Weekend Guide to South Beach

Last weekend I spent two gloriously low-key days in South Beach, Miami, on a girls’ trip. Our weekend didn’t have to be activity free given everything there is to do in Miami, but it was blissfully so and I loved every minute of it.

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Lodging: We stayed at the Surfcomber on Collins Ave. The room was small but clean. We were able to get chairs at the pool and beach both days. That could be because we got out there fairly early, knowing that our main purpose was lounging. If you’re feeling more lively than we were, the hotel also has beach cruisers you can rent to ride along the boardwalk.

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Food:

* Apple a Day Cafe: If you’re looking for fresh, organic juices and healthy fare (think smoothies, acai bowls, and salads), which we were, this is the place to go. I would have taken a picture of my super antioxidant smoothie and almond butter–banana toast, but I gobbled both up too quickly. An extra plus—this place had the best service.

*Insomnia Cookies: On the other side of the health spectrum were the cookies we had  delivered to the hotel because we were in a stay-in, give-me-cookies kind of mood. Our warm cookies arrived in less than twenty minutes! Seriously, order these.

*The Social Club: Attached to the Surfcomber hotel, this restaurant had some pretty legit breakfast and dessert. They even brought our food direct to our hotel room when we just couldn’t get ourselves out of our pajamas to go down there.

To-dos: Suntan, swim, eat, drink, party*, repeat!

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*Note: We didn’t go out in South Beach. See the Insomnia cookie delivery above, for why. I know, I know, how could we?? Shock followed by a lingering look of confusion was the general response from the club promoters, waiters, and randos who asked what we were doing that night. Too bad. We had uninterrupted time to catch up over cookies while imbibing lots and lots of post-beach water.

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I already have Miami on my list of places to go back to. Getting a sense for the city via South Beach’s art deco buildings and the ever-present hum of Cuban-inspired music was exactly what I needed to start my summer off right.

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[all images are my own]

 

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