Miami, FL [MIA]

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Notorious party strip possibly only less sinful that Sin City herself, South Beach is a place for sun, siesta and sundown madness. Its north-meets-sur laid back attitude combines with just enough glitz to keep you coming back in your 6 inch heels. At least I keep coming, anyway.

And there is something for all sabors
Here are my baller vs. budget picks:
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Baller Stay: Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave

You can’t begin to count the crystals in the lobby chandeliers and everywhere you go you’ll be dropping big bucks, be it 16$ breakfast berries or 60$ cover at LIV, the hotel’s big name nightclub. The pools are truly fabulous. The whole place, really.

Hit up Hakkasan for some top-notch cuisine.
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Budget Stay: South Beach Hostel 235 Washington Ave

Clean dorms steps from Ocean Drive for late night salsa sensations at Mango’s Tropical Café, 2 for 1 bulldog margaritas, and the best American 3 am pizza you’ve ever tasted at Pizza Rustica.

Baller Shopping: Bal Harbour Shops 9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour

Beautiful open-concept mall where the Fendi, D&G, Louis Vuitton and friends coalesce. And their little brother Saks. Grab a bite at Carpaccio after your shopping rituals.

Budget Shopping: Aventura Mall 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura

If you are unlucky enough to have a rainy day, make it a mall day and hop on the S or the 120 bus heading north anywhere along Collins. Possibly every store ever in one convenient spot, and there is always a good deal to be found and I swear you’ll want to come back. From your MK handbag to your Lady Footlocker basics, you won’t know where to begin. Fuel up at Cheesecake Factory.

Food, drinks & dancing – to name a few:
Big Pink – 157 Collins Ave – Best brunch in town!
Barton G – 1427 West Ave – Eat away the night in over-the-top food displays
Mondrian Hotel – 1100 West Ave – Great poolside bar
Kilwins – 612 Lincoln Rd – To-die-for ice cream and other delights.
SET Nightclub- 320 Lincoln Rd – Mostly House and Top 40’s.
Dream Nightclub – 1532 Washington Ave – Hip-hop all night.
W Hotel – 2201 Collins Ave – Great club for drinks and some serious party.
Story Nightclub- 136 Collins Ave – The Miami Heat’s 2013 NBA championship’s after party spot.
Ragazzi – 9500 Harding Ave (Surfside) – Cozy Italian spot.

Avoid Zuma (270 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami) at all costs. The service, the menu and the prices are so bad that the word zuma is a new synonym for horrible.

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Tan safely.
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