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Miami Itinerary: 2 Days in Miami

Last updated on June 7th, 2022

Miami is a lively coastal city known for its beaches and nightlife. One of the wealthiest cities in the world, Miami is luxurious and fun to visit. Home to more than 300 skyscrapers, Miami has the 3rd tallest skyline in the USA. Miami Port features the busiest cruise port in the world. You will find culture, food, architecture, and plenty of beaches to enjoy in Miami. This 2-day Miami itinerary will show you some of the best places to visit.

Is 2 Days in Miami Enough?

You will want to spend at least 2-3 days in Miami. During my trip to Miami, I planned for three days and found it was a good amount of time, although you can visit Miami in only two days. 

Miami is spread out, and attractions are far from each other, so you will need to allow for time to commute around. If you spend less than two days in Miami, you will feel rushed, unless you only wish to visit the beach. 

48 Hour Miami Itinerary: 

This itinerary of Miami focuses on four areas of Miami: Miami Beach, South Beach, Wynwood, and Little Havana.

Day 1 in Miami – Miami Beach

Today will take you through the Miami Beach and South Beach neighbourhoods of Miami.

Miami Mountain

Miami Mountain is a large and colourful sculpture designed by artist Ugo Rondinone. Standing 42 feet tall outside the Bass Contemporary Art Museum in Miami, you don’t have to travel to Nevada to see a piece of his famous Seven Magic Mountains sculpture. Purchased by Miami in 2016, Miami Mountain has added a pop of colour to the tropical landscape. Miami Mountain is Ugo Rondinone’s first permanent art exhibit, and he plans for more. During my visit, I was happy to be able to see the tall neon sculpture and have photos with it. Miami Mountain is a must-visit photo spot in Miami. 

Miami Mountain

Hours of Operation: Daily 24 hours
Cost: FREE, costs to enter the museum

When finished at Miami Mountain, head to Ocean Drive. 

Ocean Drive 

Ocean Drive is a famous road in Miami’s South Beach neighbourhood. Spanning 2.1 km, Ocean Drive is known for its art deco hotels and abundance of restaurants and clubs. The most famous and most photographed art deco hotel is the 1939 Colony hotel. Ocean Drive is frequently featured in pop culture and media: such as in Dexter, Scarface, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The most famous beach strip in Miami, you will find plenty of activities for day or night.

During my trip to Miami, I stayed near and on Ocean Drive, visited the beach, dined at a nice restaurant and explored the street on foot. Our favourite lunch was on Ocean Drive, pricey but delicious. The vibe on Ocean Drive was fashion and party life; we watched many people dress up and go clubbing in the evenings. 

Since July 2020, cars have been banned on Ocean Drive, and the street is now only accessible for pedestrians. 

Ocean Drive 

Hours of Operation: Daily 24 hours

Cost: FREE to walk

After Ocean Drive, the next stop is the beach. 

Beaches in South Beach

Whether you like to swim, relax on the beach, or take a walk along the shore, you should visit at least one beach during your visit to Miami. The lifeguard towers on the beaches are well-known for their unique and colourful designs. There are many beaches to choose from, so you will be able to find at least one that suits your needs.

Some of the best beaches in South Beach include 5th Street Beach, 12th Street Beach, and South Pointe Beach. During my visit to Miami, I visited all three of these beaches. 

South Beach Beaches 

Hours of Operation: Daily 24 hours 

Cost: FREE

Shower off at the beach and head to the next stop, South Pointe Park.

South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park is a 17-acre urban park in South Beach, Miami. Since 2009, locals and tourists have been enjoying the various park features. South Pointe Park includes a restaurant, pier, dog park, and outdoor showers. The promenade flows along the shoreline and is a beautiful place to take a walk or go for a jog.

If you are an early riser, you can enjoy panoramic sunrise views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. During my visit, I walked along the promenade to the pier. I did not wake early enough to catch a sunrise, however, I did visit near sunset and still enjoyed my time in the park. 

South Pointe Park

Hours of Operation: Daily 6:30 am – 6:30 pm 

Cost: FREE

Once done at South Pointe Park, you have finished Day 1 of this itinerary for Miami. 

Head back to your accommodations, add more activities, or head back to Ocean Drive to experience the nightlife of Miami. 

Day 2 in Miami – Miami Mainland

Today will take you through the Wynwood and Little Havana neighbourhoods of Miami.

I kept the itinerary lighter for today, in case you had too much fun last night enjoying Miami’s nightlife, or depending on what time you leave Miami today. If you have more time, I’ve added activity suggestions. 

Wynwood Walls 

Wynwood Walls is an outdoor urban graffiti art museum in Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood. This warehouse-filled neighbourhood has been transformed into the hippest area of Miami through art. Since 2009, the Wynwood Walls have featured over 35 large and colourful street art pieces by well-known street art artists from around the globe. The free museum is a Wynwood neighbourhood feature and should be included on your Miami trip, especially if you enjoy art.

While in the Wynwood neighbourhood, you can see more street art than only featured on the Wynwood Walls. There are also art pieces on various buildings in the area. Walk around the Wynwood neighbourhood to see more street art. Each year new art pieces are added, so your experience will always be different. 

Wynwood Walls 

Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs: 11 am – 8 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am – 9 pm, last entry 30 minutes prior
Cost: FREE

Tickets must currently be purchased in advance online

From Wynwood Walls, head to Little Havana. 

Little Havana

Named after the capital of Cuba, Little Havana is a neighbourhood in Miami, home to the largest community of Cuban exiles and other immigrants from Central and South America. Its Cuban and Latin influence makes Little Havana the most well-known Cuban exile neighbourhood in the world. Little Havana is known as a center for culture, social, and political activity within Miami. Located west of downtown, Little Havana stretches 4 km and features a taste of Cuba and Latin America right in Miami. 

One highlight of Little Havana culture is the Calle Ocho Festival. Calle Ocho Festival is a free annual street festival in Little Havana, with millions of visitors. The festival occurs each year in March and celebrates Pan-American culture. Calle Ocho Festival started in 1978 as a way for Cuban immigrants to express, celebrate, and teach local Floridans of their culture and has expanded to include all Latin cultures. My visit to Miami was in February, so I was unable to attend the Calle Ocho Festival. 

During my visit to Little Havana, I experienced the vibe of the neighbourhood and enjoyed Cuban-inspired food. 

Little Havana

Hours of Operation: Daily 24 hours 

Cost: FREE

Once finished, you have completed this 2-day Miami itinerary. 

Are you looking for more ideas of what to do in Miami? Try these activities. 

  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens 
  • Miami Beach Botanical Garden 
  • Perez Art Museum Miami
  • Bayside Marketplace 
  • Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel 
  • Bayfront Park
  • Lincoln Road

Is Miami Safe? 

In general, Miami is a safe city to visit. Despite its high crime rate, overall, Miami is a safe and welcoming place for travellers. 

As with any large city, there are certain areas you will want to avoid, but they are located away from tourist attractions. Be aware of your surroundings, stay in tourist areas, and watch for pickpockets near tourist spots. Areas of Miami to avoid include the Little Haiti and Overtown neighbourhoods. 

During my trip to Miami, I wandered around multiple tourist-friendly neighbourhoods, including South Beach, Little Havana, Wynwood, and never felt unsafe.

Is Miami Expensive? 

Miami is considered one of the most expensive cities to visit in the USA. While a trip to Miami will cost more than visiting other US cities, it does not mean you cannot enjoy Miami on a budget. A budget trip to Miami will be more pricey than a budget trip elsewhere. For luxury in Miami, the sky is the limit as Miami has many luxury accommodation options.

Getting Around Miami

To get around Miami, you have multiple options to choose from, including bus, rail, walking, rideshare, or car. Public transit connects the mainland to Miami Beach and South Beach. The transit system in Miami is known as the Miami-Dade. During my trip to Miami, I travelled around using the bus, rail, and by walking. 

One thing to note, a transit pass cannot be purchased on a bus; you can only buy single-ride tickets. You have two options to buy a daily transit pass: you can buy it online or from the transit station. If you have mobile data, it is helpful to have the GO Miami-Dade app on your phone to help you travel around Miami. I did not have mobile data in Miami, so I would purchase a single-ride ticket on the bus, ride to the transit station, and buy my day pass there.

Here is the map for the Miami-Dade metrobus

How to Get to South Beach from Miami Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) is the main airport of Miami; it is the largest airport in South Florida. The best way to get from Miami airport to downtown is by riding the Orange Line Metrorail. The Metrorail runs daily from 5 am to midnight, and the Orange Line will take you to Government Center downtown Miami. The ride takes about 45 minutes and costs $2.25 each way. You can pay for your fare with coins or via contactless. The ticket is valid for 3 hours, so you can transfer from downtown to reach your accommodations. 

Another way to get from Miami airport to downtown is by rideshare or car. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach downtown by vehicle. 

Helpful Tips for Visiting Miami

  • Miami is busiest on weekends; try to go during the week if possible.
  • The best time of year to visit Miami is between February and May; this will provide you with the most optimal weather.
  • The currency of Miami is the same as the rest of the USA, the USD.
  • Tap water is safe to drink in Miami.
  • The drinking age in Miami is 21 years old; you also need to be 21 to enter nightclubs.

Hope this information helped you plan your 2-day itinerary for Miami.

Happy travelling!

2 thoughts on “Miami Itinerary: 2 Days in Miami”

    1. Thanks Amy! Thank you for sharing your favourite places in Miami, I will have to visit them next time I travel to Miami 🙂

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