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The Long Weekend Guide to Miami Beach

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Known for spring break and destination weddings, Miami Beach is a great getaway for any type of traveler. If you happen to find yourself in Miami for just a few days, we have the perfect itinerary for you to get the most out of the trip. When to go? Just about any time of year! Good to know: summer is notoriously hot, but with the ocean and an abundance of pools available, you'll stay cool no problem.

Our team recommends unwinding at the city's hottest hotel, exploring the bustling arts district, and eating a ton of delicious food – you'll be planning your next trip before your first one is over.

Have more than a weekend? Check out the full guide to Miami →

Reporter: Adam Szafranski

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Stay: The Confidante Miami Beachlearn more

    Your home base for the weekend, The Confidante Miami Beach has everything from poolside popsicles and cocktails to rooftop yoga, and an amazing spa menu. Book one of their Miami Suites for the weekend and you’ll fall in love with the mid-century decor and unreal ocean views.
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    Eat & Drink: Bird & Bonelearn more

      The Confidante’s restaurant, Bird & Bone, is a Southern cuisine dream. Chef Richard Hales has crafted an all-day menu that will please any diner. Inside tip: golden hour on the outdoor terrace is a must! Order a bottle of bubbles and a plate of fried chicken, your friends and family back home will be extremely jealous.
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      Eat & Drink: Zak the Baker

      Miami, Florida
      A carb heaven: you definitely can’t miss this bakery from the street! Baker Zak Stern has received a ton of attention over the years, even a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Baker of the Year 2017 & 2018.
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      Drink: Panther Coffee Wynwood

      Miami, Florida
      This Miami staple is a must. I’d recommend grabbing your iced latte and heading out to their gorgeous outdoor patio. Inside tip: Can’t make it to Wynwood? You're in luck. The Confidante’s in-house cafe serves Panther Coffee (and yes, you can order that to your room).
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      Eat & Drink: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

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      Adjacent to Wynwood Walls, this iconic eatery is the perfect place to escape the heat, unwind, and grab a drink or two before exploring more of the neighborhood. My favorite part? The murals above the bar are by Shepard Fairey, the artist behind Barack Obama’s infamous “Hope” poster. Inside tip: Order the Croquettas, you will not be disappointed.
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      Eat & Drink: Chotto Matte

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      The phrase “jaw-dropping” is more than an understatement at this South Beach architectural gem of a culinary destination. Who knew the combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine would be so amazing? Inside Tip: Come with a group! Chotto Matte’s family-style dining gives you the option to try so many different items on the menu.
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      Experience: Beach Day at The Confidante Miami Beachlearn more

        Blue, pink, or yellow chair? Head on out to the sand and spend the day at The Confidante’s iconic beach setup. The food and beverage service that you receive at the pool is also available here (read: you never have to leave your lounger)!
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        Experience: Private Bungalow Rental at The Confidante Miami Beachlearn more

          If you are visiting Miami with a group, The Confidante’s poolside cabana and bungalows are a great place to post up for one of your days. The adult-only pool is such a great place to relax with food and beverage service for the ultimate day of Miami luxury.
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          Experience: Crystal Massage Treatment at The Confidante Miami Beachlearn more

            Sit back, relax, and enjoy The Confidante’s crystal massage journey. The treatment begins with your selection of healing crystal, followed by a rejuvenating massage. Choose between Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz and Amethyst – afterwards you will feel energized and refreshed.
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            Experience: Tour of Wynwood Walls

            Miami, Florida
            Since 2009, Miami's Wynwood Walls has been a bustling street art lovers' destination. How to make the most of your visit? Reserve a private tour and learn about the history of this outdoor gallery and all the creative work that has gone into its creation.

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            Shop: Wynwood Shop

            Miami, Florida
            This creative space just off 2nd Ave should be your go-to for unique souvenirs to bring back home. Their community-focused selection supports local artists. Keep an eye out for exhibitions, live music and pop-up markets that frequent this curated retail space.
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            Experience: Jet Ski Tour of Biscayne Bay & Miami

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            The Confidante has partnered with Boucher Brothers, a local jet ski rental company that offers tours of Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay. Explore Star Island, home to Rihanna and few other big names, as well as Downtown.

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