South Beach, Miami Florida
Of all the beaches in the United States, South Beach is one of the most talked about. Fun in the sun, a vibrant nightlife, and more await you in this area of Miami, Florida.
The Beaches Public access beaches are free to the public. You will find them beginning at Ocean Drive and 5th Street and then all the way up through 21st Street and Collins. If you stay at hotels directly on the beach, you will also be able to access their private beaches, many of which have cabanas that are included with your hotel stay or available for a nominal rental fee.
Lummus Park is a beachfront park located directly on Ocean Drive. You will find sidewalks where people will jog, power walk, and rollerblade. There are also various beach volleyball courts and you can join in a game easily. Public restrooms and various other amenities are also found at the park.
The lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM until 5 PM every day.
Haulover Beach is another option. It is the only legal “clothing optional” beach in Florida. It is found on the north end of the beach. There is only one section that allows nudity so be sure that you are in the right section. Approximately 70% of the beaches visitors choose this four-tenths of a mile stretch to visit.
We have a few tips for going to the beaches:
- Pack your own sunscreen and towels
- Bring cash to rent a lounge chair
- Stay hydrated
The Nightlife There is a significant amount of nightlife throughout South Beach. It is common to spot celebrities and many DJs will come in from all over the world from time to time.
The cover charges will vary from $20-$40 depending on any special events and entertainment that may be taking place. Certain nights, they may also offer a “ladies night” where women will get in for free.
It’s a good idea to do your research on the clubs you want to hit to know what special events may be taking place. You can often book bottle service with the VIP concierge of the club ahead of time to make it easier to get in, too.
LIV at the Fontainebleau Hotel is all about being big and bold with glam that lives up to Las Vegas-style hype.
Mynt Lounge has a reputation for being a little more mature, leaving the younger and rowdier groups at the door.
WALL & WET Lounge at the W Hotel South Beach has a crazy vibe with VIP cabanas. It’s upscale and is known for being an adult playground.
Where to Stay The hotels of South Beach are posh. Many of them go for $200 or more per night but also provide you with high-end amenities.
We’ve included a few of our favorites below.
Nautilus South Beach 1825 Collins Avenue The hotel is high-end and offers an outdoor pool with a poolside bar.
The Hotel of South Beach 801 Collins Avenue This is a posh landmark hotel and includes a vibrant bar as well as a rooftop pool.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel 1601 Collins Avenue This modern hotel is beachfront and offers an outdoor pool, spa, as well as a chic bar.
Where to Eat from seafood to Cuban cuisine, there’s a little bit of everything in Miami. Many celebrity chefs have also chosen to open restaurants in the area.
A full dining guide is here, though a few of the best restaurants are listed below.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 1600 Lennox Avenue Classic southern cuisine with a twist
The Bazaar by Jose Andres, 1701 Collins Avenue Creative Spanish tapas
Katsuya South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue High-end sushi inside of a posh hotel
Cleo South Beach, 1776 Collins Avenue Mediterranean fare with a reputation for being inventive.
Other Things to Do although the beaches during the day and the nightclubs at night may be enough to keep you busy for days, it’s a good idea to explore some of the other things to do in Miami.
Golf Courses are abundant throughout South Florida. If you didn’t bring your clubs, you can usually rent them at the course.
Monkey Jungle is a great place to get in touch with nature and sea monkeys up close and personal.
Bayside Marketplace can be a great place to go for dinner, shopping, and drinks.
The website for the Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority can provide you with more details of things to do.
Getting Around If you stay on South Beach, the easiest option to get around is to walk. You can also opt for calling an Uber to get to other areas of Miami.