Mini Miami Trip - 12-hour Guide

You may be asking yourself: Is a 12-hour trip worth it? If you hate airports, are indecisive or enjoy lounging vacations, the answer is no. However, if you're the type who loves a great story to tell, doesn't mind hustling to a million activities, and enjoys sleeping in your own bed at night, the answer is a big fat yes. Here's a 12-hour Miami travel guide, handcrafted by Diana and me. Flights To maximize your day, you need to fly out early. We took the 7:25 a.m. flight out of Atlanta, which put us in Miami by 9:30 a.m. That means our alarms went off at 5. The morning was brutal, but worth it. Our return flight took off at 7:45 p.m.

Activities 10 a.m.: A 12-hour trip is made or broken based on food, so plan ahead! The reason we went to Miami was for brunch at Little Hen. Diana spotted the aesthetically pleasing restaurant on TikTok and within an hour we had booked our flights. Getting a reservation was tough but we were very lucky to secure a patio table at 10 a.m. Our uber from the airport dropped us right off. I admit we were a bit deflated after 5 hours of travel and no food, but the rose petal pancakes, truffle fries and avocado toast that we ordered perked us up. And the bellinis didn't hurt either. 11:30 a.m.: We made our way to Wynwood Walls, just a mile walk from Little Hen. We purchased tickets on our phones and made the rounds to all the murals. Taking pics with Spongebob was a highlight. Fun fact: Diana and I can sing the entire Spongebob soundtrack by heart. 12:15 p.m.: Wynwood Walls does not take long. When we finished walking around the murals, we attempted to find shopping in Wynwood. We came up short and decided to plug Lululemon in our maps. We found a Lulu near South Beach and called an Uber. 12:45 p.m.: Thirty minutes later, after making our way over a bridge surrounded by cruise ships, we were dropped off in tourist central aka Lincoln Road. If we had to pick a "worst" part of the trip this might be it. Running low on energy, we made our way into a few stores, including Marshalls, and then onto the public beach. The public beach was meh. The sun was scorching and the tourists were bumping. Plus there were ravenous seagulls and pelicans diving into the water in front of us. So naturally we decided to find the closest juice bar.

1:15 p.m.: Diana found our safe haven: Joe and the Juice! This place was PERFECT. We ordered grapefruit, apple, ginger juices and chugged them while we sat down and got our energy back. 2 p.m.: Back to Lincoln Road where we visited an H&M that looked like a former fancy bridal shop or Lord & Taylor. We both found some good stuff and I finally had a bag to carry my sweater in. 2:30 p.m.: Made our way to a tourist trap on Lincoln Road to share a plate of nachos and a skinny marg, and to use the bathroom. 3p.m.: By far the highlight of our trip: WATR at the 1 Hotel! I randomly made a reservation at this rooftop bar thinking it might be a nice place to end our trip. Boy was it! Once we made our way past the high-security elevators (and witnessed one couple get kicked out), our eyes opened to perhaps the fanciest outdoor bar I've ever been to. Music was thumping and beautiful people were frolicing around against the most beautiful crystal blue view of the ocean. We camped out here for 2.5 hours, enjoying watermelon, organic cocktails and some lemon flavored salmon sushi. 5:30 p.m.: We walked down to the ocean to take a few photos and soak up the ocean air before calling an Uber back to the airport. Fun fact about Miami: The airport is SO close to the city, making a fly-in, fly-out trip super easy.