Miami is one of America’s most popular travel destinations, with tourist numbers growing year after year. It welcomed around 15.9 million visitors in 2017, a figure it’s set to eclipse in 2018. When travel destinations are in demand, accommodation providers, restaurants, and tourist attractions can elevate their prices to capitalize on their popularity.
Things to Do in Miami on a Budget
However, with some careful planning, you can enjoy a Miami vacation on a budget.
Hit the Public Beaches
Miami has private beaches for guests of its most exclusive hotels, but you needn’t pay their rates to have fun on the sand. There are plenty of public beaches too, which are free for all tourists and residents.
Lummus Park Beach is the kind of beach most tourists imagine when they think of Miami, a lively coastal strip popular with spring breakers. The 12th Street Beach is another busy beach that’s popular with the LGBTQI community. Haulover Beach is a beautiful beach that’s less crowded than some of the more popular strips. There’s a dog-friendly section between the second and third Lifeguard Towers and nude sections on the northern side.
South Pointe Park Pier is on the outskirts of Miami Beach. It’s worth venturing outside downtown to enjoy its picnic areas, playground, fishing pier, and gentle waves.
Stay in Miami Springs
Downtown Miami might be convenient to attractions, but rooms in this central location typically cost a lot. Your dollar will go further if you stay in Miami Springs, less than 10 miles from downtown. Miami Springs hotels are just a couple of miles from Miami International Airport, so they’re well-located for air travelers. Buses can affordably take travelers from Miami Springs into Miami.
Take Advantage of Free Days
Miami has some fascinating museums and galleries, but their admission fees can really add up. However, most have special free days to help travelers save. Consider them when creating your itinerary to slash your vacation bills.
The Bass, a contemporary art gallery, waives the admission free on the last Sunday of every month. History Miami Museum has free family fun days on the second Saturday of each month. Not only is entry free, but there are special interactive activities centered around a specific monthly theme to engage kids.
Another winner with mini travelers, the Miami Children’s Museum, doesn’t charge an admission fee between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the third Friday of each month.
Eat in Little Havana Instead of South Beach
South Beach might be home to some of Miami’s most acclaimed restaurants, but you’ll pay a pretty penny for the privilege of eating there. However, the meals are much more affordable, and arguably every bit as good, in Little Havana. This Cuban neighborhood is famous for its no-frills restaurants serving exciting, authentic dishes. Many even come with complimentary sides of beans, white rice, and sweet plantains, so you’ll never leave hungry. You can’t go wrong with meals at Versailles, La Camaronera, or La Carreta.
A trip to Miami doesn’t need to put a dent in your bank account. Follow our tips and your Florida getaway can cost a lot less than you’d expect.
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