I got in touch with Marit through her very inspiring instagram account that gave me this endless summer vibe that of course went straight to this beach seekers heart. Marit has been calling Miami home for the last two years and admit her summer heart living the dream, as her seasons now are hot or hotter. After two years in Miami Marit seems to know Miami like a local and luckily she is willing to share all her favs with The Beach Seekers. So if you going to Miami soon the below is for you.. And if you need more summer vibes after this read, go follow @Marit1306 on insta …Cause who does not want summer vibes all year round?!
What role does the ocean & the beach play in your life?
Ever since I was a kid my parents took me on long journeys to exotic places all over the world. I remember spending long days playing on white sandy beaches in places like Bali, Barbados and Langkawi with my sisters. Living in Norway I always longed for summer or traveling somewhere warm so that I could be on the beach. I grew up close to the ocean, and I would go to the beaches nearby regardless of the season just to look at it and listen to the waves even if it was way too cold to go in the water. Now I’m lucky enough to live in a place where the sea is always warm and the seasons can be divided into two, hot and hotter. Also living on the 45th floor with unobstructed ocean views in downtown Miami is like a dream come true. I get to wake up to the most amazing sunrises every day, and I’m so grateful for it.
What is your favourite beach destination?
At the moment I would say that the beaches right here in Miami makes the perfect beach destination. Miami Beach/south beach is my favorite. First of all because it’s a beautiful beach, with crystal clear turquoise water, warm enough to swim in year round. But also because it’s such a breath of fresh air in the middle of a big city. Having an amazing beach like that so close makes me feel really lucky. If you’re in Miami and looking for more peaceful beaches away from the crowd Key Biscayne is only 15 min away from the city center. Here you can visit beautiful parks with amazing beaches that are perfect for activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or wind surfing. On a weekday you can get parts of the beaches out here all to yourself and you get a perfect break from the hustle and bustle in the city.
For high quality coffee in Miami make sure to visit Panther Coffee. Their Wynwood location is my favorite and I always stop by when I’m in the neighborhood. There’s almost always a line, but their cold brew latte is totally worth the wait. As they say, living in a place as warm as Miami cold brew isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity.
In Miami it’s all about brunch, especially on the weekends, with lots of mimosas and girl talk. There’s a great French bakery close to where I live called Bachour Bakery + Bistro. They have the best pancakes, healthy and tasty granola bowls, and yummy baked goods and pastries. You cannot book a table at this place, but the ambience, high service level and great food makes sure there’s always a long line of people on the sidewalk just waiting to get a table.
Miami is great for shopping. The streets near South Beach have lots of different stores, both big brand stores and small local ones. Then there’s the design district; here you can find more exclusive shopping if that’s preferable.
Best healthy eats?
There are quite a few healthy and cool places to get healthy and tasty food in Miami these days. Pura Vida on South Beach have a great selection of acai bowls, smoothies and juices. The place is really nice for a sit down lunch or to grab something to go and bring it to beach. Another favorite is Dr Smood. They take healthy eating to a new level with organic and non gmo performance food. Their iced matcha latte is my favorite.
The Lido Bayside Grill, located at The Standard hotel. Come for just drinks/food and sunset watching or combine it with a day at the pool or the spa at the hotel. Either way it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set over the skyline in downtown Miami.
Nail salons can be found everywhere in this city, but not all of them are concerned with quality. I’ve been going to a place called Spa and Nail Fever in downtown Miami for a really long time. They always get it right and the staff is super friendly. I go every three weeks or so, and usually get the full package with gel mani/pedi and spa treatment for the feet, a nice treat that is very affordable here compared to what it would be in Norway.
Best way to exercise here?
I’ve been going to Exhale Spa and Fitness Center on a daily basis for a long time. They have great yoga and barre classes in a chic and fresh environment. For those who prefer a tougher workout I recommend Society Barbell & Fitness. Take a class here and you’re guaranteed to be pushed to your limit. Another great way to keep fit is to go for a beach run. Miami Beach is the place to go, whether you prefer to run on the beach itself or the boardwalk right next to it.
Chicest place to stay here?
If I didn’t live in Miami and was to stay at a hotel I would stay at one close to the beach. Miami have great hotels that are literally on the beach, and there are plenty to choose from. I would go for Faena House or 1 Hotel, based on their beautiful pool areas and restaurants/bars. They are both on the beach, so the location couldn’t be better. If traveling in a bigger group it might be worth to check out airbnb, you can find some really awesome properties for rent there at a reasonable price.
The opportunities are endless in Miami. Check out Wynwood art district. Some of the world’s most famous graffiti artists have put their artistic mark on this up and coming neighborhood. Take a walk on Ocean Drive and look at all the beautiful Art Deco buildings. Shopping on Lincoln Road. It is a free outdoor movie screenings every Wednesday night outside the new world symphony on Lincoln Road. Paddle boarding on Virginia Key (here you can spot dolphins, manatees and sea turtles). Miami Beach/South Beach, well known for its colorful lifeguard towers and crystal clear turquoise water. Watch the cruise ships as they leave in the afternoon from the pier in South Pointe Park. Watch a basketball game with Miami Heat. Take an airboat ride or go biking in the Everglades and see alligators.
There are also a few big events that take place in Miami every year that attracts big crowds. Such as Art Basel, Ultra Music Festival and the Food and wine festival.
If you have time I highly recommend renting a car and driving down the Florida Keys to Key West. The drive is breathtakingly beautiful, with amazing islands such as Islamorada and Bahia Honda with great beaches. The sunsets in Key West are spectacular and I always have a good time there. The whole city operates with so called island time, so there’s never any rush and the atmosphere is mellow.
In your beach bag?
The most important things for me are definitely water and SPF. I never go without it. I always bring a beach sheet from Beach Road Designs. They are lightweight, with tropical colors and do not attract sand, so they are easy to clean. I also bring my phone and headset, or a portable speaker for good vibes, and lots of fruit like pineapple and watermelon.
Before the beach I make sure I’m covered in SPF from head to toe. I always use 30 for the face and at least 15 for the rest. Living a place where the sun shines almost every day makes you more aware of the importance of taking care of your skin. My favorite SPF brands are Neutrogena for the face, Beachbum for the body and Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray for the hair. After the beach I usually take a cold shower and apply lots of aftersun, either from Sunbum or Banana boat.
Your secret to keep fit on holidays?
I always love to explore the places I visit, and feel like the best way to do it is to walk or bike around. Planning active vacations helps in order to make sure you don’t just lounge around. I also make sure to drink lots of water and limit alcoholic beverages in order to stay hydrated and keep my energy levels high.
Your beach uniform?
Most of my bikinis are from Rip Curl, O’Neill or Lsea Swimwear. They all have good looking yet practical swimwear that works for both lazy beach days or more active days of snorkeling or paddle boarding.
What is your favourite part of an ultimate beach day?
My favorite part of a day at the beach is when we go snorkeling and get to explore all the wonderful treasures of the sea. It’s always exciting to find a huge conch shell or Bahamas sea star. Being in the water is the best, and I always look forward to jump in, as soon the camp is set!