Miami Beach on a Budget

Miami Beach on a Budget

Budget Eats in South Beach

Chalan (Peruvian “comida casera”), 1580 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 532-8880.

David’s Cafécito (Cuban), 919 Alton Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 534-8736.

Go-Go Fresh Food (Healthy), 926 Alton Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-3137.

Juice & Java (Healthy), 1346 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 531-6675.

La Sandwicherie (French Sandwiches), 229 14th Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 532-8934.

Las Olas Café (Cuban), 644 6th Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 534-9333.

Lolo’s Surf Cantina (Mexican), Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays features half-off tacos all day until 1am, 161 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; phone (305) 735-6973.

Macchialina (Italian), (Thursday nights only – $10 pasta special), 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 534-2124.

My Ceviche (Mexican Cevichería), 235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 397-8710.

Pizza Rustica (Italian) 667 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-2334.

Playa Café (Cuban), 1515 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 538-1551.

Puerto Sagua (Cuban), 700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-1115.

Pura Vida (Healthy), 110 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 535-4142.

Tropical Beach Café (Cuban/American), 2891 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 538-0359.

Under the Mango Tree (Healthy/Vegan), 535 6th Street, Miami Beach; phone (786) 558-5103.

Vitta Café (Cuban), 1845 Bay Road, Miami Beach; phone (786) 864-2860.

Best coffee in town

The best coffee in town is the Cuban “colada” (no relation to the piña colada). The colada is triple strength pure Cuban espresso with sugar – the way Cubans bring the community together, sharing coffee among friends.  It serves up to 4 people and averages around $2 per colada. Following venues offer it on their menus:

Bella Cuba, 1659 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-7566.

David’s Cafécito, 919 Alton Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 534-8736.

Exprezo Lincoln Road, 1300 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 532-2166.

Las Olas Café, 644 6th Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 534-9333.

Latin Café, 441 41st Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 531-1057.

Latin Café on the Beach, 7435 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 351-1057.

Munchies Latin Café, 324 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 531-0559.

Playa Café, 1515 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 538-1551.

Puerto Sagua, 700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-1115.

Tropical Beach Café, 2891 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 538-0359.

Vitta Café, 1845 Bay Road, Miami Beach; phone (786) 864-2860.

Budget Eats in North Beach

222 Taco, (Mexican), 1624 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village; phone (833) 222-8226.

Buenos Aires Bakery and Café (Argentine), 7134 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 864-2021.

Burger Shakes Inc., (American) 7401 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 866-1145.

Gol (Italian), 940 71st Street in Miami Beach; phone (305) 397-8917.

Latin Café on the Beach (Cuban), 7435 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 351-1057.

Locura Marina (Peruvian), 7118 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 397-8555.

Mi Colombia Restaurant (Colombian), 702 71st Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 867-1013.

Sazon Cuban Cuisine (Cuban), 7305 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; phone: (305) 861-4727.

Spora Café and Juice Bar (Healthy), 6778 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 397-8147

Taquiza (Mexican), 7450 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach; phone (305) 748-6099.

Happy Hour South Beach

Happy hour is a great time to enjoy drinks and dishes at a fraction of the menu price. Please call ahead because each restaurant or bar has its own happy hour.

Bella Cuba (Cuban Food and Drink Menu), 1659 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-7566.

Doraku (Japanese Food and Drink Menu), 1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 695-8383.

The Dutch, in the W South Beach Hotel at 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 938-3112.

Katsuya’s  “Kan Pai Hour,” in the SLS Hotel at 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 455-2995.

Monty’s South Beach, on the marina, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-1148.

Segafredo L’Originale (Italian Appetizers and Drinks Menu), 1040 Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-0047.

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company , 237 20th Street, Miami Beach; phone (305) 763-8217.

Regent’s Cocktail Club (Italian Appetizer/Classic Cocktail Menu), in the Gale Hotel at 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (786) 975-2550.

Yuca (Nuevo Cuban Appetizer and Cocktail Menu), 501 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (305) 532-9822.

Arts & Culture

Culture Shock Miami provides $5 tickets to teens and young adults, ages 13-22, to attend performances, museums, and cultural events in Miami-Dade County. HomeVisit www.cultureshockmiami.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

Normandy Village – On the first Friday of every month, there is a FREE CONCERT in Normandy Village at Normandy Fountain in North Beach.  Normandy Fountain is at 7802 Rue Vendome (at the triangle with 71st Street), Miami Beach, FL 33141. Call 305-332-2623 for more information.

Española Way on Miami Beach between Washington Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue features free events all week long:

  • Free opera concert every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm
  • Free Jazz concert at A La Folie every Wednesday evening at 8pm
  • Free Salsa performance and dancing every Thursday evening at 7:30pm
  • Free Flamenco performance every Friday evening at 7:30 & 8:30pm
  • Free Yoga class every Saturday morning at 9:30am
  • Free Samba on Saturday evenings at 8:30pm

The New World Center Wallcasts – Every Wednesday at 8pm watch a movie under the stars, and its free. Once per month on Saturdays, the New World Center wallcasts the concert going on inside, so come with your picnics and your families to this popular event. The New World Center is located on Washington Avenue and 17th Street on Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-3330.

The North Beach Bandshell hosts concerts every month that are free at this amphitheater on the beach.  See for more information: http://www.northbeachbandshell.com/events/ . North Beach Bandshell is located at 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (786) 453-2897.

Open Air Tango #onLincoln Road – Fourth Wednesday of every month – free open air Tango Milonga from 6pm to 10pm. Free lesson at 6pm. 845 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; phone (786) 355-0882.

Last Sunday of every month, the Bass Museum is free. Check out “Overtime” on the last Wednesday night of every month from 6-9pm for a mix of performance, dance, music, talks and film ($10).  Bass Museum is located at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-7530.

Every Friday from 6pm to 9pm, admission to the Wolfsonian Museum is free. The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 531-1001.

Jewish Museum of Florida offers free admission every Saturday. It is located at 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-5044.

Holocaust Memorial is always free.  It is located at 1933 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 538-1663.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden is always free and offers tours on Saturdays at 11am for $5. It is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-7256.

 Get on the Fridays-at-Basement Free Guestlist
Please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fridays-at-basement-free-guestlist-1112019-registration-52423765895?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Free admission before 12am, mention discotech.
Basement is in the Edition Hotel, 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

National Hotel’s Blues Bar on Friday nights from 8:30pm until late for an evening of free live music; enjoy 2 for 1 Drinks and Tapas Specials. Live Music & Performances. National Hotel Miami Beach, 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Children

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a bird rescue and is free and accepts donations. It is located at 1279 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach; phone (305) 751-9840.

Flamingo Park Pool  in Flamingo Park. It is located at 1245 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-7750.

Playgrounds in Miami Beach:

Miami Beach Botanical Garden is always free. It is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-7256.

Miami  Children’s Museum is free to enter every third Friday of each month from 4pm to 8pm. It is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach; phone (305) 373-5437.

Last Sunday of every month is family day at the Bass Museum, and admission is free for the whole family.  Bass Museum is located at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (305) 673-7530.

Tours

Take a free tour of Miami Beach on our trolley system: https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/transportation/trolley/ .

Tour Miami Beach in the Swoop or the Freebee for a free ride to your destination and make sure to tip your driver. Visit

Sports & Recreation

Beach Tennis.  Courts are located on the beach at 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; phone (347) 815-4423.

For an outdoor gym on the beach, visit Ocean Drive at 9th Street.

Volleyball courts are free at South Beach Volley located on Ocean Drive and 8th Street.

Free Yoga on Espanola, organized by Synergy Yoga. Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am at 419 Espanola Way, located between 14th and 15th Street and Washington Avenue, and meet on the street in front of El Paseo Hotel. Call El Paseo Hotel (305) 400-0767 or The Dana Agency (305) 758-1110 to confirm before you go.

 

Where to dance the Tango and Salsa in Miami Beach on a Budget

Tango and Salsa are two fun and active cultural introductions to our city. Please call ahead to make sure that the regular events are taking place.

Tango

7601 E. Treasure Drive, #CU21 (2nd Floor), Miami Beach (North Bay Village)
(786) 355-0882
$15

  • Thursdays – Tango Out Milonga at the Reef Beach Bar
    8pm class, 9pm Milonga
    2701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
    (786) 530-7876

$10 minimum in food/drinks

  • Thursdays – Diego Santana hosts a class at Miami Contemporary Dance Studio
    5101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
    8:30 to 10pm
    (786) 355-0882
    $15
  • Last Wednesday of every month – Open Air Tango on Lincoln Road
    6-7 Class; Milonga at 10pm
    845 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
    (786) 355-0882
    https://www.facebook.com/tangoonlincoln/

SALSA/BACHATA

  • SundaysBachata/Salsa at Fire/Ice Bar
    6-8:30pm; party starts at 9:30
    1672 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
    $25 for classes, party is FREE.
  • WednesdaysMoreno’s Cuba
    Classes 7-9pm (Salsa and Bachata)
    1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
    $15 or $25 for two
  • Thursdays – – Salsa on Española Way

7-8pm
Free

  • Fridays – Salsaholics Fridays at Vibes Lounge & Kitchen
    Bachata Classes – $12; party and dance for FREE (No Cover)
  • 1429 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

For affordable Salsa Parties and Tango Milongas in Miami, please contact Visit Miami Beach Welcome Center for a list of venues. Visit Miami Beach is located at 530 17th Street on Miami Beach; phone (305) 672-1270; email – [email protected] .