It’s been a while since our last Weekender’s Guide, and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to bring a new one to you! After 2020, I was very unsure when we would be able to travel, so while I’ve always been grateful for trips – it’s a whole new ballgame now! We recently spent a weekend in Miami + it was Foster’s first time on an airplane. I’m going to do a separate post all about traveling with a baby, but for now we’re chatting Weekender’s Guide to Miami. This guide is family friendly but also some favorites if you’re visiting without a little one.
So why Miami? We got a lot of strange looks when we said we were taking our 8 month old to Miami. But, it’s actually a great destination with kids! Yes, South Beach can be a party destination, but there’s so much more as well. I wanted to go somewhere warm, in the U.S. and relaxing. Miami was the perfect answer. We often travel to Destin for a family beach trip, and I do love it. However, the panhandle weather can be hit or miss this time of year.
When we were looking to book our weekend in Miami, we wanted to find a hotel that had a lot to offer. I felt that leaving the hotel as little as possible would be key to a relaxing weekend. We went with The Confidante in Mid-Beach. It was very resort-esque with two pools (one family friendly), beach access, two restaurants, a coffee bar and lots of adorable spots to hang out in. It also was in walking distance of many of the restaurants we were interested in dining at. We opted for a room with a balcony, which was a tad more expensive but I knew we were spending a lot of time on property, so we felt it was worth the splurge.
We LOVED our stay at the Confidante. The staff was friendly, Foster was more than welcome everywhere we went and they had everything we needed for a wonderful stay. Although it was family friendly, it easily could work for a romantic getaway or girl’s weekend. It truly has so much to offer. We did all our breakfasts in the restaurant and then lunches by the pool or beach. Everything we ate was delicious!
We had three full days in Miami, so we did two pool days and one beach day. It’s hard to say which we enjoyed more! If you’re enjoying time by the pool, you can use lounge chairs at no charge. There are servers who will bring drinks and food and there’s really nothing more you can ask for. You can also use lounge chairs on the beach free of charge, but you do have to pay $22 a day for an umbrella. We did this for our beach day and it was so nice to have shade for Foster. There are also servers who bring food and drinks to the beach!
On our last full day of our weekend in Miami, we rented a cabana at the family pool. It’s completely shaded with two lounge chairs, a couch, small table, complimentary water and fruit. Since I like to keep Foster out of the sun as much as possible, this was totally worth it for us. He was able to play and nap, while we enjoyed the pool. Someone asked if they recommended a cabana rental for a honeymoon and I think it’s nice for a couple, however the other spots around the pool are just as great if you don’t need shade.
In the evenings, we opted for food off property. The first evening we did Uber Eats from Bodega Tacos. Delicious! We knew we would be tired from traveling and just wanted to relax and hang out. The second evening we walked to Cecconi’s. I’ve dined here in NYC and it was just as good as I remembered. The atmosphere is beautiful as well! It books up quickly, so be sure to make reservations. The third evening, we had dinner at Jaya at the Setai. I was nervous as I had eaten here before and wasn’t sure how family friendly it would be. It was wonderful though! There were actually quite a few other children there during our reservation time, everyone loved Foster and they had an extensive kid’s menu for him. Plus, he loved seeing all the water and lights. RJ and I thoroughly enjoyed our food here as well. So delicious. Highly recommend all three places!
Overall, we had an absolutely amazing weekend in Miami. I kept begging RJ to move our flights home. Traveling with a little nugget is definitely different, but so much better in the best ways. Seeing him in the ocean for the first time, eating popsicles with him by the pool, his excitement watching the cars from our balcony. Truly the best memories. I’ll share all our traveling with Foster tips soon, follow along on Instagram (@RileySitton) so you don’t miss it!
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