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Published on November 22, 2019
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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 Albuquerque 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. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Miami

Currently, the cheapest flights between Albuquerque and Miami are if you leave on Jan. 7 and return from Florida on Jan. 9. Frontier Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $195.

There are also deals to be had in February. If you fly out of Albuquerque on Feb. 18 and return from Miami on Feb. 20, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $203 roundtrip.

Top Miami hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Miami's top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.)

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

"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.

W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave.)

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

Situated on 300 feet of pristine oceanfront property, W South Beach is just mere steps from beaches and the hottest nightlife, along with attractions such as John Collins Park.

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, this hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city, and has rooms currently listed for $299/night.

Featured Miami food and drink

If you're looking for a noteworthy spot to grab a bite, Miami has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

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.

"Joe's was truly incredible," wrote visitor Shane. "Food and service were first-class. ... The staff [was] delightful. We had jumbo claws, which were delicious, as was the grilled tomato side with cheese. Reasonably priced, given the experience. Highly recommended."

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.

In the heart of Little Havana lies this Cuban restaurant that so many have traveled so far to experience. If you want to enjoy an authentic Cubano, 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."

Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way)

Also worth considering is Zuma.

Zuma, located in the heart of downtown Miami, offers modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment.

"The service and food [are] consistently outstanding," wrote Kayla. "Everything is delicious, but the standouts of the night were the miso black cod, the hot pot, grouper tempura and the truffled beef tataki."

What to see and do in Miami

Miami is also brimming with sites to visit and explore. Here are two 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, where guests can spend hours exploring the 10 acres this famed villa sits on, taking walks through the gardens and spending time at the waterfalls and fountains, before taking pictures at the reflecting pools. One can also walk between the stone balustrades that hold decorative urns, which are filled with flowers from the region.

"Well worth a half-day visit," wrote visitor Shane. "The gardens are lovely and good fun for kids to run around and get lost. ... Lovely place just to go and spend some time and relax. Great views across to Key Biscayne too."

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

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Lastly, consider checking out Wynwood Walls, a permanent outdoor mural exhibit.

Wynwood Walls features 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, making it one of the biggest street art destinations in in the world.

"Cool place to wander around," wrote visitor Chris. "Lots of interesting art styles, along with different places to eat and drink."

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