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5 Ways to Embrace a True South Beach Experience

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5 Ways to Embrace a True South Beach Experience

If you’re just visiting or already a resident of South Beach, you’ve chosen our beach neighborhood as your landing place. Now you’re ready to explore. Consider these your starting points. From beloved local favorites that are kept on the down-low to the most visited spots in the city, here are five ways to embrace a true South Beach experience.

1. Walk down Ocean Drive

The absolute best of SoBe is on Ocean Drive. The iconic street runs north to south along the eastern coast of Miami Beach and is where you’ll find nightclubs, buzzing sidewalk eateries, beach access, and Lummus Park. Serving as a backdrop for photo shoots, pop-up events, and movie and television scenes, the palm tree and classic car-lined streetscape is further enhanced when the sun goes down and the neon lights come on. Ocean Drive is also the center of all things Art Deco. You’ll find colorful buildings indicative of the 1930s style, as well as the Art Deco Welcome Center, Art Deco Museum, and official gift shop. SoBe bonus points: Rent a set of rollerblades and cruise Ocean Drive like a local.

2. Go to the Beach

This really goes without saying, but a trip to SoBe is not a trip to SoBe if you don’t spend the day on the beach. Our white sand, turquoise waters, and gentle rolling surf makes it an ideal place to spread out, soak up the sun, and have a refreshing reprieve from the warm weather. Walk the shoreline to spot the famous brightly colored lifeguard towers that line the beach. Stay as long as you like, the beach closes at 10 p.m. SoBe bonus points: Grab a Cuban cortadito from Las Olas Café and hit the beach early to watch the sunrise.

3. Spend the afternoon at South Pointe Park and Pier

Take Ocean Drive as far south as you can and you’ll end up in South Pointe Park. Stretching the entire southern coast of Miami Beach, the park truly comes alive at sunset with pedestrians watching the sunset behind Miami’s skyline. The park offers a small fishing pier, dog park, green spaces, a sprayground for kids, froyo concession, an observation deck, and panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, and Downtown. Stay awhile and book a table at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse. It’s one of the few restaurants right on the water in Miami Beach. SoBe bonus points: Picnic under the palms.

4. Hit the Clubs and Late-night Eateries

While the sunny side of SoBe is gorgeous, its nightlife is unmissable. Clink glasses with a fun-filled night of food, drinks, and dancing. SoBe never sleeps, and you’ll find late night grub along Española Way and at popular restaurants like Mango’s Tropical Café, Havana 1957, Joe’s Stone Crab, Big Pink, and News Café. Party long into the night at the best dance clubs in South Beach. Watch DJs spin, order bottle service, and dance at celebrity hotspots Rockwell, LIV, STORY Nightclub, and Nikki Beach. SoBe bonus points: Party like a local and visit Sweet Liberty for cocktails, Bodega for dancing, and the Sunset Harbour neighborhood for an ultra hip hangout.

5. Hang out at Lincoln Road Mall

The world famous pedestrian mall features more than 200 national retailers, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, sidewalk cafés, and entertainment venues. From Cuban eats to sushi restaurants, umbrella-covered outdoor patios line the street. It’s all about Happy Hour on Lincoln Road. Pick one (or attend them all) here. Around the corner from the Mall, the new Timeout Market Miami brings together a handpicked collection of restaurants and bars under one roof. The editors of the media company selected only their favorites to join the team at Lincoln Road’s newest spot. SoBe bonus points: Check out Miami’s best fashion boutiques for more trendy finds.

Make your SoBe experience complete by staying in the heart of it all. Be among the first to visit the brand new Celino Hotel on Ocean Drive, a seamless merger of historic Art Deco retrofit with a modern beachfront expansion.

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