There’s no place like Miami when it comes to celebrating a bride’s final days of singlehood. The Magic City is replete with top-notch hotels, swanky restaurants, bars and clubs, upscale spas, and a bounty of unique daytime activities. Rally up your best friends because we’ve got the tools to plan your ultimate bachelorette getaway to Miami.
Where to Stay
This one is a biggie. If your budget allows, we suggest splurging on a hotel with more than just a stunning suite. We’re talking world-class restaurants, a full-service spa, private beach areas, and maybe even an in-house nightclub. The best move is to look for a property in South Beach, which means you’re steps away from the beach but also not far from the city’s downtown area, arts district, and other attractions in South Miami.
That’s where the Miami Beach Edition comes in, a massive 3.5 acre property along the Atlantic Ocean that maintains the feeling of a small, boutique hotel but includes a host of luxury amenities. Go all out with a two-level bungalow, which includes bedrooms, a dining area, living room, and even a private rooftop deck and pool (if you score a top level space).
On-site, renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind a vintage-glam, international-inspired restaurant called Matador Room, which is connected to a dimly lit cocktail den, Matador Bar. He also runs an in-house, full-service food hall stocked with everything from pizza to ceviche. Of course, the Edition has also got a spa, gym, beachfront pool, and 70,000 square feet of private sand.
But unique to the Edition is a multifaceted entertainment hub complete with a nightclub called Basement, which is also connected to a nighttime bowling alley and technicolor ice-skating rink. That means you can hang by the beach, break for food and a spa treatment, and end with a celebrity chef-driven meal followed by a few drinks at one of Miami’s favorite nightclubs—all without leaving the property.
Budget-Friendly (Kind of)
But, if you and your girls are looking for something a little more low-key, consider the 1 Hotel South Beach. If it wasn’t for its central location on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, this high-end, eco-friendly property could fool us for a beachy relaxation retreat far away from a bustling city.
Depending on how big your bridal party is, go for a one- or two-bedroom suite. Most rooms feature waterfront rooms, outfitted with modern wood decor and organic mattresses and sheets. The hotel’s white sand beach is reserved exclusively for guests, as well as personal cabanas located at one of two oceanside swimming pools, along with a rooftop pool, a large spa, and a gym area. The property is home to four themed restaurants, including plant-based chef Matthew Kenney’s Plnthouse; and Habitat, a Spanish, Latin, and Asian fusion restaurant by Miami’s own Jose Mendin. It’s also got an in-house SoulCycle and a beauty parlor by colorist Joel Warren.
Where to Eat
Besides Miami’s hotel restaurants, venture out to Top Chef couple Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth’s recently opened nautical-inspired seafood restaurant, Stiltsville, located about 10 minutes away from South Beach’s Collins Avenue. (Don’t leave without an order of the fish dish and the bay leaf- and citrus-crusted fried chicken.) Also in the area, check out Soul Tavern for plant-based eats and drinks, and Sushi Garage and Pubbelly Sushi and Noodle Bar for Asian cuisine.
Other popular nearby restaurants include NaiYaRa, which specializes in Thailand street food; La Moderna, an Italian trattoria; Barceloneta, a Spanish tapas spot; Upland, which serves California-inspired cuisine inside a golden-hued dining room; and Stubborn Seed, Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s first solo restaurant, which is known for creatively designed food and drink.
And of course—if you’re in Miami on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ve got to indulge in a boozy brunch. It’s a Magic City ritual. But don’t settle on just any old brunch—look out for a restaurant that offers bottomless beverages, a wide selection of international-inspired foods, and live entertainment. We suggest Zuma in Downtown, or the Biltmore in Coral Gables.
What to Do
Even though Miami’s hotels offer everything you need for a memorable stay, we recommend squeezing in a few daytrips during your getaway.
First off, the Magic City is home to one of the largest Cuban neighborhoods outside of the island nation. In Little Havana, stroll along Calle Ocho, snack on a Cuban sandwich and a café con leche, and check out the iconic spots, like Little Havana’s Walk of Fame, the Tower Theater, and Velvet Creme Doughnuts.
Or, sail along the Biscayne Bay with Island Queen Cruises and take in the sights around downtown Miami, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and “Millionaire’s Row” (which features multi-million-dollar properties). The hour-and-a-half boat ride, which takes off from Bayside in Downtown, is offered on Saturdays and Sundays. We suggest the last ride out, which coincides with the sunset along the Miami skyline. Trust us, it’ll make for a pretty epic Instagram upload.
Any beer enthusiasts here? Head to Wynwood, Miami’s outdoor arts district, and visit a boatload of unique, home-grown breweries, including Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, J. Wakefield, Funky Buddha, and Veza Sur. You’ll get an inside look at how beer is made and also get to sample the goods. It’s a win-win. Then, roam the graffiti-clad neighborhood and stop at Miami’s first craft doughnut shop, The Salty Donut, and Israeli chef Michael Solomonov’s Dizengoff for a rotating selection of house-made hummus and wood-fired pita.
Lastly, make sure to roam Miami Beach’s art deco neighborhood. You’ll get an up-close look at Miami’s most charming and important landmarks. You can explore the area on your own, or opt for an organized tour with your crew. (Don’t forget a selfie stick.)
Don’t forget to check out Miami’s up-to-date event calendar, which includes the best food, drink and entertainment happenings each month.
Where to Party
Some of Miami’s biggest (and wildest) clubs include LIV, Story, and E11even. Whether or not you stay at the Edition, you and your crew must sip a few drinks at Basement, and challenge each other to a game of bowling or a round of ice-skating.
But that’s not to say you shouldn’t explore some of the city’s more underrated nightlife options, either. There’s Lips, South Florida’s favorite drag queen bar, and the Broken Shaker at the Freehand, known for creative cocktails and a charming outdoor patio.
Otherwise, the neighborhood is also home to Purdy Lounge, a low-key and retro-inspired space that serves as an antidote to South Beach’s otherwise pervasive club scene.