiful Deering Estate, an ecological and historic treasure set in 450 acres, with two period homes, lush natural areas and archaeological sites dating back more than 2,500 years.
Book a sunset sailing cruise on Biscayne Bay.
Spend the day exploring the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, occupying the southern part of Key Biscayne, with an award-winning beach, several miles of hiking and biking trails, and tours of historic Cape Florida Lighthouse (built in 1825) twice daily.
Travel by car
- From: Leslie Hotel
- To: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
- 15 miles, 30 minutes
Consider stopping off at the Miami Seaquarium, for sea life and shows.
Last day of the holiday
Check out of the Ritz-Carlton
Drive to Miami International Airport and depart
Miami & Key Biscayne Holiday from £2299
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Travel by car
- To: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
- From: Miami International Aiport
- 16 miles, 25 minutes
Consider some last-minute shopping at the Mall of Americas, near the airport.