The Perfect Miami Staycation

Even though I only live about an hour or so away from one of the most exciting cities in the United States – Miami – I don’t visit there as much as I wish I could!

It’s time to plan the perfect Miami staycation and I’ve got the perfect itinerary for you…

WHERE TO STAY IN MIAMI

Check into the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.  Unpack your clothes and toiletries, and get ready for a fun day in the city!

When I visited there for the first time, I was in awe of the room size, but it was the bathroom that really wowed me.  The large soaker tub with a bathtub caddy tray and separate shower with rainfall shower heads were amazing, but the in-mirror TV was the kicker!

The floor to ceiling windows gave way to a beautiful water view.

JW Marriott Marquis View from the Hotel Room

Visit the 19th floor to enjoy the 3D Media Room.  Play basketball on the indoor regulation sized basketball court, JW Arena.

JW Marriott Marquis JW Arena basketball court

Break a sweat in the fitness center overlooking breathtaking water views.  Don’t forget to volley some tennis balls on the indoor tennis court!

I especially liked the virtual bowling alley, which was just one of the activities you could enjoy with the family within the sports and entertainment complex.

JW Marriott Marquis Rooftop Pool

WHAT TO DO

I have been dying to go to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science so when I was hosted to go, I jumped at the opportunity.  There’s something about science that has intrigued me since I was a little kid.

The first place I toured was the aquarium.  Each time I plan a vacation, I try to visit the local aquarium because there is something soothing and super cool at the same time about the underwater world.

Frost Science Museum Aquarium

There are so many exhibits to soak in, some there for a limited time, so be sure to check the calendar of events before visiting.

Frost Science Museum Exhibit

Right next door is the Perez Art Museum Miami.  Exhibits change throughout the year so be sure to check the website as well for and updated calendar of events and exhibits.  The gift shop had some really cool and different items – something for everyone!

Perez Art Museum Exhibit 2

 

WHERE TO EAT

One of my favorite meals is brunch.  Whenever we travel, whether it be a far away vacation or a staycation, we make sure to plan a special brunch.

This brunch adoration started when I met my husband.  We’d try out different local places to find the best of the best.  Some places had a coveted Bloody Mary bar, others offered their take on the traditional Eggs Benedict.

Boulud Sud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s newest venture within the Marriott Maquis in downtown Miami, has risen to my all-time favorite brunch spot.

Start with one of their signature cocktails (I went for a classic Bloody Mary, but there a few variations to choose from!), and then choose between the prix-fixe menu or a la carte.

Boulud Sud Brunch Octopus

Definitely, definitely, definitely order the Octopus a la Plancha.  as a starter.  The Burratina was super soft and tasty as well.

Boulud Sud Brunch Burratina

I opted for the Frenchie Burger – a perfectly prepared burger topped with tomato compote, rillon, and raclette; served with fries.

Boulud Sud Brunch Burger

Others at the table ordered the Tunisian Brik (a very cool presentation and tasty to boot), grilled steak and egg, and brioche french toast.

Boulud Sud Brunch Grilled Steak and Egg

Boulud Sud Brunch Tibetan Brik

If you’re looking for some Mexican food with a super cool atmosphere, check out Bakan.  Located in the Wynwood district, this indoor/outdoor dining spot also offers its patrons a behind the scenes look at how to make homemade tortillas via its open view kitchen.

Bakan

I recommend the guacamole to start, followed by Vuelve a la Vida – shrimp, calamari, octopus, scallops, guajillo and ancho chile tossed with lemon, orange and avocado.

Bakan guacamole

If you like fish, you have to try the Huachinango Entero.  It is a whole red snapper, prepared two different ways.  One half has an achiote rub, while the other half is prepared with a lemon, garlic, and parsley rub.  YUM.

Bakan Whole Fish

Don’t forget the short rib.  I can’t.  It was super, super soft and so tasty.

Bakan Short Rib

Walk around Wynwood and you’ll find basically any type of cuisine you can think of!

Have you ever visited Miami?  If so, please comment below with your favorite places to go and eat!

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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26 thoughts on “The Perfect Miami Staycation”

  1. This is a perfect staycation, the food, the view, the pool, the bowling lanes, so many things and activities to do here. Great for families or any type of gathering.

  2. Miami sounds like a perfect city for a staycation! I wish I’ve actually had a chance to explore the city so I’ll consider this after I’ve properly done a vacation there

  3. What’s with Miami? Been seeing so many post about the city right now.. Did people migrate here all of the sudden?

  4. We are heading to Miami next month – I need to come to you with questions about where to stay and what to do!

  5. This is my kind of staycation! Like you, I make it a point to visit the nearest museum whenever we travel. 🙂

  6. It looks like you had such an incredible time in Miami (just the Tampa Bay area)! I haven’t yet been myself, but I’d love to visit one day to see this all.

  7. I was just thinking about how I need a trip to Miami! I think this was a sign 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  8. Great pictures. Miami is such a beautiful place, looks like you had fun. This is a good idea for things to do.

  9. My friend just told me that she has booked her holiday to Miami so this is the perfect blog post for her, I am gonna send this through as you have done your research well.

  10. Alexandra Cook

    Oh my goodness I just want to climb into your pictures and never leave! Thank you so much for sharing such a gorgeous experience with all of us!

  11. Mudpiefridays

    I want to visit Miami so badly. It would be such a beautiful place and these pictures really showcase that

  12. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!

  13. How I wish I could come visit here soon! The perfect staycation

  14. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Miami again for ages now! Looks like such a wonderful city to visit..so much fun and so much to do!

  15. Bindu Thomas

    You sure seemed to have a great time. The food looked quite interesting too.

  16. I have yet to venture to Miami… I’ve been to Florida several times, just not Miami. I would like to someday soon. When I do, I’ll have to follow your staycation spot ideas… thanks!

  17. The hotel looks perfect for a staycation in Miami. The gastronomic offer is splendid and is inducing me to plan a visit soon to this paradise.

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