Are you headed to Miami? Are you dreading the traffic and unfamiliar streets? Navigating the abundant choices presented by this city can be daunting; doing it with a car full of family or hungry kids adds to the stress. However, there is good news. You can enjoy a stress- free vacation with some tips.
1. Head to the Quiet Beaches
You probably know that relaxing on the beach is one way to lower stress. Pick up some Kosher sushi in Surfside at Kosh or Rustiko and head to Surfside Beach for a day of relaxation, chilling and enjoying the water. The North Shore Open Space Beach Park, near 85th and Collins, is away from the crowds and offers nearby parking. Haulover Beach at 10800 Collins Avenue is somewhat private; you’ll pay for parking, however. It’s $5 weekdays and $7 during the weekend. Bill Baggs State Park includes a lighthouse, built in 1825; the beach allows you to feel like you have your own private island. Kayak and paddle at Oleta State Park as you relax into an adventure.
You can also chill out, away from the beach, at the at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden; it features lush landscaping, pagodas, bamboo, gazebo, bridge, and ponds. It is quiet and peaceful, except when a party is happening.
2. Take the Metrorail
Avoid the stress of traffic by making use of the Metrorail for getting around the city. Stations are about a mile apart and can take you to South Miami and downtown as well as to Civic Center and the Jackson Memorial Hospital area. Connect to Broward and Palm Beach counties if you have plans to visit there while in Miami. Learn more about using Metrorail while vacationing in this exciting city. Planning ahead by knowing where Metrorail can take you will reduce last-minute chaos and getting to your destination will be quick and easy.
3. Visit an Ancient Spanish Monastery or the Planetarium
This 12th-century monastery is located in North Miami Beach. It’s free and an ideal place to relax while going back in time. The church was transported from Spain stone by stone. There is an admission charge to get in; you can also enjoy the outside gardens for a peaceful time in nature. Free guided tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays if you are ready for more people and a tour. While in North Miami, enjoy dinner or lunch at a Kosher grill in Surfside, less than 10 minutes from the Ancient Spanish Monastery.
Did you know that relaxing under the stars is possible on your Miami vacation? Even with the bright lights of Miami, you can sit and gaze at a night sky above you at the Frost Planetarium. Travel to the far reaches of space as you and your family relax in a comfy chair. First and third of the month Friday visitors can enjoy a laser show with invigorating music, such as Lady Gaga or Pink Floyd, relaxing for some but not the best way to chill for others. (Flashing lights are not quite stress-free but fun.)
4. Get a Spa Treatment
Nothing beats beating stress like a treatment and being pampered at a spa. Miami has a plethora of choices when it comes to getting rid of knots and becoming more relaxed and beautiful. From spa treatments to yoga, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental is a great place to relax and restore. Tai Chi, Qi-Gong and yoga classes are offered; for the more adventurous, belly dancing and training with a personal trainer are a choice. Indulge in a beauty treatment; they can personalize any treatment, and they work with both men and women. Another choice is the Carillon Hotel and Spa, which was formerly known as Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa. Here you can experience herbal treatments, crystal steam, experiential rains, and even an igloo. The Lapis Spa, located at the Fontainebleau, has been called the “the most beautiful spa in America,” by Martha Stewart. There is the Bleau private suite with a view of the ocean as well as monthly specials, listed online, for those on a budget. The Spa at The Miami Beach Edition opened last December and has a state-of-the-art massage, skin care, detox and more. Maybe not quite as stress-free away from tech, iPads are provided in the rooms for your choice of music.
These are just a few of the ways to enjoy your vacation in Miami with days that are free of stress. If you’re planning on being in the city for a special event, such as a wedding, think of Kosher catering in Surfside that can provide your family and friends with a delicious meal that will delight the tastes of everyone. Vacationing away from cooking as well as relaxing on the beach can be a choice you make for a stress-free vacation in the beautiful city of Miami. And for the quiet and safety of a family-friendly town, visit Surfside while in the area; simple relaxation is ensured.