Travel watch: Milwaukee 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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Milwaukee to Miami in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.

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Cheapest Miami flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Milwaukee and Miami are if you leave on April 30 and return from Florida on May 4. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $183, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in May. If you fly out of Milwaukee on May 6 and return from Miami on May 9, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $184 roundtrip.

Top Miami hotels

To plan your accommodations, here are some 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 away from South Beach and the Lincoln Road shops.

The W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave.)

There's also the 4.6-star rated The W South Beach, which has rooms for $359/night.

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive)

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A third option is The Mandarin Oriental, Miami. With a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $299/night.

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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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. We had the jumbo claws, which were delicious, as was the grilled tomato side with cheese," wrote visitor Shane.    

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

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Another popular dining destination is the Versailles Cuban Restaurant, with 4.4 stars from 93 reviews.

"This is the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami," wrote reviewer James.  

Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way)

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Also worth considering is Zuma, with 4.9 stars from 41 reviews.

"The service and food are consistently outstanding. Everything is delicious but the black cod and grouper tempura really stood out to me," wrote Kayla.   

What to see and do in Miami

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 are the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, with 4.8 stars from 181 reviews.

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.  

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

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Then, there's the Miami Design District, with 4.7 stars from 175 reviews on Skyscanner. 

"Explore Miami’s burgeoning arts scene on this guided tour," wrote visitor Arcelia.  

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

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Lastly, spend some time at the Wynwood Walls. It checks in with 4.7 stars from 167 reviews on Skyscanner. 

Wynwood Walls is a permanent outdoor mural exhibit featuring some of the world's most renowned street artists. Additionally, there are hundreds of other street art and graffiti murals around the district curated yearly by Primary Flight. This is one of the biggest street art districts in in the world.  

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