Miami Travel Guide How to Maximize Your Long Weekend Vacation to South FloridaPHOTO CREDITS: Top left: Miami Web Design, top right: Nikki Beach Miami Beach Facebook Page , bottom left: Photo courtesy of, bottom right:

There’s another call to pin from the folks at Pinterest!  Last week Pinterest sent out an email for travel guide boards using their new “place pins,” a map function for your pins, powered by foursquare.  They are asking Pinterest users to “create a board and fill it with descriptive Pins of your favorite hometown places,” no town is too small, but you should “channel your inner explorer and create the most unique guide for your hometown!”  Later this month they will be featuring the most “useful and creative boards” on their Place Boards feed!  Check out this hilarious Places board: Segway to Heaven to see what they are looking for!

I just can’t resist another Pinterest challenge, even though lightning may not strike twice!  So, here’s my Pinterest board for a quick, tropical pick-me up vacay: Long HOT Weekend in Miami!

As many of you know, I am half-Cuban (check out our Cuban recipes collection and stay tuned for pics and recipes from our Noche Buena feast to take place on Christmas Eve!).  I was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  And even though we just purchased our first home in Cailfornia, and I’ve been here for almost 5 years now–Miami runs deep in my blood!

Best places to visit on a short trip to MiamiPHOTO CREDIT:

My father moved to Miami when he was ten, just before Castro came into power in Cuba.  After joining the Army and serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars, my father worked as a police officer in Miami Beach before running his own flight school in South Florida.  My mother is a native-born Miamian.  Her mother moved down from Massachusetts when she was a young girl.  And my great-grandmother ran the Flagler Hotel in Key West.  My grandparents met in St. Teresa High School in Coral Gables, Florida.

Now that I’m a mother of two, and living clear across the country, getting back home to visit is a challenge to say the least!  Here’s my list of what to do, where to stay and what to eat when you only have 3 days to spend in Miami!  The Miami culture, cuisine and terrain are rich and vibrant enough to pack a powerful punch of a long weekend trip!

These are my top must-explore spots in South Florida when you’re short on time:

Little Havana

Coral Gables

South Beach

Florida Keys






xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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