Long before we went to the Florida Keys, there was Miami. We were there primarily to attend the iHeartRadio summer pool party this past June, but we managed to accomplish several other things on our Miami must-do list, as well, during our quick 48 hours.
Get VIP access to the hottest clubs. This will often take a whole lot of sweet-talking as we quickly found out, as well as a connection or two if you have it, but in the end, we got in (it helps to get there early before the crowds). And even though I’m not a club type by any means, it was fun to check out the scene for a brief hour or two.
Chill out poolside. Every hotel of any merit in Miami has a fantastic pool and also lounge chairs at the fringe of the beach. My only regret from our last visit is that we didn’t have more time to take advantage of said pool.
Find a red carpet and a photo booth and pose like you were born to do it. Work it, work it.
Hang with Ke$ha. You know, as you do. Just two Tennessee gals and a New Yawker (the lovely Alex in Wanderland) kicking it before her show.
Be the only man in a sea full of beautiful ladies. Or the only lady in a sea full of beautiful men (my preference). Increase your odds is what I’m saying!
Cruise around on your own private yacht. There are plenty of local yacht chartering services, or you can try your luck at Craigslist or similar to see if anyone’s up for giving you a ride and treating you like a sultan for a few hours.
Drink champagne on said yacht. Do so at 9am on a Saturday while possibly still hungover from the night before, and your baller status will reach epic levels.
Stay at the Fontainebleau. I’ve stayed at several Miami hotels (including the Raleigh, which I also love) but the Fontainebleau takes the cake. Luxe, opulent, sophisticated, sexy. You choose your adjective, and the Fontainebleau will own it.
Dine ‘n drink at the Delano. The Delano might very well be my second favorite hotel—I’ve spent some time there on previous trips down for Glamour shoots, way back in the day—and even if you don’t sleep there, it’s worth a meal or at the very least a cocktail.
Venture out to South Beach. The daytime scene may be mighty different from the nighttime scene, but either time of day you prefer, South Beach is a must do at some point during your trip.