Live Like a Local: Things to do in Miami

In just a few days, triathletes will be taking over Margaret Pace Park for our annual Escape to Miami Triathlon. Beginning at Escape Island where athletes leap into Biscayne Bay and swim their hearts out towards the shoreline. The natural beauty of this event makes for a memorable race day. Want to make your trip even more memorable? Take a look at our list of Miam hotspots to hit up before or after the race!


Panther Coffee, a local speciality roaster and retailer, is located in the hip and funky Wynwood district. They specialize in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans and crafting of deliciously caffeinated beverages. You can also check out local musicians playing in their space, as well as attend their public cupping events. During these events, coffee educators prepare delicious roasts while sharing industry coffee knowledge!



Feeling hungry? Look no further than Grown, a new restaurant that offers a fresh, organic take on fast food. Their motto: “real food, cooked slow, for fast people”. Grown focuses on providing nutritious, convenient and affordable food. Grab a smoothie or cold-pressed juice to start your morning off right. We also recommend building your own bowl, where you choose your protein, vegetables, grains and sauce for a healthy and filling lunch or dinner.

Live Like a Local in Miami


After swimming, biking and running your way through Miami, you deserve to treat yo’ self. And whether you want to indulge in something delicious, unique or classically Miami, there are endless options that surround you. If you’re looking to kick back with your friends and family post-race, we recommend The Butcher Shop Beer Garden as a place to post up. Order their chicken fried steak or a classic burger featuring organic and quality meat, paired with a Miami Pale Ale from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

If seafood is what you’re craving, the oysters from Monty’s Raw Bar are a must have. With two convenient locations in South Beach and Coconut Grove, you’ll enjoy some of the most delicious and quality seafood South Florida has to offer.

Finally, you can’t leave Miami without trying some Cuban food. Dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant,” Versailles it opened it’s doors in 1971 and has been a Miami institution ever since. With weekly specials featuring classic Cuban dishes like “Vaca Frita de Pollo” and “Pulpeta,” you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been to the island itself.



The pathway around Brickell Key is the perfect one-mile waterfront loop. Whether you’re looking to get a jog or bike ride in, or simply want a scenic stroll, this is the the perfect spot. It also features a nice grassy area for circuit training, sprints or ab work, and is frequented by local celebrity trainers like Julie Wiesman.



For your last minute race-day needs, Mack Cycle and Fitness is without a doubt the top spot. Located off Sunset Drive, you will find everything from triathlon apparel and accessories to a variety of bikes, helmets and more. This year, the Mack Cycle experts will be bringing their mechanical skills to our event, so keep an eye out throughout the race site if your bike needs some tuning up!


With one of the most epic courses featured in the sport, Escape to Miami is South Florida’s premier triathlon event. We wish all of our athletes the best of luck, and thank National Sponsorship Account Coordinator and former Miami resident Sean Sweeny for helping us put together this ultimate list!