Life revolves around the ocean in South Beach. The best parts of living here are the varied ways to enjoy the impossibly beautiful land and seascape.
These experiences can be part of every day, like peaceful runs down the boardwalk and shoreline. They can provide escape, in exploring South Pointe or Biscayne National Park. Or, if you want an experience you’ll never forget, hop on a Seaplane out of Biscayne Bay and take an incredible areal tour of South Beach and the Florida Keys.
South Beach is so fashionable a city Gianni Versace called it home. This makes most people think of designer shops when talking about shopping here. Which makes sense, globally sought after fashion brands have prominent boutiques nearby. But after living here for years, we’ve realized this can be a narrow way of seeing the city and the variety it offers.
One of many examples is Elemental at the Bass Museum of Art. A shop full of interesting conceptual design in everything from swimsuits to home furnishings. Lincoln Road also has a variety of shops and interesting shopping experiences. This outdoor mall’s stores and restaurants are surrounded with the sun and palms of South Beach.
From a culinary perspective, the quality and variety of South Beach’s kitchens is unmatched for hundreds of miles in every direction. The culture of food is a mixture of Miami’s old standards and young hungry chefs moving here to prove themselves.
An incredible traditional Cuban sandwich is close by at Bella Cuba. As is an elegant blending of styles and flavors at Juvia. Right around the corner, the famous STK steakhouse sits aside local gems like Indomania. We’re also excited to bring new offerings into Miami’s food culture, like renowned chef Tom Colicchio’s new concept restaurant.
Visitors travel thousands of miles to South Beach simply to relieve the stress of their lives somewhere else. It’s home to some of the best spas and places to relax on earth. Aside from places well known, we recommend exploring some notable exceptions.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a small and free escape contained within the city. If you want to stay within the neighborhood, check out the Moroccan Oil treatment at McAllister Spa on Alton Road or take an early morning walk along the water’s edge just outside.
After the sun sets, South Beach dries off and migrates to its famous bars, clubs and lounges. Miami nightlife comes at a variety of speeds. Depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find something to match your mood.
If it’s distinctive cocktails, The Broken Shaker is walking distance. It’s a laid back cocktail spot that takes their drinks seriously. If you go the other direction with a high-energy Miami club experience take a left on Collins and Mokai is just as close. If you want to stay especially close you can enjoy a drink with the Miami skyline at the rooftop lounge while technically staying in.
A great place is defined by the opportunities for people to learn and grow. These experiences can be as simple as taking a surf lesson or learning to cook a new dish. But, South Beach is especially exciting because the city’s personality is always being challenged and recreated.
The Wolfsonian Museum is an excellent example of where the South Beach’s history is becoming something new. The exterior is a classic example of the Art Deco, the defining architecture of Miami’s past. While the interior demonstrates the new ideas and design that will steer the city’s future. In general, the current energy within the Art Deco District demonstrates how a city can refresh its personality while maintaining its character.