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.
It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Raleigh 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. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest Miami flights
The cheapest flights between Raleigh and Miami are if you leave on Aug. 24 and return from Florida on Aug. 28. American Airlines currently has tickets for $135, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Raleigh on Oct. 31 and return from Miami on Nov. 2, American Airlines can get you there and back for $205 roundtrip.
Top Miami hotels
Regarding where to 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.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner. The property stands three miles from South Beach and the Lincoln Road shops.
"Amenities include an ocean view spa, a dreamlike pool oasis, shops, trendy bars and iconic clubs, various restaurants and three beautiful ballrooms," wrote reviewer Josefine.
Delano South Beach Hotel (1685 Collins Ave.)
There's also the 4.6-star rated Delano South Beach Hotel.
"An amazing hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach with many nightlife options including outdoor pool area and clubs," wrote visitor James.
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.
Featured Miami restaurants
If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Miami's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.
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.
"Joe's was truly incredible. We had jumbo claws, which were delicious, as was the grilled tomato side with cheese," wrote visitor Shane.
Versailles Cuban Restaurant (3501 S.W. Eighth St.)
Another popular dining destination is the 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 to go. The locals lend atmosphere to this cultural institution.
"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)
Also worth considering is Zuma, with 4.9 stars from 41 reviews. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, the restaurant features chef Rainer Becker's internationally acclaimed take on modern Japanese cuisine.
"The service and food are consistently outstanding. The miso black cod, hot pot and grouper tempura are all great," wrote Kayla.
Featured local attractions
Not sure what to do in Miami, besides eat and drink? Here are two recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave.)
First up is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, with 4.8 stars from 181 reviews on Skyscanner. Take walks through the gardens, spend some time at the waterfalls and fountains and take pictures at the reflecting pools.
"The gardens are lovely and provide good fun for kids to run around in and get lost," wrote visitor Shane.
Wynwood Walls (2520 N.W. Second Ave.)
Lastly, spend some time at the Wynwood Walls, with 4.7 stars from 170 reviews. It's a permanent outdoor mural exhibit featuring some of the world's most renowned street artists.
Wrote visitor Alexandra, "This is a great place to spend an afternoon. It’s free to visit with loads of incredible art to be seen."
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