By Kara Franker

Calling all Florida residents! Invite your friends and family down to visit South Florida this summer and show them how to live it up like a local.

This summer season, Florida natives will have it easier than ever with great deals on luxury hotel packages, combined with offers from some of the hottest restaurants. Just hop in the car and take a quick drive to Miami or Fort Lauderdale and enjoy the breeze.

Hotels like Delano, Shore Club and Mondrian are offering unbeatable savings to all Florida residents. Book a hotel room for two nights and receive:

  • Luxurious overnight accommodations,
  • Upgrade to the next available room category,
  • Complimentary valet parking.

For reservations visit:

The pool at the Delano South Beach


Mondrian Hotel Marina

Mondrian Hotel Marina


Where to Dine in South Florida this Summer:

Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami: Helmed by Chef Kaytlin Brakefield, Verde offers fresh and local dishes with a side of culture. Before or after lunch, peruse the current art exhibits by local and world-renowned artists at the museum or enjoy a leisurely brunch on the weekend. Enjoy menu items like the squash blossom pizza and the warm shrimp salad while you soak up the sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.

Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miami at JW Marriott Marquis Miami: Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud is launching Charcuterie Mondays, Cigar Bar Wednesdays and a Late Night Happy Hour. Stop by db Bistro on Monday nights and enjoy a delectable array of charcuterie. Their house-made pates, terrines, and cured meats are presented with all the accouterments such as olives, mustards, marmalades, cornichons and pickled vegetables. On Wednesdays, relax on the terrace and enjoy a selection of international and domestic cigars, while sipping on Ports, Madeiras, Rums and Bourbons. Join db Bistro late nights for discounted nightcaps.

Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale: Located at the W Fort Lauderdale, Steak 954 is just steps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as a delectable brunch on the weekends. With unobstructed views of the beach, you will never want to leave the terrace. Enjoy savory items by Chef Nicolay Adinaguev like the bigeye tuna and foie gras tacos or a delicious ribeye. And the dining room features a unique 15-foot long jellyfish aquarium that is sure to intrigue your friends and family.

Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar and Tapas: Restaurateur and chef, Angelo Elia is hosting a new wine dinner series at Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar and Tapas in Weston. Chef Elia and Executive Chef Rickie Piper worked hand and hand in creating four special dishes that do not normally appear on the menu including Pan Roasted Scallops over Sicilian eggplant caponata and Braised Beef Short Ribs with cauliflower and pecorino mash, and crispy leeks. Sommelier Koen Kersemans has selected Italian wines such as the Bucci, Verdichhio dei Castello di Jesi and the Les Cretes, Pinot Nero Valle D’Aosta to complement the dining experience.

1930s House at Thompson Miami Beach: Sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy the swanky Miami Beach scene at the brand new 1930s House at Thompson Miami Beach. Expect expert mixologists to shake and stir a impressive collection of artisanal drinks, while chef Michelle Bernstein infuses the scene with her tasting menu and small plates from the crudo bar.

Buck's Beer Garden at The Raleigh South Beach: The iconic Miami Beach hotel brings its backyard oasis to life for locals with lawn games, s’mores, food concessions by Restaurant Michael Schwartz and a draft beer bar tapping a local craft beer. Check it out at The Raleigh South Beach every first and third Thursday.

Rose Bar at Delano is getting bubbly every Thursday. With a glass of champagne in hand feel the eclectic vibes of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, and modern original French music provided by Miami’s own, The French Horn. In addition, crowd favorite and resident DJ, LOLO will also be on the ones and twos spinning her mix of soulful funk at Rose Bar.

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: Brought to life by charismatic owner Rocco Mangel, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar presents a full sensory Mexican dining experience complete with live mariachi bands and free tequila pourings. Sample from over 330 varieties of tequila, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside or enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico.

For more Florida resident rates and hotel deals, check out our VISIT FLORIDA deals page.