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The Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Miami

Miami is known for luxury, beaches, and a sparkling blue ocean. If you're tired of work, books, or the dreary weather, get on a plane and take a vacation to Miami, FL.

Hot weather, beaches, and nightlife are what makes Miami a vacation destination all year long. In addition, if you want to mingle with beautiful people, there’s no better place than Miami. Spring break brings co-eds and families alike looking to take a breather from their busy schedules.

Miami isn’t necessarily about attractions. At least not the type you’ll find in Orlando. Instead, people come to Miami to enjoy the beach environment, cultural atmosphere, and art deco buildings.

So, here’s a quick guide to navigate your spring break vacation in Miami.

The Neighborhoods

Okay, you’re in Miami for the beach. But what can make or break your vacation is where you decide to stay. It’s all about the neighborhoods in this unique city.

South Beach

South Beach is home to trendy nightlife. It’s also where people go to see and be seen. One of the pricier areas to stay, this is also the area you may see a celebrity or two. Especially during spring break.

South Beach
Colorful lifeguard stands and luxe beach accommodations sprinkle South Beach Miami

The Art Deco district is also in this area. An architect’s dream, take a break from partying and walk around this iconic area.

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Little Havana

The center of Hispanic culture in Miami, explore the street for a little culture. Markets, cafes, and restaurants reflect the different cultures that settled in the neighborhood.

Little Havana is also home to the famous Calle Ocho where you can grab some eats or see a show. If you enjoy a little salsa dancing, this is the place to go.

Little Havana
The iconic “Welcome to Little Havana” sign.

Coral Gables

Historic houses, stately gates, and swanky shopping are plentiful in this area of Miami. Founded in the 1920s, this throwback to the opulence of Miami history comes alive at night. Check out the hip restaurant and bar scene and take advantage of Miami’s happy hour.

Coral Gables
Mediterranean style mansion along the canals of Miami exude luxury.

What to See

If you’re here for a Miami Spring Break vacation, you can’t go anywhere without bumping into a party. Bars, pubs, taverns, and restaurants sponsor parties for spring break as do many of the local hotels.

There are also many nightly street parties, pool parties, and yacht parties.

So if you are looking for a party and don’t know where to go, just ask. Odds are there are a handful going on a few steps away.

Music Events

Aside from the copious parties, there is also an abundance of music events in Miami. Some notable ones to check out are:

  • Miami Music Week
  • Winter Music Conference
Ultra Music Festival
A full house at the ULTRA Music Festival – Miami from 2018.

Miami Seaquarium

Not everyone goes to spring break in Miami for Jell-O Shots. If you’re bringing your family to Miami, there are some family-friendly options, too.

One idea is the Miami Seaquarium. This marine-themed park is a fun getaway option if you don’t want to brave the beach with the kids.

This park has a variety of fun activities to keep the family occupied. Swim with dolphins or seals. Or learn about different types of marine life.

Plenty of marine fun for the entire family at this Miami aquarium.


Miami is more than endless nightlife. It’s also home to some serious shopping. Shopping centers are everywhere. From huge sprawling malls to little specialty shops, there are plenty of places for shopaholics to explore.

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There is also the Design and Fashion District of Miami. This shopping destination located off I-195 is a great place to find luxury and original fashion pieces.

How to Get Here

Miami has its own airport. You also have the option of flying into Fort Lauderdale and driving down to Miami. Depending on the season, it may not be much of a cost saving.

Ready to book your flight? Check out prices for flights to Miami International Airport here.

Flights to Miami International Airport

Getting around Miami’s different areas requires a car. Check out the best car rentals for your budget.

Car rental Miami, FL

Head to sunny south Florida

Planning a Miami Spring Break vacation requires a little advanced planning and an adventurous spirit. Like many spring break destinations, travel prices increase in the spring. So it may be a good idea to check out flight prices as soon as possible.

Best time to book your Spring Break vacation

Despite the city’s reputation for endless parties, there are other things to do. You have a few options if you want to take a break from the college crowd or if you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment.

Keep in mind, though, that there are a few music festivals that happen around this season. If you’re looking for a little sun and some great music, this destination may be the right one for you.

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