2022 Guide to Spring Break in Miami and Fort Lauderdale: Where to Go & Where to Party

January 31, 2022

Sun-soaked beach days melt into long, sultry nights of salsa dancing. Ice cold mojitos, plenty of charming art deco architecture, and jet ski adventures in Biscayne Bay make the Magic City a desirable vacation destination year-round.

Come Mid March as the temperatures rise, and college students flock to the sandy shores of South Beach, Miami is transformed into a Spring Break mecca.

Spring break season in Miami is hard to miss, and if you are in favor of pool parties and all night dance decadence you’ll find plenty to do. 

However, for those seeking to eschew the spring break crowds in favor of more low key bars and restaurants, epicurean approved food festivals, or nature based activities both Miami and Fort Lauderdale provide plentiful playgrounds.  

Whether you are looking to sun yourself in serene peace at a beach resort, or party like it’s 1999 at LIV, we are breaking down everything you need to know about Spring Break in Miami!

Where to Stay

Modern beachside amenities or 1920s Art Deco chic? Beachfront or Poolside? There are so many options when it comes to Miami lodgings it can make your head spin. Your accommodations will set the tone for your Spring Break sojourn so choose carefully.

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For more laid back and luxurious feels (and to avoid the raucous spring break crowd) we suggest opting for an upscale beach resort:

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

Timeless Asian-inspired elegance, backed by Robert De Niro and top chef, Nobu Matsuhisa? Sign us up! One of the newer Miami Beach hotel’s to hit the scene, Nobu manifests extreme luxury and serenity with its jaw dropping oceanfront views, Japanese decor, and world class indulgences such as tea service, butler assistance and private swimming pool access.

Ground view of Ocean Drive and all of the colorful vintage hotels on it on a sunny day in Miami, Florida, USAThe Setai Miami Beach

Need to stay in the middle of the South Beach action? Score a room at the uber trendy Setai in Miami Beach and spend Spring Break luxuriating in the charm of a 1930s Art Deco building outfitted with the most sumptuous of amenities.

Work on your tan in the private beach area, or get a full body rub down in their exquisite spa. For even more spacious pampering reserve an oceanfront suite complete with a granite bathroom, rainfall shower, and Jacuzzi tub.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Craving a palm tree-studded oasis hiding in plain sight? Head to downtown bustling Brickell and unwind in sophisticated style at the Four Seasons Hotel. A sprawling five-star awarded property, this beacon of high-brow hospitality serves as the perfect jumping-off point to explore the city.

After a day of sightseeing and beach hopping, treat yourself to some R&R with a visit to their sauna, steam room, or wading pool. Fitness-inclined guests also have the option of namaste-ing with the sunrise, at their onsite wellness center which boasts a variety of programs including yoga classes.

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Affordable Hotels in South Beach

Doing Miami on a dime? If you are aiming for an equal mix of ornamentation and whimsical decor, along with a thriving social scene on a slightly less expansive budget, why not check out any of our favorite spring breaker approved stays:

Freehand Miami

A free-spirited community, acclaimed designer decor, and a convenient Mid-Beach location make the Freehand a go to for thrifty travelers in the know. Just a five-minute walk from Miami Beach, spring break hopefuls will fall head over heels for the brand’s eclectic tropical aesthetic, lush outdoor courtyard, and award-winning cocktail bar, Broken Shaker. Save some serious cash with a dorm room, or spring for an appointed private King Suite. 

Moxy Miami South Beach

Looking for a touch of latin flair with a hefty dash of party spice? Step up your socializing when you seek refuge at one of South Beach’s newest haunts, Moxy Miami. Full of vibrant hues, quirky Havana-inspired art, and a buzzing party scene. Moxy brings plenty of jungle inspired spunk to the 305.

Splash around the 72-foot pool in a neon float, or seek some shade in a luxury private cabana. Post siesta, emerge refreshed and ready to party at their rooftop bar and restaurant which features live music and an outdoor movie area.

Generator Miami

Need beach adjacent accommodations that won’t break the bank? For those spring breakers really watching their pennies, you can do no better than Generator Miami. Situated right on Collins Avenue, this U.S. outpost of famed European hospitality, brand Generator is doing hostels right.

From their chic minimalistic and art-filled rooms (which range from private suites to shared dorms) to their fully decked out pool lounge, and sunshine-filled solarium there is much to experience.

Don’t forget to feast on the sublime homemade tacos on fresh corn tortillas at Hoja Taqueria before check out!

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Balcony view over looking a walk, pool, and the beach at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina via Facebook

What to Do

Miami brings so much heat it’s hard to spend just a few days in this beachy boho paradise. While we hope you spend a week (or more) exploring all of the offerings of this magical city, if you have a mere three days in ‘Little Cuba’, we understand.

We suggest an Everglades adventure, a day of beach hopping and pool party fun, finishing with a city sightseeing tour.

Read on to discover our can’t miss Miami attractions, adventures, and tours:

Outdoor Adventure & Beaches

Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour

Miami excitement doesn’t always have to come from bottle service! Get up close and personal with gators, crocodiles, frogs and more when you explore the enchantment of the Everglades.

View this stunningly unique protected ecosystem from the comfort of your Airboat as you speed past 1.2 million acres of grasslands, hardwood hammocks, and lush vegetation.

Miami Jet Ski Rental in Biscayne Bay

Feel like you're a member of Miami Vice as you swerve around picturesque Biscayne Bay on your powerful Yamaha VX Deluxe Jetski.

Spend an adrenaline filled hour soaking in the stately sights of Millionaire's row, the Venetian Islands, and more. 

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Beaches

Beach babies unite! If plenty of sunbathing, swimming, and sandcastle building is what you are after, Miami is sure to please. Renowned Miami Beach is always a scene, whether you hit the boardwalk in your rollerblades and bikini, or settle in for some grade A people watching this is the place to be seen.

For a more relaxed waterfront vibe head to the luminous Lumus Park, located in South Beach along Ocean Drive. This sparkling strip serves up scenic vistas as well as superb opportunities for swimming, bodyboarding, and shopping from local street vendors on weekends. South Beach, or SoBe as it is often referred to, is the epicenter of Miami culture and cool.

Peppered with charming art deco architecture, endless beach bars, restaurants, and high-end art galleries this is a must-visit Miami locale. Be sure to snap plenty of selfies with the trademark colorful lifeguard towers that dot the miles of soft sand.

Need a bit of a break from the swarm of spring breakers? Sneak away to tranquil North Beach and indulge in some beach-flavored R&R amongst the palm trees and pavilions. Pack a picnic lunch, or utilize the public BBQs and grills on deck.

Aerial view of Myrtle Beach with the ocean on your right and a string of hotel on the left on a sunny with a few people scattered on the beach

photo credit: Jeremy Kierez via Unsplash

Pool Parties, Bars, and More

Hyde Beach

Upbeat party jams, tropical cocktails, and nonstop pool parties make this luxe hotel lounge the place to be on Spring Break. Celebrate that celebrity South Beach lifestyle with bottle service, bikini-clad babes, and Jose Andres Katsuya-inspired cuisine. 

Nikki Beach

A Miami Beach favorite that has stood the test of time, Nikki Beach is the original upscale beach club that has been wooing tourists and locals alike for over 20 years. Party it up like the jetsetter you are or preserve that alabaster complexion under one of their signature tepees. Chow down on tempura shrimp tacos or a signature sushi roll as you cheer to living the good life. 

LIV

There are nightclubs, and then there’s LIV. Live out your greatest page six and TMZ inspired dreams when you don your finest and head to Miami Beach’s most infamous club. Located at the equally famed Fontainebleau Hotel, this Miami mainstay might steal your paycheck (and your dignity after one too many shots) but you can’t put a price on the world-class parties, events, and live entertainment that takes place here. 

room full of people dancing with bright blue and orange lights and confetti falling down at LIV Nightclub in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: LIV Miami via Facebook

E11even

Parties that end at 2am? E11even does not know her! Keep the good times rolling at Magic City’s most storied after hours spot, E11even. Featuring 20,000 square feet of social entertainment elevated by flashes of neon, pulsating electronic beats, lap dances, trapeze artists, and burlesque shows, a night at E11even is a feast for the eyes and ears. 

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Oasis Wynwood

Skip out on the South Beach festivities when you head to artsy Wynwood for a night of delectable cocktails, lounging, and outdoor grooving at Oasis. A mashup of a bar, club, music venue, and food hall, this funky and vibrantly decorated outdoor space is always hopping. Wander from their outfitted shipping containers which host a variety of diverse food and drink vendors and don’t forget to try a signature cocktail from the Tower Bar such as the frozen ‘Fuck that’s Good’ a delectable mix of tequila, hibiscus, pricky pear, and ginger. 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Ole! Every night is a fiesta at Mango’s, where you can expect plenty of sweaty, sultry, salsa fun. Learn how to dip and dance with your beloved as you lean into the quirky kitchiness of this vintage Miami spot on Ocean Drive. Twist your hips to the rhythmic beating of Latin music and order more than your fair share of icy mojitos before calling it a night. 

The Broken Shaker

Tropical vibes and award-winning cocktails are truly a match made in heaven. Ascend to the pearly gates when you sample the seasonally driven beverages prepared at the Broken Shaker. Kick back by the pool, document your laidback lifestyle for the ‘gram and debate which fruity cocktail to order next. Big groups can also get their buzz on by ordering an outrageously enormous punch bowl for the table. 

Festivals and Fairs

Ready to ditch some of that drinking for some next-level eating? Miami is an international city like no other, and culinary connoisseurs will be delighted to indulge in any of the city’s premier food festivals this spring:

Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival

When: March 19-20th, 2022 

Head South to the islands when you attend this celebration of Bahamian culture and heritage. Sway to the lulling sounds of Caribbean music, sample cuisines from all over the islands, and marvel at the colorfully costumed dancers, stilt walkers, and live music entertainment.

Wide shot of lots of people drinking and eating and white tents lining the left and right sides at the Coconut Grove Food and Wine Festival with large buildings in the background in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: edible South Florida via Facebook

Calle Ocho Music Festival

When: March 13th, 2022

Yes, Calle Ocho is all about showing the love for Latin Music, but this annual explosion of Cuban culture and traditions also features multiple stalls of international food, folkloric dance, and family-friendly entertainment.

Jam out to such heavy hitters as Pitbull and Maluma, as you stroll through 20 blocks of Little Havana festivities and fun. 

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Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo

When: March 17th - April 10th, 2022

All’s fair at the Fair! Compete in carnival games or take a romantic spin aboard the Ferris Wheel. Meanwhile, indulging in all of your favorite theme park eats at the annual Miami-Dade County Fair. With plenty of live entertainment, such as Show Me Safari Pig Races and thrilling BMX Pro Stunt shows, you are guaranteed to build up that appetite.

Fellow foodies will be posting left and right as they seek to document (and taste) the weird, wonderful, and wacky foods on deck. Last year’s signature items included a flaming hot cheeto corn dog, a BBQ sundae, and pickle pizza!

Sightseeing, Art, and Architecture

Miami Aqua Tours

Ahoy mate! Take to the seas to discover the incredible sights, scenery, and attractions of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Whether you are yearning for a romantic evening dance reprieve aboard the Skyline Party Cruise, or want to entertain the kiddos with swashbuckling tales on the Pirate Boat, Miami Aqua has a tour for you.

Slap on that sunscreen and prepare to marvel at the sensational Miami skyline, Millionaires Row, the Venetian Islands, and more as you board one of their luxury vessels. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with Transportation

Trade in the modern eye-catching design and decor of downtown Miami for the lavish Venetian-influenced architecture and manicured gardens of the famed Vizcaya. This beloved historical landmark provides a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the party scene.

Spend a day reveling in the museum’s tremendous art collection, lush gardens, and European architecture. A monument to the Golden Age of prosperity and opulence, the Vizcaya was once the winter home of the wealthy industrialist James Deering. 

View of Vizcaya Gardens with the buildings reflection in the water at sunset and small trees in front of it in Miami, Florida, USA

photo credit: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens via Facebook

Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

Flex that cultural appreciation when you book an educational and entertaining Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour. Follow along with your expert guide as you become intimately acquainted with the history and glamorous heritage of South Beach.

Learn about Capone’s impact on the Miami scene. Meanwhile scoping out Versace’s mansion, the Tudor hotel, the 11th Street Diner and the Wolfsonian. Have that camera at the ready as you’ll want to document the art deco elements that define this stylish district. 

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Fun in Fort Lauderdale

If your Spring Break inclinations run more family-friendly than feisty all-night ragers, Fort Lauderdale is a great option. An ideal oasis of white sand beaches, retail, and museums, this sunshine state city is bursting with diversion.

Las Olas

Nestled into the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas is a premier experience with a little something for everyone. Containing everything from live music, to over 60 retail options, as well as searing intercoastal waterway views, the Olas is the go to destination for Fort Lauderdale entertainment.

Visit one of their three museums or book yourself in for a luxury massage. Then tantalize your taste buds with exquisite Argentinian or French fare. On rainy days you can even calm cranky kiddos with a matinee screening at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater. 

Fort Lauderdale Sightseeing Cruise

Aching to unearth more of ‘America’s Venice’? Navigate the unique history and sensational scenery of Fort Lauderdale’s intricate waterways and canals on this 90 minute fully narrated sightseeing cruise.

Sail down the New River in charming style on your authentic Jungle Queen Riverboat as you observe spellbinding views of Millionaire’s Row, Mega Yachts, and the city. 

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Promenades, paddle boarding, and pirates oh my! The city’s namesake beach features aquamarine waters that are just beginning to be explored. Settle in for a day of aquatic elation when you rent a SUP, parasail, or learn to hang ten.

Want to really impress the kiddies? Make like Blackbeard himself and search for buried treasure on a Bluefoot Pirate Adventure. This all-hands-on-deck activity is full of real water cannons, pirate’s booty, and more.

View of Fort Lauderdale Beach at sunset with a life guard stand and two palm trees near Miami, Florida, USAMuseum of Discovery and Science

Calling all lifelong learners! Embrace the thrill of space, biology, and meteorology at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Kids of all ages will relish the chance to play, learn, and observe science at work at this highly-rated institution.

Travel back in time to Florida’s prehistoric past when you step inside the mouth of a giant megalodon. Next, peer into the North American River Otters aquatic habitat. Or feel the heart-pounding exhilaration of three different replica cockpit simulators. 

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After a long, hard winter many of us are craving a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Therefore, the beach and saltwater kissed days of a Miami or Fort Lauderdale Spring break have never appealed more.

Majestic sunsets aboard a yacht on Biscayne Bay or a late-night burlesque at E11even. Along with plenty of food festivals and county fair fun make Miami a perfect destination for any type of spring breaker.

Whether you prefer to lounge poolside at a five-star resort, absorb art and culture in Wynwood, or disappear for a day to kid-friendly Fort Lauderdale, there are endless ways to celebrate Spring Break in Miami. 

What is Your Favorite Way to Celebrate Spring Break in Miami?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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