The founder of Passported guides us through family-friendly Miami.
Thinking about visiting Miami with a baby? There's nothing like a long, cold winter to finally inspire you to go South with baby. Forget blurry memories of Miami bachelor parties and wild girlfriend getaways. The new Miami offers as much for families as it does for singles, and it’s the easy choice for a first foray into traveling with kids. Here’s why this sizzling beach town is a Passported favorite: More than a beach Babes and beaches have a complicated relationship. Sand goes in mouths, diapers, eyes and anywhere else a grabby baby can put it. And no one enjoys the slathering of sunscreen. So while it’s fun to spend time by the sea, gone are the days (for now) of spending all day on a sunbed. Miami has lovely beaches, including very calm lagoons like Matheson Hammock where even early walkers can toddle in the surf. But it also has great boardwalks for strolling and plenty of attractions beyond the beach. Since babies aren’t opinionated about activities, it’s easy for parents to explore the cool galleries of Wynwood, shop the high-end stores in the Design District or scope out the amazing new Perez Art Museum while baby naps in the pram. Hip family-friendly hotels New parents make plenty of sacrifices, but a cool hotel doesn’t have to be one of them. Hip hangouts including Soho Beach House, the James Royal Palm and the Miami Beach EDITION welcome families, from children’s menus in their hotspot restaurants to colorful play areas and locations overlooking the beach and the boardwalk, our favorite place for an early-morning jog or an afternoon walk to kick-start naptime. They also all have cool bars and romantic nooks, so parents can book a sitter for date night but be an elevator ride away in case duty calls. Food you’ll want to eat We adore the Caribbean, but resort food rarely makes a must-eat list. Miami, on the other hand, is a warm-weather destination with a serious foodie scene. For lunch, stop by the Standard for great views, Tongue & Cheek for a killer Cuban sandwich, Wynwood Kitchen for a break from the galleries or the famous Design District eatery Michael’s Genuine (we also love the sister restaurant Harry’s for pizza). Taquiza in South Beach has takeaway tacos if you want to grab lunch to eat by the water. For dinner en famille, go for Thai at Khong River House, stone crabs at Joe’s, comfort food at Yardbird or Italian at Cecconi’s. Flights you can afford Most warm-weather destinations have limited direct flights, so securing a spot can get expensive. Frequent nonstops serve Miami’s airport, giving families more choices of when to travel and how much to pay to get there. Hint: the Fort Lauderdale airport is smaller, less hectic and has JetBlue, so if you’re staying at one of the more northern Miami hotels like the Acqualina, the St. Regis Bal Harbour or the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, flying via FLL rather than MIA is a great choice. by CEO and Co-Founder of Passported Henley Vazquez