Miami Beach on the Lighter Side

Miami Beach is a haven for the health-conscious traveler who loves to stay active on vacation while indulging in delicious lean fare.  Here are our recommendations:

First, a barefoot walk or jog on the beach at sunrise followed by a sweet dip in our healing ocean will wash your stresses away and jump start your vitality for a good day, whether you have to work or play. Early morning hours are a perfect time for renting a paddleboard or a surfboard from F1rst Surfing Supply Co. or the Boucher Brothers  and either taking a lesson or braving the glassy waters on your own. Then, spend the rest of the day playing on our beautiful beaches.


Then, there’s nothing like deep breathing and bending at “Yoga à la Española” for getting your body moving, your prana energized and your toxins released. This fun class is free and hosted by a very special healing and yogic arts center – Synergy Yoga – every Saturday morning at 9:30am on our charming Española Way. If you want to go deeper in your detox, Synergy offers additional yoga classes, massage, reiki, sound healing, chakra balancing and more.



Renting a bike to get around Miami Beach is one of the best ways of enjoying your holiday here. You avoid traffic and parking while perusing through our beautiful city and breathing in the fresh salty air. Choose your bicycle at Bike and Roll in South Beach, or Citibike stations are peppered all over our city, making it easy to rent your bicycle for an hour or for the day. You can freely explore our neighborhoods, our beautiful boardwalk, our rich architectural heritage, our wide array of delicious restaurants and art museums while moving your body and relaxing your mind. If you need group motivation with dynamic music while you pedal, Soul-Cycle in the One Hotel is the new hot spot for trimming down curves and getting your cardio groove on.

Do you love tennis? Pick up a pair of rackets for a playful game of beach tennis – you play tennis under the Florida sun with your feet in the sand on the 72nd street beach courts.

If a morning paddleboard trip made you hungry for more, try an evening paddleboard or kayak excursion in the Biscayne Bay off Purdy Avenue, navigating around Venetian Islands against the Miami skyline and the vibrant pink, orange and purple sunset. You can hop off your boards for a little glass of Champagne and a healthy appetizer around the bend at the romantic Standard Hotel Spa on Belle Isle.

The perfect finale to lightening up your life in Miami Beach is a delicious, health-conscious and eco-conscious meal. For a farm-to-table wellness bar that will nourish your body and ease your mind, Dirt will delight your senses with a variety of fresh fare that is organic, fair-trade, sustainable, high nutrient, low footprint and downright invigorating and tasty. If you missed morning yoga on Espanola, Soul Tavern is another hidden oasis with a soothing and sultry vibe offering a dinner and yoga flow series in their garden. This bi-monthly special event benefits a charity all the while nourishing your body and soul with good feeling, good loving and creative plant-based fare. Or, just come to eat. Every dish is delicious. Full Bloom is a little gem tucked away in the art deco Crest Hotel.  The loving Italians who own this gourmet vegan restaurant will support your detox intentions with a delightful menu of raw and cooked vegan versions of your favorite dishes. Miami Beach on the lighter side never tasted better.

Whatever you choose to fill your days while vacationing here in Miami Beach, this little itinerary aims to de-stress, inspire and energize you in a way that is fun-loving and picturesque.