16 healthy things to do in Miami if you ever get off the beach


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To borrow a line from Will Smith, Miami is known as the place where the heat is on. As in fiery temperatures (obviously), but also sizzling fashion, cars, beaches—the whole shebang. Not so surprising: The city’s wellness scene is lit, too.

From white-hot workouts in every category to juice bars, blissed-out spas, and yummy places to eat, the Magic City is loaded with good-for-you spots that are a must-see for your next trip.

Keep reading for a city guide of Miami’s healthiest places to sleep, eat, and play.

Good Sleep

Carillon

Nestled on a 750-foot stretch of private beach, the Carillon Miami (formerly known as the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa) is straight out of a fairy tale. Start your morning with one of 200+ weekly classes at its fitness center or ascend its two-story indoor rock wall. Follow that up by sitting in on a workshop from one of the hotel’s wellness gurus (highlights include talks from exercise physiologists, energy healers, and Feng Shui practitioners). Other must-tries on the property: fresh-made juice from the juice bar, a turquoise dream treatment at its picturesque spa, and a pitstop at Miami’s only therapeutic igloo. It doesn’t get any cooler, trust.

1 Hotel South Beach

With three different pools on site and its own private beach, there’s no shortage of ways to make a splash at the 1 Hotel in South Beach. Snag yourself something delicious at the lobby farmstand, which is stocked with picks from local farmers and suppliers, on your way to getting an Insta-worthy blowout at the hotel’s open, airy Salotto Salon. Food highlight: Habitat, with organic eats and farm-to-table vibes courtesy of Miami chef Jose Mendin. Get the avocado tartine with pumpkin romesco; you won’t be disappointed.

W South Beach

Surrounded by a sea of palm trees and the bluest waters, the W South Beach is contemporary luxury, right near City Center and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Each room has its own balcony and a marble bathtub, plus floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s pink umbrellas and cabanas beachside make for a pretty gorgeous picture, too.

Good Food

PLnthouse

Start your day right with a pitaya bowl complete with mango, banana, strawberry, and MCT oil, or enjoy a Light and Breezy cocktail for a poolside happy hour while soaking in ocean views at this bright, beachside café. Looking for a midday pick-me-up? The watermelon poké with macadamia is next-level.

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DIRT

With seasonal vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and Paleo options on the menu, DIRT is a one-stop shop for anyone with some sort of dietary restriction. Its Summer Adashah Plate with edamame mashed potatoes is a must—so is the house-made citrus vinaigrette it’s served with.

Lilikoi

With more than 200 organic ingredients in-store, this is *the* place to snag a juice or superfood smoothie post-spin class. Keeping processed ingredients, unnecessary sugars, and GMOs out of its offerings, you’ll get clean eats every time that’ll stave off belly bloat before hitting the beach.

Della Test Kitchen

If you’re big on bowls, this is your spot. Open at noon every day for lunch and dinner service, this Wynwood find is all about giving diners the option to customize their meals with add-ins like avocado, raw roots (carrot, beat, jicama), marinated kale, and ripe plantains (among other options).

Glass & Vine

Looking for a good-for-you sit-down spot? A small, intimate garden feel makes Glass & Vine, located in Coconut Grove, an ideal choice for an al fresco lunch with girlfriends or date night. Its signature dish is Dinner in the Park—available on Mondays and Tuesdays, it’s a three-course prix-fixe for just $35 (a steal by Miami standards).

Good Sweat

Anatomy

With locations in both Miami Beach and Midtown, Anatomy is your one-stop-shop for all things fitness and wellness. Take Pilates class, then opt for a VitaSquad IV therapy infusion treatment administered by professional nurses, a dip in one of its cold plunge tanks, or a sweat inside its infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room.

Spartan Gym

Enter Spartan Gym through its oversized industrial steel door, and you’ll be greeted by 14,000 square feet of turf, battle ropes, plyo boxes, and rowers. Private and group training sessions are open to people of all fitness levels—also, 1 Hotel guests get to sweat for free because the workout facility, an offshoot of the endurance races of the same name, is housed in the hotel.

SoccerShape

If you’re going to be right on the beach, you best take advantage of it. Founded by soccer pros, this Wynwood fitness pop-up class combines strength training and cardio with fun, challenging drills. Leave your shin guards at home and prepare to work.

Breathe Pilates

A small boutique studio located in the MIMO district, Breathe is perfect for Pilates beginners and veterans alike. Its 5-for-$95 new client deal is, well, ideal for anyone visiting the area for a week.

Good Times

Lapis Spa

With rooms modeled after the hammams of Marrakech, the Lapis Spa at the iconic Fountainbleau Hotel is a must-see on our list. Treat yourself to an ocean-inspired wrap then de-stress in the mineral pool, steam, or visit its rain rooms.

Art Deco Walking Tour

Besides its sandy shores, South Beach is probably best known for its Art Deco architecture, namely classic hotels like The Webster, The Carlyle, and The McAplin. The neighborhood is a U.S. historic district, and you can learn about its backstory while sipping your favorite cocktail. Or, opt to learn about one of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods on a walking tour of Little Havana and snag some flavorful eats along the way. Cubanos, anyone?

Walk South Pointe Pier

Located on the southern-most tip of Miami, the pier is part of a 17-acre park. Home to small cafés, restaurants, and an observation deck, it’s the perfect place to snag sunset and sunrise photos.

SoSUP Key Biscayne

What’s a trip to the beach if you don’t make it out on the water, right? Rent everything from stand up paddleboards and pedal boats to bikes, beach chairs, and umbrellas at this sports store, which is located next door to Miami’s Seaquarium in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

Told you Miami was lit when it comes to its wellness offerings. But it’s not the only city. Check out the healthy hotspots Seattle and San Francisco have to offer, too. 

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