To my dearest:
I’m not sure if you know, but Summer is actually hurricane season down in Florida. That means, sporadic rain throughout the day – sometimes just drizzles, sometimes it’ll down right pour. I didn’t do much research, and headed down there. Upon arrival, it was already raining. Walking down the streets, I saw countless people walking around without an umbrella. I didn’t know why at the time, and found it strange. Later, I found out that rain in Miami Beach is very unpredictable, so it’s either you always carry an umbrella or you’ll easily get rained on. Most locals are probably accustomed to it.
However, that’s why it’s important when planning a trip to Miami Beach during the Summer, to not just plan for beach and sunshine. It’s always important to have a second set of plans for indoors, in case it rains! I’ve done my research and experienced it first hand. So let me share with you all!
Relaxing Spa Dates at Hotels
I found this to be the number one on my list. That is because the rain in Miami Beach is really infrequent. The best idea is to spend the day at a hotel spa. This enables you to be able to enjoy the resort within the hotel when it rains. You can lounge at the bar, use their indoor facilities and get a pampering treatment. Most hotels in Miami Beach (South Beach per say) will connect to a beach. So, once the skies clear up, you can easily access the beach. If it rains, you can always go back indoors to the hotel. I found this to be the most effective. Also, for the month of July to August, Miami Beach is doing a special Spa Month, so there will be discounts on many spa services. Check my review of it here for recommendations.
Shopping is always a good way to spend some time when it’s only lightly drizzling. Good ones to check out are Bal Harbor Shops and Aventura Mall for high end luxury retail. Whereas, Lincoln Road Mall and Bayside Market Place will be choices for more down to earth shopping – with shops such as Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Forever 21, Superdry and the likes.
Visit a Museum
They have a good selection of museums and depending on what you like or who you’re with. They have Perez Art Museum for those who like art. It’s sleek, has a great view, with a fabulous on site restaurant. They have a Miami Children’s Museum if you’re going with a child. If you like gardens and rustic interior design, the Vizcaya Museum and Garden is a must. If you’re like me and love cars and films, I would recommend the Miami Auto Museum. They have over 1200 cars on display with a James Bond exhibition as well as a Batman one. I bet I caught your attention now huh! And if you’re feeling eccentric. There’s a World Erotic Art Museum right in South Beach.
Lounge at a Hotel and Enjoy Afternoon Tea
Rainy days are the perfect time to relax and sit down for a glass of wine at a hotel lounge or enjoy afternoon tea. Miami SoBeach is famous for it’s partying. But who is to say, one can’t find some quiet alone time to relax. Catch up with friends over tea or a glass of wine. Or maybe just spend some quiet time with a book. It can’t get any better than that. Not to mention, once skies clear up, the beach is right near by you! Check out my favorite pick here! It’s pretty awesome and exclusive to Bal Harbor Miami!
Spend the day at the Aquarium
I must say, I’m a lover of the sea world. I love visiting different Aquariums across the world. Miami has a great one – the Miami Seaquarium! It’s indoors and there’s plenty to do for children and adults alike. If you run out of ideas, this one will definitely keep you entertained.
It’s not much, but that’s how I spent my rainy days during my visit in Miami Beach. How about you? Have you got rained in when visiting Miami Beach before? Do share your tips if you have. And I hope this post will help you, if you’re planning on visiting Miami Beach during the rainy season!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.