Miami Beach Travel Guide
There are plenty of things to do in Miami Beach if you came here to party, but there is also gorgeous scenery if you prefer that pace or just want to know what to do in Miami Beach before the club scene cranks up. For a mellow beach–and perfect sunset—head to South Pointe. If you don’t want the “see and be seen” sands of South Beach (where clothing is definitely optional), there’s a great public beach at South Pointe Park on the southern tip of the island. Hang around long enough to watch the sunset at South Pointe: it’s the most spectacular view in town. Stroll the boardwalk at 35th St & Collins Avenue. You won’t find ticky-tacky tourist stands or food vendors along this wooden walkway, set among native plants and trees; instead, you’ll just find the beauty of the local, tropical nature.
Wander the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for beautiful, manicured trails. Every Wednesday brings “The Garden Market”, where you can purchase freshly made baked goods, cheeses, and produce. Explore the historic Art Deco district, with its architectural landscape of pastel colors and funky architecture. And if you’re wondering what to do in Miami Beach when it rains, check out The Bass Museum of Art, also in the Art Deco district, which houses more than 3,000 works from around the world.
Housed inside the Sterling Building on the Lincoln Road Mall, Books & Books is a locally owned bookstore specializing in art, design, and architecture books.
Looking for custom-made vintage clothes and accessories? C. Madeleine’s is a staggeringly huge warehouse hidden away on upper Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami.
A formerly hardscrabble spot has been transformed with light towers and artfully arranged dune grass. Sunset at the newly revitalized zone at the tip of South Beach is filled with joggers and strollers.
The oldest yoga studio in Miami Beach, Synergy Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts offers more than 50 yoga classes each week. Instruction is available in a variety of disciplines, including ashtanga vinyasa and kid’s yoga.
Housed inside the Delano Hotel, this ultra-chic bar attracts the glitterati with its Venetian chandeliers, rose-hued walls, and pricey cocktails.
Miami has outdone itself once again: a 26,000-square-foot rooftop nightclub — one of the largest in the Americas — heats up the roof of the oceanfront Perry South Beach (formerly the Gansevoort Miami Beach).
A shoulder massage comes with a shave and cut, plus a drink is included with everything from beard trimming to nail grooming.
What to Expect: The palm-studded beach encompasses more than nine miles of the east coast of the barrier island that holds this narrow city; as the matching names imply, the city and the beach are fully intertwined.
Headquartered in Key Biscayne, Club Nautico provides powerboat and yacht rentals for those looking to explore the waters off the coast of Miami. The powerboats carry up to 12 passengers, while the yachts accommodate up to 500.
Covering the grounds behind the Shore Club Hotel, the SkyBar is a magnet for celebrities and locals with enough cache to get in the door.
Owned by Miami’s famed Opium Group, this 40,000-square-foot nightclub is a magnet for A-list celebrities and the city’s fashionable set.
More than a parking lot, 11 11 Lincoln Road is an open-air raw-concrete structure with, depending on which floor you happen to be on, seven- to 34-foot ceilings, as well as numerous hip retail shops and restaurants.
Part museum, library, and research facility, the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University houses a collection of 120,000 pieces dating 1885 through 1945.
Part of the Collins Park Cultural Center, the Bass Museum of Art houses more than 3,000 works from around the world. The museum is located inside a former Art Deco library, with a modern wing and sculpture garden designed by famed Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The center of Miami Beach nightlife, Lenny Kravitz’s updated 1950s Cuban–style lounge has live music (played on a Lucite grand piano) and Latin-inspired drinks.