Amanda Mesa

Amanda currently lives in Chicago but was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She’s covered a wide range of topics as a journalist, including travel, hotels, bars, restaurants, interior design, nightlife and music. Some of her past bylines include Indulge Magazine,, the Miami Herald, Dining Out Magazine, Plate and Boca Magazine. When she isn’t writing, Amanda is usually planning future trips around the world—at least half of which involve skiing.

My Favorite Things to Do in Miami

Spend a whole day on a beach—I like Surfside’s quiet, local vibe, but South Beach is great if you want to turn up.

Grab dinner in Wynwood. I think it’s home to Miami’s best restaurants.

Have a drink at the Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club. The team there makes the most delicious negroni I’ve ever tasted, and the space has so much history from Miami’s “Golden Age”(Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor all partied here!)

Do a boozy, beat-fueled Sunday brunch in Miami Beach. Bagatelle and Nikki Beach are two classic options.

Visit Vizcaya. It’s such a stunning place, and the estate itself is a treasure trove of priceless artwork and antiques.

"South Florida’s energy is unique—it’s so international and diverse, yet feels like a small, tightly knit community. And because of Miami’s beautiful beaches, booming tourism industry, and incomparable party scene, life in in the city always felt like a vacation to me, despite the fact that I was born and raised there. There’s truly no place quite like it."