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We know, we know—Miami is expensive. But sometimes, we just can’t help that urge to live large, too. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities. A 60-minute massage at the 1 Hotel South Beach? Check. Bottomless brunch bubbly? On it. Here, four lavish activities that won’t break the bank.

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Sunday Brunch at Prime Fish

You’ll want to slot this swanky South Beach brunch into your weekend plans ASAP. For $55, indulge in a seafood-filled buffet stocked with everything from sushi and oysters to French toast and fresh veggies. Then select an egg-centric entrée from its à la carte menu, followed by a visit (or three) to a dessert stand replete with homemade s’mores and apple pie bars. The price includes unlimited mimosas too. Basically, it’s our favorite place for an all-day eat-and-drink sesh without blowing our entire savings.

100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-4550 or

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Book a Treatment During Miami Spa Month

There’s really nothing like getting a lavish massage…especially when it’s up to 50 percent off. Throughout July and August, dozens of spas at our favorite places (The Setai! The Miami Beach Edition! 1 Hotel South Beach! The Faena Hotel!) offer treatments priced at $109 and $139, instead of the spas’ usual $300 to $500 pricings. We suggest a Himalayan salt stone massage at the 1 Hotel, or a “Model Behavior” facial, which uses an all-natural mask and includes a shoulder and neck massage, at the Miami Beach Edition.

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Happy Hour at YAKU by La Mar

$15 margs in South Beach? No thanks. We’re thinking something like $6 Pisco punches, $5 bites, a live DJ and this unbeatable view. Basically, this swanky Brickell retreat is everything we could ever wish for on a Friday night (without spending more than $20).

500 Brickell Key Dr., Brickell; 305-913-8383 or

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Beach Day at Matheson Hammock Park

What? You can go here without spending more than $10 on parking and gas? That’s right. This tiny strip of serenity is the perfect place to lie on the gorgeously soft sand, reminiscent of that private island you’ve been dreaming of. Staycation? Check.

9610 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; it’s right off Old Cutler Road. Ride your bike a few miles to the beach or drive and park in a nearby lot.

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