For the rich and famous, Miami is a place many have made their home away from home. Rock stars and jet setters take leave of their gray cities to party, sunbathe, and get their watersport fix. They can be seen in the hottest nightclubs, and are found the next morning recovering with a decadent brunch or nursing goblet-sized bellinis. The sands of South Beach are star-studded year round, from the celebrity chefs and Sports Illustrated models who kick off the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival to the world’s finest designers and top models who strut their creations during Fashion Week. If your visit falls during basketball season, escape the hot Miami weather with a Heat match and see how many celebs you can count courtside. Whether you’re looking to vacation like a star or catch a glimpse of a Kardashian, there are plenty of places to see and be seen. If you’ve got celebrity fever then make sure to mark these spots on your star map.
Joe’s Stone Crab
In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, secret agent James Bond enjoys a feast of rose champagne and crab legs at Joe’s. Non-fictional and iconic characters like Frank Sinatra, Al Capone, and Muhammad Ali have dashed their jets to sample these legendary claws. For celebrities unwilling to make the trip, Joe’s has stone crabs flown to its front door six months out of the year. They close the other six.
Not a week goes by that you don’t hear of a star sighting at LIV, Miami Beach’s ultra-exclusive nightclub. Private skyboxes with bottle service entice secretive celebs to this upscale lounge. If a night passes without a glimpse of a Hollywood heartthrob, it’s because they’ve slipped unnoticed through the club’s VIP underground tunnel and back door entrance. There’s a wall of fame signed by all of them to prove it.
As the crème de la crème of Miami steakhouses, Prime 112 is brimming with glitterati. This is Lil’ Wayne’s neighborhood pick for group dinners, and Bill Clinton’s favorite for a colossal salad. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West enjoying a date night to supermodel Gisele Bundchen breaking her diet for fried Oreos, Prime 112 is a saturated celebrity experience.
American Airlines Arena
In 2012, the Hyde Lounge debuted at the home of the Miami Heat. The courtside space can accommodate as many as 250 people—perfect for luxury-seeking celebrities and their entourages. Multiple bars and a high-end culinary program are features at the gold-gilded space, which has played host to such names as Lenny Kravitz and rapper Drake.