|View from South Pointe Park Pier|
The skeptics were out in droves telling me that Miami Beach isn't budget-friendly, causing me to have my own doubts. The million dollar question - can you travel to Miami Beach on a meager budget? The answer is a resounding yes!
I exclusively fly with Southwest Airlines in the U.S.; therefore, I had to fly into Ft. Lauderdale since they don't service Miami. While a bit of an inconvenience, it only cost me $6.00 to get to Miami from Ft. Lauderdale.
Take a tri-rail complimentary shuttle from the ground transportation level at FLL to the Ft. Lauderdale train stop. There is more than one tri-rail bus, so be sure you are getting on the free shuttle that takes you to the train station.
Take the tri-rail train from the Ft. Lauderdale station to the Miami airport. You can purchase your ticket at the train station for a mere $3.75 and the train offers free wi-fi.
Once you arrive at the Miami airport, take the 150 airport express bus to your destination. Pay on board with correct change ($2.25) or buy a ticket at the airport. In my case, the bus dropped me across the street from my hostel.
Arrival travel time took approximately three hours since it was my first time; however, the departure trip took only about two hours.
Miami Beach International Hostel, located at 236 9th Street, just two blocks from South Beach. I stayed in a 6-bed female dorm room with en suite bath.
*Location, location, location!
*3 meals/day included (I didn't participate).
*Decent size room & comfy bed.
*Rooms cleaned 4 times/day.
*The lobby is used as a party lounge in the evening, full of people and extremely loud music, which makes it difficult to check-in.
*No on-site bathrooms other than the bathroom in your room.
*Extremely spotty wi-fi only in the lobby area.
*Since meals are included, there are no dishes or utensils available; however, they do have a fridge and microwave.
Food and Drink - all my meals and single drinks were under $11 with the exception of Naked Taco, which was my priciest meal and worth every penny (see individual post on Miami's culinary scene).
*Della's Test Kitchen
*Lone Wolfe Food Truck
*11th Street Diner
*Aroma Espresso Bar
*Bar at Wynwood Yard
*Abbey Brewing Co.
Activities - all FREE to enter and explore
*Architecture in the Art Deco District (especially along Ocean Dr.)
*South Pointe Park
*Wynwood Yard and Wynwood Walls (see individual posts)
*Lincoln Road Mall (be sure to visit Cindy Vega's jewelry stand here)
*Ugo Rondinone's Miami Mountain, located on the grounds of the Bass Museum of Art
*Soundscape Cinema Series at Soundscape Park
|White looking so sexy👌|
|What an entrance❢|
|Pretty in peach|
|Do you spot the needlefish?|
|Those cars doh!|
|It costs absolutely nothing for these views💙|
|My fave stands alone|
|Hanging with Ugo's Miami Mountain|
|Miami Beach Community Church|
|Red and white never looked so good|
|What's your story?|
|Beautiful silhouettes at South Pointe Park|
|First night capture|
|"Out of Africa" under the palms|
|My bracelet trio from Cindy Vega Jewelry|
|My dream home💕|
|Early bird catches the view|
|404 Washington Ave - the most photographed bldg in Miami|
|All locked up|
Hope we meet again, Miami. You were marvelous💞
|Sunsets in Miami...swoon🌴|