In the summer of 2016 I travelled to Miami. We flew to Miami International Airport from Boston after working at a summer camp. Our reason for going to Miami? Simply… the beach! After working hard at camp throughout the summer me and Billie (one of the best people in the world, who I also met at camp) headed for the sun! The two of us were very scared, neither of us had ever “backpacked”, so we didn’t really know what to expect…
We stayed at Miami Beach International Travellers Hostel …little did we know that this was the biggest party hostel in Miami! So we turned up a little naive and extremely tired quite late at night to what literally looked like a club…a hostel full of older travellers (25+). We got out with our huge bulky suitcases (opt for a backpack – never again!), looking like 15 year olds, to find that the check in place was in fact the hostel bar. We were so scared and overwhelmed…however, after we settled in, we actually found that it was one of the BEST hostels ever!! If you love partying go here! However, if you’re under 21 (as we were) you can’t get involved in the bar crawls etc, but the hostel is still lively and you can still have a great night in the hostel itself. The staff will see to that…! I would also rate the location 10/10, it was a 2 minute walk from Ocean Drive.
We didn’t spend very long in Miami, we literally went there to sunbathe and chill out before flying to California. However, some of our highlights were; Miami beach, Ocean Drive, Under the Mango Tree [an amazing vegan smoothie place] and Lincoln Road Mall.
Main Highlight: Watching the sunset on Miami beach.. It’s a really nice time to sit and really appreciate how lucky you are to be travelling (cheesy, but true!)
Flight: Our flight from Boston was around £86.00 without luggage. (Luggage was around $25.00)
Transfers: We used super shuttle to get to our hostel which was about $25. However, we did get a public bus back to Miami airport which was $2!!!!!! So there are cheaper ways. This bus took 1 hour.
Hostel: $36.00 per night for a 6 dorm female room. (Breakfast and Dinner were included. However, not great for Vegetarians. Breakfast was great though!). We payed a $13.30 tax fee on arrival that we were not expecting… so watch out for that. Plus they charge more if you are paying on card.
Miami is amazing. However, as I have said, we literally went there to chill out and there is so much more that you can do if you have longer! But it is definitely worth travelling to. However, I personally would not stay longer than 5 days.