Where to stay in Miami

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Miami is one of the most chosen cities in the United States by travelers from around the world. Beaches, good weather all year round, shopping, art, and guaranteed relaxation. In this post, I’ll tell you about the best areas and hotels to stay in Miami so you can plan your trip.

If it’s your first time in Miami, it can be a bit confusing to choose the area to stay in. Miami is a large city and is divided into 13 neighborhoods.

There are two main areas: Miami, which is on the mainland, and Miami Beach, which is connected by bridges and is where the city’s main beaches are located. The area where you stay will depend on your interests, the activities you want to do, whether you’ll be renting a car or not, etc.

Accommodation prices in Miami are high throughout the year, so it’s important to make your hotel or apartment reservation in advance to get good prices.

Read: Things to do in Miami in 3 days

Where to stay in Miami


1. South Beach: Beach and party

South Beach is the most touristy area of Miami Beach. It’s known for its beaches, Art Deco architecture, and nightlife. In this area, there’s a wide range of accommodations (mostly hotels), fashion stores, and restaurants.

If you enjoy partying, South Beach is the best area to stay in Miami because it’s full of bars and nightclubs. This area is ideal for staying if you don’t have a car during your stay since you practically don’t need to move from the neighborhood. It’s also an excellent area to stay if you want to enjoy the beach every day.

Recommended hotels in South Beach:

Where to stay in Miami

2. Mid-Beach: Beaches and close to attractions

If your idea is to go to Miami to enjoy the beach and tranquility but at the same time be close to the city’s attractions, Mid-Beach is a great option. This area is just north of South Beach and is where some of the best hotels in the city are located, such as the Faena.

The beach in Mid-Beach is much quieter than South Beach in terms of the number of people, and you can find hotels that are a bit cheaper and of better quality.

Recommended hotels in Mid-Beach:

Where to stay in Miami

3. North Beach: beachfront apartments

North Beach area is the northernmost area in Miami Beach. It’s an area with many houses and condominiums, making it perfect for those looking to rent an apartment. Additionally, it’s a great area for those who want to spend time at the beach since it’s much quieter and less touristy than South Beach.

In my opinion if you’re thinking of staying in this area, you should have a car since you’ll be about a 20-minute drive from Ocean Drive, for example.

Recommended accommodation in North Beach:

Where to stay in Miami

4. Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside & Bal Harbor: beaches and shopping

These three areas are located north of North Beach. They are more distant from downtown Miami and the tourist areas, but if you have a car, this is not a problem. They are residential neighborhoods where you can find many luxury residential towers and some high-end resorts.

Accommodation in this area is not cheap, but you can get good prices if you book in advance. Any of these areas is ideal if you want to enjoy the beach and also have restaurants and shops nearby.

If you’re into shopping, the Sunny Isles area is just an 8-minute drive or bus ride from Aventura Mall, one of the most well-known shopping centers in Miami.

Recommended accommodation in Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside & Bal Harbor:

Where to stay in Miami

5. Downtown Miami & Brickell: central area

These two areas are adjacent and constitute the downtown area of Miami. Here, you’ll find skyscrapers, businesses, banks, plenty of shops, and restaurants.

If you’re planning to go to Miami to spend time at the beach, I wouldn’t recommend this area because you’ll need to drive every day. However, if you’re interested in shopping and enjoying Miami’s cultural activities such as museums, this area is a good choice. It’s also an excellent area to stay if you’re taking a cruise because the port is located here.

There are many hotels and apartments in this area, and generally, prices are a bit more economical than those in Miami Beach.

Recommended accommodation in Downtown Miami and Brickell:

6. Wynwood & Design District: artsy neighborhood

North of Downtown, you’ll find the Wynwood area with its famous murals. It’s a super entertaining area, full of colors, art galleries, and restaurants. The Design District is a neighborhood that became popular for its modern architecture, luxury shops, and art exhibitions. Here, you’ll find the Institute of Contemporary Art, known as ICA Miami.
It’s a recommended area to stay in Miami if you’re not as interested in visiting the beaches. Both neighborhoods have a wide range of affordable accommodation options and plenty of nightlife.

Recommended accommodation in Wynwood & Miami Design District:

Where to stay in Miami

7. North Miami Beach: cheap hotels in Miami

North Miami Beach is one of the cheapest areas to stay in Miami. It’s located on the mainland, at the level of Sunny Isles Beach. It’s mostly a residential area and doesn’t have a beach, but it does have many restaurants and shopping areas. It’s very close to Aventura Mall.
There isn’t as much hotel accommodation available, but there are plenty of apartments, and you can really find much cheaper prices than in tourist areas like South Beach.

Recommended accommodation in North Miami Beach:

8. Key Biscayne: beach and relax

If you’re truly looking to spend your vacation enjoying the beach and the tropical climate of Miami, Key Biscayne is the best area. It’s a bit far from downtown and the most touristy attractions, but it’s worth visiting this small island where you’ll find luxurious mansions, a beautiful beach, and lush vegetation.

The accommodation options are limited because it’s a small and very luxurious area, but if you book in advance, you might find a rental house at a good price. It’s a perfect area for those who want to be away from tourists and truly enjoy the beach.

Recommended accommodation in Key Biscanye:

Map with the best areas to stay in Miami

On this map you can see all the areas and hotels I mentioned in the post:

I hope this post helps you find where to stay in Miami. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments 🙂 Which area of Miami did you stay in?

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