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Jesse Scott

Jesse Scott

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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based Time Out contributor. He covers the intersection of entertainment, travel, food, culture, sports and hospitality in South Florida and beyond. His work has also appeared in National Geographic, USA TODAY, Travel + Leisure, the BBC, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Thrillist, among other international outlets. A Fredericksburg, Virginia native, he is a graduate of George Mason University and started his writing career with his hometown newspaper, The Free Lance-Star.

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10 spring getaways from Miami to escape the chaos of the city

10 spring getaways from Miami to escape the chaos of the city

Miami is totally in its prime come springtime. Tentpole events like Ultra Music Festival and the Miami Grand Prix keep things bumpin’, temps are pleasant and our Miami Heat and Florida Panthers entertain with playoff pushes. But let’s be real: We all need an escape once in a while, especially when the spring break crowds invade. And there are some really cool happenings outside the city this season. Your options include a most tranquil seaside escape in Costa Rica, Europe’s biggest design spectacle, a renowned scotch festival, cherry blossoms—and how about an epic party in the dark on one of Australia’s most badass islands? When wanderlust strikes this spring, here are our picks for the ten best getaways from Miami. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami right now

Your complete guide to spring concerts in Miami

Your complete guide to spring concerts in Miami

Oh, spring in Miami: You are so beautiful in so many ways. All of the snowbirds and New York/New Jersey/Quebec/Ontario license plates are beginning to disappear. The temperatures are pleasantly creeping up before the summer inferno strikes. We can go on and on. Amid the season’s plusses, concerts are in full bloom, spanning the largest electronic festival on planet Earth to Ice Cube and Red Hot Chili Peppers wildly converging under one intimate roof. As for your best bets for spring concerts in Miami ’24, snag tickets to the below while you can. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami right now

The best places to jet ski in Miami and where to rent them

The best places to jet ski in Miami and where to rent them

Contrary to what any rap or reggaeton music video might have you believe, life’s not all about flexing on a megayacht around here. In Miami, we get down with watercraft in all their forms. On the beach, in the bay and dotting the canal and river-crossed landscapes in between, you can find rental options aplenty spanning everything from pontoons and Miami boat tours to those delightfully zippy jet skis.  That’s why you’re here: On the jet ski front, we’ve vetted some primo locales for zooming through Miami’s glistening waters, as well as go-to companies for ensuring the rental process goes smoothly. When your next Miami jet ski adventure calls, here’s who to turn to and where to go for an amazing time on the water. How much are jet ski rentals in Miami? Rentals typically run from $130 to $180 per hour for free-ranging rides. Gas and taxes are more often than not included in this price, but make sure to double-check before signing on the dotted line. Guided tours are $20 to $50 more per hour. The Miami norm for jet ski rentals is by the hour or two-hour increments. You must be 18 years old to rent a jet ski and, by law, 14 or older to operate one. Also required by law, riders must wear a non-inflatable personal flotation device and jet skis may not be operated a half-hour before sunrise or after sunset.

9 ways to take a mental vacation in Miami, no flight required

9 ways to take a mental vacation in Miami, no flight required

Don’t be fooled by that nonstop chorus of blaring reggaeton, round-the-clock South Beach turn-ups and all the seemingly interminable raucousness in between. There are plenty of places in and around the 305 for getting your zen on. Mental vacations come in many forms in Miami, be it the largest spa and wellness facility on the entire East Coast, intimate healing sound circles at resorts and, yes, free yoga classes – because sometimes your gym just won't do. If you need a break, there's no need to break the bank, as there's a mental wellness escape at every price point in Magic City. So, when some “me time” or a reset is in store, here are nine great bets.

The 12 best strip clubs in Miami for making it rain

The 12 best strip clubs in Miami for making it rain

  Look, we live in a very sexy part of the world. We've all seen the music videos of [INSERTA RAPPER. ANY RAPPER] cruising down South Beach with some blatant strippers shaking dat ass on top of the hood of a 'donk. And when we witness these "only in Miami" moments, we might want to join in on the action. And for that there are strip clubs. My god, so many strip clubs.  The best strip clubs in Miami span 24/7 mega-halls with circus-like performers, global DJs and a visible army of strippers... to the coziest of joints with the most laid-back, sultry vibes. Sure, you’ll have a great time at Miami’s best bars or the hottest South Beach clubs, but no comprehensive tour of Miami nightlife is complete without a sampling of the nude-y booty-shaking that’s made the 305 so famous. Print out some crisp dollar bills, because these are the 11 best strip clubs in Miami.  RECOMMENDED: Guide to Miami Nightlife

The best camping in Miami to get back to nature

The best camping in Miami to get back to nature

For all that Miami has going for it, let’s be real: It is not always the most peaceful city. Be it the drunk venture capital bros yelling “let’s gooooooooo” outside your apartment at 3am, a non-stop symphony of cars honking or whoever the Florida Man of the day might be, there is no shortage of noise. When you’ve had enough of our public beaches and our public parks just aren't doing it for you (even these secret ones), there's always camping. What we lack in mountains we make up for tenfold in waterfront and water-based fun, as South Florida touts exclusive campsites amidst oceanside dunes and riverside grassy areas, not to mention plenty of primitive adventures and yes, even glamping. Best of all, everything on this list is less than a day trip away. When nature calls, here are the best campsite around Miami to help you find your zen.

Revealed: Time Out Miami’s 2023 Best of the City award winners

Revealed: Time Out Miami’s 2023 Best of the City award winners

2023 has been huge for Miami! Famous people and players moving in, Michelin stars being dished out like frisbees, condos stacking up like jenga blocks all around town – and with that, the rent. The state of Florida has been on everyone’s mind this year (for better or for bizarre), and if people aren’t thinking of moving here, they’re definitely thinking of spending some time. Lucky are we who are already here experiencing the best Miami has right now.  Picking “the best of” a city is no short order, so we narrowed down on a bit of a theme. For this year’s Best of the City Awards, we chose to highlight some of the unsung heroes of the scene while of course not glazing over some of the biggest moments and events in 2023 lore. From Miami getting Messi to an expansion of our nightlife scene, here are some of the best eats, events, experiences and moments of 2023.   

Your complete guide to fall concerts in Miami

Your complete guide to fall concerts in Miami

The seemingly endless stretch of excessive heat warnings and long summer days is (hopefully) nearing an end soon. But while the temps may be starting to cool off, the spate of live music headed to the 305 and surrounding cities remains sizzling. This fall’s lineup includes appearances by pop, rap and rock royalty as well as some of the biggest, can’t-miss festivals of the year. As you plan out your autumn itinerary, make sure to mark your calendar and stick around for these shows—and grab tickets while you can. These are the best Miami concerts to look forward to this fall. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami

10 great winter getaways from Miami this year

10 great winter getaways from Miami this year

"Brrrrrr. We’re freezing and need to go somewhere nowwww..." said no one ever in Miami. Let’s be real, we are the winter destination for a lot of people this time of year (we're talking to you, snowbirds). But, with that, sometimes we just want to get the hell out of town. Maybe we want to trade in our world-recognized beaches for other tropical getaways. Maybe we want to drift in the snow (literally). The options for activities and getaways this season are vast, including catching some tennis down under and a plethora of festivals (even a circus one in Budapest). Here are ten awesome winter getaway ideas from Miami to get your travel planning into motion.   

The 8 best cruises from Miami for your next epic voyage

The 8 best cruises from Miami for your next epic voyage

Being the tropical paradise that it is, Miami boasts impressive year-round cruise offerings in the form of super-sized vessels, tantalizing routes and, yes, quirkily themed excursions. If you’re lucky enough to call the Magic City home, these escapes are accessible in a matter of minutes via PortMiami. Otherwise, Miami International Airport is a convenient hub for all sorts of getaways from the city. As you gear up for your next voyage, we’ve vetted our top eight cruise experiences from Miami to consider. They include adults-only jaunts, EDM-fueled ragers at sea, luxe-for-less options and so much more. RECOMMENDED: The best boat rentals in Miami

10 fall getaways from Miami for scenic foliage and paradise vibes

10 fall getaways from Miami for scenic foliage and paradise vibes

Combine hurricane season, surviving a record-breaking Miami summer and that pesky wanderlust bug of yours and you’ve got the perfect excuse to start planning your next epic fall getaway. Yes, Miami might have plenty of awesome things to do in autumn (from fall concerts in Miami to pumpkin patches and the esteemed Miami Book Fair), but there are so many travel-worthy destinations to explore this season—and they’re just a quick skip and a jump away from MIA. We’re talking a blissed-out wellness retreat in Mexico, a car-lovers dream in England and a Canary Island gem complete with a very cool, hike-able dormant volcano, among others. Daydreaming about your next great escape? These are the best fall getaways from Miami to book right now. RECOMMENDED: Best weekend trips from Miami

The best movie theaters and film festivals in Miami

The best movie theaters and film festivals in Miami

Yes, Miami loves the silver screen—and Hollywood loves it back. We’ve all ogled iconic angles of our beloved city in the movies, be it Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Scarface, Matheson Hammock Park in There’s Something About Mary or Jimmy's Eastside Diner in Moonlight, among so many others. It makes sense, then, that we have plenty of state-of-the-art movie theaters and homegrown film festivals in Miami to keep us entertained year-round.  On the theater front, they span souped-up, technologically advanced cinemas and historic gems screening limited-release films. For festivals, they are equally as diverse, including massive gatherings with A-listers and more intimate affairs showcasing burgeoning local talent. Rain or shine in our tropical confines, there’s never a bad time to catch a good flick. If you’re looking for the best film festivals and movie theaters in Miami, here’s where to find ‘em. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Miami when it rains

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Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny

Whether Kris Jenner led to Bad Bunny ticket price inflation or Benito just wanted to have a papi-level payday, tickets have been silly expensive to the “Most Wanted Tour.” If you’re not one of the fans who had to sell all of their possessions for tickets, there are still some available on resale sites. Seeing as this may be the shows of the year in Miami and you get to jam to “Me Porto Benito” and “Tití Me Pregunto,” it may be worth the debt.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

In what has to be the weirdest combo to rock a local stage in recent times (but somehow it works): Ladies and gentlemen, rock icons Red Hot Chili Peppers and rap legend Ice Cube perform together at Hard Rock Live on June 23. Perhaps the Hard Rock Sportsbook will have a bet on how many times the Chili Peppers will say/sing the word “California” during their set—odds that it’s more than 5,000 are high.

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin

What a fiesta it will be in Sunrise come March 8. The aptly dubbed “Trilogy Tour” featuring swooner Enrique Iglesias, another swooner Ricky Martin and “Mr. 305” himself Pitbull equates to total Latin goodness. Among the collabs to hopefully hear live, “I Like It” featuring Iglesias and Pitbull, as well as “Mr. Put It Down” from Ricky Martin and Pitbull.

Don Omar

Don Omar

Reggaeton royalty alert! San Juan, Puerto Rico-bred rapper-writer-producer legend Don Omar will rock Kaseya Center on a glorious Sunday in April. Count on the hits including “Danzo Kuduro,” “Dile” and “Salío El Sol.” It’s the last night of the tour, so who knows what stops the reggaeton king will pull out?

AJR

AJR

Delectable pop-rock goodness awaits at every AJR show. The dudes—Adam, Jack and Ryan—have a synergy like few others. They are brothers, after all. If you missed them at the totally intimate Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale a few years back or the massive Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise in December, you can catch ‘em at the always acoustically-pleasing Hard Rock Live in mid-May.

Drake

Drake

Perhaps you missed Champagne Papi at Kaseya Center in September. Shame on you, but this is your chance for repentance. Our favorite Canadian’s “It’s All A Blur – Big As The What?” tour hits Amerant Bank Area for two nights, with Lil Wayne and Durk in tow.

Madonna

Madonna

America’s timeless badass has been making waves with her “The Celebration” nationwide. She’s spitting on stage, pouring beer on fans, grinding up a storm – how will she get down in the 305 for three nights come April? We shall see and it won’t be boring.

Blink-182

Blink-182

Remember that very sad period when Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge weren’t getting along and Blink-182 was no more? Well, those times are no more, and Blink is back, baby. Hear all the classics like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things” alongside a newer classic “One More Time” on June 21 in Sunrise.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

It’s been five years since JT has embarked on a tour. That streak ends as the “Forget Tomorrow World Tour” takes him across the world starting in late April through December. The name of the tour pays homage to his sixth studio album, slated to drop on March 15.

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

Calling all country lovers! This free-wheeling three-day music festival on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach features headliners Lainey Wilson, Hardy and Jason Aldean, with non-country acts like nineties R&B legends Boyz II Men and TLC joining in on the fun, too.

We Belong Here Festival

We Belong Here Festival

This fresh, two-day festival on Virginia Key is all about positive vibes and uplifting, melodic house and techno music. Presented by Common Ground, the hyped lounge in New York's trendy Meatpacking District, We Belong Here's 2024 headliners include Bob Moses, Duke Dumont, Tchami and Gordo. Known for its immersive circular stage and luxe amenities for all, like lounge seating, trailer-style restrooms and atmospheric views of the wetlands and Atlantic, We Belong Here also coincides with South Beach Food and Wine Festival, making it an ideal spot for VIP after-hours. The boutique music fest has partnered once again with Smorgasburg, so expect the bites to be as good as the beats.   What dates is We Belong Here? We Belong Here takes place on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, 2024. How much are tickets? Tickets start at $60 for early arrival on a single day and go up to $375 for weekend-long access with "platinum" VIP amenities. Various ticket upgrades are also available.

Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti

Okay, so perhaps you missed Playboi Carti headlining Rolling Loud. Not tomake you feel even worse about it, but... it was amazing. Don’t have regrets again andcatch the Atlanta hip-hop star – who has a new album coming in ’24 – at Kaseya Centerin late January.

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"New Mindset, Who Dis?" host Case Kenny shares 7 life-changing mindfulness habits

"New Mindset, Who Dis?" host Case Kenny shares 7 life-changing mindfulness habits

It’s that time of year where the gyms are crowded AF and runners are out zipping along our palm tree-lined, oceanside promenades in masses. A lot of those New Year’s resolutions have a visibly physical health flair, huh? Perhaps less visible are those resolutions to strengthen our minds and poise ourselves for a mentally strong ’24. Enter Case Kenny. You’ve likely seen his handwritten pump-up quotes on whiteboards floating around Instagram proclaiming the likes of “Sometimes ‘I deserve better’ is all the reason you need” or “Life gets better when you start seeing redirection as an upgrade.” Beyond the simple yet powerful nuggets that his over 800,000 fans eat up on the ‘Gram, the Miami Beach resident is also the host of the popular podcast New Mindset, Who Dis? He has authored a handful of mindfulness-centric books (including a new relationship-focused one set to drop in mid to late-2024) and recently headlined The Wellness Oasis event at the Standard Spa during Art Basel alongside other wellbeing luminaries like Dr. Deepak Chopra and Melissa Wood-Tepperberg. Kenny recently sat down with Time Out Miami to share his top seven mindfulness practices to kick off the New Year. Here are his nuggets verbatim, so prepare to have your mind blown (in the best way possible). 1. Embrace mindfulness – it’s truly for everyone January is a great month where we're all pumped, but we need longevity of practice. Wrapping our heads around the fact that mindfulness truly is for everyone can help