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.
Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between New Orleans and Miami, at least according to travel site Skyscanner.
Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Miami to get you started.
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Cheapest Miami flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between New Orleans and Miami are if you leave on May 21 and return from Florida on May 23. Delta currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $192.
Delta also has tickets at that price point in June. If you fly out of New Orleans on June 1 and return from Miami on June 5, Delta can get you there and back for $192 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 Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.)
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.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this property stands three miles 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. Rooms are currently set at $359/night.
The W South Beach brings iconic design to the land of art deco. The best beaches and the hottest nightlife, just steps from John Collins Park, the W South Beach is located on 300 feet of pristine oceanfront property and features 408 well-appointed rooms.
The Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive)
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.
Top picks for dining and drinking
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.)
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.
"Joes 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.)
Another popular dining destination is Versailles Cuban Restaurant, with 4.4 stars from 93 reviews.
In the heart of Little Havana lies this Cuban restaurant that so many have traveled so far to see. If you want to experience an authentic Cubano or a cafe, this is the place.
"This is the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami," wrote reviewer James. "An amazing selection of Cuban cuisine with great service. Many U.S. presidents have stopped to experience the restaurant when visiting Miami."
Mandolin Aegean Bistro (4312 N.E. Second Ave.)
Finally, there's Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
"This is a fantastic restaurant," wrote Shane."We know Greek food well as we spend a lot of time in Crete and this was very authentic and truly delicious. I’d highly recommend the grilled octopus and the meze."
Featured Miami attractions
Not sure what to do in Miami, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple of recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave.)
First up is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Take walks through the gardens, spend some time at the waterfalls and fountains and take pictures at the reflecting pools. You can walk between the stone balustrades that hold decorative urns filled with flowers from the region.
Miami Design District (3841 N.E. Second Ave.)
Then, there's the Miami Design District, with 4.7 stars from 176 reviews.
"Visit midtown Miami, the Miami Design District and the Wynwood Art District, stopping at several major galleries and museums to peruse the collections of modern and contemporary art," wrote visitor Arcelia. "See everything from photography and sculpture to graffiti, street art and more."
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