Want to do Miami on a budget? It is possible! Yes, this South Florida destination has a name for glitz and glamor, but there is also plenty you can see and do without having to outlay too many greenbacks. Here are 10 tips for visiting Miami on a budget!
Watch a Movie for Free at the Miami Beach Soundscape Cinema
Enjoy a bit of classic cinema? Take in a free movie on a gigantic outdoor 7,000-foot screen. Every Wednesday evening from October through May the Soundscape Cinema offers a selection of classics that won’t cost you a time. Bring your own blanket or chair, popcorn or a picnic, and sit back and relax into watching a movie outdoors.
Stroll Around Little Havana
Immerse yourself in Miami’s Cuban/Latino community with a stroll around Little Havana and along the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame. This Spanish speaking neighborhood is colorful and vibrant and has been known for its music, artistic street life and Hispanic culture since the 1960s. Are you a people watcher? Hang out in for a while in Maximo Gomez Park and watch the concentration of the regular domino players.
Take in the Miami Beaches
You are spoilt for choice if you want to spend a day at the beach on this coastline. Miami has around 35 miles of beautiful beachline. If you’re one of the beautiful people or want to check them out, South Beach is the place to go. If you’re not a fan of sand between your toes or more boho, walk the boardwalk at Mid-Beach. Do you like a little surfing and body boarding or want a clothing-optional environment for catching some of that Miami sunshine – try Haulover Beach on North Beach.
Use Pedal Power to Get Around
Day passes for rented bicycles are cost-effective, and the central part of Miami is an easy city to bike around. You’ll save money on petrol, looking for parking, and enjoy the feeling of the ocean breeze on your skin as you ride.
Eat Like a Local
Either DYI your food by buying a bag of groceries with easy to prepare meals or snacks, or buy your meals from diners and cafes frequented by residents and locals, food trucks, or street/market vendors. Look for places that do menu options to cater for different age groups with ID – seniors and students can often find a meal for less.
Book Boutique Hotels
Smaller boutique hotels often offer good accommodation rates, and more personalized service that larger accommodation or big brand hotel names. Look for those with good online reviews for giving a good experience.
Pick Your Season
Most tourism activity or accommodation providers have higher rates during the peak tourist times – such as weekends and Christmas and New Year. Make your visit to Miami midweek, or outside of major holiday periods and what you save on lower accommodation tariffs can be spent on getting the most out of the Miami experience during the day.
Do the Deco District
A cruise down Ocean Drive into Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is worthwhile in your car, on your bike, or on foot. The area contains around 1000 historic buildings, hotels, and apartments built to the geometric and curved styles of the art deco period of the 1920s-1930s.
Check out Museum Deals
Many of the Museums in Miami offer regular two for one deal or discounts on days/times of some exhibitions. Fancy some Jazz – check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA in North Beach) – they host a free outdoor concert on the last Friday of every month.
Stretch it Out in the Park
Stretch your body and your dollar, with the free and by donation Yoga classes held in Bayfront Park. The first Saturday morning class in this tropical park is free.