Miami's South Beach neighborhood features 10 miles (16 km) of beaches with a buzzing, carnival-like atmosphere. With a trendy Caribbean-chic cafe culture and an impossibly hip and sexy nightlife scene, the area is a non-stop people-watching mecca, especially on Ocean Drive, where you'll find the popular stretch of sand at Lummus Park Beach. Another main highlight is the set of pastel-hued structures on Collins Avenue in the Art Deco District, home to the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world. Head to lovely Lincoln Road to shop, or wander the beach promenade between Fifth and Fifteenth streets.
A typical Miami city tour combines a stop in South Beach with a Biscayne Bay cruise around Star Island, an airboat ride in the Everglades, or visits to Little Havana, Wynwood, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove. Choose a walking tour, a Segway tour, a boat tour, a food tour, or a bus tour according to your schedule and mobility. Architecture tours are conducted by the Miami Design Preservation League, among other operators, and stop at some of the most stunning architectural examples and the Art Deco Welcome Center.
- Sun protection is a must in this sunny locale.
- South Beach can be very crowded on weekends and holidays.
- Public restrooms can be found at the south end of Lummus Park.
How to Get to South Beach
Across the MacArthur Causeway from downtown Miami, South Beach stretches north from South Pointe Park all the way to 23rd Street. From Fifteenth to 23rd Street, the upper end includes the pedestrian thoroughfare of Lincoln Road and its associated shopping, eating, and nightlife, plus clusters of Art Deco buildings. Between First and Fifteenth streets is a quietly hip area that acts as a counterweight to the over-the top carnival of South Beach.
When to Get There
South Beach is always humming. Sun, sand, and Art Deco architecture by day, or neon and nightlife after dark—you choose which South Beach you want to see.
Indoor Attractions in South Beach
If you want to get out of the sun and away from the crowds, step inside the provocative World Erotic Art Museum, or visit the polar opposite Bass Museum of Art for a peek at 16th-century religious art. Venture out after dusk falls to see south Florida's nightlife come alive.