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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a dream destination for a girls’ getaway. Whether you’re celebrating a big occasion like a birthday or bachelorette party, or simply cherishing some time away with your best gal pals, you’ll find everything you want. This weekend itinerary is packed with a mix of relaxation, shopping, culture, dining and good times.

Pool & lounge area at Lapis Spa
Enjoy pampering & relaxation at Lapis Spa

Friday: Spas, Shopping & A Stylish Supper


No matter where you’re staying, start your day at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach in the Mid Beach neighborhood with a light breakfast at Vida. Then, move to the sprawling Lapis Spa for a day of pampering and girl talk. Choose the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” package and indulge in a “For Your Back Only Massage” or a “Renewed Radiance Facial” along with a mani-pedi. After your treatments, spend time alternating between water features like mineral pools, massage-jet showers and eucalyptus steam baths, and then continue the fun times at the hotel’s always lively poolscape or beach.

Dining area at Timeout
Try a little bit of everything at Time Out Market Miami


Now that you’re fully rejuvenated, make your way to Lincoln Road in South Beach to have lunch at Time Out Market Miami, a sprawling food hall where you can share dishes from more than a dozen food stalls offering everything from Vietnamese pho to decadent pizza, vegan dishes and ice cream with a Cuban twist.

Wrap up lunch and explore the outdoor pedestrian-only mall lined with mainstream shops as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and al fresco cafes. Stroll down nearby Española Way for more shopping on a charming street lined with historic buildings.

Water & sky views on Juvia's patio
Dine while enjoying Juvia's epic views


As the sun sets, head back to Lincoln Road and watch it come alive with people enjoying drinks and dinner at outdoor cafes. Elevate the night with dinner at Juvia, which offers epic vistas of the skyline and the beach from its rooftop. Or, dine at sceney MILA, a restaurant, rooftop lounge and mixology bar where you’ll enjoy “MediterrAsian” dishes while being wowed by the over-the-top entertainment. Either way, you’ll finish your first night with a glamorous experience as you toast to beautiful views and a weekend together.

Greenstreet Cafe's outdoor tables & umbrellas
Greenstreet Cafe is perfect for breakfast & people watching

Saturday: Historic Charm & Sophisticated Glam


For a change of scenery, begin your day in charming Coconut Grove and have breakfast at the ever-popular Greenstreet Cafe. Slip into one of the plush velvet couches on the sidewalk patio, and order breakfast fare ranging from cinnamon-roll pancakes to loaded omelets.

Move on to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an elaborate Gilded Age winter retreat along Biscayne Bay, and pretend that you’re living a Gatsby-style life. Spend an hour roaming the opulent main house filled with ornate furnishings and art, and then leisurely stroll the Renaissance-inspired gardens with bay views that offer the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy pictures.

Planta Queen's vegan dumplings in a colorful sauce
Share the vegan dumplings at Planta Queen


Inspired by all the Vizcaya glamor, enjoy your time power-lunching and power-shopping at CocoWalk. There are numerous restaurants to choose from in the airy shopping center, including Planta Queen and Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza. From there, shop at the unique boutiques dotting the surrounding blocks, or follow the lead of locals who flock to the sprawling Glaser Organic Farms Saturday Farmer’s Market to scoop up fresh tropical fruit and raw vegan foods.

Sugar's Oriental-style bar with amazing views
Creative drinks & fabulous sunsets at Sugar


Before the sun goes down, make an outfit change and head to Brickell to watch the sunset and indulge in inventive drinks and Asian-style tapas at buzzy Sugar, which sits atop the EAST, Miami Hotel. Keep the night going by slipping behind a hidden door that leads to the Tea Room, a Hong Kong-inspired cocktail lounge with gorgeous views. Sip creative cocktails while listening to live music. If you’re still hungry, the Asian Night Brunch is something unique you won’t want to miss.

Delicious dishes at R House
Brunch comes with a drag show at R House

Sunday: Immersive Art & Fabulous Food


Depending on your mood, you might want to have a leisurely breakfast at Little Hen in Midtown Miami, a dreamy place dotted with pretty things to see and eat. Snap a photo in front of the flowery archway, then cozy up at tables lined with patterned pillows and covered by fringe umbrellas to devour rose-petal pancakes and a truffle omelet while sipping tea or Champagne.

If you’re looking for something rowdier, R House in Wynwood is the perfect spot for a celebratory brunch thanks to their weekly Drag Brunch featuring entertainment from some of Miami's most fabulous drag performers. It’s popular with locals, so you’ll need to make a reservation.

Now that your creative juices are flowing, spend time learning something new with a candle-making class at Candle Land Miami’s Wynwood location. (Be sure to book online in advance.) You’ll pick your vessel and fragrance, then receive step-by-step instructions on how to pour your candle. You’ll leave with a fun, aromatic piece of home decor that will remind you of your epic gals’ trip.

People enjoying murals at Wynwood Walls
Spend a perfect day enjoying sunshine & Wynwood Walls


Your options are endless in the afternoon. Breeze through nearby Wynwood Walls, a maze of murals splashed by talented graffiti artists, or cruise over to neighboring Allapattah to experience Superblue Miami, an immersive art exhibit that will fill your social media posts.

If you like craft beer and want to mingle with locals, hang at Veza Sur Brewery, a Latin American brewery in Wynwood where you can sample craft lagers and IPAs. For lunch, try some unique, flavorful Chino-Peruvian street fare at the on-site food truck, Chi-Fa.

Dior & Louis Vuitton at the Miami Design District
Find luxe shops in the Miami Design District


If you still have energy, pop over to the neighboring Miami Design District, where you’ll find rows and rows of uber-luxe shops. Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s a fun place to spot public art and standout architecture.

End the weekend at locally loved Lagniappe, where you’ll dive into a charcuterie board, sip wine and sing along to live music.

You’ll leave Miami with a full heart, after bonding over all the amazing times you’ve shared together.

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