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Do Miami Like a Local: Our 2018 Couples Guide

A couple on the beach. When the man is carrying on his back his girlfriend or wife as she's sending us a peace sign. Having fun on the beach of Miami Florida.

Are you looking for amazing things to do while travelling to the USA that aren’t touristy, boring, or standard? Well, look no more – our couples guide to experiencing Miami like a local is here! As a couple without children, your options are limitless, and you don’t have to go with the traditional hotels with swimming pools and water parks fare. Let’s take a closer look at some of Miami’s hidden gems, from bed and breakfasts to nightlife, events, and off-the-beaten-path activities for grown-ups like you.

Unique Places to Stay

Lord Balfour a boutique design hotel in Miami Beach for couples

If you’re not looking for the typical swanky hotel on the beach, then the boutique Room Mate Lord Balfour Hotel located in the trendy Art Deco District is for you. The details of the rooms are vintage-chic, with a cocktail bar, gym, and outdoor furnished courtyard studded with tropical plants. All rooms have bamboo flooring, designer bedding and linens, and luxurious rainfall showers. iPod docking stations come standard, and it’s very affordable.

a middle aged couple on a deck of a boat or yacht on a couples vacation in Miami beach

If you like the water better than the beach, consider using GetMyBoat to spend a night or a day on the water. Select the “Sleep aboard” feature and choose from over 200 listings in Miami Beach alone.

Uncommon Nightlife Options

Gramps, a hipster bar in Miami Beach for couples who want to do Miami like a local

Couples who want to experience the artsy Wynwood district should check out Gramps, a whimsical hipster hangout. Gramps has an enormous patio populated by mismatched furniture, projected classic movies, and live music. The bartenders are extremely friendly and a garden entrance where live music is situated draws visitors in immediately. This place is a locals’ favourite and a relaxing diversion from Miami’s garish club scene.

Ball & Chain is a remade nightclub in Little Havana’s Calle Ocho neighbourhood featuring the best late-night dancing, private party events, and the best live Latin music in town. The club used was built on a dirt road in 1935 and used to be a popular hangout for Teamsters, Jewish mobsters, and gamblers during alcohol prohibition. It featured Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Ella Fiztgerald, Nat King Cole, and Louie Armstrong. Experience the beauty of the pineapple stage and take a little bite of historical Miami at this venue.

Unusual Activites


Since the weather in Miami is beautiful any time of year, outdoor activities are popular. Locals know where to avoid the crowds and still experience the true spirit of Miami, however. The popular and artistic Wynwood neighbourhood is a fantastic place to check out incredible murals and graffiti art in the heart of the city. Rent a pair of bikes and pack a picnic lunch and some wine into your backpacks, and set off for a day of enjoyment and healthy exercise, exploring this walkable city the way it was meant to be explored.

biking in miami

Wrap your wonderful day up at Wynwood Yard’s Reggae Sundays or Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) in Little Havana. Dancing, art, domino games, and cafecitos will blend perfectly with mojitos and cigar rollers.

A couple taking a selfie as they have lunch in miami

Miami is definitely for lovers, and couples can enjoy the type of locals experience that only the Magic City can provide. Who knows — you may find a new favourite locals place while you’re exploring, and have an adventure all your own. Welcome to the saltiest, sexiest, and sandiest city in Florida, and do it like a local.

Julie G

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