Often times Miami gets a bad rap, especially during the spring break season with all the chaos that happens around South Beach. But, there is so much more to see and do around the popular South Florida hotspot. Whether you hit up South Beach during low season or spend your days lapping in luxury around Miami Beach or Biscayne Bay— you literally can make your trip as over-the-top as you want and need.

Has Miami been on your list? Or are you looking to do things a little different from past visits? Either way, we’ve curated this list of must-have items that will help take your trip from great to epic— and we mean that in the best way possible.

Go ahead and bookmark this and thank us later.

1. Black Girl Sunscreen

Black Girl Sunscreen

Florida’s sun hits different. And while many like to think that Black and brown people don’t get sunburn, we’re here to say, we certainly do.

Protect your skin with Black-owned Black Girl Sunscreen. It’s guaranteed to not leave a white residue, and the new matte option won’t have you looking like a roasted chicken.

2. Michelob ULTRA Organic Seltzer

Michelob ULTRA

Sugary cocktails can mess with all the hard work you put in at the gym. But, Michelob ULTRA understands that a trip to Miami calls for a refreshing beverage in hand. The brand recently launched its Essential Collection of organic seltzers made with coconut water.

The variety pack features four flavors: strawberry guava, berry hibiscus, blueberry watermelon, and kiwi lime. Each can is only 90 calories, and you can also make some amazing cocktails with them— if you don’t want to drink them straight.

3. Boho-inspired purse


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You’re in Miami. It’s the perfect place to get off all of your tropical-inspired outfits and matching accessories, that you’ve been saving during the pandemic.

A wooden bag will be the perfect versatile piece for any look you pull off during your stay.

4. The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lipstick


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Turn heads with a bold lippie, especially one from Black-owned The Lip Bar.

You can choose from a range of colors, including bestseller, Boss Lady.

5. A flowy 2-piece set


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2-piece sets are all the hype right now. From flowy pants sets, to more fitted skirt and cropped top sets— whichever you choose, you’ll definitely be in style.

We’re all about a flowy plissé set these days, and nearly every online boutique has them this year.

6. Dramatic sunnies


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In keeping with our theme of epic and doing the most, you’ll want to really make a statement with a pair of dramatic sunglasses.

Not only will you help shield your eyes from the sun, but you’ll also have everyone stopping to compliment your frames.

7. A luxury hotel stay


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In 2022, the motto is all things ‘Black Girl Luxury.’ This means we’re treating ourselves this year, and living our best lives when possible.

The Standard Spa Miami Beach has everything you need to do just that. Tucked away in Miami Beach, you’ll be able to get away from the crowds after your busy days around the city.

Be sure to opt for a bath terrace room, to really kick things up a notch.

8. Dinner at a world-class restaurant


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Miami’s party scene often overshadows its contribution to the culinary world. Some of the best chefs in the world call the area home, and they are constantly raising the bar for delicious cuisine.

Zuma restaurant not only has a location in Miami, but you can also find it in Madrid, New York, London, The Maldives and more.

Pro Tip: Order the Waygu gyoza.

9. A yacht rental

We’re not playing small on this trip. Nothing says big like renting a yacht for you and your crew. There are several companies around the city that offer a range of yacht rentals for a few hours.

Customize your rental so that everything you need is already on board once you arrive for your adventure. Oh, and make sure your camera is charged, you’ll want to get plenty of content for your social channels.