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South Beach, Little Havana & Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida

Best things to do in Miami Florida - Julie Middlebrook - South Beach by Tuan Nguyen on Unsplash

South Beach. Photo by Tuan Nguyen on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Julie Middlebrook-Levin and her daughter Carly of Taste Journey Travel about Miami, Florida. Julie’s tips for the best things to do in Miami are awesome because she visits Miami regularly to see her daughter, to escape the winter cold of Chicago and to host culinary experiences for travelers.

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Klaw Happy Hour.

Miami, Florida

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Miami Florida - Julie Middlebrook - Palm tree lined road and beach in Miami by Lance Asper on Unsplash

Palm tree-lined road and beach in Miami. Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash.

Getting around Miami

The local airport is Miami International Airport (MIA), which is about a 20-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Julie says that getting around Miami is pretty easy by walking, riding a bike or taking an Uber or Lyft. Public transportation is an option and the Metro Mover is convenient within the Brickell/Downtown area. However, it doesn’t reach many of the popular destinations within the city. Miami Beach also offers a trolley that is fun and easy to use. The Metro Rail goes further outside the city limits if you want to venture out to other areas within Florida.

For people who want to travel on their own schedule, you’re better off renting a car. You can find the best rental car offers at Avis, Budget, or Hertz. When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Miami Florida - Julie Middlebrook - Julie at Wynwood Walls

Julie at Wynwood Walls.

Places we talked about on the Miami, Florida podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Julie and Carly about Miami, Florida. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Miami, Florida
  • Green dots = best things to do in Miami, Florida
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Miami, Florida

Who is Julie Middlebrook-Levin?

Julie has made her career in Marketing, PR and Culinary Arts and is the Co-Founder of a food-based charity in Toronto. She has worked independently as a chef, caterer, recipe developer and cooking instructor in Canada, the US and Japan. Julie worked in advertising in San Francisco, managed a relocation company in Tokyo, worked for an International food import company in Kobe, launched a food and culture-based charity for families in Toronto and continues to work in the PR and food industry in Chicago. She loves to travel every chance she gets while raising three kids (in three different countries!) as global citizens.

Julie believes that food is the window to all cultures and is on a mission to foster the spirit of exploration by connecting people through food and culture. When not planning trips for Taste Journey, she’s probably planning her own, or working in her organic garden, crafting her next meal to share with family and friends. Julie believes that travel is for everyone and loves creating the perfect Taste Journey experience for someone else. She personally researches and forms relationships at each and every destination for Taste Journey. This is her dream job traveling with her BFF, Carly, because now she gets to call travel and food exploration “work”!

Best things to do in Miami Florida - Julie Middlebrook and her daughter Carly

Julie and her daughter/business partner Carly.

Here are a few articles that they have written:

You can connect with Julie and Carly on their website and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Julie’s tips for Miami.

Big thanks to today’s podcast partner – Bluffworks

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Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Havana Cuba - Hege Jacobsen in a classic American car at Plaza de la Revolucion

Hege Jacobsen in a classic American car at Plaza de la Revolucion

Listen to the next episode when Hege Jacobsen of Epic Nomad Life shares the best things to do in Havana, Cuba. In this episode, Hege and I talk about exploring the Museum of the Revolution, going on a Classic Car Tour, and watching the cannon ceremony at the La Cabana Fortress. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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