St Valentines in South Beach: 9 Ideas to Surprise Your Partner

Don’t let Valentine’s Day catch you by surprise this year. For anyone around South Beach struggling with ideas to mark the most romantic day of the year, we’ve put together this list of nine of the best ways to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a multi-course meal, take a cruise or dance the night away. Or, take to the skies in a romantic private charter flight. With so much going on around Miami this Valentine’s Day, there’s plenty of opportunities to rekindle love and spend some quality time with your special someone.

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Swim with Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a great surprise for your special someone. The Miami Seaquarium offers some of the best deals in town for getting up close and personal with these playful animals. See what they’re got on offer this year here.


Valentines Day Extravaganza at CubaOcho

This Valentine’s Day, the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center will be hosting a night of live music and fun. They’ve got three great Latin bands lined up, plus drinks specials. Get all the details here.


Moon Over Miami – Romance Tour

Sip champagne and relax in your own private small plane flight over Miami. The Moon Over Miami tour will take you and your partner on an unforgettable flight over the city, the Everglades and the ocean. It’s quite the experience, and you can find out more here.


Private Cruise for Two

Planes aren’t quite your thing? What about a relaxed day on a sail boat? This year Miami Sailing is offering both all day and sunset tours. The tours are great for couples, but also cater for groups of up to 12. Places are limited, and you can see more here.


Casablanca at SoundScape

Here’s looking at you, kid. Who doesn’t love Casablanca? This Valentine’s Day, SoundScape at the New World Center will be hosting an outdoor cinema screening of the classic film noir flick. Bring something cosy to snuggle up with, find a spot on the grass and enjoy the movie under the stars. Alas, the best part is yet to come: the screening is completely free! Find out more here.


Royalty Catering’s Valentine’s Day Brunch

Attend this glamorous brunch event hosted by Royalty Catering on Valentine’s Day. Along with a multi-course brunch, they’re also offering live music and drinks. Find out more here.


Couples’ Spa and Massage

Every Valentine’s Day, you can expect Miami’s spa and massage retreats to offer a plethora of special deals. It’s hard to decide which one could be the best, but at least there’s plenty of choice. For some ideas: Lapis Spa has great reviews, while Fontainebleau is a classic favorite. Standard Spa also offers some great deals from time to time.


Murder Mystery Party

Could your Valentine’s Day plans do with a bit of intrigue? If so, check out Vinos’ Murder Mystery Party. Find out who lives and who dies, plus enjoy a three course dinner and bottle of wine. Find out more here.


Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Addison

This Valentine’s Day, the Addison will be showing off its Five Star Diamond Award-winning cuisine. In this special event, guests will be treated live music, an open bar and access to their “Sweetheart Lounge.” Their all-inclusive dinner package will set you back $195 a head, and more information is available here.

What to Do in Miami in February 2018

February is always a great time of year around South Beach, and this year is no exception. This month, we’ve got boating festivals, art, music and LGBT pride. Also, don’t forget Chinese New Year!


Miami International Map Fair

Feeling a bit lost? Check out the Miami International Map Fair, which runs from February 2-4. Gawk at stunning historic maps and globes, or have a look at the various antiques on display. Get all the details here.


Art Wynwood

With Art Basel just behind us, Miami art lovers are really being spoiled lately. From February 15-19, Art Wynwood will celebrate local contemporary art. This year there’s a big focus on street-art inspired work, though there’s always something for everyone at Art Wynwood. Now in its sixth year, this local exhibition is well worth your time if you’re looking for something distinctly Miami-esque. More details here.


GroundUP Music Festival

If you’re sick of old maps and art, get the adrenaline pumping at GroundUP. This year’s festival runs from February 9-11, and will feature the likes of Bela Fleck, Snarky Puppy and The Wood Brothers. Get all the details here.

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Carnaval Miami

Celebrate all things Latino from February 10 to March 31 at Carnival Miami. This festival is actually a collection of related events, all celebrating Latino culture across Miami. Get the full details here.


The Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Did I mention art fans should be excited? Yes, just two days after Art Wynwood kicks off, Miami will be treated to the epic Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The festival takes place from February 17-19. Expect some seriously crazy art, plus music and live entertainment. With entry prices as low as $15 for adults, this one is unmissable. More information can be found here.


Miami International Boat Show

Arguably Miami’s biggest event this month, the International Boat Show shouldn’t be missed by anyone with even a passing interest in boating. This five day event is more than just a marine trade fair; it’s a celebration of Florida’s love affair with the ocean. Plus, you can test drive pretty much whatever boat you want. The event will run from February 15-19. More information can be found here.


Miami Yacht Show

Also running from February 15-19, the Miami Yacht Show focuses primarily on (you guessed it) yachts. It’s a great addition to the February calendar, especially for anyone who just can’t get enough of boats, boats and more boats. Seriously though, this show is worth a peek just to see some of the decadent yachts on display. Get all the details here.


Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 16 with a flourish of cultural events across Miami. Expect traditional dance, art, acrobats, calligraphy and more. Plus, don’t miss the highlight of the festivities, the dragon parade. Find out more about this year’s celebrations here.


Gay8 Festival

Gay8 is back for a second year. After making its proud premier in 2017, Gay8 is expected to be one of Miami’s most exciting celebrations of the LGBT community. Better still, entry is free! Find out more here.

What to Do in South Beach in January

The new year is starting with a bang in and around South Beach! In January, we’ve got film festivals, the circus and more art than you can point a paintbrush at. Or, why not forget your new year resolution and hit up the Fairchild’s Chocolate Festival? After all, you can always run off those extra calories at the biggest event of the month, the Miami Marathon. Of course, there’s plenty more happening around South Beach this January, so check out our full list below for more.




Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The circus is coming to town! From January 6-15, the American Airlines Arena will be filled with colorful performances, acrobats, clowns and more. Tickets start at $16. More information can be found here.


YoungArts Week

Catch a glimpse of the next generation of Miami’s art and drama scene during YoungArts Week. From January 8 to 15, various venues around town will be hosting an array of performances including theater and live music, along with film screenings and art exhibitions – all from some of Miami’s most talented young artists. More details can be found here.


Art Deco Weekend

One of Miami’s most well-known events in January, every year the Miami Design Preservation League puts on this tribute to the Art Deco era. Classic cars, fashion and film are all on display during this three day event from January 12-14. The parade shouldn’t be missed.

More details can be found here. Entry for most events is free, making it a fun day out without busting the bank.


Miami Jewish Film Festival

Described by the Miami New Times as “one of South Florida’s best film festivals,” the Miami Jewish Film Festival always offers a great show. This year, there’s screenings at various locations across Miami, running from January 12 to 26. Find out more here.


Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied on a Sunday afternoon, head over to the Biscayne National Park on January 14. They usually put on a great array of educational activities, typically with a strong focus on appreciating Florida’s unique natural heritage. Best of all, it’s free! More information is available here.


Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade

On January 16, mark Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day by attending this exciting parade through the city. Expect a classic mix of floats, marching bands and more. Find out more here.


Fairchild’s Chocolate Festival

Any sweet-tooths out there shouldn’t miss this one. This year is the 10th annual Fairchild’s Chocolate Festival, at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The festival runs from January 20-22, and along with plenty of chocolate includes cooking demonstrations, and the opportunity to learn about the fascinating cacao tree itself. More details here.


The Miami Marathon/Half-Marathon

It wouldn’t be January in Miami if we didn’t mention the biggest event of the month: the Miami Marathon. This time, an estimated 25,000 runners are expected to hit the track. There’s always a great atmosphere, with the event being very much a local favorite. The race starts at 6am on Sunday, January 28 at the American Airlines Arena. Spectators can view the race for free, while runners need to pay a $130 registration fee ($115 for the half marathon). More details here.