Miami is the ultimate destination for a three-night getaway, offering endless fun, sun, and sand for all types of travelers. From romantic getaways to solo adventures, this vibrant Florida city has something for everyone. And there are a lot of places nearby that are worth a visit too.
With tons of fun activities, delicious cuisine, and relaxation options, planning a trip to Miami can be overwhelming, but fear not. I've got you covered with a guide on how to spend three nights in Miami for an unforgettable mini vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Quick Answer: Best Weekend Getaways in Miami
Trying to figure out what to do for a fun three-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 — a weekend trip to Miami offers something special for every type of traveler!
Most Popular Neighborhoods in Miami
- Best for Beach Bums and Nightlife – South Beach
- Best for Art Lovers and Foodies - Wynwood
- Best for Fishing Enthusiasts - Brickell
Cool and Unique Areas of Miami
- Best for Nature Lovers and Sports Fans - Coconut Grove
- Best for Emerging Artists and Art Lovers - The Design District
- Best for People-Watching and Late-Night Eats - Little Havana
- Best for Nature and Marine Enthusiasts - Key Biscayne
- Best for Nature Lovers and Foodies - Little River
- Best for Families and Enjoying the Nightlife - Coral Gables
- Best for Families Who Value Nature - Pinecrest
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, we know the top three most popular neighborhoods in Miami.
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 city
- 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 9-mile-long barrier island in Miami Beach. Visitors can soak up the sun on the beach, explore artworks, feel the Spanish vibes, 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, Ocean Drive's malls and Lincoln Road, known as The Rodeo Drive of the East, offer plenty of retail therapy and opportunities to mingle with locals.
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 a bunch of ways to get from the beach to your hotel, or anywhere around Miami, so don't sweat it. If you're trying to save some cash, hop on the Metrorail for a free trolley ride.
But if you're feeling fancy, Uber or Lyft can pick you up right where you are. Either way, plan for 15-30 minutes of travel time depending on traffic. Trust us, you'll be lounging on South Beach in no time.
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 1930s 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 chic 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!
- Perfect for: Art lovers and foodies
- Highlights of Wynwood:
- Only 2 miles from Downtown Miami
- Take a bus, taxi, or tram for a few dollars
- Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine
- One of Miami’s liveliest and walkable areas
- Graffiti filled walls are perfect for Instagram shots
Things to Do in Wynwood
Located north of downtown Miami, Wynwood is quickly becoming one of Miami’s most popular neighborhoods. Here you can find colorful streets, hand-painted murals at the Wynwood Walls, art galleries, and hipster bars and cafes. A fun option for a nice day on your weekend retreat is to learn more about the area's Latin 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 bus, taxi, or tram. It should only cost a few dollars to use any of these routes of transportation. Travel time from Downtown Miami to Wynwood is about 5 to 9 minutes.
Where to Stay in Wynwood
For travelers looking for a mid-priced hotel in the Wynwood area of Miami, we recommend The Stiles Hotel. This hotel offers spacious rooms with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and mini fridges. Prices start at around $145 a night + tax (rates may vary).
We also recommend this one-bedroom Vrbo condo only 0.5 miles from the heart of the Wynwood art deco district. This condo boasts breathtaking ocean front views of South Beach, a fully stocked kitchen, heated pool, fitness center, and even a kid’s play area. Prices start at around $134 a night + tax (rates may vary)
- Perfect for: Young professionals and fishing 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
- Three-minute drive to Miami-Dade Arena
- Kayaking and eco-tours
Things to Do in Brickell
If you're in Miami's Brickell area, don't miss out on Sugar — a rooftop bar that's 40 stories high and boasts a stunning backdrop of foliage that'll transport you to The Secret Garden. Trust us, it's worth checking out.
If it's raining, head to the Brickell City Centre mall with its two food halls and stores to satisfy your shopping cravings. And nature-lovers will enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding explorations in Florida’s waterways where they can come face-to-face with manatees!
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 dreaded bridge openings. Trust us, walking is your best bet here. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Where to Stay in Brickell
The Dunns Josephine Hotel in Brickell, Florida is a must-visit for travelers seeking a unique and comfortable stay. This historic hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of Miami's vibrant downtown area, making it the perfect base for exploring the city's many attractions. The hotel's rooms are spacious and well-appointed, with modern amenities and stylish décor. Rates start at around $92 a night + tax (Rates may vary).
We also recommend you try staying at this charming Airbnb guest house that’s in the heart of Miami and is just 5 minutes from Brickell. This little slice of heaven from Airbnb is perfect for your three-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 your headed to Miami for a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway, then we recommend one of these short road trips that require less than five hours of driving and will take you to some amazing destinations.
4. Coconut Grove
- Perfect for: Nature lovers and sports fans
- Highlights of Coconut Grove:
- Only 1 hour and 15 minutes from the airport
- On the bus line
- Moderately priced hotels
- Walking distance to many hospitals
- Sports games at the Miami-Dade Arena
Things to Do in Coconut Grove
Another must-visit spot is Coconut Grove, a bohemian enclave with a laid-back vibe and plenty of outdoor cafes and bars. Or make your Miami three-day weekend trip memorable by catching an event or game at the Miami-Dade Arena.
And don’t forget to make time to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for those of you who like being outdoors. You can also find hiking/biking trails nearby or moped rentals to explore the area.
How to Get to Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove, also known as “The Grove” by locals, sits about 8 miles south of Downtown Miami. It sits south of Brickell and East of Coral Gables. There are a few different ways to travel to Coconut Grove from Downtown –- you can take an 11-minute car ride or take the Metromover for just a few dollars.
Where to Stay in Coconut Grove
Not sure where you want to stay for your three nights in Miami? We recommend iCoconutGrove Vacation Rentals. This breathtaking spot has 22 furnished rooms, an outdoor pool, a ballroom, and offers wedding services.
How about spending your three 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 one bedroom and one 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. The Design District
- Perfect for: Emerging artists and art lovers
- Highlights of the Design District:
- Only 6 miles to the airport
- Luxury fashion boutiques and shops
- Art galleries and public art
- High-end 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 museums in the city. It is also home to some of the most luxurious high-end fashion boutiques and shops in Miami.
Here you will find Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, Valentino, and many more high-end shops. There are also plenty of dining options such as the popular Eleven Madison Park, which offers a unique dining experience that will tantalize your taste buds.
How to Get to the Design District
Getting to the Design District in Miami is a breeze! If you're driving, parking is plentiful and there are plenty of garages to choose from. If you're not driving, there are several public transportation options available, including the free trolley, the bus, and the Metromover.
Where to Stay in the Design District
For a luxurious three-night getaway in Miami, we highly recommend checking out the Vagabond Hotel. It's a boutique hotel with a retro 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 one of three 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. Rates start at around $82 + tax (rates may vary).
6. Little Havana
- 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
Start your day with a cup 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.
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 on-site restaurants and bars.
For a more budget-friendly option, there are also plenty of Vrbo rentals available in the area. We recommend this cute Vrbo apartment in Little Havana. This cozy little spot will run you around $55 + tax per night (rates may vary). This one-bedroom property sits in the middle of Little Havana and is only a seven-minute drive to the beach. Perfect for a getaway with your loved one!
Hidden Gems of Miami
Miami is full of hidden gems that only the locals know about. These secret neighborhoods are the perfect places to escape the crowds and experience the real Miami on a weekend trip.
7. Key Biscayne
- Perfect for: Nature and marine enthusiasts
- Highlights of Key Biscayne:
- Can get to the island via two bridges
- Only 2.5 hours due east of Naples
- Sits between two 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 a hidden gem that's worth adding to your three-day weekend itinerary. The island sits nestled in between two state parks. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and palm trees in the area and is the epitome of living a Caribbean lifestyle.
If you're a fan of water sports, boating, or fishing, this is the place to be. There are plenty of opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling as well.
How to Get to Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne is only a short drive over the Rickenbaker Bridge from Miami Beach. If you find yourself without a car, the best way to travel is by bus and costs around $2. When traveling to Key Biscayne it will cost you around $2 to $4 to go over the bridge that connects Key Biscayne to the mainland.
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.
Our top pick is the Silver Sands Beach Resort. It's a steal compared to other hotels in the area, with rates starting at just $155 to $255 + tax per night (depending on where you book online). The rooms are spacious, the surroundings are tropical, and the maid service is a nice touch. Trust us, you won't want to leave!
If you're looking for something more private, check out this 1-bedroom townhome on Vrbo. It's just a five-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. At just $153 + tax per night (rates may vary), it's a great deal.
8. Little River
- Perfect for: Nature lovers and foodies
- Highlights of Little River:
- Colorful street art
- Diverse and delicious food scene
- Thrift stores are a treasure trove of unique finds
- Fresh produce at the farmer’s market
- 8 miles from Miami Beach
Things to Do in Little River
Our personal favorite is the up-and-coming neighborhood of Little River. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city, and the vibe is laid-back and friendly. There are 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. Big Mama’s Barbecue is a local favorite.
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 prepared for some tight parking situations. But trust us, it's worth it to explore this up-and-coming neighborhood with its cool street art and eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Just make sure to bring your sense of adventure!
Where to Stay in Little River
If you're looking for a more luxurious place to stay near Little River, we highly recommend the Miccosukee Casino and Resort. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the ocean views are breathtaking. Plus, the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. This is the perfect place for those of you who would like to try your luck on the slot machines. Rates start at around $100 + tax per night (rates may vary).
If you're looking for something more budget friendly, Airbnb has this boutique-style hotel, which has a charming little zen suite. The rooms are clean and simple, and the location is convenient for exploring the town. At $66 + tax per night (rates may vary), you can’t go wrong.
9. Coral Gables
- Perfect for: Families and enjoying the nightlife
- Highlights of Coral Gables:
- The Nightgarden Miami Experience
- Beautiful Candlelight Concerts
- Urban-suburban mix feel
- Mediterranean architecture
- Visit Jungle Island
Things to Do in Coral Gables
If you're looking for a wild adventure, Jungle Island in Coral Gables is the place to be. The lush greenery and exotic animals will transport you to a different world. And don't miss the bird show — it's truly spectacular!
For music lovers, the Candlelight Concerts are a must-see. The ambiance is cozy and intimate, creating a unique experience. The soft glow of the candles adds to the charm of the evening, making it breathtakingly beautiful. Trust us, you won't regret attending one.
A couple other places worthy of a visit are the Miracle Mile (a mile-long stretch of shops and restaurants), the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the Miami Seaquarium.
How to Get to Coral Gables
The commute from Coral Gables to Downtown Miami takes about 25 minutes, with two main routes to choose from. If you take 8th Street/US-1, you'll pass through Coral Gables, South Miami, and Coconut Grove before reaching your destination. On the other hand, Florida's Turnpike will take you through exit 2A for Northwest 7th Street/US-441.
Traffic can be a pain, but leaving early or taking an alternate route can make your journey smoother. Personally, we prefer the scenic route through US-1, but it's up to you to decide which route suits you best.
Where to Stay in Coral Gables
If you're planning a three-day weekend getaway to Coral Gables, we highly recommend staying at the Biltmore Hotel. It's a historic landmark with stunning architecture and luxurious amenities. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the pool area is a beautiful oasis. Prices start at around $352 + tax per night (rates may vary).
We also recommend staying at this cozy remodeled guest house that Airbnb has to offer. This old Spanish villa is surrounded by ancient trees and a beautiful garden. Only a 30-minute walk to Miracle Mile for shopping or a quick 15-minute ride to Miami Beach. Prices for this amazing weekend retreat start at $78 + tax per night (rates may vary).
- Perfect for: Families who value nature
- Highlights of Pinecrest:
- The Falls mall
- Pinecrest Gardens Petting Zoo
- Plenty of restaurants
- Easy access to nearby attractions
- Known for its beautiful parks
Things to Do in Pinecrest
Pinecrest is a great place to explore on your weekend getaway in Miami. You can take a stroll in the Pinecrest Gardens, which has a petting zoo and a butterfly exhibit. If you're into shopping, check out The Falls mall. For foodies, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but our personal favorite is Eating House.
How to Get to Pinecrest
To get to Pinecrest Miami, take the US-1 South and exit on SW 124th Street. Turn left onto SW 124th Street and continue straight until you reach Pinecrest Parkway. Turn right onto Pinecrest Parkway and you'll be in the heart of Pinecrest.
Where to Stay in Pinecrest
We recommend Courtyard Marriott by Pinecrest Miami for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The hotel is located in a convenient location with easy access to nearby attractions. The rooms are clean, spacious, and well-equipped with all the necessary amenities. Prices start at $129 + tax per night (rates may vary).
Airbnb has this adorable guest house complete with your own private entrance for your three-day weekend getaway. This charming guest house is located in the heart of Pinecrest, and it conveniently sits between two major highways — so getting around is a breeze. Prices start at $85 + tax per night (rates may vary).
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!