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The Complete Guide to Eating, Drinking, Staying on the Cheap in Miami

However, this sun-drenched locale offers so much to do–including Vibrant street art, wild parties, white beaches and more.

Everyone should experience the city at least once. The good news is that you can enjoy Miami on a budget. Here is the complete guide to experiencing Miami on a budget.

Things to Do

There are plenty of cheap or even completely free things to do in Miami. From visiting art museums to relaxing on the beach, there is no shortage of thrilling activities in Miami. Here are a few ideas:

Visit the Miami Design District

If you want to explore some of the best architecture, art and shopping in the city, this district is the place to do it. Several galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami (icamiami.org/) and the de la Cruz Collection (delacruzcollection.org/), both offer free admission. There are several installations in the neighborhood that are great for photo ops.

Explore the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (floridastateparks.org/park/Cape-Florida)

This park, located in Key Biscayne, is excellent for nature lovers. It is home to the oldest standing structure in the area–the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse. The sandy Atlantic beachfront is currently ranked in the Top 10 Beaches in America by Dr. Beach. Park admission is just $8 for vehicles and $2 for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Check Out Famous Street Art In Wynwood

The warehouse district of Wynwood has become one of Miami’s most happening places in just a short span of a couple of years. This area is packed with culture, art and soul. It costs nothing to take a walk along the streets and enjoy the vibrant murals, graffiti and outdoor art.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of great deals when it comes to Miami hotels and lodging. It is possible to stay in the most popular areas of Miami–including Miami Beach–on a budget. Here are a couple of ideas for affordable accommodations.

Vacation Rentals

You can save as much as 80 percent by staying in a vacation rental. Plus, vacation rentals often have more space, which is excellent for families and groups traveling together. Plus, there are usually more amenities. Many include kitchens, washers and dryers and even eating utensils.


Hostels offer some of the most affordable, cool lodging options in Miami. South Beach has several hip, sophisticated hostels, such as the Posh Hostel (poshsouthbeach.com/index.html). Posh features modern bunk beds with memory foam mattresses and privacy dividers. Extras include free Wifi, a complimentary shuttle to the Miami International Airport and free drinks from 7 PM – 8 PM at the nearby Whitelaw Hotel. Nightly rates start at just $24.

Getting Around

Miami is a sprawling city. Luckily, there are plenty of low-cost transportation options to help you get around and explore the neighborhoods and beaches. Here are some free and very inexpensive options for transportation. While discovering, you will see so many cheap restaurants and bars where your can eat!

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Freebee (ridefreebee.com/) offers an entirely free way to get around Miami. The electric shuttle provides service to Miami Beach, the Design District, Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and other areas. It operates from 11 AM until 11 PM Sunday through Thursday and from 11 AM until 2 AM on Friday and Saturday.

The City of Miami Trolley

The trolley is another free way to get around Miami. Stops include Wynwood, Coral Way, Little Havana and Coconut Grove. Check out the full schedule on their website (miamigov.com/trolley/).


Although it is not free, UberPool (uber.com/cities/miami/uber-options/uberpool/) is a very affordable transportation option. With UberPool, you share your Uber with other riders going in the same direction or location. You can save anywhere from 15 to 40 percent off Uber rates by using this service.

Lyft Line

This service is similar to UberPool. Lyft Line (lyft.com/line) offers discounts of up to 60 percent off Lyft fares when you share your ride with others.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save money on your vacation to Miami.


Use these money-saving tips on your activities, transportation and lodging, and you’ll save a ton.

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