Discover the best place to stay in Miami if you’re not planning on renting a car. Explore on foot and stay in these prime tourist locations.
Best Miami Neighborhoods To Stay Without A Car
Find out the best Miami neighborhood to stay in if you’re not planning on renting a car. Thanks to the many neighborhoods in Miami, finding a place to stay within close proximity to shops, restaurants, and bars is fairly easy. But choosing the right area in Miami to stay in, depending on how you like to travel and explore can be a challenge. So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together an ultimate guide to the best Miami neighborhoods to stay without a car along with some of the top Miami vacation rentals.
You Don’t Need A Car To Explore MiamiUnlike some cities, Miami has plenty of ways to get around. From taking in the sights by bike to catching the Metromover, if you don’t fancy getting behind the wheel on your trip, you’re in luck. If you’re staying in Downtown Miami, you can catch the Miami Trolley to discover the city via six routes and spend the day shopping, dining, or just escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also jump on the Metromover, a 4.4 mile electric and fully automated people mover, and not have to worry about parking your car. Save precious time and head to the FTX Arena, Bayside Market Place, or even Downtown Miami for some of the best dining spots in the city. Miami is simply one of the best places to visit without a car, but where should you book your Miami vacation rental?
Stay In Coconut Grove
As one of the best areas to stay in Miami without a car, this neighborhood is actually one of the oldest. The area is pedestrian-friendly, with plenty of sidewalks and trees to seek shade under from the midday sun. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops within easy walking distance, and Coconut Grove is also home to several parks, including Virginia Key Beach Park and Regatta Park. When you think of Coconut Grove, think of laid-back luxury. With a small town, big-city vibe, this area of Miami has a strong sense of community, and you can stroll to the beach or head to dinner as the sun begins to set. Coconut Grove is ideal for families and is within a short walk or bike ride to many must-see attractions such as the Miami Museum of Science, Vizcaya Museum, and Miami Seaquarium, just to name a few.
As Miami vacation rental experts, we highly recommend staying in Coconut Grove if you’re looking for a quiet part of the city adorned with art galleries, fancy restaurants, and plenty of greenery. Book this gorgeous Coconut Grove furnished rental apartment, which comes with ceramic floors, all the amenities you’d need for a city break, and spectacular views of this coastal neighborhood. Stay here and feel refreshed as you enjoy the outdoor pool or hot tub on the 8th floor, with panoramic views of the bay.
Make South Beach Your Home In Miami
This quirky neighborhood in Miami is well known for its vibrant nightlife and pristine white sandy beaches. If you're looking for a great place to stay that's close to all the action, South Beach is the best choice. The neighborhood is easily accessible by foot, bike, or even rollerskates, and there are plenty of nice restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance too. Although do keep in mind that South Beach is also one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Miami, so is best reserved for those who want to splurge. Cameras at the ready, as this neighborhood is renowned for being a hotspot for the rich and famous. So if you enjoy oceanside dining and cocktails as the sun sets, make South Beach your Miami vacation home.
Brickell - Best Miami Neighborhood
Brickell features high-rise buildings and trendy restaurants and bars. A great choice if you're looking for a place to stay with easy access to public transportation. Brickell is also home to several parks, including Bayfront Park and Simpson Park. For those exploring Miami without a car, you’ll be interested to know that this part of the city is home to Brickell Key, a 2.5-mile walk that will guide you around the waterfront, with no cars or bikes permitted. Enjoy this peaceful stroll before heading out for a bite to eat!
For the perfect Miami vacation rental book the Icon Brickell Miami Airbnb. Designed to ooze elegance, this property has panoramic views of the Miami River and its luxury yachts, as well as a huge king-sized bed and marble countertops. Each bedroom has its own TV with over 200 channels, and the apartment has everything you would need for a luxurious stay in the city. Oh, and there is even a pillow menu available!
There is a new shopping mall to visit in Brickell too ( Brickell City Centre) that is within walking distance from our Miami vacation rentals. Here you can shop luxury brands and head to the fourth level to experience CMX, a VIP cinema experience.
Downtown Miami - For Coffee & Bike Rides
Downtown Miami is the best Miami neighborhood to stay in if you're looking for a central location with easy access to public transportation. The area is home to plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops, and it's also close to attractions like the FTX Arena and Bayfront Park. Downtown Miami is also a great choice if you're looking for a more affordable place to stay and traveling on a budget. With a more urban feel, Downtown Miami is a firm favorite among locals and hipsters too, thanks to its strong coffee scene. Visitors can easily explore Downtown Miami using CitiBikes, scooters, or the Metromove, which is free and air-conditioned.
Sunset Harbour, South Beach
Last but not least, we come to Sunset Harbour, South Beach. With a casual and laid-back vibe, Sunset Harbour is one of the best areas of Miami to stay in without a car and is considered the most boutique neighborhood for shopping and dining. Here you can grab a smoothie and walk along the beach or shop ‘till your heart’s content at the many trendy shops dotted along the waterfront. If you’re a bit of a foodie, Sunset Harbour is also famous for its Asian-inspired restaurants. Indulge in Japanese cuisine at Sushi Garage or book a table at Juvia. Or for a spot of brunch, be sure to check out Icebox Cafe, a former bakery that now offers incredible brunch options to fuel up locals and tourists for a fun-filled day. You can also find local art galleries in this part of the city and Flamingo Park.
These are just a few of the best Miami neighborhoods to stay without a car. No matter which neighborhood you choose, be sure to research your options ahead of time so that you can find the best place to stay that fits your needs! For incredible Miami vacation rentals feel free to check out our accommodations here.