Although you can easily find many interesting things to do and see in Miami, you should know that with a little organization, you can enjoy your 3 days in Miami.
Miami is a very contrasting city. Here, you can find luxury residences, but also normal houses, maximum fun nightclubs in South Beach, but also relaxing walks out in nature.
That’s exactly what I did during my first 3 days in Miami. So, I will show you how to spend your time in the city and tick as many things as you can on your 3 day Miami itinerary.
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Miami 3 day itinerary – Day 1
The best area to live in the city when you spend 3 days in Miami is Miami Beach. There are a lot of hotels here with sensational views and a beachfront. These are my recommendations:
- budget: Henrosa Hotel– parking, close to the beach
- mid-range: National Hotel, An Adult Only Oceanfront Resort – pool, beachfront, restaurant, good breakfast
- luxury: The Setai– private parking, bar, amazing breakfast, beachfront, spa
Of course, the fatigue accumulated on the exhausting road on your way to Florida has to be rewarded with a few hours spent at the beach.
You have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world at your disposal.
So you just can’t be 3 days in Miami and not enjoy the white sand and the blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Put on your swimming suit, don’t forget your sunscreen, your goggles and a towel.
Then book yourself a spot on the beach. If you enjoy hearing Latin rhythms coming from pubs and restaurants on Ocean Drive, then go and get tanned in South Beach.
If not, move your sunbed to the north in Mid Beach or North Beach. It is also very beautiful, but less crowded. You need to add it to your Miami itinerary.
Art Deco architecture
In the afternoon, you should wander the streets of South Beach on foot. And admire the Art Deco architecture of the hotels. Miami has the largest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.
Lincoln Road Mall
In the evening, head to Lincoln Road Mall, which is a great place in Miami to walk around, to serve a colorful cocktail or smoke a hookah at a terrace.
Basically, here you will find an outdoor mall with a very pleasant and extremely lively atmosphere.
You can also do some shopping because the area has no shortage of shops of all kinds and for all tastes.
3 days in Miami – Day 2
A visit to Little Havanan definitely deserves to be part of your 3 days in Miami.
You can buy a tour consisting of 3 parts. I wrote about it in the article How to spend a perfect day in Miami.
The 3 parts of the tour are coach riding through the streets of South Beach and Downtown Miami, Little Havana and a superb little town, Coral Gables.
Plus a boat ride on Biscayne Bay. Little Havana is a true replica of the real Havana, the capital of Cuba.
Here, the driver will stop for half an hour and you can go to visit a tobacco factory. Also, you can taste the most delicious coffee in the world, Cuban coffee.
Or you can also choose a walking food tour.
The next destination, Coral Gables, is perhaps the most elegant and beautiful city that I’ve ever visited. Gorgeous villas, beautiful giant banyan trees, and a unique swimming pool, The Venetian Pool, made of coral stone.
These are all parts of Coral Gables beauty. Very much worth adding it to your Miami in 3 days trip.
Biscayne Bay boat tour
The third part of the tour, but also the most luxurious one was the boat tour in Biscayne Bay.
On this tour, you can admire the opulent residences on Star Island of Miami and the 40 million $ apartments on Fischer Island (from a distance, of course), while the guide will explain everything to you.
The boat tour was, by far, my favorite during my 3 day Miami trip.
In the evening, you can get around the Downtown of Miami by car. It feels so good, especially since many of the skyscrapers are illuminated in bright colors, like flashy pink.
Also, what I like about the Downtown of Miami in the evening is the fact that is not crowded at all. And it’s even rare to see people wandering the streets.
However, I believe it’s kind of dangerous to venture out in the streets by yourself and on foot. Therefore, make sure you’ve got some company and a car.
As you can see, in case you are wondering what to do in Miami for 3 days, there are so many great places to explore.
3 days in Miami – Day 3
In the morning, add Crandon Park to your 3 day Miami itinerary, a park located on Key Biscayne Island.
With its very large and beautiful beach, filled with palm trees.
In Crandon Park, is likely to encounter exotic animals and birds. I, for example, saw a peacock and an iguana.
If you are an extreme sports lover, you have to know that Crandon Park is the perfect place for parasailing and other fun activities water-related in Miami.
In the afternoon, make some time to visit Miami Zoo, located at about a half-hour drive away from Crandon Park and 40 minutes from South Beach. Miami Zoo is the largest zoo in Florida and the only tropical zoo in the continental USA.
I don’t agree with the idea of keeping animals in captivity. But I do appreciate Zoo Miami for the special conditions and great treatment they offer to animals.
Instead of the usual fences and cages, the animals live in a habitat very similar to their natural one. But, at the same time, they keep the visitors safe and protected by some deep trenches.
I didn’t have time to see it all in just half day because it really is huge. But I really enjoyed the parts that I did have time to explore.
If tired, you can rent a surrey with 5 or 8 seats, which will take you from one continent to another.
Besides animals, birds, and reptiles, there is also the Amazon & Beyond Lake where you can rent Paddle Boats for 3-5 people at a price of $15-$20. Thus, the fun is assured.
Close your 3 days in Miami with a visit to the Dolphin Mall, a huge outlet comprising over 240 stores and restaurants.
True, it’s impossible to cover it all or even just a quarter of it in only a few hours.
However, it’s still worth a visit during your 3 day Miami trip.
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