Live It Up In Miami Beach
Miami Beach is a tropical paradise which is connected to Miami by a series of bridges. Celebrities and tourists flock to the city, drawn in by the amazing weather, idyllic surrounds and great variety of things to see and do. Surrounded by azure waters, Miami Beach is the perfect spot to catch some rays on the sandy white beach before cooling off with a dip in the sea, or simply watch the eclectic life go by. Slightly further inland, you’ll find excellent restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and beautiful architecture. Need we say more?
Highlights of Miami Beach FL
- Great for: Everything you want in a beach resort, from fine dining to shopping
- Famous for: The world's largest collection of Art Deco architecture
- Closest airport with direct flights: Miami International Airport is just 12 miles from the Beaches
- Why we like it: Ocean Drive, the sizzling restaurant scene at the heart of the Art Deco district
- Itineraries featuring Miami Beach FL:
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Weather in Miami Beach FL
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Hotels in Miami Beach FL
The Crowne Plaza overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is located in the lively area of South Beach Miami, just a few minutes’ walk from Miami Beach Broadwalk.
The Shepley Hotel is located in the heart of Miami, moments away from the iconic South Beach. The hotel provides a perfect escape from the busy vibrant streets of Miami.
Things to do in Miami Beach FL
Miami Beach Historical Places Of Interest
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Discover this hidden gem in North Miami Beach. Originally built in Spain in 1141, the monastery was occupied by Cistercian monks for almost 700 years. In 1925, the monastery, which by then had been repurposed as a granary and stables, was purchased, dismantled brick by brick and transported to the US. Nearly 30 years later, Miami developers began the arduous task of reassembling the monastery on the site where it still stands today.
Art Deco Historic District
Wander down Ocean Drive and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture. Stroll past the iconic white facades and neon lights and you’ll soon pass hotels that have featured on the big screen in iconic films like Bad Boys and Scarface.
The gardens and beautiful sculptures of the Holocaust memorial pay tribute to the six million Jewish victims of World War II and the Nazi regime.
Miami Beach Arts & Crafts
Art Center South Florida
Home to the work of around 20 resident artists, this cultural hub has been welcoming visitors through its doors every day of the week since its opening in 1984. Pop by and discover the current exhibits and watch the artists at work in their studios.
The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
This touring ballet performs at local theatres and cultural centres and specialises in classical ballet. Check out their website to see which venue they currently call home.
Soak up some of the street art scene in Wynwood. Every second Saturday Wynwood springs to life! Starting at 6pm and going on through the night this icon art event features gallery openings, restaurants and shops. If you are are a food lover, art lover or someone who just love to shop you’ll find Wynwood a real treat.
The Ultimate Miami Beach Adventure
Ocean Force Adventures
For a thrilling adventure, board a Zodiac from the Miami Beach Marina and take a tour of the surrounding islands and Biscayne Bay. There are numerous routes to choose from, include a special tour past Star Island, where you can gaze at the houses of the rich and famous.
Y Charter Miami
Take charge of your boating trip and charter your very own boat with Y Charter Miami. From speedy yachts to luxury vessels, the company offers a great choice. If you’re really looking to experience the open water, why not opt for the overnight package and be rocked to sleep aboard your very own yacht.
Winding Down In Miami Beach
Founded by yoga teachers Amy Dannheim and Paul Toliuszis, you’ll find ‘sweaty, local fun’ at this beautiful studio. Many of the classes are focused on power yoga and vinyasa flow, though there are plenty of yoga styles to enjoy here. The studio often hosts community programs, so keep an eye on their website for details of free classes.
Miami Life Center
If Ashtanga is your yoga of choice, Kino MacGregor’s Miami Life Center is the place for you. The team regularly travels to the source of Ashtanga yoga in Mysore, India, so you can be sure you’ll receive an authentic experience.
The Standard Spa
Fully unwind with a day at The Standard Spa. Their busy program offers everything from H2Om classes to spa treatments, so you’ll leave glowing and zen. The spa occupies a prime spot on Belle Isle, with its restaurant pairing delicious food with beautiful views of the bay.
The Perfect Miami Beach Adventure
Sea Turtle Adventure
Discover more about these ancient creatures at a presentation by the dedicated naturalists at Sea Turtle Adventure. They’ll explain why Miami Beach is a favourite spot of the sea turtle and explore the sea turtle’s diet, before giving you the chance to touch real turtle shells and skulls.
South Pointe Park Pier
Grab your fishing kit and head to the pier to catch a snapper or perhaps snag a Spanish mackerel. The pier is located at the tip of South Beach, with the surrounding parkland offering picturesque walking routes for those less enthused by the fish.
Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
If you’re looking to take to the water and become a certified Open Water diver, look no further than Tarpoon Lagoon. They offer a number of specialised courses, from beginner to advanced, and also arrange trips to nearby shallow reefs and wreck dives.
South Beach Divers
For a mere $12, you can rent a snorkel, mask and fins for the day. With your equipment, you’re then ready to explore the Jose Cuervo Reef – an artificial 10,000lb concrete reef that was sunk on Cinco de Mayo in 2000 and is now the home of a diverse range of marine life.
Enjoy Sports In The Sun On Miami Beach
South Beach Kayak
Take the whole family on an adventure and paddle around the Biscayne Bay, the Venetian Islands and even Flagler Memorial Island. You can even take a mid-journey break and jump into the water to cool off. South Beach Kayak offers both kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
South Pointe Park
Miami Beach is home to a number of excellent running routes, with one of the best at South Pointe Park. Home to the island’s only hill, you can be sure you’ll get a good workout as you jog to the top. Once you reach the summit, there are plenty of opportunities to take a well-earned break on the deck chairs and observation deck.
Miami Beach Golf Club
Popular with locals and tourists alike, this 18-hole course is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, the highly-regarded 72-par course has a number of challenging holes as well as an excellent restaurant for a delicious post-round treat.
Places To Eat In Miami Beach
Smith & Wollensky
This menu offers prime steaks and award-winning wines, but neither is delicious enough to divert your attention away from the stunning panoramic views.
The talented kitchen team uses high-quality, fresh ingredients to create dishes that honour Miami’s many cultures, including Latin, Jewish, Haitian and Caribbean cuisine. Booking is a must.
After a busy morning on the water, sate your hunger at this lively outdoor restaurant. It has a loyal following of fans, so expect a bustling atmosphere and plenty of chat at the bar. After grabbing a refreshing beer or a fruity cocktail, why not relax in the sunshine? Or, if the heat gets too much, there’s even a swimming pool to cool off and work up an appetite at the same time.
Miami Beach Malls
Take a trip to Aventura Mall one of Miami’s premier destination for luxury shopping, dining and fashion. Featuring upscale boutiques and more than three hundres of the world’s most iconic, recognised retailers.
Bal Harbour Shops
What was once a World War II army barracks is now an impressive al fresco mall. Opened in 1965, it was Florida’s first shopping center dedicated solely to high fashion, which gives the mall an exclusive feel. Here you’ll find the likes of Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Chanel, Valentino and Jimmy Choo. Wander from shop to shop passing palm trees, koi ponds, captivating fountains and bright tropical flowers as you go.
Discover the perfect souvenir at The Falls, the area’s largest open-air shopping center. It’s home to over 100 shops and restaurants, ranging from Michael Kors to Build-a-Bear to Corner Bakery Café. After you’ve explored the shops and refuelled in one of the eateries, why not treat yourself to a few hours of entertainment and buy a ticket for the Regal Cinema?