One of my favourite trips was a spontaneous getaway to Miami. Initially, I was a bit nervous about going to Miami alone, as it seemed like a destination where people typically go party with friends. However, I decided to take the leap, and I'm so glad I did because it turned out to be an incredible experience! Miami offers a perfect blend of art, culture, beach relaxation, and opportunities to make new friends. The locals are friendly and welcoming, making it an ideal destination for solo travellers. Here are some tips and tricks for an amazing solo travel experience in Miami:
I stayed at Generator Miami, a hostel with a vibrant social atmosphere. They offer co-ed and single-gender dorms for booking. I opted for a co-ed dorm and ended up making friends with other solo and group travellers. The hostel also features a pool and restaurant, making it easy to connect with new people. I even explored Key Biscayne and visited LIV nightclub with the friends I made at the hostel.
For my trip, I flew into Fort Lauderdale Airport, which I recommend as the arrival and departure airport due to the busyness of Miami Airport. Flights from Fort Lauderdale also tend to be more affordable. Since I was travelling solo, I didn't feel the need to rent a car and primarily relied on public transport, Uber, and the friends I made along the way. Getting around Miami without a car wasn't challenging at all. I didn't have to worry about parking, navigating through Miami traffic, or paying for gas. Plus, since I stayed in South Beach, I was always within walking distance of the beach and the nightlife along the shore.
To reach my hostel from the airport, I took the train and then an express bus from Miami Airport to South Beach. Although the bus was a little delayed, it ended up being faster than the road traffic, and I reached my hostel relatively quickly.
While I had heard mixed reviews about the food in Miami, I personally enjoyed most of the dishes I tried. My favourite spot by far was a hidden gem in Little Havana called Taqueria Viva Mexico. They serve incredible and authentic Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices. With a little research, you can discover amazing food options in Miami that offer excellent value for your money.
Throughout my travels in Miami, I always felt safe, whether I was alone or with a group. However, it's important to use your best judgment and be aware of your surroundings, as you would in any other destination. The one area I would advise against exploring alone, especially at night, is Little Havana. While most parts of the neighbourhood are not inherently dangerous, I felt a bit uneasy walking through certain areas and was glad I was accompanied by a group of people. If you do plan to visit Little Havana, it's best to take an Uber directly to your intended destination.
Miami is an excellent destination for solo travel, offering various opportunities to immerse yourself in its vibrant art scene and energetic atmosphere. You can explore the art-filled streets of Wynwood or take a stroll through South Pointe Park. Engaging in conversations with fellow diners is effortless, especially when dining alone at places like 1-800-Lucky. During my visit, I struck up a conversation with a local artist who kindly gave me her ticket to an art gallery, allowing me to enjoy a remarkable exhibition for free before it closed.
Another fantastic spot for solo travellers is the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. Although it's primarily frequented by local families, it provides a pleasant setting to unwind and enjoy some time alone.
Just like any solo journey, make the most of this time alone, as you never know what incredible experiences await you. I wouldn't have received a free art gallery ticket if I hadn't been dining alone!
Miami and even Fort Lauderdale always have something happening. Stay adventurous and flexible, as you never know what amazing experiences await you next.
How does a solo trip to Miami sound to you?