Updated: Jul 26, 2020
AHHHH.... Miami, I get excited just thinking about this diverse, bizarre and never boring destination! South Beach is a vacation spot that MUST be experienced in your lifetime. There is something for everyone; Epic nightlife, world-class cuisine, breathtaking water activities, swanky shops, unbelievable gorgeous beaches and of course, a tranquil transparent ocean! Listed below is my weekend guide to South Beach Miami..
I LOVE going to SoBe for a quick weekend getaway. I'm going to take you through a few of my favorite things to see and do when in South Beach!! So, cue the Latin music, grab your bikini's, and meet me in Miami! (just ask Alexa to play Pitbull for some mood music!)
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1- Where to Stay
There are so many resorts and hotels to choose from when visiting South Beach. You can find anything within your price range! My favorite is The Royal Palm located on 15th and Collins Ave. A year ago, they renovated their pool and outside bar, and the atmosphere is very chill. You can choose standard rooms, or we stayed in a 2-bedroom suit, which consisted of 2 king rooms, each with their own bathroom, and a HUGE living area with wrap around windows for a 180 degree view! In the picture below, our building is the skinny one with circular windows. One floor of the circular window was the whole front of the living room!
The best place to stay is mid-beach, where you are close to everything within walking distance. If you want to see lots of action head south (the prices are a bit higher), if you want some peace and quiet head north. Click here to check out more of The Royal Palm.
2- Things to do
There are so many things to do in South Beach Miami. This exciting destination will keep you coming back for more. listed below are a few of my favorites!
1. Ocean activities! - Need I say more! There are sooo many great things to do on the ocean; Take a boat tour and cruise around millionaire row, rent jet skis, paddle board or take a romantic sunset cruise. Don't forget to check your local discount sites like Living Social, Groupon, Expedia or Travelzoo to find the best discounts. We rented paddle boards for $10 a person! You can also just bob around in the warm water soaking up the sun (my personal favorite!)
2. Shop - The best place to shop is Lincoln Ave. You will find a wide variety of stores to fit everyone's taste. Don't forget to stop at the gift shops that are ALL over the place to get your shot glass that says, "I'm In Miami Bitch" (yes, I have one).
3. Rent bikes - I personally do not ride bikes, that is a disaster waiting to happen! My one-time riding on a trail, I ended up with chaffed thighs, a sore butt, a chunk taken out of my shin from the peddle and soreness the next day. But apparently lots of people like to bike! You can rent bikes and travel the path along the coast, or you can be daring and venture off into the streets. (I'll Uber, thanks!)
4. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens - It's about a 20 min Uber ride from South Beach, but worth the visit. Perched on the Biscayne Bay on the south side of Miami, this ornate mansion and European-style gardens once belonged to James Deering back in the early nineteen hundred. The estate is located on 50 acres. The Garden and mansion captures European extravagance in America. The villa contains more than 34 rooms filled with antiques along with statues and fountains in the garden. There is a barge, carved out of limestone in the bay waters adjacent to the mansion.