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Miami Beach

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Miami Beach is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.

Miami Beach is a city in Florida. This small barrier island near Miami was originally cleared of mangroves in the late 1800's to make way for a coconut farm, and was later incorporated as a city by real estate developers in 1915.


Miami Beach

Although tourists generally consider Miami Beach to be part of Miami, it is in actuality its own municipality. Located on a barrier island east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it is home to a large number of beach resorts and is one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world. Because of its length, it is generally broken up into two or three districts, with South Beach being the more popular by far.

South Beach
Southern tip of the island to about 23rd Street.
Mid Beach
Middle section of the island, from about 23rd Street to 63rd Street. Often referred to simply as "Miami Beach".
North Beach
Northern end of the island from 63rd Street on up.


Miami Beach has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century. The city has a rich history as a trend-setting center of arts, culture and nightlife, from the world famous nightclubs of the 1950s to the rich cultural life of today's South Beach. Today, Miami Beach is a major international entertainment and cultural destination, with stronger entertainment, production, and arts communities than ever. As a world-class destination, Miami Beach offers several kinds of lodging options. The visitor can stay in a normal hotel or choose from a variety of Miami Beach vacation rentals, including beachfront condos.

Often referred to under the umbrella term "Miami", the City of Miami Beach is actually a separate municipality on a barrier island connected to Miami by a series of bridges. Miami Beach has a large Latin American population, particularly prominent in North Beach, nicknamed "Little Buenos Aires" for holding the highest concentration of Argentinian expats in America.

Miami Beach also boasts a large Hasidic Jewish population, with a "Little Jerusalem" centered around 41st street in Mid Beach. Multiple Lubavich/Satmar/Kerestir dynasty synagogues exist in the vicinity, in addition to kosher markets & restaurants. Yiddish & Hebrew is prevalent along the street.


Despite occasional cold snaps, Miami Beach is known for its generally warm, muggy weather. Located just above the Tropic of Cancer, Miami Beach has a subtropical climate, with dry, warm winters and springs, and hot, humid and rainy summers and falls. Miami Beach, due to ocean breezes, has lower humidity and heat than inland areas in South Florida, and also does not get as cool as inland South Florida during cold spells.

Get in[edit]

For more information on travel to the Miami area, see Miami#Get in.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is the closest airport, but Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) is only around 40 minutes away (depending on traffic).

The easiest public transport option is the Miami Beach Airport Express. The Miami Beach Airport Express runs every 20 minutes and provides express service from 6 a.m. to 11:40 p.m., seven days a week, between the Miami International Airport Metrorail station and Miami Beach (from 41st Street to South Pointe Drive). The fare is $2.25 (have exact change when purchasing on the bus or buy a ticket from the machines at the Metrorail station). To get to the bus, take the MIA Mover to Metrorail and go downstairs to "Metrobus". The departing stop will be on your left (arrivals are at a different stop.)

The Miami Metrorail and Metromover do not include Miami Beach, but you can take the J or 150 Bus, both of which connect to the Metrorail, from Miami International Airport. To Get to South Beach, transfer to a southbound C, L, or S bus. The fare is $2.25 for the local and $2.65 for the express. If you get the 150, you can also transfer to the South Beach Local at the last stop. From Fort Lauderdale Airport, you can take the #1 Broward County bus to Aventura Mall for the Miami-Dade S bus. [7]

By car, take one of several causeways across Biscayne Bay. The Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) in Mid Beach and the MacArthur Causeway in South Beach are the largest, and both connect to the airport and to I-95. Car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors, but taxis, while expensive, are available at almost any time and place.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Miami Beach's main drag is Collins Avenue, a beachfront road that has been called "Millionaire's Row" on account of its high-end properties. Other major roads include Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive for shopping, and 41st Street, Mid Beach's main road. Renting a car is probably the most convenient option, especially for getting around the greater Miami area. Keep in mind that Miami Beach is very crowded, and Miami-area drivers are notorious. Be particularly careful around South Beach, where most of the partying happens and drunk and/or high drivers are a possibility.

By taxi[edit]

Although taxis can be expensive, they are available pretty much whenever you need them. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become very popular in Miami. Even if you don't have cell phone service in the US, you can use your phone app to hail one through wifi. You don't have to have an internet connection for the entire trip.

They say there's no such thing as a free ride, but that's exactly what SWOOP Miami [8] (+1 305 409-6636) is. Supported by advertisements, the SWOOP taxi is a six-passenger white electric golf cart that will pick you up and take you anywhere within South Beach — no fee or fare required, although the drivers will gladly accept tips. Call ahead to be picked up within 15 minutes, anytime between noon and 2AM daily. Unfortunately, though they have "Miami" in the name, they won't go outside the South Beach district.

By bus[edit]

The main routes you need to know are the 120, which starts in Downtown Miami, crosses the MacArthur Causeway, and runs up Collins Avenue all the way to North Beach; the 115/117, which runs in a loop around the center of the island west of Collins; and the 150, which runs from the airport to South Beach. A good choice is the South Beach Local, which operates in a loop from 19th St to the southern point of Miami Beach for only 25 cents.

Transportation within the Miami Beach area is generally good. Numerous buses run up Collins Avenue, which is the main street in the area. There are numerous buses connecting Miami Beach/South Beach with Downtown. However, connections to areas off the island generally aren't too good, and buses run fairly infrequently. See this map for more info. [9] [10]

A great option to get around Miami Beach is the free Miami Beach Trolley which has four different routes (not including variations) and offers free wi-fi on board. The route map is generally available at the trolley stops, which coincide with bus stops. Frequency as per the website: Middle Beach Loop, North Beach Loop, South Beach Loop A & B - Every 15 mins, Collins Express - approx. 20 mins, South Beach Loop via 10 Street - approx. every 35 mins. It is worth taking the trolley just to check out the interiors which are made to resemble the original trolley cars.

By golf cart[edit]

South Beach Decocarts, 1000 5th St, +1 786 383 2278 [11] is the newest addition with stylish Eco-friendly golf cart rentals. Hourly, daily and weekly rentals are available. Each Decocart can fit 4 adults (great for groups) and requires a driver's license. It can hold shopping bags and other items you won't be able to transport with a bike or scooter. Decocarts also offers trendy E-Bikes that don't require a license.

By bike[edit]

Miami Beach has become more bicycle friendly in recent years with the addition of new bike paths and bike lanes, although not as comprehensive as other major cities. Notable additions to the biking and pedestrian infrastructure include the paved "Beach Walk" which runs parallel to Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue and is directly on the beach, plus the new South Point Park along the bay. In Miami Beach and South Beach riding is permitted on sidewalks, which luckily are wider than average. That said, it doesn't stop many people from trying to utilize bicycles (including locals) to get around town. Pedestrians and drivers tend to be tolerant of bikers and willing to share the right of way. However, be prepared to slow down and go on foot, particularly on the congested streets closer to the beach. Absent heavy auto traffic, South Beach is biking bliss.

There are better attempts at bike-friendliness in the South Beach district, where most of the bike rental shops are located. Lummus Park and Lincoln Road Mall are great for bikers, and have plenty of bike racks throughout; meanwhile, if you are trying to go north or south, go a few blocks west and take one of the roads less traveled. Meridian Ave is a good choice: plenty of interesting Miami-style houses to see and a local park. If you didn't bring your own bike, bike rentals will run about $8/hour or $24/day (or 24-hour time period).

  • Miami Beach Bicycle Center, 746 5th St, +1 305 674 0150.

See[edit][add listing]

  • South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, (305) 673-7006, [1]. Beautiful park at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach. Enjoy the views over Government Cut, the Miami skyline and Fisher Island. There is a free splash park and playground for kids, well-manicured green space and a waterfront promenade.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Miami Beach is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district articles, and this section should contain a brief overview. Please help to move listings if you are familiar with this city.

- Beach: Miami Beach features warm, clear and calm waters all year long, with soft golden sands, palm trees and skyscapers right on the coastline. Also, cool breezes from the ocean may make the weather more tolerable for you.

  • Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition [12]. This fair is ranked one of the largest and most successful fairs in the nation and attracts nearly 700,000 visitors each year. Typically held in late March and early April, the 18-day event offers close to 100 rides, nearly 170 food vendors, 50 games, souvenir and gift shops and the World Agriculture competition. Not to be missed – a daily Mardi Gras parade.

  • Art Deco Walking Tour, 305-672-2014, [2]. Learn the colorful history of the architectural buildings, the pioneers, the heroes and villains, and other cultural contributors of Miami Beaches history.  edit
  • Miami Boat Rentals and Yacht Charters, 10800 Collins Ave (Collins Ave at Haulover Beach Marina), 305-490-0049, [3]. 24 hrs. Fun and affordable Miami boat rentals and yacht charters. Enjoy a day on the water and see Miami from the water. Visit website for online specials, including free jet ski with yacht charter on select vessels. Vessels range in size from 43' to 125'. Half day and full day charters available.  edit
  • Local Miami Beach Tours (Sunny Miami Tours), 865 Collins avenue Miami,Florida, (305) 879-7104, [4]. 9am-9pm. Fun segway rentals, amphibious tours and cool trips to the everglades. Have fun sightseeing Miami like never before. Enjoy the city in a new way.  edit


  • Miami-Dade Community College [13]
  • Barry University [14]
  • Florida International University [15]
  • University of Miami [16]


Buy[edit][add listing]

Miami Beach is a fashionista's paradise, with strips dedicated to designer, from Versace to Missioni, from Vivienne Westwood to Chloe. Don your most comfortable shoes and indulge!

  • Collins Avenue/Washington Avenue— Heralded as the designer district, all your favorite designers labels are within walking distance from each other, which means that more time can be spent in the changerooms. Start at Collins and Fifth Avenues and walk north, toward 10th Street. Peek down the side streets and you will find smaller, one-of-a-kind boutiques.
  • Lincoln Road— This seven block strip is closed to traffic but open to shoppers and pedestrians. There's the standard stores such as Bebe alongside unique boutiques such as Brownes & Co, an upscale spa/body and bath products store. Great for a stroll and people watching; and Art Deco fans will enjoy the architecture too. If you're looking for a place to eat, a number of excellent restaurants and cafes as well.
  • Espanola Way— A pedestrian mall off Washington Avenue near 14th Street. Its charming architecture is reminiscent of a Spanish village, complete with red roofs. On Sundays, the street turns into something of a farmers’ market, with locals selling everything from freshly cut flowers to souvenirs in stalls.

Those without a budget head to Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour) where the locals shop at the Versace boutique.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Many international cuisines are to be found, with a heavy leaning towards Latin foods, particularly Cuban cuisine. Some Cuban cuisine to try includes a sandwich cubano (Cuban sandwich) and a cafecito (literally it means little coffee, but compares to a strong, sweet espresso).

Drink[edit][add listing]

Most of Miami Beach's nightlife is concentrated in South Beach, but there are still a few places along the rest of the beach. If you go inland, Miami's nightlife will be centered on Coconut Grove. "Cuba Libre" is a popular drink, known to the rest of the world as plain old "Rum and Coke". Also popular is the "Mojito", a sugar/mint/soda-water and rum drink. Joining and organized nightlife tour like the ever-popular South Beach VIP Pub Crawl can help save some cash, and has the added benefit of new friends to party with all night.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Miami Beach is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district articles, and this section should contain a brief overview. Please help to move listings if you are familiar with this city.

Miami Beach is a tourist town and has many hotels, located mostly around the beach area. High season (fewer rooms, higher prices,) is during the winter months of November through February, with summer being the low season. There are hostels throughout the city.

Do your homework when booking a hotel in South Beach. Nearly all of the hotels have a restaurant, at least a small one, out in front of the hotel. That appears to be what gets the hotel a three-star rating. However in many cases, the hotel by itself is far from three-stars. Read reviews from other travelers before booking or you might be very disappointed.

The cost of services in Miami Beach hotels can be pricey just like in hotels elsewhere in the world but you can seek out local services within walking distances or online such as the popular Oliom, [5]. Miami Beach laundry service for hotel guest  edit via your mobile device. Since you can pretty much walk or bike to anywhere in South Beach, trying out local services is the best way to get a feel of the place.

  • Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island, 13 Fisher Island Drive, 888.222.2206, [6]. This island beach resort offers ocean views, 1 - 3 bedroom villas, pools, tennis courts, fitness & wellness center, restaurants, & resort spa.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Emergency telephone number for fire, police and rescue emergencies is 911.

Miami Beach LGBTQ Safe Place (in addition to 911):

Phone: 305.673.7900

Mail: [email protected]


The main area code for Miami Beach is 305, with an overlay of the 786 area code.


  • Tourism Hotline


City Hall 1700 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139

Get out[edit]

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