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Creating Your Miami Check-List—From Embracing Beach Life to Delicious Restaurants

Miami Check-List | The Lady-like Leopard Blog by Melina Morry

If you’re planning on visiting Miami, you will be spoilt for choice in terms of things to see and do. Miami is a place that has so much to offer! From the stunning beaches and the endless shopping to the lively nightlife and the fascinating artwork. It has something for everyone, which is why it’s important to plan your trip beforehand—with a Miami check-list!

Of course, you don’t need to know what you’re going to be doing every hour of the day, but it is a good idea to have a rough list of things to do. That way, you don’t end up missing out on anything. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best places to visit in Miami so that you can put together your perfect Miami check-list.

Everything to Add to Your Miami Check-List

Miami Check-List | The Lady-like Leopard Blog

Attractions for animal lovers

If you love animals, there are a number of great attractions in Miami to consider visiting. This includes the Monkey Jungle, which is a unique park situated in southern Miami-Dade County. It’s a truly fascinating place, where primates swing through the trees and scamper above your head. There is also Jungle Island—which you may have heard of before, as it used to be known as Parrot Jungle. This gives you a chance to get up close and personal with tropical birds in habitats that are perfect replicas of their natural ones.

Consider renting a boat

One of the best things to do while in Miami is rent a boat. You can sail across the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the incredible views, the relaxing sway of the ocean, and the sun glistening on your skin. Combine this with a glass of champagne, and you have the perfect recipe for sheer serenity and relaxation. After all, everyone deserves a bit of luxury now and again, right?

Companies like boat.me make it easy for you to rent a boat online. You can choose where you are boating from, as well as whether you want to book on an hourly or daily basis. And then you’re presented with all of the options available to you! This makes it really easy for you to organize your rental boat. Plus, find something that fits in with your budget and Miami check-list.

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Pick out the museums you want to visit

There are so many amazing museums in Miami, and so you are bound to find something that falls into your area of interest. Art galleries, in particular, are numerous, and they feature artwork from both local and international artists. You can also take a trip to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which will literally blow your mind. Try to enjoy one of the monthly rock ‘n’ roll laser light shows while you are there, and make sure you include a visit to the planetarium dome. Another popular museum is the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, which gives you a slice of Europe.

Don’t forget about the best restaurants and eateries

When planning your Miami check-list, don’t just think about the attractions you want to visit. There are a lot of famous restaurants in the area too! You may want to consider reserving yourself a table at one or two of the best spots so that you don’t miss out. The Versailles restaurant comes highly recommended, serving the most delicious Cuban food in an elegant and beautiful setting. Another place that needs to be mentioned is the Azucar Ice Cream Company. Here, you will find the most incredible combinations of ice cream flavours. Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

Miami Check-List | The Lady-like Leopard Blog

Embracing beach life

It is so important to make sure you set aside some time for enjoying the amazing beaches that are on offer in Miami. In fact, in one of my most recent blog posts on the blog, you discovered exactly why Miami is the perfect spot for a beach vacation. Some of the best beaches in Miami include Haulover Beach, Lummus Park Beach, and 21st – 45th Street Beach. The latter serves as a backdrop to some of the most exclusive beach clubs and lavish hotels in Miami.

Day trips

There are plenty of amazing places near Miami, which are well worth incorporating into your trip. Key Biscayne is a prime example. This is an excellent choice for those seeking seclusion and serenity. You can enjoy the endless shopping and crazy nightlife in Miami, and then take a relaxing break to Key Biscayne to recuperate. It is the perfect contrast. This is the northernmost island in Florida Keys, boasting stunning views of Miami, a cycling path, two waterfront parks, and pristine beaches.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for your incredible Miami vacation. There are so many amazing places in Miami, offering so much to see and do. From the adventurous to the relaxing, you can cater your trip to suit you.

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Melina Morry is the author behind the blog The Lady-like Leopard. She has a journalism/fashion design degree and all that other boring stuff but most importantly she's a master of her own spots and is always hungry for more adventure. Melina works as a writer and fashion journalist all over the world. She's been spotted in New York, Paris, London, Sydney and Toronto—to name a few. She loves to be raw, fierce and a rare breed. Follow along with her on social media at @ladylikeleopard.

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