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South Beach

South Beach is a district in Miami Beach from South Pointe Park to around 23rd Street.

Get in

To get to South Beach, there are several ways to do it:

By car- Take I-95 North or South to 395 over Biscayne Bay which turns into 5th Street.

By air- Miami Beach is served by two airports: Miami International Airport which is 10 miles west of Miami Beach and all major domestic flights and some international flights arrive daily at the airport. The other airport is Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and is 25 to 30 miles from Miami Beach and all major domestic and international flights serve this airport.

Shared Taxi/Shuttle Service- For a cheaper ride to your destination in South Beach, you can opt to use a "shared taxi/shuttle service". The cost of this is about $18/per person plus a tip (about $23/person). You can find the shuttles outside of the baggage claim area. No need for reservations. For your trip back to the airport, you can contact the company to pick you up from your hotel and take you back at the same rates.

Taxi- Initial rate is $2.50 and $0.40 for every 1/6 mile and there is a flat rate from the airport to Miami Beach based on 5 different zones and ranges from $24 to $52.

Give yourself an opportunity to enjoy South Beach while lodging in a condo rental or your own rental villa. Visit sites like Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, considered South Beach's premier shopping area. It is home to many restaurants and several nightclubs, such as Score and Function, as well as many retail outlets. Ocean Drive is the easternmost street in South Beach, and stems from south of First to 15th Street, running in a north-south direction. Ocean Drive is responsible for the South Beach aesthetic that most out-of-town visitors expect. It is a popular Spring Break and tourist area, including the famous, yet predominantly local, Pearl and Nikki Beach night spots. It is also home to several prominent restaurants (including "News Cafe," "Mango's," and the MTV-popularized "Clevelander") and is the site of Gianni Versace's former ocean front mansion. South Beach has a very active club and bar scene. It is host to over 150 clubs and other destinations, most of which close at 5AM.

Dining opens up a great variety for all taste and culinary preferences. With the most known restaurants of South Florida, South Beach has the best reputation in international cuisine. Classic dinners, cafeterias and fast food restaurants give more option to a day by day casual meal. South Beach is also home to all kind of variety of cultural, art and exhibition events. Miami Beach Convention Center hosts most of the events, and conventions that you could find in Miami.

See

  • Wolfsonian-FIU Museum: Museum on American history and Miami history. Run by Florida International University, it is one of Miami's must-see museums.
  • Miami Beach Cultural Campus(The Beach to Park Avenue, between 20th and 22nd St): Known as the museum district which includes the Miami City ballet building, the Bass Museum, Miami Beach Regional Library and Collins Park.
  • Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Drive): A collection of subtropical palms and plants and includes a Japanese Garden, orchid collection, exotic plants and varieties of subtropical palms.
  • Jewish Holocaust Memorial (1933-1945 Meridian Avenue): An idea conceived by Holocaust survivors in Miami and was funded by a private, non-profit organization that was dedicated on Feb. 4, 1990 and includes 11 different areas.
  • Flamingo Park (11th St. and Jefferson Ave): Lush outdoor park that offers facilities such as tennis, racketball and basketball courts.
  • Lummus Park (Ocean Dr. from 5th to 15th St): Huge grassy area with volleyball courts and pull up bars.
  • South Pointe Park (1 Washington Ave): Good park to sit and watch the cruise ships as they pass by.
  • Casa Casuarina aka Versace House (1116 ocean Drive): Built by Gianni Versace in 1993 and the site of his tragic death is the most photographed landmark and was sold to Peter Loftin and it is not open to the public. It is now a members only hotel.
  • Art Deco District (1001 Ocean Drive): World's largest collection of modern Art Deco architecture.
  • Espanola Way (Collins West to Pennsylvania): Modeled after Mediterranean villages found in France and Spain.

Do

  • GoCar GPS Tours GoCar GPS Tours(1661 James Avenue, just off Lincoln Road between Collins and Washington): See Miami Beach in the world's first Storytelling Car. The GoCar will guide you to see what most visitors never see, while telling stories and history along the way that bring the city to life. It's like having your own private tour guide with you. Tours take place at your own pace in a fun to drive, open-air, 2-person scooter car. Rates begin at $29 per hour. Discounted daily rates are also available.
  • Miami Duck Tours Miami Duck Tours (1665 Washington Avenue): A unique way to sight-see by riding on a boat equipped with wheels via water and street and it lasts for 90 minutes. Have to buy tickets before boarding boat. Tickets Info: Different price range based on individual or group rate, but generally rates are $32 for adults; senior (65+)/military are $26; children (4-12) are $18 and children under 3 are free.
  • Art Deco District Art Deco District (1001 Ocean Drive): A tour that explores the famous buildings of this district and has a limited schedule of operations. Operates Wednesday at 10:30AM; Thursday at 6:30PM; Saturday at 10:30AM and Sunday at 10:30AM (reservations only)and the cost is based on a guided tour or a self guided audio tour (which is cheaper). The guided tour costs adults: $20; seniors/students (with I.D.): $15; kids/members: free and the audio tour costs adults: $15 and seniors/students/children under 12: $10
  • The Beach (Ocean Drive and 5th St. to Collins Ave. and 21st St): A trip to South Beach would not be complete without going to its beautiful beach. You will be able to find food and drink concession stands; rent beach chairs and umbrellas; find restrooms and shower facilities; walking trails; volleyball; rent watersports; and feel protected with lifeguards and beach patrol.
  • Miami Beach Golf Club Miami Beach Golf Club (2301 Alton St): Home to some of the best golf courses with the best weather around. Rates are based on seasons and the peak season (Dec. 23, 2006 to April 30, 2007) costs $200 and the summer season (May 1, 2007 to October 31, 2007) costs $95. Club rentals costs $55 and shoe rentals costs $15 (prices are subject to a 7% sales tax).

Spas

  • Spa at The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave., [1].
  • Sanctuary Salon & Spa by Agnes, 1745 James Ave., [2].
  • Ritz-Carlton Spa South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd., [3].
  • Nirvana Spa, 8701 Collins Ave, [4].
  • The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, +1 (305) 704-3945, [5].

Buy

Lincoln Road Mall (runs east-west from Collins Ave. to Bay Road between 16th and 17th St.): One of the hottest shopping streets you can find in the country. Home to a 7 block pedestrian mall with 400 businesses and it is located outside. You can also find the Lincoln Road Market as well which is a farmer's market that is open from 9AM to 6PM on Sunday year round.

Collins Avenue Fashion District (Collins Avenue from 5th to 9th St.): Max out your credit card on this strip which plays host to plenty of hip designers from Versace, Nicole Miller, Armani, etc.

Ocean Drive (Along the entire street of Ocean Drive): You will find a collection of funky, youthful boutiques and unique accessories.

Eat

  • The Van Dyke Cafe 846 Lincoln Rd. +1 305 534-3600. This alfresco style restauraunt serves an eclectic, moderately priced menu of dishes such as grilled fresh tuna and pasta with portobello mushrooms, artichokes, spinach and roasted peppers. The umbrella shaded tables are located right on the sidewalk, which is prime for people watching! Located right on Lincoln Road, you can put your name in for an outside table and go shopping while you wait. Upstairs there is an amazing jazz club, quite possibly the best in town. Every Sunday they start a week of nightly jazz. As the week rolls on, big-name regulars like pianists Brian Murphy and Mike Orta, vocalist Nicole Henry and drummer Don Miller make appearances and rock through the night. The cover charge at the door usually runs from about $5 to $15.
  • Mango's Tropical Cafe 900 Ocean Dr, +1 305 673-4422. This exotic restaurant is situated right on Ocean Drive. Feel free to sit outdoors or inside, both will provide you with a fun and exciting experience. After 6PM it is a 21+ only establishment. Mango's Caribbean/American inspired meals will satisfy your tastebuds, and their tasty tropical drinks will have you coming back for more. There is live music every day, all day. There is a cover charge that ranges from $5-$20 after 6PM, depending on the entertainment. The staff is incredibly fun and sexy, constantly shaking their hips and grooving to the music until close at 5AM. Whether you go for just a drink or a meal, you will not regret visiting Mango's. It is an experience you will remember and hopefully come back for!
  • Joe's Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave, tel (305) 673-0365. Opened in 1913, this Miami landmark claims to have discovered the original stone crab. You have to try one of these crabs served with Joe's famous sauce, but be prepared to wait, their lines are as infamous as their crabs. Stone crab claws range in price up to $50 per serving, depending upon the size of the claws. If you're looking for something different, there are plenty of other seafood and meat entrees on the menu in the $20-$30 price range.
  • Porcao 801 Brickell Bay Dr, tel (305) 373-2777. A fixed price ($41) offers a variety of food options, but vegetarians beware, this is a meat lovers mecca. Although you can snack on healthy options at the buffet - caesar salad, sushi, pasta, and various vegetables and cheeses, the main event is the meat. Roaming waiters present you with various types of meat carved for you at your table (rodizio service). All cuts of meat are exceptional and tastes even better accompanied by Chilean wines offered on the wine list.

Drink

  • Opium Garden 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, tel (305) 531-5535. This 32,000 sq. foot Asian inspired nightclub is a well-known hot spot in South Beach. With two levels, this nightclub has a capacity of up to 2000 guests. Opium is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 11PM to 5AM. There is always a line to get in so get there early! If you make it through the doors, there is a $20 cover charge. This beautiful Zen-like nightclub plays dance, hip-hop, and Top 20's music all night long. They feature 16 different specialty drinks and they offer table service with a $200 minimum. Opium is a little pricey, but it is worth the experience!
  • Mansion 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, tel (305) 531-5535. Dress to impress! This modern 40,000 sq. foot nightclub can host up to 2,500 guests. Mansion has two floors that feature five rooms each with a bar, five V.I.P areas, and four dance floors. The club is open from 11PM to 5AM, but get there early because there is always a line to get in! There is a $25 cover at the door, and a $200 minimum for table service. Playing rock, hip-hop, latin, and Top 40 songs, you are sure to have a great time dancing the night away!
  • 'Tantra 1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, tel 305-672-4765. A sensual Middle Eastern atmosphere complete with real grass on the floor, Tantra is the place to feel sleek and sexy. Aphrodisiac martinis add to the ambiance, while the house music playing makes you feel that you've found the 'it' spot in South Beach. Open from 7PM to 5AM.
  • Laundry Bar 721 Lincoln Ln, Miami Beach, tel 305-531-7700. It's a one of a kind bar, a bar that lets you do your laundry while you have a drink with friends. Listen to some dance music while you wash your clothes, and drink while your clothes dry. Happy Hours 4PM-9PM, 7 days a week.

Sleep

  • The Kent Hotel, 1131 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, [6]. A luxury boutique Art Deco hotel offering cool stylish elements of Miami Beach including modern themes, unique colors and furniture.
  • The Loft Hotel, Collins Ave., +1 305-534-2244, [7]. Affordable Miami boutique hotel next to area attractions.
  • Westgate South Beach Resort, 3611 Collins Avenue Miami, Florida 33140 [8]. Beachfront resort hotel at the doorstep of Miami's South Beach/Art Deco district offering oversized one and two-bedroom lodging accommodations and featuring uniquely individualized decor with a full kitchen, complete with a dishwasher and microwave.
  • The Palms Hotel, 3025 Collins Ave., +1 800-550-0505 (, fax: 305-534-0515), [9]. Located on the northern, more tranquil side of South Beach Miami.
  • Clevelander Hotel 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. The Clevelander Hotel is known as one of the hottest party places to stay while in South Beach. The pool is surrounded by glass blocks and neon bars, while the dance floors and outdoor stage are often filled with fantastic entertainment. Situated right on Ocean Drive, the sexy outdoor bars are always hopping and they have the highest liquor sales of any bar in Florida. The 54 rooms are well furnished and are all equipped with AC and cable TV (if you have time to watch TV at all). The rooms average at about $120/night, depending on time of travel. If you are ready to party, this hotel won't let you down. There's plenty of drinking, dancing, and contests all day and night. Great location, located close to all the popular nightclubs, restaurants, and shopping you want to experience while visiting South Beach. Due to the party scene at this hotel, no one under 21 can stay here.
  • Miami Beach Hostel 235 Washington Ave. Miami Beach 33139, 305-534-6669. If you are looking for the most affordable way to do South Beach, Miami Beach Hostel is a great place to stay and save money. Located only 2 blocks away from all the excitement, you will be within walking distance to all the major clubs and restauraunts in the area. The hostel offers small rooms that sleep 4 to 8 people and they also offer large rooms that sleep up to 14 people. The average bed costs about $15-$20/night. They also offer a private room with a double bed for an average of $70/night. They have free lockers available to lock up your valuables while you stay.The hostel has a large kitchen and TV area with pool tables and internet access. They also have a large bar that is open until 5AM for the party animals with lots of great drink specials. If you are traveling on a tight budget, this is a great oppurtunity to experience South Beach without going overboard.
  • The Hotel of South Beach, 801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 33139 [10]. An Art Deco AAA Four Diamond hotel offering 53 luxury boutique accommodations and suites. Custom-crafted furniture, soft satin-ribboned pillows, hand airbrushed tiles, tie-dyed robes, rain-head showers and luxurious beds.
  • The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Avenue, +1 (305) 534-6300, [11]. Situated majestically on the oceanfront in the heart of Miami’s South Beach, The Raleigh hotel is a masterpiece of Art Deco grandeur. A celebrated work of the legendary architect L. Murray Dixon, the 105-room hotel was built in 1940 and underwent an extensive renovation by André Balazs in 2004. A consummate mix of style and understatement, of elegance and comfort, of glamour and warmth, The Raleigh is a jewel amid one of the world’s most energizing cities.
  • Albion Hotel - South Beach, 1650 James Avenue, +1 305-913-1000, [12]. Modern Art Deco hotel ideally situated a couple of blocks to Collins Ave, Ocean Drive. The hotel is stylised as an Ocean Liner and is excellent value for money. The hotel has a large mezzanine level pool, hotel bar and rooms with very comfortable beds - you have been warned! The concierge staff are very helpful and will organise most things for you, there is also valet parking available.
  • The National, 1677 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, Florida, 33139., 800-327-8370, [13]. Set in the heart of the Art Deco Historical District, The National Hotel restores timeless elegance to Miami Beach’s world-famous oceanfront. Treat yourself to this premier choice of South Beach hotels, where the grace and style of the 1940’s meet the latest conveniences of the modern era. Known for its chic, luxurious accommodations and classic décor, this distinctive South Beach Miami hotel beckons guests with an unparalleled setting.

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