As soon as I heard a friend from LA was flying into Miami, I hopped on the chance to meet her there! Rented a car and made the 3.5 hour drive from Tampa, which actually was a breeze! SO much better than LA to Vegas. The $3 toll is so worth it.
We stayed at the Viceroy in downtown Miami, which was beautiful! Huge rooftop pool, breathtaking views, outside balcony, and Asian-themed rooms. Excellent service too. Highly recommend if you’re staying in downtown. Much better value than South Beach and the drive away isn’t too far.