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What’s your style? Clothes shopping in Miami

October 10, 2014
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Set against the glistening backdrop of the Atlantic, a holiday in Miami gives you sun-drenched beaches, a heady nightlife and a whole lot of glamour.  Looking good is basically a way of life here, so it’s no surprise that you will find a fantastic selection of shops between the beaches and cafes. And it’s not just beachwear on offer either.  No matter what your personal style –  formal, designer, vintage or little bit bohemian –  you are sure to find something suitably fabulous at one of the many stores or outlets. Here is a selection of some of the best shopping Miami has to offer.


High End Designer Stores

The fashion divas amongst us will find plenty of shiny designer stores lining the streets of Miami just beckoning to them to come in and spend up big.

Bal Harbour – the exclusive neighbourhood of Bal Harbour offers everything a fasionista with champagne tastes could want. Think Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Tiffany’s & Co, Chanel, YSL Neiman Marcus. And that’s just before lunch.

La Época (East Flagler Street), – direct from Cuba, this department store offers designer clothing for the whole family.

absolutely suitable, Collins Avenue – offering designer swim and beachwear (Lisa Curran and D&G are amongst the brands sold), absolutely suitable has absolutely high prices for exquisite items you would probably never want to get wet!


Bargains and Outlets

Designer clothes don’t always have to come at designer prices. Grab yourself a holiday bargain (or two or three…) at these outlet stores.

Sawgrass Mills , (West Sunrise Blvd) – with over 400 branded discount shops, this mall is a mecca for bargain hunting tourists and locals alike. It’s a bit further out of town, but well worth the trip. Shoppers agree that Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, the Ralph Lauren Factory Store and the Nieman Marcus Clearance Center are the best places to bag a bargain.

H&M (Lincoln Road)–  selling everything from swimwear to baby clothes H&M offers “disposable fashion” – fashionable clothes to wear for right now until you move on to something better. It’s a cheap way to get your fashion fix and keep your wardrobe current.

Marshalls ,( Collins Av)– this popular discount shop specializes in discount designer clothes.


Boutique and Vintage Stores

Miami offers the shopper more than just designer duds, with a range of smaller boutique stores providing something a little different to the norm.

Palm Produce Resortwear (Lincoln Rd) – shop here for unusual beach accessories, like sequined beach totes. Not sure how you’d get sand out of that one…

Funky Sexy (Lincoln Road) – shop here for distinctive clothing designed by the Dutch owner. Funky Sexy also offers lamps, bikinis and belly dancing outfits too.

Fly Boutique (Lincoln Road) – offers vintage clothing and second hand designer wear. Expect to find the big brands here.


Chain Stores

Along Lincoln Road you will find all the standard chain store wares. Think Zara, GAP, Forever 21, American Apparel and French Connection to name a few. Check here for the full list.

Bring your family and still have fun!

August 22, 2014

Even though most people think of Miami Beach as ‘party central’, there’s plenty to do for families as well. These are just some of the local favorites that are guaranteed to offer family fun and a few gold stars for mom and dad…

Flamingo Park Tot Lot

Even though South Beach’s reputation as an adult playground is deserved, the Flamingo Park Tot Lot offers a great deal of excitement for kids on holiday too. With an upper body fitness center just for kids, a bouncy spring pod, and a freestanding rock wall, there’s plenty to explore. There’s a myriad of colorful ladders, slides, and chutes, and even a historic 1950s wooden train car. The facility is free, provided by the City of Miami Beach.

Flamingo Park Play Pool

According to the countless reviews, most kids agree that this is the best place in Miami Beach for kids that are new to swimming. It is right next door to the adult’s aquatic center, but it is designed around supervised toddlers. There are brightly colored water toys, slides, and a zero to 15-inch deep play zone, enough for the little swimmers to wade safely.

Miami Pirate Duck Tour

Most parents know that lengthy sightseeing tours often leads to bored and fidgety kids. So the 90-mintue Miami Pirate Duck Tour provides everything that kids (and adults) may want to learn about Miami, in a short while. The open-air pirate coach boards near the Lincoln Road Mall and just outside South Beach’s New World Symphony. The vehicle transforms into a motorboat and provides some amazing favorite movie and TV sights, local landmarks, and the homes of the stars. The kids get to travel on an impromptu pirate ship while the adults learn more about the architecture, wildlife, culture, and history of Miami.

Remember that these are obviously not the only places to take the family. No matter where you go in Miami Beach, there are safe, clean places for kids to play. For example, 51st and 64th Streets on Alton Road, 44th & Chase Avenue, Collins Avenue at 46th and 53rd Streets, Ocean Drive at 2nd or 13th Streets, and South Pointe Park.

Cheer with the locals! Sports to catch in Miami

March 27, 2014

We know that most of you are heading to Miami for the sun, sea, and sand (oh, and your sweet MyStudioMiami apartment rental) – but if you’re in the city at the same time as a big game, you’d be crazy not to check it out, as pro sports are major league in Florida. Here are our top picks for an ultimate sports experience, no need to learn the rules – just grab a beer and a hot dog and cheer!

Football: No city in the U.S. has crowned more Super Bowl champions than Miami, so if you want to be able to talk football with, basically, any local, you should get to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, If you’re lucky you’ll catch a Miami Dolphins (that’s the NFL team) game, but we also recommend the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. The stadium is home to the annual Orange Bowl, an electric annual college football game.

Basketball: Even those who have never picked up a basketball in their lives have probably heard of the Miami Heat. They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami, and you can generally catch them from October to April.

Baseball: If you’re in the mood for a day at the ballpark then the Miami Marlins will be happy to keep you entertained. They play at the Marlins Park in Little Havana, about two miles west of downtown. The University of Miami hurricanes are also hugely popular, but if you’re looking for something a little more local, wander by any small ball park on a weekend and grab a shady spot in the bleachers.


Cool Miami Neighborhoods to Explore

February 12, 2014

We’ve all heard of South Beach and Ocean Drive, but there are so many awesome pockets of Miami that are buzzing with culture, history, art, and ethnic cuisine. So when you’ve unpacked your bags at your perfect Miami studio apartment, spend a day wandering around these great neighborhoods:

Key Biscane: Just south of Miami Beach, this secluded island is where you’ll spot the million-dollar homes with sweeping water views. Key Biscayne also offers great public beaches and a selection of high-class restaurants. Hobie Beach is the city’s hot spot for windsurfing, sailboarding, and jet-skiing. On the island’s southern tip, Bill Baggs State Park has great beaches, bike paths, and forests for picnicking and partying.

Wynwood: One of Miami’s hippest, still burgeoning areas. Just north of downtown, Wynwood includes the Miami Design District, and has a thriving arts scene that acts as the hub of Art Basel Miami Beach. Best for checking out the galleries and studio spaces inhabited by up-and-coming artists – you’ll find art, furniture, home design stores, as well as great cafes and restaurants.

Coral Gables: This peaceful residential neighborhood is where you’ll find Mediterranean-style houses with Spanish-tiled roofs along lush, tree-lined streets that open onto beautifully carved plazas, many with centrepiece fountains. The area also has some great golfing, up-scale shopping, and some of the city’s best restaurants, headed by renowned chefs.

Surfside:Just after North Beach you’ll come to Surfside; a family-friendly, old-style beach town with a secluded beach, paths through the dunes and casual bistros that welcome kids. Stroll down Collins Avenue for a good selection of restaurants and stores.

Little Havana: It’s easy to believe you’ve landed in Cuba when you take in the tastes, and rhythms of this small Miami neighborhood – even street signs are in Spanish and English! Check out the Cuban coffee shops and inexpensive restaurants line Calle Ocho, and dance the night away to salsa and merengue beats in the bars and clubs that come alive after dark.

Awesome Miami Activities You Never Considered

January 15, 2014

When people think about Miami they normally default to the sun, sea and sand vision of this popular southern destination – and if you’re staying in one of our apartments in South Beach, then you know how exciting this part of the city can be. But there is so much more to this little corner of Florida, with something to satisfy everyone from art lover to surfer chick. Here are some activities you never knew Miami was great for:

Hiking: With it’s tropical flora and plentiful wildlife, Miami is perfect for nature-lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. Check out Ash Creek Park, the site of a Tequesta Indian village between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D., or the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park, where you’ll have no trouble spotting alligators sunning themselves by the waterfront.

Food: You may be aware of the myriad of incredible restaurants in Miami – but there’s only so many times a day one can eat out. Fill in the gaps with food tours and cooking classes. The highly rated excursions at Miami Culinary Tours include tastings and trivia for lots of different neighborhoods, while Ayesha’s Kitchen offers up something a little different – Indian cooking classes guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling.

Adventure Sports: Ever heard of a flyboard? Well, it’s a jetpack that goes on your feet – think snowboarding on air – and you can do it right here in Miami! With training from a skilled instructor and a little practice, you can surf the sky or go underwater – all with the exhilarating propulsion of your own personal jetpack.

Boating: Could there be a more romantic way to see Miami than from a sailboat at sunset? Join one of the Biscayne Bay tours which stop at exotic islands and beautiful bird sanctuaries, or splash out and charter a boat for a luxury getaway to the Florida Keys.

History: Miami was a hot destination long before the Kardashians went shopping there. Join one of History Miami’s walking tours and learn all about the art deco architecture of South Beach, the cuban influence in Little Havana, and the botanical gardens by the Collins Canal.


Your perfect Miami Vacation – Top 5 Beaches

January 12, 2014

So, you’ve rocked up to your awesome accommodation, and now you’re ready to hit the golden sands – but Miami has so many beaches it can be impossible to choose! Here are a few great suggestions for everyone from sun-worshippers to surfers – just don’t forget the sunscreen!

South Beach: Officially Lummus Park Beach, this stretch of sand runs along Ocean Drive from about 6th to 14th streets (super close to your MyStudioMiami accommodation). This is the place to be and be seen – if you love tanning (topless is legal here), people watching, and full-service bars nearby, then this is the party beach for you. There are paths for bikers and skaters, and volleyball nets for the more active beachgoers. Water is clear and the surf is gentle.

85th Street Beach: Running along Collins Avenue, this is a great place for swimmers who want a little space. Fewer crowds and no beachfront condos or hotels, this is a peaceful beach for when you want to get away from it all and enjoy Miami’s blue skies and clear waters.

Haulover Beach: Whether you’re a surfer or just want to admire them from the shore, this stretch of beach just over the causeway from Bal Harbour gets Miami’s biggest swells (and flattest abs). Talented locals are out early in the mornings,  and the southern tip is where they hang out when not catching waves. Wander to the north end of this stretch of coastline and you’ll find yourself in Florida’s most well-known nudist beach!

North Shore Park Beach: Often overlooked but definitely worth a visit. The long stretches of sand are luxurious, and it’s got great amenities and picnic areas. The outdoor amphitheatre is a great place to catch a show or dance festival on a balmy summer evening.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: If you’re looking for nature, history and wilderness, you’ll find it here. A mile of beautiful beach at the end of Key Biscayne, Bill baggs is home to the famous Cape Florida lighthouse, picturesque nature trails, fishing, bike rentals, BBQ grills and two restaurants. Perfect for a day-long escape.