Art, culture and sun: an off-peak season Miami getaway

Tracy E. Hopkins | 8/8/2019, 12:23 p.m.
With hot and humid temps soaring into the 90s during the summer months, May through September is considered off-peak season.

To explore the lively neighborhood, take a Miami Culinary Tour ($56 for adults, $39 for children; https://www.miamiculinarytours.com/tour/little-havana-food-tour/) with an expert guide who will take you on an interactive walking tour with several stops for festive food and drinks, notably the famed Ball & Chain for music, dancing and mojitos, Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina for real-deal Cubano sandwiches (fish substituted for guests who don’t eat pork), and Azucar (http://www.azucaricecream.com) for over 24 tropical flavors of gourmet ice cream.

Just off the Lincoln Road Mall, the new TimeOut Market Miami (1601 Drexel Avenue, https://www.timeoutmarket.com/miami/) is a 17,500 square foot upscale food hall featuring 21 of the city’s top chefs, most talked about restaurants and buzzworthy bars. There’s something for everyone—from burgers and pizza to Asian-fusion and vegan fare. We loved the Peruvian-inspired dishes at 33 Kitchen.

Where to stay

Located a few blocks from bustling Collins Avenue and about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the Wolfsonian Museum, Espanola Way and the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Kimpton Angler’s (660 Washington Avenue, https://www.anglershotelmiami.com) is a stylish boutique hotel with a lobby bar that serves lite bites and buffet breakfast and a soon to open full-service restaurant. To rev up your fitness regimen, grab a complimentary bike and explore South Beach and take an aqua HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class in the rooftop pool with trainer Karlee Whipple. To unwind, practice your Sun Salutation on your in-room yoga mat and book an in-room spa treatment. Then in true Kimpton hotel tradition, enjoy a pre-dinner glass of vino (or two) at the daily, complimentary wine happy hour. Starting rates are $249 (low season) and $349 (high season).

In the Miami Beach Art Deco district, The Palms Hotel & Spa (3025 Collins Avenue, https://www.thepalmshotel.com) is ideal for a family vacation, romantic getaway or a destination wedding. The grand oceanfront resort features lush, tropical gardens; an acclaimed organic, farm-to-table restaurant; an AVEDA spa; two resident parrots; and 247 revamped guest rooms and suites. Fitness buffs can take energizing Vinyasa yoga and Zumba classes and a morning walk or jog along the Miami Beach boardwalk behind the hotel. For summer savings, the “Family First” package starts at $236+ per night, and includes discounted accommodations, kids welcome amenity, daily beach cabanita and select meals complimentary for kids under 12.

Looking for happy hour? Walk a few blocks to Circa 39 Hotel (3900 Collins Avenue, https://www.circa39.com), the Palms’ 97-room sister property—where Wunder Bar serves quality drinks and nibbles for $5-$10 daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.