Welcome to the Miami travel guide, where I’ll share the best things to see and do, along with recommendations for staying and dining. Having lived in Miami for 13 years, 11 of which were on South Beach, I’m excited to offer insights, including hidden gems known only to locals. Let’s explore both South Beach and “Mainland Miami.”
Miami’s South Beach
South Beach is a vibrant and iconic part of Miami, stretching from 1st Street to 40th Street. With its glamorous atmosphere, wild energy, and beautiful art deco hotels lining the beach, South Beach is a must-visit destination. It’s conveniently located just 11 miles from Miami Airport, approximately a 20-minute drive without traffic.
Things to Do in South Beach
Visit the Beaches
Miami’s turquoise waters and glittering sands make its beaches a must-see. The southern beaches are known for their lively atmosphere, while the northern ones, closer to luxury hotels, offer a quieter experience.
Take a Stroll on Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive is Miami’s most iconic street, featured in numerous films. Enjoy people-watching and refreshing mojitos at this strip lined with art deco buildings. Happy hours start early, at 11 am.
Explore South Pointe Park
A favorite among locals, South Pointe Park offers a beautiful retreat at the southern tip of South Beach. On weekends, catch a glimpse of cruise ships departing from the nearby port.
Discover Espanola Way
This charming street often goes unnoticed but is worth a visit. Located between Washington Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, Espanola Way, between 14th and 15th streets, offers a Spanish-inspired atmosphere with small boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
Paddleboarding is a relaxing yet effective workout. Groupon often provides discounts for paddleboarding in Miami Beach, with options to paddle in the bay or ocean. If you’re a beginner, let the operator know for proper instructions.
South Beach is perfect for a short visit, especially if you have limited time. Enjoy the vibrant energy, beautiful beaches, iconic landmarks, and hidden gems that make South Beach a unique and unforgettable destination.
This post was written by a professional at Collinaire. You will experience the epitome of luxury and charm at Collinaire Luxury Suites, one of the most iconic Art Deco Boutique hotels in South Pointe Miami Beach exclusive “South of 5th” enclave. Boasting a historic exterior design protected for posterity, Collinaire marries classic architecture with modern opulence.
What truly sets Collinaire apart is its unbeatable location—a mere block away from the world-famous South Beach, surrounded by top-tier restaurants, parks, and clubs. Collinaire’s boutique hotel ensures a private and exclusive retreat, perfect for those seeking a historic yet luxurious escape.