Miami Beach, FL
Around Miami Beach
Miami Beach Attractions
From stunning waterfront views and miles of white sand beaches to world-famous Art Deco architecture, lavish hotels, and high-end dining and shopping, Miami Beach has something for everyone. The ever-popular South Beach is the place to be and be seen with its scenic wide beaches, buzzing nightlife, and hip restaurant scene. Ocean Drive is one of the most famous boulevards in Miami Beach that displays art deco buildings, glitzy hotels and spas, and posh clubs. Lincoln Road Mall, conveniently located on Lincoln Road between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, is a mile-long pedestrian shopping area that features high-end retail stores, restaurants, outdoor concerts, and Sunday farmers markets. Miami Beach also has great museums and parks, and a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Miami Beach Restaurants and Nightlife
Miami Beach has become a culinary capital with local and international flavors that reflect its rich, diverse culture and laidback beach vibe. The restaurant scene revolves around luxurious hotels that house some of the best restaurants in the country. Al fresco dining is prominent in this area with many eating establishments providing outdoor seating. Miami Beach Resort & Spa is the place where you can dine on delicious cuisine laying poolside or on the beach. Fountainebleau is a popular Miami Beach resort hotel that provides a variety of culinary experiences. Cecconi’s Miami Beach, located in Soho Beach House, is a Venetian-style restaurant that has an intimate outdoor courtyard dining area where patrons sip on signature cocktails and sample from an exotic brunch buffet. Ocean Drive always has a crowd of patrons dining on patios and watching people pass by while they sip fresh mojitos and enjoy cool ocean breezes.
The nightlife scene is thriving in Miami Beach no matter what time or day it is. Upscale restaurants and rooftop bars line the posh South Beach area. Some restaurants transform into nightclubs that provide music and dancing until the early morning hours. From trendy happy hour hotspots at Dokaru to rooftop bars and fine dining at Juvia, Miami Beach is where the action happens. Scattered throughout the area are low-lit lounges, open-air Latin-themed bars, live music venues, and high-end nightclubs that occasionally get a visit from a celebrity. Wunderbar, Bleau Bar, and Sunset Lounge all offer intimate and beautiful décor, delicious bar bites, and well-crafted cocktails that attract everyone from locals and the international crowd to movie stars, politicians, and musicians.
Miami Beach Culture
Miami Beach is known for its beautiful beaches but it also has a great arts and culture atmosphere. Strolling through the Art Deco District you’ll see this design aesthetic in the architecture of hotels and buildings in Miami Beach along Ocean Drive. There are also art galleries that feature contemporary works from local and international artists. Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the most popular art fairs in the U.S. that attracts more than 70,000 art dealers, collectors, artists, and visitors. This event showcases artwork by more than 4,000 artists from 31 countries and 267 galleries. Art Center South Florida is a central component in South Beach that hosts 20 resident artists who exhibit current works of art in an open studio space for visitors to come and admire. The Wolfsonian-FIU is located in the center of South Beach’s Art Deco District that has an extensive collection of American and European decorative and fine arts as well as exhibitions and memorabilia. The Jewish Museum of Florida provides a rich history of the Florida Jewish experience through photography and artifacts.
Miami Beach Transportation
Public transportation is readily available in Miami Beach. The Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is widely used by residents and visitors to get around town. Metrobus lines connect to downtown Miami and other lines for easy access to city conveniences. The South Beach Local is one of the busiest lines that many people use everyday that connects to South Beach and other major bus lines in the city. The Airport-Beach Express is a direct bus service to Miami International Airport and connects from major areas in South Beach. Miami Beach is also a pedestrian-friendly street with many people riding bikes instead of driving cars in order to avoid traffic and congestion on busy streets like Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. The city also has a bicycle-sharing program named Decobike that lets riders rent bikes for a fee and time period.