What is the cost of a Miami Beach weekend in 2020?


Miami Beach is one of the world’s hot spots being home to beautiful beaches, sizzling nightlife, amazing art & culture, five-star restaurants, wonderful hotels & results and world class shopping.  It’s an amazing place for a weekend visit which does not have to break the bank.

The cost of a three-day weekend in Miami Beach for 2020 will vary based on where you decide to stay and what you decide to do.  But following are the estimated costs based on three different budgets with the difference being the hotel stay.

So what is the cost of a three-day weekend in Miami Beach?

BUDGET WEEKEND

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $521.60
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00

TOTAL: $1,539.60

MODERATE WEEKEND

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $818.73
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00

TOTAL: $1,836.73

LUXURY WEEKEND

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $1,455.72
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00

TOTAL: $2,473.72

About Miami Beach 

Before we start going through all the numbers about the cost of your trip, let talk about Miami Beach and some of the many things to do on your weekend visit.

There are a number of great areas along Miami Beach including Mid Beach and North Beach but the place to be is of course the world famous South Beach. South Beach is the heart of the action in Miami Beach and home to the historic Art Deco district.  With all that there is to see and do in South Beach, a weekend visit may not give you enough time to enjoy the local shopping, dining and entertainment venues. 

South Beach (also known as SoBe) is at the southern tip of Miami Beach extending from South Pointe Park along Government Cut north to Dade Boulevard.   Both Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive run north-south in the heart of South Beach and are where a number of the restaurants, hotels and nightclubs are located.  

Lummus Park is a 74-acre park that is east of Ocean Drive directly along the the actual beach and runs from 5th to 15th Streets.  There are public restrooms, volleyball courts and paved paths for walking, biking and roller blading.  The park is home to a number of events and Lummus Park Beach is one of the best areas to lay down your towel and enjoy the Florida sunshine.  

Click here to check out out list of top Florida beaches with Miami Beach / South Beach at number four.

The cost breakdown for your Miami Beach weekend vacation

As indicated above, there are a number different ways to travel from budget vacations to luxury trips staying at the finest hotels and visiting the fanciest restaurants.  As a result we are providing cost estimates for a budget, moderate and luxury weekend vacation.

Airline Flight Costs to Miami Beach

Depending on your specific location and when you want to travel will have an impact on the cost of your flight to Miami Beach.  Miami International Airport is a hub for American Airlines but also has a wide range of airline options.

To get a idea of the specific cost, we used the flight search tool from Skyscanner.com to determine our options.  Since a large amount of travelers come from the New York metropolitan area, we chose to use Newark Liberty Airport as our departing airport and used the weekend of April 3, 2020 (Friday) to April 5, 2020 (Sunday for our travel).

Flight prices ranged from a low of $348 to a high of $442 for a non-stop, economy class flight to Miami International Airport.  The lowest option at $348 was for a departing flight with Frontier Airlines and a return trip with United Airlines.  Two specific departure times were offered at this price.

Source: Skyscanner.com

Airline flight cost for a weekend in Miami Beach: $348.00

Transportation Costs

Although Miami Beach is pedestrian friendly and a very walkable place, you will still need to get to and from the airport as well as well as some of the restaurants and entertainment venues.  So transportation costs will also vary based on where you are going and what you will want to do. 

Following is a estimate of transportation costs during your visit.

  • Uber or taxi service from airport to Miami Beach (arrive):  $35.00
  • Uber or taxi service from Miami Beach to airport (depart):  $35.00
  • Other estimated to be at $20 per day: $60.00

Transportation costs for a weekend in Miami Beach: $130.00

Hotel Costs in Miami Beach

Hotel costs in Miami Beach have an extraordinarily wide range.  You can stay at a local hostel for less than $100 per night or a suite at The Setai Miami Beach for $1,000 per night.   

Now while plenty of Airbnb’s are available in Miami Beach, they are only permitted in certain zones and since we don’t want to get caught up with an improper rental, it may make sense to stick to hotels.  Click here to learn more about Airbnbs on Miami Beach.

Depending on your personal preference as well as your individual tastes, we have outlined the following options from an budget level hotel (three star) to a luxury hotel option (five star). Prices were obtained from Hotels.com for the dates of April 3rd to April 5, 2020.

Budget Hotel Option

The Urbanica Meridian Avenue Hotel:  This 70-room boutique hotel is a three-star hotel and has a 9.1 out of 10 rating on Hotels.com.   Although located a few blocks from the beach, The Urbanica Meridian Avenue it is well located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and nightlights.  Amenities include a private pool and one site cafe’.  A standard room with one queen bed was $211 per night totaling $521.60 after taxes and fees.  Click here to learn more about The Urbanica Meridian.

Moderate Hotel Option:

The Leslie Hotel:  The Leslie Hotel is a 35-room boutique hotel that is a four-star hotel and has a 8.6 out of 10 rating on Hotels.com.  Located directly on Ocean Drive, this hotel is just across from the beach at Lummus Park and is in the hear of South Beach.  Amenities include a rooftop pool deck and an on-site restaurant / bar.  A standard room with one king bed was $359 per night totaling $818.73 after taxes and fees.  Click here to learn more about The Leslie Hotel.

Luxury Hotel Option:

TheRitz-Carlton, South Beach:  With 375 guest rooms, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach is located directly on the beach and just outside of the Lincoln Road Mall and the Miami Beach boardwalk.  The Ritz is a five-star hotel with amenities including a full-service spa, four restaurants / five bars, a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool and beach umbrellas.   A standard room with one king bed (no view) is $599 per night totaling $1,455.72 after fees and taxes.  Click here to learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Hotel costs for a weekend in Miami Beach range from: $521.60 to $1,455.72

Food & Drinks

Just like on an vacation (or at home for that matter), it could be pricey to eat and drink in Miami Beach.  However there are plenty of cost effective options that provide great value.

Breakfast and Lunch

We are going to assume that you took the early arrival flight to Miami and will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner while traveling.  And since the departing flight on Sunday is in the middle of the afternoon, we are going to assume that there will be costs just for breakfast and lunch. 

While in Miami we would expect you to be on the go (or just relaxing on the beach), breakfast would be not be a sit down meal relatively inexpensive.  Whether it is a grab-and-go at your hotel or the local Starbucks, we are allocating $10 per day (per person) for breakfast.

Lunch for all three days could be a variety of quick service restaurants in Miami Beach, beach side dining along Ocean Drive or a local cafe’ along Collins Avenue. It would be reasonable to expect at least one “nice” lunch (probably Saturday since there it is not a travel day) with a specialty cocktail.  So would anticipate $30 for lunch on Saturday (with a cocktail) and $20 for lunch the other days for a total of $70.

Dinners at Miami Beach also have a wide range of prices.  Similar to lunch, we will assume one “nice” dinner out will be enjoyed during your weekend.  And we would recommend you try Joe’s Stone Crab at 11 Washington Avenue (if of course you can get reservations) for the “nice” dinner.

If you can get into Joe’s, you need to try the stone crab.  There is a special “Joe’s Classic Meal” with six stone crab claws with an individual order of cole slaw, hashed brown potatoes, creamed spinach and a slice of key lime pie.  The cost of the classic meal along with a couple glasses of wine will set you back about $125 with tax and tip.  For your other evening, there are a number of other local options where you can dine for $65 at a nice restaurant, enjoying a cocktail with dinner.

As a result you would expect to spend $30 for breakfasts, $70 for lunch and $190 for dinner (per person).   However, if you are a huge “foodie” and enjoy fine meals or a order a bottle of wine nightly with dinner, these number could easily double.

Moderate food and drink costs for a weekend in Miami Beach are anticipated to be $290.00.

Entertainment Costs

South Beach Miami is the party capital of the world and home to a number of nightclubs and bars.  However, there is so much more to Miami than the party scene.  From fantastic museums, water sports, world-class spas and amazing events, there you can easily find a number of great things to do on your three-day weekend.

Here are a number of things to do in Miami Beach and in the surrounding area:

Take a visit to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

This former estate home of businessman James Deering is located on Biscayne Bay in nearby Coconut Grove.  Built in 1916, the estate features 32 furnished & decorated rooms, 10 acres of gardens and amazing views of Biscayne Bay.  You can pick up a Groupon for a tour and transportation for around $75 per person

Shopping

Miami Beach has a number of fantastic shopping venues from local botique stores to the Lincoln Road Mall which is eight city blocks of shopping, restaurants and cafes’.   Click here to learn more about the Lincoln Road Mall.

Just across Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami is Bayside Marketplace which is a open air shopping center wrapped about a huge marina.   You will find more than 100 stores, kiosks and carts along with a live music, restaurants and bars. Click here to learn more about Bayside Marketplace.

 A Spa Day

Miami Beach is home to a number of amazing spa facilities.  From local day spas to full-service spas at some of the areas hotels and resorts, there are plenty of options to meet you desires and budget.  Here are a few suggestions which are always subject to change:

  • Spa at the Shore Club – $99 for a 50-minute Swedish massage
  • Tao Spa – $79 for a 60-minute massage
  • Spa 101 at the Hilton Bentley – $99 for a 60-minute massage or 50-minute facial

Ride a Speedboat

You can take a thrilling high speed ride on an off-shore speedboat.  You will breeze by the city’s skyline as well as the Art Deco district.   You can pick up a Groupon for around $40 per person.

Catch an NBA Basketball Game

The Miami Heat NBA basketball team are located at the American Airlines Area (AAA) just across the bay in downtown Miami.  It’s always a “scene” at the AAA and part of the local Miami culture.  So even if you are not a basketball fan, it is something to experience.  Click here to learn more.

The Nightlife

With some of the best clubs and bars in all of North America, you need to spend at least one night painting the town red.   Some of the famous clubs and lounges include STORY Nightclub, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Wall Lounge, Basement Miami and LIV (at the Fountinebleau Shops).

There are number of services offering access to clubs and lounges as well as bottle service, VIP tables and transportation.  For about $40, World Crawl Miami offers access to four to five clubs with no waiting in line, drink tickets and appetizers.  Click here to learn more.

So depending what you like to what you choose to do, your costs can range from at least $100 to more than $500.  For purposes our estimating a weekend budget, we are going to assume entertainment costs $100 per day with a half-day on Sunday.

Moderate entertainment costs for a weekend in Miami Beach are anticipated to be $250.00.

Total cost of a weekend in Miami Beach

As indicated above, the sole difference in each category of weekend vacation is based on the level of hotel.  The three-day weekend cost estimates range from $1,539.60 to $2,473.72.

Budget Weekend – $1,539.60

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $521.60
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00 

Moderate Weekend – $1,836.73

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $818.73
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00 

Luxury Weekend – $2,473.72

  • Flights: $348.00
  • Transportation: $130.00
  • Hotel: $2,473.72
  • Food & Drinks: $290.00
  • Entertainment: $250.00 

Now the above reference estimates are a guide for you to use when planning your next trip to Miami Beach.  Could it cost more?  Absolutely yes it can and especially if your food, drink (especially adult beverages) and entertainment is higher than our estimate.

But could you do it for less?  Of course you can by traveling “off season” when hotels are less expensive and by booking your flight well in advance.  You can also cut back on the food, drinks and entertainment but isn’t that the reason you are visiting Miami Beach?

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