Time Well SPENT: Miami Bleisure Travel

You’ve just found out you’ll be headed to Miami on business. Since your work will wrap up on a Friday morning, why not take a couple of extra days to enjoy the sun and surf before heading back to the office? Turn that business trip into a bleisure trip and enjoy business and leisure together.

In our last installment of Time Well SPENT, we told you about some fun activities to do in Las Vegas. This time, it’s all about Miami. Here are some great ways for you to enjoy your extended time there. As always, you can book your trip through SPENT to get the best rates on hotels and rental cars as well as up to 6% cash back. Yeah, we’ve got your back.

Hit the Arcade

Featured in many articles as one of the top arcades to visit in the US, Arcade Odyssey will appeal to old and new school gamers alike. With a mix of retro games, a wide collection of pinball machines, and even some of the newer Japanese games, Arcade Odyssey offers something for everyone. Their snack bar also offers a variety of Japanese treats so you can game for hours and never be hungry!

Check out the Coral Castle Museum

“You will be seeing unusual accomplishment,” says the stone sign as you enter the grounds of the Coral Castle Museum. Built from 1923-1951, using coral harvested from his own property, Latvian immigrant Ed Leeskalnin built arguably one of the most unique structures you will ever see; a large coral castle, and nobody has any idea exactly how he did it. The story behind the structure is unique enough, but as you learn the story behind the man responsible, this attraction becomes even more interesting.

Play Dominoes in Little Havana

Little Havana is a great stop on your Miami adventure. With a large, vibrant Cuban community, you can experience everything here from traditional Cuban food to traditional dance, music, and art. Take a stroll down Calle Ocho, or walk the neighborhood, and you’ll feel like you’re in Cuba. If you really want to get in on the action, head to Maximo Gomez Park and play competitive dominoes with the locals.

Explore Everglades National Park

One of the most protected areas of wildlife anywhere in the world, the Everglades National Park is home to a number of endangered species, as well as some of the most beautiful flora and fauna around the world. A trip to Miami would not be complete without a visit to this nature preserve. There are campgrounds, waterways for kayaking and canoeing, and plenty of tours led through the reserve. Also, a few companies offer airboat rides within the Everglades, with the hopes of giving you a close-up view of your surroundings.

Relax on the Beach

With over 35 miles of beachfront, there are plenty of spots to park your beach towel. In addition to beaches, there are parks for picnics, swimming areas, shops, restaurants, and plenty more. You can find privacy on the island of Miami Beach, or enjoy the even more reserved Key Biscayne. Whether you stay on the mainland or go to one of the two islands, relaxing on Miami’s beaches is the thing you need before heading back to work.

With the overlapping of the many different cultures and the wide variety of experiences you can have, Miami has been reinvigorated as both a business and tourist destination. If you have the chance to spend a few extra days down there, we highly suggest you grab it. Plus, remember to use SPENT to earn cash back on hotels, restaurants, and shopping while you’re there.

Mark Scherzer

Mark Scherzer is a writer and communications expert with over 15 years of experience. He’s worked for Fortune 500 companies, produced content for digital startups, written for television, created curricula for education companies and developed programs for non-profits. He is also the author of “Hire Me, Hollywood” published by Adams media, a division of Simon and Schuster.
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