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Weekend Trip to Miami: Best 3 Night Getaway Guide

Miami is the ultimate South Florida destination for a 3-night getaway, offering endless fun, sun, and sand for all types of travelers. From romantic getaways to solo adventures, this vibrant city has something for everyone.

With tons of fun activities, delicious cuisine, and relaxation options, planning a trip to Miami can be overwhelming, but fear not! AllGetaways has you covered with a guide on how to spend the perfect long weekend in Miami for an unforgettable mini vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Quick Answer Guide: Best Weekend Getaways in Miami

  • Best for beach bums and nightlife enthusiasts - South Beach
  • Best for art lovers and foodies - Wynwood
  • Best for young professionals and restaurant enthusiasts - Brickell

‌Cool and Unique Areas of Miami‌

‌Hidden Gems of Miami‌

Trying to figure out what to do for a fun 3-day weekend retreat? No matter what kind of adventure you are after — from soaking up the sun along the sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Atlantic Coast to discovering exciting new places for a romantic weekend getaway — Miami has something special for every type of traveler!

Most Popular Neighborhoods in Miami

Miami is a vibrant city full of diversity and life, offering something for everyone! And with so much to explore in this amazing city, it can be challenging to decide which neighborhoods are the best places to visit. To help make your decision easier, I've written about the most popular neighborhoods in Miami so you have an insider's guide to what to do in Miami for a weekend.

1. South Beach

  • Perfect For:‌ Beach bums and nightlife enthusiasts
  • Highlights of South Beach:
    • One of the world’s most famous and beautiful beaches
    • Free trolley rides through the island
    • Moderate average hotel prices
    • Walking distance to many restaurants and shopping
    • Popular spot for LGBTQ festivals and activities

‌Things to Do in South Beach‌

South Beach is a vibrant and entertaining nine-mile-long barrier island in Miami Beach. Visitors can soak up the sun on the beach, explore artworks, feel the Art Deco vibes as you stroll down Ocean Drive, and indulge in delicious Cuban cuisine.

If you're part of the LGBTQ community, South Beach is the perfect weekend getaway with its annual Pride festivals and multiple gay nightlife options, including drag shows, clubs, and pool parties.

For those who love shopping, take a walk down Lincoln Road where you’ll find a mix of large retailers and smaller, more local boutiques.

And let's not forget about the renowned nightlife scene, with lively bars and nightclubs open until dawn. VIP South Beach even provides VIP/Concierge services to help travelers skip lines at popular nightclubs in town.

‌How to Get to South Beach‌

There are several ways to get from the airport or your hotel to South Beach. Rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber come quickly and are noticeably more affordable in Miami than other large US cities. Once you’re in South Beach, you’ll find it to be fairly walkable and there are free trolleys you can hop on to get around the area. Download the Miami Beach Trolley Tracker app to check out its schedule.

‌Where to Stay in South Beach‌

For those looking for a mid-range hotel experience while visiting South Beach, we recommend you check out The Tony Hotel South Beach. This fantastic hotel offers chic rooms with a 1930’s Art Deco vibe and it even has a rooftop pool. You get all of this and more starting at $160 a night + tax (rates may vary).

We also recommend this Airbnb condo located in the center of South Beach. This suite is only a few blocks from the ocean and offers everything you'll need for the perfect getaway including amazing views, beach access, a dedicated workspace, free parking, and many other amenities. At just $89 a night + tax (rates may vary), you can’t go wrong!

2. Wynwood

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  • Perfect For:‌ Art lovers and foodies
  • Highlights of Wynwood:
    • Only 2 miles from Downtown Miami
    • Plenty of local shops and art galleries
    • One of Miami’s liveliest and walkable areas
    • Graffiti filled walls are perfect for Instagram shots
    • Tons of restaurants with great happy hour deals

‌Things to Do in Wynwood‌

Located north of Downtown Miami, Wynwood is quickly currently Miami’s most popular neighborhood. Here you can find streets filled with colorful hand painted murals — including the famous Wynwood Walls complex, art galleries, and plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes. A fun option for a nice day on your weekend retreat is to learn more about the areas culture by taking a food and art walking tour.

‌How to Get to Wynwood‌

Wynwood is just 2 miles north of downtown Miami and is easily accessible by car. From the airport, it’s a quick 15 minute drive and you’re only 15 minutes away from South Beach.

‌Where to Stay in Wynwood‌

For travelers looking to stay in Wynwood, we recommend Arlo Wynwood. This brand new hotel offers chic rooms with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, a state-of-the-art gym, and a gorgeous rooftop pool. There’s also two bars on-site as well as a restaurant by James Beard semi-finalist, Brad Kilgore. Prices start at around $150 a night + tax (rates may vary).

We also recommend this 1 bedroom Vrbo condo in Midtown — only 0.5 miles from the heart of the Wynwood Art District. This condo boasts breathtaking ocean front views of Biscayne Bay, a fully stocked kitchen, heated pool, fitness center, and even a children’s play area. Prices start at around $134 a night + tax (rates may vary)

3. Brickell

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  • Perfect For:‌ Young professionals and restaurant enthusiasts
  • Highlights of Brickell:
    • The financial hub — home of Miami’s tallest high rises
    • Headquarters of the nation’s top law firms
    • Ride the Metrorail at the Brickell Station
    • 3-minute drive to Miami’s largest arena
    • Late night entertainment

‌Things to Do in Brickell‌

If you're in Miami's Brickell area, don't miss out on Sugar, an open-air rooftop bar that's 40 stories high and boasts a lush tropical setting, Asian-inspired bites, and delicious craft cocktails. Trust us, it's worth checking out.

If it's raining, head to the Brickell City Centre with several food options, stores, a high-tech indoor mini golf course, and a movie theater. Those looking to party until the wee hours of the morning can opt for dinner reservations at hotspots like Sexy Fish, Gekko, or Komodo.

‌How to Get to Brickell‌

Brickell is a prime location sandwiched between Downtown Miami and Key Biscayne. However, if you're planning on driving, brace yourself for an extra 30 minutes of traffic and the possibility of the draw bridge openings. Fortunately, once you’re in Brickell, everything is easily walkable.

‌Where to Stay in Brickell‌

If you’re looking for an affordable hotel option in Brickell, head to Novotel. Just on the edge of Brickell, you’ll get all the benefits of the bustling area without having to be right in the center of the loud late nights. Prices start at around $150 per night + tax (rates may vary). If you’re looking to treat yourself, consider a stay at W Miami where you’ll find one of the most luxurious pools in Miami, complete with views of Biscayne Bay and the city’s skyline. Prices here start around $350 per night + tax.

We also recommend you try staying at this little slice of Airbnb heaven that’s in the heart of Miami and is just 5 minutes from Brickell. This charming guest house is perfect for your 3-night getaway. This property is fully equipped with new furniture and appliances making it the perfect little home away from home. And the best part – it’s a deal costing around $79 a night + tax (rates may vary)!

Cool and Unique Areas of Miami

If you’re headed to Miami for a weekend getaway, but are looking to stay outside of the main touristy areas and want to experience Miami more like a local, then you’re going to want to check out Coconut Grove, Design District, and Little Havana. No weekend trip to Miami would be complete without a visit to the Design District, Coconut Grove, and of course, Little Havana.

4. Coconut Grove

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  • Perfect For:‌ Nature lovers and shopaholics
  • Highlights of Coconut Grove:
    • Only 20 minutes from Miami International Airport
    • Tons of historic elements
    • Moderately priced hotels
    • Lush greenery and lots of shade — great for walking
    • Restaurants and shops on every corner

‌Things to Do in Coconut Grove‌

Another must visit neighborhood in Miami is Coconut Grove. The very first neighborhood in the Magic City, this bohemian enclave is known for its laid-back vibe and plenty of outdoor cafes and bars making it the perfect weekend getaway for those who truly want to relax on their trip.

If you’re looking to learn more about historic Miami, plan a visit to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or dine at Bayshore Club, which was once the site of the very first Pan-Am seaplane port. Take in the salty air with a walk down to the marina where you can grab drinks at Monty’s and enjoy watching the boats in the bay under the breeze of the palm trees. You’re also not far from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a botanical garden that features seasonal events and exhibits.

‌How to Get to Coconut Grove‌

Coconut Grove, also known as “The Grove” by locals, is about 8 miles south of Downtown Miami, just southeast of Coral Gables.

There are a few different ways to travel to Coconut Grove from Downtown — you can take a 15-minute car ride or take the Metrorail for just a few dollars, though you’ll still need to call a rideshare or taxi to get from the Metrorail station into the Grove.

‌Where to Stay in Coconut Grove‌

Not sure where you want to stay for your 3 nights in Miami? We recommend the Mayfair Hotel & Spa that’s located right in the heart of Coconut Grove. This stunning hotel was recently remodeled and features two restaurants, a bar, and a picturesque rooftop pool.

How about spending your 3-nights in Miami with your other half at this adorable Airbnb property? This quaint bungalow in Coconut Grove is one of the perfect romantic getaways for couples seeking some alone time. This bungalow has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and was designed by an artist to give a true Caribbean vibe. The price of this property is just $97+ tax (rates may vary) a night.

5. Design District

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  • Perfect For:‌ Emerging artists and art lovers
  • Highlights of the Design District:
    • Only 6 miles to the airport
    • Luxury high-fashion boutiques and shops
    • Art galleries and public art
    • Specialty dining
    • 4 miles from Miami Beach

‌Things to Do in The Design District‌

If you like art and architecture, Miami’s Design District is the place to be. The area is home to the highest concentration of art galleries and art museums in the city. It is also home to some of the most luxurious high-end fashion boutiques and shops in Miami.

Miami’s version of Rodeo Drive, here you’ll find shops like Dior, Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, Valentino, and many more. All that shopping will work up an appetite, but have no fear there are several dining options. For a quick bite, pop into MIA Market where you’ll find an array of local vendors with cuisines from all over the world. If you’re looking for something more fancy — Swan, Sofia’s, and Cote all fit the bill.

‌How to Get to The Design District‌

Getting to the Design District in Miami is a breeze since it’s right off a few different major highways. Like the rest of Miami, you’re going to need a car to get there, but parking is plentiful and there are several of garages to choose from.

‌Where to Stay in The Design District‌

While there’s not quite any hotels in the Design District, there is the lovely Hyde Midtown just down the street that makes for a perfect luxurious 3-night getaway in Miami. It's a luxury hotel with a cool vibe that's been recently renovated. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Price per night runs around $199 + tax (rates may vary).

This glamorous tiny home is easy to find with a location that is close to all the main highways to the city. This cute cottage is 1 of 3 that you will find on this property. The cottage is furnished with a queen size bed and everything you need to call this tiny home your home away from home.

6. Little Havana

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  • Perfect For:‌ People watching and late night eats
  • Highlights of Little Havana:
    • Walkable neighborhood
    • Only 3 miles from airport
    • Many art murals
    • Heart of Miami’s Cuban culture
    • Spanish eatery options

‌Things to Do in Little Havana‌

Miami is known for its Cuban culture, so you just can't do a weekend getaway in Miami without experiencing Little Havana. Start your day with a shot of Cuban coffee at one of the many local cafes, then take a stroll down Calle Ocho to experience the colorful street art and lively music scene that makes up Miami’s most Latin oasis.

For a taste of authentic Cuban cuisine, head to Versailles Restaurant or La Carreta. Don't miss the opportunity to watch a game of dominoes at Maximo Gomez Park, a popular gathering spot for locals. Take free salsa lessons or listen to live music while sipping mojitos at Ball & Chain.

And if you're looking for a unique souvenir, stop by the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. to pick up a hand-rolled cigar. Little Havana is a must visit destination for anyone looking to experience the rich culture and history of Miami's Cuban community.

‌How to Get to Little Havana‌

To get to Little Havana, the best way is to take the bus or drive. If you're driving, be prepared for some traffic, but it's worth it. Once you get there, you'll be transported to a different world. The streets are lined with colorful buildings, and the smell of Cuban coffee and cigars fills the air.

‌Where to Stay in Little Havana‌

We highly recommend checking out the boutique hotels in the area. These charming accommodations offer a unique and authentic experience, with personalized service and stylish decor. One of our favorites is the Life House Little Havana. Rates start around $183 + tax (rates may vary). This hotel offers comfortable rooms and great amenities, such as an on-site rooftop bar.

For a more budget-friendly option, there are also plenty of Airbnb rentals available in the area. We recommend this cute apartment in Little Havana. This cozy little spot will run you around $55 +tax per night (rates may vary). It’s a 1-bedroom property that’s right in the middle of Little Havana and is only a 20-minute drive to the beach. Perfect for a weekend getaway with your loved one!

Hidden Gems of Miami

Miami is has quite a few locally loved neighborhoods that most visitors have yet to discover. These special neighborhoods are the perfect places to escape the crowds and experience the real city on your Miami weekend trip.

7. Key Biscayne

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  • Perfect For:‌ Nature and marine enthusiasts
  • Highlights of Key Biscayne:
    • Enjoy the trip across the Rickenbacker Causeway
    • Houses many of Miami’s most expensive homes
    • Sits between 2 state parks
    • Home to the 19th-century Cape Florida Lighthouse
    • Was once a coconut plantation

‌Things to Do in Key Biscayne‌

Key Biscayne in Miami is the first key that makes up the Florida Keys. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park covers approximately 1/3 of the island. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the area and is the epitome of living a Caribbean lifestyle.

If you're a fan of water sports, boat tours, or fishing, this is the place to be. There are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling as well.

‌How to Get to Key Biscayne‌

Key Biscayne is only a short drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway straight from US-1 and Brickell. Since this is mainly a residential island, there is a $4 toll to access the bridge.

‌Where to Stay in Key Biscayne‌

Key Biscayne is stunning, but it can be pricey. If you're planning a 3-night Miami trip, keep that in mind. Luckily, we've found some great options for you to consider.

If you're looking for something more private, check out this 1-bedroom Vrbo townhome. It's just a 5-minute walk to the white sandy beaches of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne and comes with a private balcony and barbecue. Plus, you can easily walk to the island's famous restaurants and shops.

8. Little River

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  • Perfect For:‌ Nature lovers and foodies
  • Highlights of Little River:
    • Little Haiti Cultural Center
    • An emerging food scene
    • Thrift stores are a treasure trove of unique finds
    • 8 Miles from Miami Beach

‌Things to Do in Little River‌

Our personal favorite is the up-and-coming neighborhood of Little River. Soon to be home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city, this neighborhood is growing more and more by the day.

While it’s definitely going through a growing spurt, there’s already plenty of things to do in the area, from exploring the local art galleries and vintage shops to trying out some of the amazing restaurants. Rosie’s is a local favorite and has already caught the attention of the James Beard awards.

‌How to Get to Little River‌

To get to Little River, you'll need to head north from downtown and cross over the Little River Canal. The area is a bit gritty, but that's part of its charm. If you're driving, be careful where you park as towing zones are strictly enforced.

But trust us, it's worth it to explore this growing neighborhood with its eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Just make sure to bring your sense of adventure!

‌Where to Stay in Little River‌

Since it’s still very much a residential neighborhood (truly you can cover this area in a day trip), your best bet is something along the lines of this budget-friendly charming little zen suite found on Airbnb. The rooms are clean and simple, and the location is convenient for exploring the town.

Filling up 3 nights in Miami is absolutely no problem no matter what you love to do on vacation. If you want relaxing tropical vibes, Miami can deliver. If you want to experience delicious food and vibrant culture, Miami has that in spades. If you want beaches, art, shopping, or nightlife, Miami certainly has that too. Happy vacation!