How to Vacation in South Beach Like a Local
To capture South Beach’s inner pulse, you need to move beyond the neighborhood’s top attractions. Immerse yourself in the local culture and heritage to get the most out of your next trip. Whether you’re already here or just visiting for the weekend in Miami, dig beneath the surface and delve into all sorts of cool experiences you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Here’s how to vacation in South Beach like a local.
Dress Like a Local
If you want to vacation like a local, you better look like one. SoBe’s year-round warm weather lends itself to the tropical-chic fashions seen around town. Think bright colors, breathable fabrics, and a good pair of walking sandals that don’t sacrifice style. For where to get your Miami Beach threads, check out our Blog for our favorite boutiques and an Ocean Drive guide to fashion.
Eat Like a Local
Some of SoBe’s best restaurants with amazing eats and cool vibes are located off the main throughways of Ocean Drive, Collins, and Washington Avenue. For no frills tacos and Cuban cuisine, visit Bodega Taqueria y Tequila and Puerto Sagua. Hidden on the outskirts of Española Way, A La Folie is SoBe’s go-to place for authentic French cuisine. Sit on their cozy patio, filled with vintage finds and soft twinkling lights. If you’re in the mood for Italian, try Macchialina, Via Emilia 9, and Sylvano. End the day at Mac’s Club Deuce or Sweet Liberty for ice cold beverages and a killer happy hour.
Shop Like a Local
From Lincoln Road Mall to the boutiques of Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, SoBe is a shopper’s paradise. While sticking to the main drags will put you in tourist central, shop like a local at the specialty shops along Sunset Harbour Drive or the contemporary Fifth and Alton shopping center. Taste the local flavor with a visit to the Ocean Drive Friday (or the Lincoln Road Mall Sunday) farmer’s market for fresh fruit, freshly roasted coffee, and artisanal goods that locals love.
Travel Like a Local
That means keep the car in the driveway. Parking can be tricky almost everywhere in the neighborhood and public transportation is plentiful. Taxis, bike-sharing, and car-sharing services like Citi Bike, Uber, and Lyft are available. Save your cash for extra spending money and take the citywide free trolley. The Miami Beach Trolley makes frequent stops all over SoBe from early in the morning to midnight, daily. Visit their website for a route map and download their app for updates in real-time.
Party Like a Local
Go hard until dawn at one of SoBe’s hottest nightclubs. While LIV is always packed, clubs like Treehouse and STORY Nightclub have less foot traffic and top DJs and live entertainment on weekends. BASEMENT on Collins Avenue takes the nightclub experience to another level with the addition of a bowling alley and ice-skating rink. Jam out to their state-of-the-art sound system while you do laps under pulsing lights and projection effects, reminiscent of the legendary Studio 54.
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