Famed for its Cuban influences, trendy nightclubs, fresh seafood, beachside hotels and resorts, and the colorful art deco buildings around town, South Beach is a glamorous paradise within Miami. I had previously stayed in Miami a few years ago and had always said that if I return that I would spend my time in South Beach after and that is exactly what I did and therefore got to experience the culture, food and beaches.
1. Hotel Astor in South Beach is set one block from Collins Avenue and two blocks from Ocean Drive and the beach, the hotel is well-situated for dining, nightlife, and culture in Miami Beach — but still feels quiet. With bold geometric patterns and touches of pastel green, the lobby at the Hotel Astor is a lovely testament to the Art Deco style so prominent in Miami and South Beach. The rooms are sleek and soothing and it has that fun-loving vibe that tourists want in a hotel with character and style.
2. Explore The Art Deco District
Chances are that if you’ve seen photos of Miami, you’ve caught a glimpse of the famed art deco buildings that the city is so well known for. Take a walking tour through this area for a closer look at this historic part of Miami. It’s an especially great spot to visit for architecture buffs. Head to the Art Deco Welcome Center where you’ll have the option to take a guided or self-guided tour of these colorful buildings.
3. Shop At Lincoln Road Mall – The Mall at Lincoln Road is a shopper’s paradise—a pedestrians-only strip of boutiques and designer shops. Stop by for anything from Zara to Guess to Swarovski. While you’re there, grab a tasty lunch of chicken and black beans at Havana 1957, and if it’s Sunday, be sure to check out the fresh fruits and veggies at the Farmer’s Market.
4. Watch The Sunrise – Top off your getaway with a quiet moment at the beach. South Point Park is the best place in Miami to enjoy the sunset or sunrise. Bring your camera for an early morning or late afternoon photoshoot. It‘s a picturesque spot, with walkways, benches, and green spaces that look out over the Gulf.
5. Stop at a Cuban Cafe and get a traditional Cuban coffee, such as the famous cortadito (beware it’s VERY strong!). You also can’t really leave Miami without having at least 1 Cuban sandwich.
6. Walk through Espanola Way and have dinner, drinks, or just people watch and listen to music.
7. Enjoy the nightlife – it’s what South Beach is best known for! Places like Liv, The Basement, and Bodega are all unique places around the city. Know that clubs in South Beach can be a very expensive and tricky to get in, so your best bet is to know a promoter, show up early, or buy a table in advance.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO SOUTH BEACH MIAMI? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT, PLACES TO STAY, OR THINGS TO DO? COMMENT BELOW WITH MORE RECOMMENDATIONS!