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Little Havana & Art Deco/SoBe must-sees?

Florida Departures - boards.cruisecritic.com
We are going on the Escape for our honeymoon in December and want to spend one night in Miami before our cruise plus one night after. We'd like to see Little Havana on one of those days and South Beach/the Art Deco district on the other day.

We are foodies and big drinkers, love craft beer, craft cocktails, girly-girl drinks made with real juice, authentic Cuban food, Latin fusion cuisine, ceviches, plantains, yuca. We'd like to see a few things of historical/cultural interest, but no guided tours or museum days.

Our itinerary will probably be something like this:

First Friday: Arrive MIA early afternoon. Take public transportation to whichever neighborhood we choose for our first night's stay so that we can see a little of the city and the people on the way to our hotel. Drop off bags and take a self-guided walking tour. Check in and shower for dinner. Eat, drink, dance. Head back to hotel around 11 PM, sleep around midnight.

Embarkation Saturday: Wake up around 8, walk to a hot local breakfast place around 9. Pack up and check out around 10. Uber to port.

Disembarkation Saturday: Wake up around 8. Big breakfast in Manhattan Room around 9. Leave the ship kicking and screaming around 10, last disembarkation group. Public transportation to second neighborhood. Drop bags at hotel. Then beach? Self-guided walking tour? Have street food or tapas in the late afternoon. Then more drinking/dancing. Late night snack. Back to hotel around midnight. Asleep by 1.

Final Sunday: Sleep in. Local brunch spot around 11. Lie on beach or by pool in the early afternoon? Self-guided walking tour? Uber or public transportation to airport around 2. Fly out around 4.

I would appreciate any suggestions on which neighborhood to do first and why; best public transportation options that don't involve a lot of transfers; recommended hotels in MIA East area, Little Havana proper, downtown/POM, South Beach Ocean Drive, and/or South Beach Art Deco District; good foodie-friendly breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner spots as well as bars/food trucks/nightclubs; and ideas for self-guided walking tours of Little Havana and the Art Deco District.

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Date: May 19, 2017   


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