Budget Travel Ideas in Miami

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Miami is very friendly to the traveler with a tight wallet. From hotels, to eateries, to attractions Miami is ideal for a full and fabulous vacation on a tiny budget.


Look for hotels that offer a free breakfast. This will save money on at least one meal and perhaps a snack if you take a piece of fruit for later in the day. Nicely located blocks from the beach, Hotel Chelsea is a great example of a budget hotel that will save money in other ways too. For about $90 a night, this trendy hotel assist the budget traveler by providing free drinks every night from 7 to 8 along with music from a DJ. Drinks are expensive in Miami clubs and this is great way to save some money and have a fun time.


The best way to save money on attractions in Miami is to limit them to one activity a day. Don't pack your day full of budget activities thinking that you're going to save so much money. Doing 3 or 4 things a day at $10 a piece will add up quickly over the span of several days. Pick one attraction a day to see or do. Make sure that the activities are lengthy and will last a majority of the day. Also, don't spend a large amount of money on something that won't last long.

An example of an attraction that takes up a large portion of the day at a budget price is Founders Park's SplashPad. Non-residents can pay $10 to experience the fun of this small waterpark-like activity. There is a very low-filled area of water accompanied with jumping water fountains and buckets of water that crash upon unsuspecting people. SplashPad is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, but operating days differ depending on times of the year. Get there early because only 137 people are allowed in at a time. It's perfect for families, especially with small children, and last a few hours.

Another budget attraction is the breathtaking Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. The pool is actually listed on the National Registry of Historical Places and has been a popular swimming spot since the 1920s. The Venetian Pool is the largest freshwater pool in the US. It's 2 to 8 feet in depth and has 2 waterfalls, coral caves, and a grotto. Children must be at least 3 years-old and proof of age is required. It's open 7 days a week and cost $10.50. There's additionally a seasonal cafe to grab some lunch. Plan to spend the whole day here because, frankly, it's too relaxing to want to leave.


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