South Beach is an international tourist destination and a cultural mecca, and we're so lucky to have it right here in our own backyard! From the world's best restaurants, breathtaking beaches, and infamous live music events, this little slice of paradise really does have it all. Get your squad together and appreciate all the area has to offer by following our plan for an absolutely perfect South Beach day!
Get fueled up for your perfect day with a delectable meal at South Beach's hottest beachfront destination. Nikki Beach, dubbed the "Sexiest Place on Earth" by London Observer, not only offers stellar dining, entertainment, and unparalleled people watching, but it's a world unto itself where one feels welcomed in luxury, comfort, and plush European-style accommodations alongside one of the planet's best beaches.
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South Beach is also known as the home of some of the world's best shopping. Whether you're just window shopping or looking for serious designer duds for clubbing with the beautiful people, the shopping in South Beach definitely has everything you need. Check out the Bal Harbour Shops on the north end of Collins Avenue; this family-owned and open-air upscale mall features designers such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. When you've racked up at Bal Harbour, head south on Collins and stop at The Webster South Beach, a sophisticated and unique shopping experience featuring an extensive selection of designer clothing and home goods.
There's no better way to explore South Beach than up-close and personally, so head over to South Beach Trikke and rent a bike, Segway, or a set of roller blades. Check out historic Espanola Way Village built in 1925 and modeled after the gorgeous ancient Mediterranean villages of Spain and France. The village boasts also stunning Art Deco architecture, shopping, dining, and history. Be sure to visit the iconic Clay Hotel where Al Capone once chilled out Miami-style!
Miami Boat Tours
Head into your perfect South Beach evening with a dose of refreshing sea air by taking a boat tour of the Historic Art Deco Distirct, Biscayne Bay, and the lavish mansions of Star Island. Thriller Speedboat Adventures is a wild way to see the sights and get that adrenaline rush. For something a bit more relaxing, Island Queen Cruises has several delightful sightseeing cruises perfect for enjoying the spectacular Miami Beach scenery in comfort and style.
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South Beach is even more wonderful at night when the neon lights bring the lovely Art Deco architecture to life, and the beautiful people are out in droves. Satisfy your hunger at one of the area's best restaurants, A Fish Called Avalon, and enjoy the intimate setting, creative cuisine, and artisanal cocktails with a Latin-Caribbean flair. If you're looking for something a bit more casual, Ocean's Ten (right on Ocean Drive) offers up a lively menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and more.
Then get ready to shake your booty at Basement Miami, a favorite of South Beach locals. Nestled below the classy EDITION Miami Beach Hotel, Basement is a hidden gem and features a main room with a trendy club atmosphere and a more relaxed sidebar with a huge beer selection. Then move your squad right down the road to Foxhole, another local staple that's South Beach's first official speakeasy. The unassuming entrance in a side alley leads to a two-level bar with affordable libations, a dance floor, and pool tables if you're game.
Wrap up your perfect South Beach day by resting at one of the world's best hotels. The Clevelander Hotel is one of the best offering luxurious rooms in Art Deco elegance. The Avalon Hotel on Ocean Drive is an iconic South Beach fixture that's popular with locals and tourists alike. The Essex House Hotel is a trendy, historic boutique hotel in the center of the action on Collins Avenue where you're just likely to rub shoulders with Instagram models and foreign dignitaries.
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