Miami Deals: Have the Vacation of a Lifetime Without Breaking the Bank
Traveling can be an expensive ordeal, but we have some great tips to help you enjoy your trip to Miami without worrying about your wallet getting light.
When you picture yourself enjoying a nice vacation in Miami, you probably also picture your bank account depleting at an alarming rate. Maybe you don’t know much about Florida’s great southern city, but—knowing what city travel is like—you’re likely to anticipate that not everything you do in Miami will be, well, cheap.
Frugality to the rescue, we say. Not everything in Miami has to cost an arm and a leg. You can get away with spending a little but getting a lot, regardless of whether you’re talking about dining or entertainment. Whenever you travel, do everything you can to avoid paying full price for anything. Think of it this way: The more you save on your vacation, the a better chance there is of you being able to go away again sooner than expected.
Want to be in on our little budgetary secrets? Pay close attention.
Room and Board on a Budget
If you’re saving money on a hotel, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re automatically skimping on safety and comfort. In fact, you may be surprised to find that even the most upscale hotels occasionally have to give away rooms at half the cost. Whether it’s off season or just an off night, even 5-star venues need to offer discounted prices every so often to ensure they hit a certain capacity each night. That, in turn, means you’re the one that makes out on the deal.
With that in mind, there are a few hotels in Miami that deliver high-end accommodations without high end pricing. The first of these great hotels is Ocean Reef Suites, located on Collins Avenue right in the heart of Miami Beach. Steps from some of the greatest shopping and nightlife you’ll find in Miami, Ocean Reef Suites is a modern boutique’s take on a beachside resort. Amenities like an in-room kitchenette, an on-site grocer, and a concierge service complete the package for a luxurious, yet budget friendly, stay.
Matching Ocean Reef Suites in luxury and pricing is the Lorraine Hotel. Not far from Ocean Reef, Lorraine is an oceanfront property that has goes to great lengths to make sure you know you’re surrounded by only the highest end offerings. There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of the tides swooping up onto the soft sands of Miami Beach, and Lorraine allows just that experience. Complimentary beach towels allow to you to enjoy the beach in comfort while furnished balconies let you experience the ocean without having to get out of your robe.
On the other end of the spectrum is our third budget option, the Tropics Hostel. Smack dab in the middle of the Art Deco District on Collins Avenue, the Tropics Hostel may not have the upscale features of the Lorraine or Ocean Reef, but its pricing and convenience are unbeatable. That’s not to say that the Tropics doesn’t have something else to offer, because it, too, is in close proximity to the beach and houses its own swimming pool if you don’t want to go far for a dip. The more adventurous types may also enjoy the option to share with other travelers to save a bit more, but private rooms are available as well for travelers that appreciate the quiet of solitude.
Budget Conscious Dining
Almost as important as saving money on accommodations is saving money on dining. Both will affect your daily spending and both are a necessary evil. With that said, there are ways to save a buck or several during your Miami trip that doesn’t involve ordering a Whopper.
One of the best things about Miami is how diverse the city is. Cultures from all across the globe have found a home in Miami and, to show appreciation for the welcoming city, chefs from all over are ensuring the very best of their flavors make there way onto the streets of Miami at an affordable price. Places like The Original Daily Bread Marketplace are dishing out some great Greek flavors like falafel, hummus and pita, and tabouli. Authentic flavors are the attraction and cheap pricing is the reward for dining at Daily Bread.
Latino and Cuban flavors are among the most prolific dishes you’ll find in Miami, but it seems that no place is as generous with its authentic flavors as El Mago De Las Fritas. Flavors crafted by El Mago, or the Wizard, stay true to the Cuban specialty of Frita, which is generally a ground beef or pork patty served on a Cuban bun with shoestring potatoes. What should be a simple dish is made more complex with unique flavors that El Mago seems to have perfected over the years, and he’s looking to offer them at dirt-cheap pricing.
The lunchtime crowd flocks all over the city looking for something quick and easy, but they should be looking no further than CLOS Bistro & Café. Found on Biscayne Blvd, CLOS is a quick and easy eatery with cheap and affordable pricing. Lunch combinations throw together a daily special sandwich, prepared to perfection, with chips or salad or a half sandwich and one of the house-made soups at a price some would describe as unbeatable. A third option, three regular empanadas and a beverage, is about as cheap as you’ll find for a lunch special.
The best part of these restaurants, cafes, and other assorted eateries is that you won’t sacrifice portion size for a lower price.
Completely Free Activities
One of the best things you can do when you’re going to a new city is find out what they have to do that costs you literally no money. Monetary concerns will be a thing of the past if you try to make everything you do absolutely and completely free. We are talking literally no money needed, save maybe transportation, for these fun, entertaining slivers of Miami.
There’s quite the obvious attraction in Miami that offers the cheapest, and probably the most fun, experience you’ll come across. Some call it the beach and you may have heard some of the locals talking about it during your travels. It’s easily one of the greatest attractions that Miami has, so to skip out on it would be a crime, especially if you’re concerned about being able to have some fun without dropping a lot of cash.
One valuable bit of information in regards to Miami’s beaches is, the farther north you go, the quieter the beach gets. If you join the fun within Miami Beach Central, you’re going to be right in the middle of the party; so if you want a little peace, try moving away from the boardwalks and find a more private spot to relax at.
Should you not be the “beach” type of person, there is plenty more to see in Miami, such as the free Art Walks. Spread throughout the city are different intriguing (and free) walks that let you experience the artistic side of Miami. From art-deco creations to more avant-garde pieces, you’ll be treated to an in-depth look at Miami’s unexpected creative nature. Starting from the Arts District to the Design District, you’ll be treated to all types of pieces, from murals to sculptures to redesigned warehouses. It’s a trip worthy of bringing your camera.
Fleshing out the free side of Miami entertainment are the museums spread throughout the city. Unlike the Art Walks, the museums concentrate everything for you into one, convenient area, so you don’t have to walk all over the city to catch a glimpse of culture. Also unlike the Art Walks, the museums aren’t always free. There are select days and times that you’re able to experience these gems, so make sure to jot these down in your little black book. The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, known for its display of American and European art-deco, is free every Friday after 6pm. The Miami Art Museum, known for exactly what it sounds like it would be, is open to the public at no charge every second Saturday of the month. Additionally, the Museum of Contemporary Art, though not really free, brings in live jazz for a free show at 8pm on the last Friday of each month.
Of course, one final thing you can do for free is simply walk around parts of the city and admire it. Granted, it’s not the most exciting thing to do, but it’s definitely something you should do at least once. It is quite the beautiful city to explore.
With these tips in mind, you are ready to tackle your Miami trip on a limited budget. You’re traveling to one of America’s greater cities, so be sure you do everything you can to guarantee that you have yourself an unforgettable time, even if you have to drop a few dollars here and there for something new.
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