How to Do Miami Like a Boss

How to Be a Baller in Miami

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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.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

Find a red carpet and a photo booth and pose like you were born to do it. Work it, work it.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

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!

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

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.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

What am I forgetting? What are your favorite Miami pastimes?

Miami, Florida

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  • December 16, 2013

    <3 That weekend in Miami was so much fun! I do love the city – it can be so much fun if you know how to properly enjoy it.

    • December 16, 2013

      I hope they do it again next year and invite all of us back again. Great group (minus, uh, one feisty participant…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • December 16, 2013

    Is it weird that I feel famous when I see my own face on Camels and Chocolate? And that it makes me want to plan a trip to Nashville to make it happen again….?

    • December 16, 2013

      You are so funny! And I second that idea for you to come to Nashville so we can do a “How to Do Music City like a Baller” post as a follow-up to our Ke$ha escapades ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • December 16, 2013

        There is an unplanned chunk on my calendar in April/May, so don’t be surprised if I take you up on that!

  • December 16, 2013

    Can’t forget Joe’s Stone Crab!! YUM!

    Also, FYI you inspired me to apply to work on the M/V Explorer…and at the part where it asks how you heard about it I put your name. So if for some reason someone asks you, you can just say I’m some random girl from the internet who reads your blog religiously and totally non-creepily ๐Ÿ™‚

    • December 16, 2013

      Oooh that’s great news! I will definitely talk you up if asked ๐Ÿ˜‰ They’ve actually hired three comms coordinators in the last two years on my referral so I’m batting 1000! What job did you apply for?

      • December 16, 2013

        Really!? Wow!! Fingers crossed then ๐Ÿ™‚

        I applied for the activities staff position for the May 2014 Enrichment Voyage and Assistant Field Office Coordinator for the fall 2014 semester. I would be so, so thrilled to go on either. Your posts about it looked amazing and it’s right up my alley!

  • December 16, 2013

    Such a fun surprise to see all these shots on C&C! And now excuse me while I plan a return trip to Miami…

    • December 16, 2013

      Luna-Orth Florida vacation in summer 2014? WWoHP reboot and then a weekend to Miami? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • December 16, 2013

    That sounds like one hell of a weekend! I’ve driven through Miami, but have never stopped in to check it out. Would love to!

  • December 16, 2013

    You ladies ooze fabulousness. One day… one day… <3

  • December 17, 2013

    As we sit here freezing in cool, Chiang Mai weather, the warmth of those beaches looks wonderful! Being beach bums might be our only way of achieving “baller” status ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 17, 2013

    Wow,you guys had an awesome day! I love the photo of you ladies with cocktails! That’s how you rock!

  • December 18, 2013

    Looks like you guys made the best of your 48 hours! Miami is my hometown. I haven’t been to a club here in ages, but it is nice to head to the Fontainebleau or the Delano every once in a while and feel glamorous. I also love taking regular trips to Key Largo for a change of pace. If you’re ever down here again, I’d be happy to recommend some non-touristy spots/activities. By the way, is Ke$ha like 8 feet tall?

  • December 18, 2013

    Holy crap Kesha is tall! Sounds like a fun weekend. I totally approve of South Beach and champagne on yachts!

  • December 19, 2013

    Such a fun post, making me miss Miami!! I’ve only been once and it was the craziest trip ever. We saw so many celebrities… my favorite was Draco Malfoy and still remains my best celeb spotting to date ๐Ÿ™‚ (biggest Harry Potter nerd if you couldn’t tell!)

  • December 19, 2013

    Seems like you girls had a blast down in Miami. Have you ever taken advantage of Las Vegas and the similar attractions that we offer?

  • December 24, 2013

    Wow, you certainly were ballin’! You looked like you enjoyed every minute of it!
    It’s nice to explore the luxurious side of travel! We all deserve it once in a while!

  • December 25, 2013

    I really like your writing very much. And may all your days be merry and bright and may your Christmas be white! Merry Christmas!!

  • December 26, 2013

    omgsh u met ke$ha lol, is she as much of a hot mess in person!? miami looks awesome, i’d love to go!

  • January 2, 2014

    I’ve never thought of myself as a Baller baby but hey! it looks like fun. I could totally see myself on that yacht!

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