Top budget travel picks: Pittsburgh to Miami

If you're looking for an international escape but want to keep your passport at home, consider planning a vacation to Miami.

The worldly city is located on Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. 

This glitzy neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. Glamour aside, the city has plenty of quality restaurants, bars and attractions to appease any budget traveler.

Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Pittsburgh and Miami. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind.

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Cheapest Miami flights

The cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Miami are if you leave on April 1 and return from Florida on April 4. American Airlines currently has tickets for $181, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in May. If you fly out of Pittsburgh on May 28 and return from Miami on May 31, Delta can get you there and back for $184 roundtrip.

Top Miami hotels

To plan your accommodations, here are two of Miami’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $399.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. This property stands three miles from South Beach and Lincoln Road shops.

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive)

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There's also the 4.9-star rated The Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Rooms are currently set at $299/night.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Miami's many quality eateries, here are a couple of popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Joe's Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave.)

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One of Miami's most popular restaurants is Joe's Stone Crab, which has an average of 4.6 stars out of 87 reviews on Skyscanner. 

"Joe's was truly incredible," wrote visitor Shane. "Food and service were first-class. We’ve lived in Miami for two years and always felt Joe’s was a place for tourists but it’s so much more than that."

Versailles Cuban Restaurant (3501 S.W. Eighth St.)

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Also worth considering is Versailles Cuban Restaurant.

In the heart of Little Havana lies this wonderful Cuban restaurant that so many have traveled so far to see. If you want to experience an authentic Cubano or coffee, this is the place. The colorful locals lend an atmosphere to this small, cultural institution.

"This is the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami," wrote James. "An amazing selection of Cuban cuisine with great service. Many U.S. presidents have stopped to experience the restaurant when visiting Miami."

Featured Miami attractions

Miami is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave.)

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First up is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

You can spend hours exploring the 10 acres that the villa sits on. Take walks through the gardens, spend some time at the waterfalls and fountains and take pictures at the reflecting pools. 

"Well worth a half-day visit," wrote visitor Shane. "The gardens are lovely and good fun for kids to run around and get lost."

Miami Design District (3841 N.E. Second Ave.)

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Then, there's Miami Design District.

"Explore Miami’s burgeoning arts scene," wrote visitor Arcelia. "Visit Midtown Miami, the Miami Design District and the Wynwood Arts District, stopping at several major galleries and museums to peruse the collections of modern and contemporary art."

Wynwood Walls (2520 N.W. Second Ave.)

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Wynwood Arts District is another popular destination.

"When people ask me what a good pitstop in Miami is, I always tell them Wynwood," wrote visitor Taylor. "It's just an awesome hub of culture. You've got a ton of delicious restaurants, the Wynwood Walls and so many cool shops. It's the perfect place to spend the afternoon walking around."


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