How to Visit Miami on a College Budget

Going to college in Florida has its perks. One is that I don’t have to pay a lot of money to go on a really cool spring break vacation. The past two years, I’ve gone to Miami for a few days over spring break. One thing that I noticed when trying to find places to eat/shop/drink coffee/etc., is that it seemed as every blog was aimed at an audience that was much older and had much more money than me.

So, here is my post of all of the places I’ve been in the Miami area and the prices at each place! For those of you who are on a college budget like me, this post will save you a ton of time and research.

Most of the places I mention are in Wynwood – I would highly recommend finding an AirBNB in this location! I stayed for one night for $75 and was within walking distance (less than a mile) to everything in Wynwood and the Design District. I also went to South Beach area but honestly, a lot of the places there are out of my price range for eating, shopping, etc. You should still visit, just don’t plan on spending all of your time there (unless you want to)!

BONUS: If you use my link for AirBNB, you get $20 off your stay of $75 or more!

Where to Eat

Ms Cheezious (MiMo District) – Grilled Mackin’ Melt $7
Somehow I forgot to take a photo of this amazing sandwhich. But pretty much it’s mac and cheese on some good bread and you need it in your life.

Morgan’s Restaurant (Wynwood) – Raspberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast $14
This place is amazing. It’s a super cute brunch spot and it has the best french toast I’ve ever eaten. However, this was a little out of my price range, so my boyfriend and I split it.

Shake Shack (Miami Beach – Lincoln Road) – Single ShackBurger + Fries $8.54
Literally everything here is good and you just can’t go wrong with Shake Shack. We ate here twice in two days. Oops.

La Palma (West Miami) – Churros and Chocolate $4
First, a warning: the employees here may not speak English. This is fine! I just wanted to let you know that you may have to communicate by pointing unless you know some Spanish like me. This place is 24 hours and is authentic Cuban food.

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano (Little Havana) – Nachitos, 3 Chicken Tacos, 3 Beef Tacos, Glass of Jarritos $25ish
Authentic Mexican food. So cheap and so good.

Masa Taqueria (Coconut Grove) – Carne Asada Tacos $7.95
I still dream about these tacos. Just get them.

Where to Get Coffee + Dessert

Panther Coffee (Multiple locations) – Iced Vanilla Latte $5.50
This place is so cute and their espresso is amazing. The staff was super friendly too.

Dr. Smood (Wynwood) – Iced Latte $6.15
Their coffee was so good that I didn’t even need flavoring, which I usually do. They also sell a lot of healthy food and juice! This place is really cute inside. The only downside – their coffee is a little more expensive than what I usually pay.

The Salty Donut (Wynwood) – Nutella donut and Guava + Cheese donut $5.50
My boyfriend and I got one each since these donuts run about $3 each. Some are less and some are more. They make them fresh every morning and each has a distinct flavor. The Guava + Cheese was my favorite out of the two we got. The inside and outside of this store has a really nice aesthetic.

Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies (Wynwood) – Famous Key Lime Pie and Cookies & Cream Pie $6
I’m not normally a fan of Key Lime pie but this was amazing! The Cookies & Cream definitely won my heart and made me wish I could afford to throw down $30 on a pie to bring home. If you go anywhere in Wynwood, go here.

Where to Go

Haulover Beach – Free
This is a nude beach! There are a lot of old people here. I’d say 90% of the people at this beach are nude. However, if you want to be free and get a good tan, this is the place to go.

Miami Beach – Free (parking will cost you an arm and a leg if you don’t Uber here)
This beach is nice. Nothing crazy but the sand is clean and this isn’t much of a spring break spot so you can walk around and enjoy your time. The hotels along the beach are really cool to look at too.

Wynwood Walls (Wynwood) – Free
Wynwood Walls is perfect for anyone who appreciates art. It’s also perfect for Instagrammers because every backdrop looks good. Make sure you where a solid black or white outfit for all the photos you’ll be taking!

Coco Walk (Coconut Grove) – Free (shopping + food area)
This is a really cute area that has both great restaurants. It’s a really relaxing place to hang out if you have an extra day!

Where to Shop

Collins Ave./Ocean Drive
This is the South Beach/Art Deco Area! I didn’t spend a ton of time here but they have stores like: DASH (yes, the Kardashian’s store), Mango, Urban Outfitters, and Zara.

Lincoln Rd.
This is one of the main shopping streets in Miami. You will see a ton of rich foreign people with thousands of dollars worth of shopping bags walking around. You will cry a little bit. Here are some places you can actually afford: Aldo, American Apparel, AEO, Anthropologie, Express, Forever21, H&M, LUSH, Madewell, Ulta, and Victoria’s Secret.

Mimo Market (Wynwood)
This store was so cute that I just had to give it a special mention! Check out the photos I posted of some of their products. Those espadrilles are perfect.

Update 2/24/18:

My friend’s parents came to visit so we went to Miami with them.

We visited The Big Pink and everything we had was to dieeee for. I would highly recommend sharing their eggs benedict or their chicken and waffles with someone. As well, we had a really great Oreo milkshake. The meals are a little bit more expensive but if you split with a friend, definitely worth it.

Then, we went down Lincoln Road for a while. The Aerie store there is so cute!

Next, we visited Bill Baggs Cape and saw the lighthouse there. It was $8 for vehicle entry.

Then, we went to Sweet Liberty for dinner and got lucky – not only did we get seated right away, but we got the best table in the place – a special booth right behind the bar! It was really fun sitting there and they have a great happy hour. I really liked their buffalo cauliflower, it was tasty and different.

Last, we stopped in at Wet Willie’s, which is a chain of bars that sell a ton of different flavors of frozen daiquiris. We had our bartender make us her favorite, but I don’t remember what she called it. It was about $12 for a small or $14 for a large, so obviously I got the large.

Update 5/13/18:

I recently stopped in Miami while driving up from the Keys and wanted to share with you some new photos!

I went to Emack and Bolio’s and Black Panther, which are right by each other in South Beach.

Emack and Bolio’s is one of the most Instagrammable ice cream places in Miami and also extremely tasty. It was a little more than $5 for a cone but I feel that the cost was worth it.

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