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Here’s How I Vacationed in Miami Without Breaking the Bank


If you’re brainstorming ideas for your next post-COVID trip, you may want to consider putting Miami on your list. When you think of Miami, images of luxurious yachts, seaside mansions and popping bottles might come to mind, but it’s totally possible to travel to this vibrant city on a budget. Nina Huynh took on the challenge and she’s passing on her pro tips for travelling the city without maxing out your credit card. Watch the video to get her tips on what to see, do and eat while in Miami.

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Restaurants on Ocean Drive in Miami
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Cheap activities to do in Miami

The first thing you’ll want to do when you get to Miami is hit the beach. The city is lined with long stretches of sand where you can relax and soak in the sun. The best part is — it’s free! South Beach is the most well-known, attracting tourists from all over the world. Right along South Beach, you’ll find Ocean Drive where there’s a strip of restaurants, tourist shops and nightclubs. Though eating there can get pricey, grabbing a drink on a patio and people watching is an affordable way to pass the time. You can also go shopping on Lincoln Road or check out Esponola Way where you can find live music, more shops, cafés, and restaurants.

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Miami restaurant patio.
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What to eat while you’re in Miami

Nina’s go-to spot for cheap but delicious eats? La Sandwicherie — a sandwich shop with locations all over the city where you can get sandwiches for anywhere between $6 to $11. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, she recommends indulging in Cuban coffee at La Colada where you can get your fix for $1.25 to $3 a cup. For a sit-down meal, Nina’s a fan of Versailles, a popular Cuban restaurant that’s worth the long wait. For quick fast food, she’s always down for Pollo Tropical where you can get their TropiChop bowls for as low as $5!

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Wynwood Walls sign in Miami

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Miami neighbourhoods to check out

Everyone hits South Beach, but you can also have fun in some of the lesser known spots. Wynwood is an artistic neighbourhood, known for its colourful murals and lowkey vibe. Tour Wynwood Walls and take in the breathtaking art or watch the neighbourhood transform at night when the bars and restaurants come alive.

Just east of Wynwood is Little Havana where you can enjoy live Latin music and savour in some Cuban food. Nina bumped into a street festival while she was there and recommends you take a look for the festivals that might be happening while you’re in the city.

Miami might be known as an expensive travel destination, but it doesn’t have to be. Nina’s trip shows us that you can have a good time on any budget — you just have to know where to go.

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