Miami cityscape along the beach strip with blue sea. as a yacht sails towards a bridge.

Planning Your Trip

Secluded on a peninsula yet only 15 minutes from the energy of Miami’s South Beach, the hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway. From beautiful beaches to a night out on the town, here’s what to bring along.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
What to Pack

While Miami’s weather is just about perfect, unexpected rain showers do happen. Pack a small umbrella in your tote bag to take along as you explore the city.

Weekend Getaway

Just a quick jaunt from cities like New York and Washington, D.C., Bal Harbour and the surrounding Miami metro area make for a perfect weekend destination. Bring along a few essentials to ensure you’re able to cover a lot of ground in a short time.


  • Pack a pair of comfortable sandals that can take you from lounging on the beach to exploring the city.

  • One of Miami’s greatest assets, the sunny weather, requires a few extra accessories to keep your skin protected. Bring along a wide-brimmed hat and stylish sunglasses to avoid overexposure.

  • Stash a lightweight scarf in your beach bag to transition from day to night — the ocean breezes can be chilly once the sun goes down.
Exploring the City

Bal Harbour, situated at the northern tip of Miami Beach, has ideal access to many of the city’s best museums, galleries and botanical gardens, as well as shopping and dining. Here’s what to pack.


  • There’s so much to see and do in and around Bal Harbour — opt for a pair of stylish sneakers to keep you comfortable as you explore the myriad museums, galleries and boutiques.

  • For evening outings, do as the locals do and err on the side of dressy: slacks and button-downs for men, sheath dresses and high heels for women.

  • There is an abundance of great shopping in Miami, beginning with the Bal Harbour Shops just down the street. Consider bringing along an extra tote bag for packing your new wares.
Beach Vacation

While there is so much to experience in Miami, simply relax on Bal Harbour’s white-sand beaches — which are wonderfully secluded compared to the rest of the city’s beaches. Stock your beach bag with these must-haves.


  • Pack multiple swimsuits so that you always have a dry option at the ready. Ladies may want to consider bringing different suit types for different activities.

  • A waterproof beach bag (or pouch within) is vital to keep e-readers and tablets safe from unexpected ocean swells or rain showers.

  • A sarong or lightweight cover-up will take you seamlessly from the beach to happy hour on the patio — stash a couple of stylish options in your suitcase.
Semi-Private Beach
Semi-Private Beach
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
What to Reserve

Whether a romantic getaway or a relaxing girls' trip, a little planning can ensure you’re able to do everything on your itinerary. Classes at Exhale spa, a table at LIV nightclub, a session with the hotel’s Couture Concierge and dinner at Miami's best restaurants can all be arranged prior to your arrival.

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Ritz Carlton Hotel image
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

Bal Harbour offers a distinct destination: amid the energy of Miami Beach yet secluded enough to feel like a true getaway. To make the most of your visit, the hotel’s local experts have crafted itineraries for a romantic retreat and an arts-focused weekend.

2-Day Romantic Getaway

Combine the warmth of the sunlight, the sound and sight of gentle Atlantic waves and the natural splendor of Bal Harbour, and it adds up to a relaxed, romantic getaway. This upscale Florida village and surrounding beaches are home to the perfect places to let time drift away as you spend time together in fine restaurants, elaborate gardens and intimate venues. These coastal adventures will create idyllic memories that ignite the flames of love, and keep them well ablaze.