Discover one of the most stylish and charismatic neighborhoods in the US. Miami Beach is an art deco-flavored, neon-lit fashion capital where you’ll find supermodels relaxing, incredible nightspots and design masterpieces. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Miami Beach.
1) Hit the beach
The clue’s in the name. Miami Beach is home to some of the best sandy stretches in America. Palm-lined with white sand, these are places to see and be seen. You can also enjoy the colorful lifeguard towers, each designed and painted by a local artist.
2) South Beach
Often known as the ‘art deco playground’ or ‘American Riviera’, this section of Miami Beach is perhaps its most desirable. Shop in the high-end boutiques or stroll the boulevards with the beautiful people who hang out here.
3) Ocean Drive
One of the most famous boulevards in Miami Beach, this art deco paradise is where you’ll find a constant crowd frequenting its world-class hotels, fashionable bars and clubs. Small enough to walk around comfortably - just stroll and drink in the atmosphere.
4) Miami Children’s Museum
It’s not all about the grown ups in Miami Beach. Whether you’re traveling with kids or just like to act like them now and again, this museum’s motto of ‘play, learn, imagine, create’ is sure to be a hit. There are lots of interactive exhibits to enjoy, including a mock up supermarket and TV studio to inspire young (and old) imaginations.
5) South Pointe Park and Pier
Explore this 17-acre (68,000 square meter) park and drink in the sweeping views of the brilliant blue ocean. Cool off in the water park, take a closer look at the sculptures or fish from the 450-foot (137-meter) long pier.
6) Art Deco District
Jump off the Big Bus Tour in the Art Deco District to see some of the world’s best examples of the style. Buildings are wrapped in bright blues and coral pinks, and when night falls the area comes alive with neon lights. Don’t miss the Streamline Deco and Miami Deco classics such as the US Post Office, Lincoln Theatre and Albion Theatre.
7) Ancient Spanish Monastery
Discover the city’s Latin past at the Ancient Spanish Monastery. Originally constructed in the 12th century in Spain, it was transported here brick-by-brick and rebuilt – making it one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.
8) Jungle Island
Sandwiched between South Beach and Downtown, just off the MacArthur Causeway, Jungle Island is a small zoo that’s been open in one form or another since 1936. Meet the animals and even enjoy the chance to bottle feed some of them by hand. Well worth arriving in time for the daily shows.
9) Eat out
Dine in style in Miami Beach – famed for its restaurant scene and celebrity chefs. Check out top eateries including Miami landmarks like Joe’s Stone Crab and Emeril’s Miami Beach. Sample Asian fusion cooking at the China Grill Miami and acclaimed Italian at Café Prima Pasta.
10) Lincoln Road Mall
Shop ‘til you drop at this mile-long (1.6 kilometer) pedestrianized mall. Designed in the 50s and given a big makeover in the late 90s, this shopping center is one of only a few in the US to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find everything from high-street names to designer boutiques.
With such a diverse range of places to visit in Miami Beach, from top family attractions to celebrated nightspots, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Honorable mentions also go to top destinations like Lummus Park – perhaps the quintessential Miami Beach hangout – vibrant Collins Avenue and the elegant shops at Bal Harbor Beach. Plan your stay well and you’ll be able to take in all of Miami Beach’s best destinations.