11 Must-Have Songs for Your Miami Vacation Playlist



Miami is a feast for the senses: Feel the warm breeze on your skin. Taste the sweet guava pastries. Smell the strong Cuban coffee wafting through the air. See the pastel-colored Art Deco buildings.


And hear the music as diverse as Miami’s people themselves. Whether you’re surfing the web for airfare deals, packing your suitcase or cruising down Ocean Drive, these 11 songs will put you in the Miami mood.


  1. Pitbull - Welcome to Miami. The self-proclaimed “Mr. 305” is a staple on every Miami playlist.

  2. Owl City - Swimming in Miami. A quirky, electronic-sounding jam that’s the perfect soundtrack for, well, swimming in Miami.

  3. Taking Back Sunday - Miami. Rock out.

  4. Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Conga. This ‘80s song never gets old.

  5. U2 - Miami. The Irish rockers pay homeage to South Florida’s sun, sand, “cigars and big hair.”

  6. Flo Rida - We Already Won. The NBA finals aren’t over yet, but this rapper and Sunshine State native is betting on the Heat.

  7. Betty Wright - Miami Groove. A little something for the grown folks.

  8. Desi Arnaz - Bada** Babalu. A write-in suggestion from Off the Beaten Path Insider Gary McKechnie.

  9. Counting Crows - Miami. A mid-tempo number for when you’re sipping mimosas after a long, fun night.

  10. Will Smith - Miami. You knew this was coming.

  11. Blues Brothers - Going Back to Miami. Because that’s just what you’ll want to do.


What songs did I leave off this list? Let’s keep brainstorming on my Facebook page.

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