Miami Beach tends to be synonymous with swanky nightlife, colorful beaches lined with luxury homes, high-end shops and endless international cocktail and dining establishments along the way. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the case for summer vacationers. Even on a budget, bring the family on a summer getaway and enjoy all the day-to-night fun the beach town has to offer.
For starters, this small, but stocked island city is surprisingly walkable. Save some cash on taxis and car rentals while walking to and from the beach, restaurants, the hotel and anywhere in between, all along pedestrian-friendly streets. Check with your hotel about bike rentals and various non-motorized offerings, as the city is easily traversed by bike and complimentary beach trolleys.
Where to Stay
As any savvy traveler knows, summer is a great time to take advantage of special deals and promotions. Check out hotels you normally wouldn’t spring for with the entire family, like Miami Beach’s Nobu Hotel. Check out the luxury name in Japanese-inspired fare and accommodations, with a beach house twist, with a variety of summer promotions. Earn resort credit with a three-night stay, which mom and dad can take to Esencia Wellness Spa, or share with the kids and reserve a cabana for the whole crew. The hotel also offers AAA and AARP specials.
You’re already in the playground of models and celebrities, so you might as well stay like one at the W, South Beach. Luxury suites with private balconies, and stunning guestrooms with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean are on sale. Families receive 20 percent off booking prices and earn points toward future Marriott International stays.
For something with that iconic Art Deco design, but with updated amenities and services, the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is an oceanfront hotel with something to offer. Boasting more than stylish digs and idyllic views, the Cadillac is offering a special Family Night package for your post-beach experience, including one in-room movie, two wood-fired pizzas, non-alcoholic beverages and a big bucket of popcorn for the whole family, and a bottle of house red, white or rosé for mom and dad.
While we all love a good night in, entertainment activities run low after a week or two, especially with kids. No worries, subscription services can still deliver the fun, no matter rain, sleet, snow or social distancing.
By Hainan Airlines
While self-quarantining prevents citizens from going out to public places, including dining, shopping and entertainment, many Americans are hitting local parks and trails for some active distancing — but clearly more than a few had the same idea.
The travel industry continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels are experiencing a direct hit with a significant drop in occupancy rates. The American Hotel & Lodging Association estimates 4 million jobs have been eliminated or will be in the coming weeks. It’s projected 44 percent of hotel employees in every state have lost or will lose their jobs.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
If you’re headed to St. Barth in the near future, make sure you’re booking accommodations offering something for everyone in the family, whether bringing along just the kids or a whole gaggle of family members. Choosing a villa over a hotel suite or adjoining guestrooms can be a boon when it comes to experiencing your stay in high style. Villas offer room for everyone to stretch out and relax, no overcrowding, and often come with extra amenities you can really appreciate in the moment.