Miami Beach, resort town
Miami Beach is synonymous with summer, sunshine, golden sands and glamour. Read more.
Miami Beach, resort town
Miami Beach is synonymous with summer, sunshine, golden sands and glamour. Located on a barrier island on the opposite side of Biscayne Bay from Miami, Miami Beach is home to the largest collection of Art Deco buildings worldwide, boasts a myriad of beach resorts and is a popular spring break party destination. A subtropical climate and ocean breezes make for enviable weather in Miami Beach almost all year round.
Sunshine and shopping with an Art Deco aesthetic
Scope out the local scene with a cruise along Ocean Drive. With the Atlantic Ocean and sandy beaches on one side and upscale bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels on the other, this is the epicentre of Miami Beach. South Beach is the place to be seen and is the quintessential Miami hot spot favoured by celebrities and wannabes alike. For something a little more relaxing, try the less crowded Virginia Key Beach or Haulover Beach for some exercise or just to soak up the sun. Appreciate the stunning views over Government Cut, the Miami Skyline and Fisher Island from the beautiful South Pointe Park at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to keep you interested, including eco-adventure tours, kayaking, snorkelling, biking and boat hire. Miami Beach is also close enough to the Everglades for that dream of an airboat ride to become reality.
The unique Art Deco district is not to be missed. Listed in the National Register of Historic places, the area comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943. Visitors in March to April can delight in a trip to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, one of the largest fairs in the country. Running over 18 days, the fair boasts almost 100 rides, and even more food vendors, games, souvenir shops and gift shops. A stay in Miami Beach wouldn’t be complete without a day or two of retail therapy. Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue form the designer district, with all the well-known labels and a number of independent boutiques tucked away down its side streets. Lincoln Road is a seven-block pedestrianised shopping area and is great for another glimpse at the Art Deco architecture. With the charm and aesthetic of a Spanish village, Espanola Way pedestrian mall is a nice break from the glitz of the Hollywood-style areas. If celebrities are your thing though, be sure to hit the chic clubs at South Beach to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
Timing your trip to Miami Beach
As a town built around tourism, Miami Beach has a wide selection of hotels, many located at or near the beachfront. The Winter high season gets quite busy so it’s a good idea to book your stay well in advance. Do your research and you’ll find the perfect hotel for your trip. Walking is a great way to get around and enjoy the weather in Miami Beach so reserve a room in the area you plan to spend the most time in.
Transport to and around Miami Beach
Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport are both convenient options for arrival to Miami Beach. The Metrorail connects Miami International Airport with Miami and from there you can jump on a local bus for the onward trip to Miami Beach. From Fort Lauderdale Airport a direct bus is the best option and you’ll find them at regular intervals. Car rental in Miami is on the expensive side but is easy to find and can be very practical for day trips or cruising along the beachfront avenues. The local bus network within the island is fairly efficient, however, buses to areas off the island are far less frequent. Cycling in Miami Beach has grown in popularity with the addition of new bike paths and bike lanes, so rent a bicycle in South Beach and do some sightseeing under pedal power.
Landmarks in Miami
- Bayfront Park (34)
- American Airlines Arena (21)
- Bayside Marketplace (26)
- University of Miami (20)
- Miami Convention Center (49)
- Marlins Park (20)
- Miami Seaquarium (20)
- Bicentennial Park (20)
- Miami Amtrak Station (20)
- Historical Museum of Southern Florida (20)
- Adrienne Arsht Center (20)
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (20)
- Fairchild Tropical Garden (20)
- Island Queen Cruises (25)