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South Beach stole my heart this week, somewhere between the massive sprawling palm leaves, aqua waters and white sand. The pastel Art Deco architecture is worth a photo on every block.

Ridiculously fun and over-the-top nightlife adventures cap off each day.

Just by chance, we saw Public Enemy live on Friday night after a series of serendipitous that ended in us standing front row for an epic performance. Chuck D even took Krystal’s phone to take a selfie of himself… but that photo was lost to the abyss because the selfie cam was already on. Busted! 

I also had a chance to link up with a fellow freelance writer, Nicole Martinez, who gave us plenty of tips on where to go and what to to do.

We found a secret pizza joint hidden in an office building, met up with one of my most creative & inspiring friends from my high school days, and set up shop to put the finishing touches on the launch of Day Job Optional, our website for aspiring online writers.

Nothing speaks to the vibrancy of South Beach like a few delicious vacay snaps, so I’ll let them do the talking. Find my top travel tips below as well!

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A few things to know if you’re headed to South Beach…

 Low season is slow. Really slow. Iconic restaurants go out of business, taxi drivers can’t make enough fares, businesses shutter their windows during this span of three or four months (high summer to late fall) when south beach is empty. If you’re into hot, humid temps and cheaper flights/accommodations, this is the time to go. Personally, I love it. It’s a bit like a pastel ghost town.

 As my friend Nicole, a freelance writer and Miami local, will attest, you can’t go to Miami without eating some good Cuban food. She recommends Puerto Sagua, a traditional space with wood paneled walls and “pictures of old ships everywhere”. It might go without saying, but order the Cuban sandwich.

 When it rains, it floods. Much of South Beach is situated below sea level, and its not unusual to see cars driving through rivers on the street when your daily afternoon monsoon comes rolling in. You’ll see locals wading through calf deep water outside of their homes in some cases, but I don’t recommend it…

 Leave your beach umbrellas at home. You can rent them on the beach for around $10—but check the weather, because storms come out of seemingly nowhere, and you don’t get your money back if you only get $15 worth of shade.

 Speaking of storms, get the hell off the beach if one is coming! K and I thought it would be harmless and kind of fun to hang around to watch the stormy waters until we got pelted with sand so intensely it felt like little shards of glass. Live and learn, right?

 Nightlife is a lifestyle. If you want exploding confetti canons and wanna-be models dancing on mini-stages in clubs the size of stadiums, this is your place. Cheesy? Oh yeah. Drinks under $20? Not likely.

Find girls on the beach with clipboards who are signing people up for nightlife packages at one of South Beach’s many famous clubs. Any one can find a $30-per-person package that includes vodka open bar and a limo to the club of your choice. Imagine what you can manage if you have some connections! ;}

Got your own tips about lounging in South Beach? Drop them in the comments!

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Written by Mishka
A city girl who loves palm trees, strong coffee & late night writing. Founder of Hey Mishka & Day Job Optional. Learn more about her here.