Travel watch: Los Angeles to Miami, and back again

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

Whether you’re trying to get away ASAP or you’re looking to plan ahead based on the cheapest fares, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Los Angeles and Miami, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included popular hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Miami, to get you started on planning your ideal get-away.

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Cheapest Miami flights

The cheapest flights between Los Angeles and Miami are if you leave on May 5 and return from Florida on May 9. Frontier Airlines currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $205.

There are also deals to be had later in May. If you fly out of Los Angeles on May 6 and return from Miami on May 10, American Airlines can get you there and back for $270 roundtrip.

Top Miami hotels

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

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $299.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, try The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, which has rooms for $399/night.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach overlooks the beach and stands three miles from South Beach and the Lincoln Road shops.

The W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave.)

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A third option is The W South Beach. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $359/night.

Some of the city's most popular beaches and the hottest nightlife, along with John Collins Park, are just steps away from this oceanfront hotel. 

Local restaurant picks

Don't miss Miami's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Joe's Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Joe's Stone Crab, which has an average of 4.6 stars out of 87 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Food and service were first class," visitor Shane wrote. "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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Another popular dining destination is Versailles Cuban Restaurant, with 4.4 stars from 93 reviews.

"This is the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami," reviewer James wrote. "Many U.S. Presidents have stopped by to experience the restaurant when visiting Miami."

Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way)

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Also worth considering is Zuma.

Zuma, located in the heart of downtown Miami, features chef Rainer Becker's internationally-acclaimed take on modern Japanese cuisine. 

"The service and food are consistently outstanding," wrote Kayla.  

Mandolin Aegean Bistro (4312 N.E. Second Ave.)

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Finally, there's Mandolin Aegean Bistro.

"This is a fantastic restaurant," wrote Shane. "I’d highly recommend the grilled octopus, the meze, the kefte meat balls and the Greek salad. The wine list is also very reasonable."

Featured Miami attractions

Not sure what to do in Miami, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

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

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First up is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the villa that Pope John Paul II has visited in the past. Take walks through the gardens, spend some time at the waterfalls and fountains, and take pictures at the reflecting pools.

"It's well worth a half-day visit," wrote visitor Shane. "The gardens are lovely and good fun for kids to run around and get lost. There are great views across to Key Biscayne, too."

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

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Then, there's the Miami Design District.

"See everything from photography and sculpture to graffiti and street art and more," wrote visitor Arcelia. 

Wynwood Arts District (Wynwood)

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Finally, spend some time at the Wynwood Arts District.

"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."

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