Couples Retreat: 3 Romantic Days in Miami

From Little Havana to Coconut Grove, there are all kinds of romantic things to do and see in Miami. Here’s a guide to your next long-weekend couple’s retreat.

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Miami, Florida is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway with the one you love. From the tropical weather to the beachside views, the lush greenery, the delicious food, and entertaining nightlife, this city has everything you could dream of. If you’re looking for tips to help you plan an upcoming trip for two, check out this guide with a curated 3-day itinerary in Magic City. Get ready for some tropical romance!

A view of palm trees blowing in the wind on a bright and clear summer afternoon in sunny Miami Beach

Day 1: North Miami Beach and South Beach

Morning

Hit South Beach’s South Pointe Park for a morning run — or leisurely walk — and some killer 360-degree ocean views. Then book it to 11th Street Diner for breakfast. It’s served all day at prices that won’t put a big dent in your romance budget.

Afternoon

Skip the party-hearty scene in South Beach, and head instead to North Miami Beach for a more relaxed vibe. North Shore Open Space Park is your go-to for a quiet beach with more privacy and fewer crowds.

Night

You can escape the Collins Avenue chaos in South Beach and instead dig into a cozy dinner at Cadet Hotel’s Pied à-Terre restaurant. The hotel’s gardens and plunge pool raise the romance bar even higher.

A view of palm trees blowing in the wind on a bright and clear summer afternoon in sunny Miami Beach

Day 2: Coconut Grove

Morning

Start your day in Coconut Grove with outdoor brunch at Berries in the Grove. The menu is loaded with stick-to-your-ribs choices like pancakes, waffles, and egg and cheese BLTs.

After breakfast, head over to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to take in some sights that are sure to awe both you and your partner. Built almost a century ago, it was the winter home of millionaire James Deering — not hard to believe since the 38,000-square-foot villa is decked out like a palace. With 10 acres of beautiful gardens, it’s a great place for romantic walks and chatting by the water.

Afternoon

Wander through the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden to check out colorful plants and trees from all over the world. Then take in the local art at Kroma Miami, home to 18 artists’ studios and a gallery. Keep the green theme going and dig into a fresh seafood brunch in the tropical garden at Peacock Garden Bistro.

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Night

Dying for some great views of Biscayne Bay? Grab dinner at Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge at Sonesta Coconut Grove, or just nosh on some appetizers like mini crab cakes, cheeseburger sliders, or flatbread pizza. Some nights, the restaurant even has live music or DJs to set the mood.

The exterior of Azucar ice cream parlor with 3D images of scoops of ice cream atop a cone is hit by the afternoon sun on a bright day in Miami

Day 3: Little Havana

Don’t have the cash to travel to Cuba for a romantic getaway? No problem. You can get a balmy blast of Cuban culture in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Think of it as a mini-honeymoon that doesn’t require a passport.

Morning

Have breakfast at one of the Cuban bakeries in Little Havana, like Pastelmania or Versailles. Pair a cup of smooth Cuban coffee with a pastelito, a must-try flaky pastry with sweet or meat fillings, and you’re good to go!

Afternoon

Swing by El Rey De Las Fritas for Cuban burgers, also known as fritas, for lunch. What’s a Cuban burger? It’s a beef patty on Cuban bread, piled high with onions and shoestring fries. Then treat your sweetie to ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company. With flavors like Cuban coffee, Oreo, and Rum Cake with walnuts, it’s hard to choose, but you can do it!

Night

Right next door to Azucar Ice Cream Company, get your salsa on at the Ball & Chain nightclub, a local favorite since 1935. Get close and burn some of those ice cream calories by dancing to live music. If you’re not that confident on the dance floor, you can even take dance classes onsite to boost your swagger.

Looking for even more ideas on things to do in Miami? Check out our other Miami blog posts and prepare to have even more fun in this beachside city.

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