It’s enough to say “How about a vacation in Miami Beach?” and everyone is going to head straight to their closet! They will grab out their most petite bikini, sunscreen, flip flops and a hat and put on a big smile. Because that’s what Miami Beach is all about: lazy days in the sun on some of the most wonderful beaches in the world. Of course, an informed traveler knows that there’s more to Miami Beach than meets the eye.
Miami Beach’s surprises
The trendy South Beach area has everything you have imagined about Miami Beach: bronzed people hiding behind aviator or diva-like sunglasses, nightclubs where the parties last until the sun is ready for work again, as well as fine dining and upscale shops. However, once you start wandering the streets, you will discover that Miami Beach is more than South Beach. It’s an authentic mecca of the fashion industry, as well as a center of public art, live music and Cuban culture.
Besides getting your Vitamin D on the South Beach, long strolls on the Miami Beach Boardwalk are also a must do while visiting the city. Don’t miss the sunset at South Pointe Park either. If you have a generous budget that won’t hold a grudge against you for spending too much, then shopping on Lincoln Road is definitely recommended. Active travelers will discover that golfing is the thing to do here, especially since golfing in Miami Beach comes with an ocean-view. Passionate about nature? The beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden awaits with a faerie of colors and perfumes.
Art Deco open-air museum
The Art Deco District is one of the top things to see in Miami Beach due to its important historical value and its superb colorful buildings. This is the first 20th-century district recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. It houses no less than 800 buildings that date back to 1923-1943. The most photogenic neighborhood in Miami Beach, the Art Deco District dazzles its visitors with pastel buildings adorned with delicate curves, ship-like railings and terrazzo floors. Find out more about it at the Art Deco Welcome Center and Museum, which also houses a gift shops filled with 1930s-1950s art deco memorabilia. It’s your choice if you prefer to take part at walking tours or discover the district by yourself. The important thing is to visit it!
24-hour open nightclubs
It doesn’t surprise anyone that a few nightclubs in Miami Beach, such as E11EVEN, are open 24/7. After all, you never know when you’re dance and cocktail mood set in – it can be after 10 pm or before 8 am. Miami Beach is ready to party ‘till the end of time, so we recommend you should be too. If nightclubs aren’t your thing, but still want to go out at night, we recommend an evening with the New World Symphony. However, even the New World Symphony has a late night show, after 9 pm, when it turns into a late-night lounge.
Upscale dining or under $10 meals – delicious!
The rule in Miami Beach is dining should always take place on the water! Amazing restaurants, such as Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard on South Beach, invite guests to admire the superb views of Biscayne Bay. Smith & Wollensky in South Pointe Park, also on South Beach, is the best place to enjoy a succulent stake and an unforgettable sunset. Rusty Pelican on the Rickenbacker Causeway dazzles guests with Modern American cuisine and amazing views of the Downtown Miami skyline. However, if you’re budget is modest, La Sandwicherie brings French sandwiches under $10 right on the South Beach. Pad Thai adds stir fried noodles with various toppings to your South Beach diet.
Not necessarily a beach hotel
Most hotels in Miami Beach are situated around the beach area. It’s no surprise here, because no one can say no to views like the ones offered by hotels such as Hilton Bentley Miami, Raleigh Hotel or Royal Palm South Beach Miami! However, what we said about hotels in Miami applies for hotels in Miami Beach too. South Beach is not the only place where you can find great hotels. Expand your research to hotels in Mid-Beach and downtown too, where you will find chic, boutique hotels, with attractive rooms and prices. If you insist on paying at least a few hundred dollars a night, then by all means check out the sophisticated hotels on Collins Avenue.
Mecca for shopaholics
Miami Beach is nowadays a paradise for shopaholics, which gravitates around Lincoln Road. This is where shopping is more than just a passion, it’s a sport. High-end fashion brands await along the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road. Eventually your steps will take you to Collins Avenue, another shopping destination. Here is where you’ll find luxury boutiques, like Max Azria and Armani, as well as new trendy boutiques like DASH store, Alchemist and Intermix. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. No true shopaholic misses a visit to Bal Harbour Shops, located north of Miami Beach, an al fresco shopping center. The Design District, where Loboutin, Hermes, Cartier and others alike await their fans is also recommended. However, don’t despair if you’re budget protests against these names. Bargains are to be fund in many places such as the Dolphin Mall and Florida Keys Outlet Center, in Florida City.