South Beach

The southern part of the Miami Beach peninsula, South Beach receives more attention globally than any other neighborhood in Miami. That's due only in part to the long, wide beaches rimming smooth, aquamarine Atlantic waters, and the hot, bathing suit-clad bodies that dot them.

Only about one square mile wide, South Beach proper is also known as the Art Deco District. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 960 buildings comprising it, mainly hotels, cafes and apartment buildings, share characteristics including symmetrical decorative façades, pastel hues and unique accents, such as sunburst and chevrons, that attest to the graphic geometry of nature.

Ocean Drive presents the biggest collection of restored Art Deco buildings, and visitors can take a self-directed or guided walking tour beginning here. Collins and Washington avenues, one and two blocks west respectively, also offer some excellent examples of the style, but they may be more known for the DJ-driven nightclubs and famed dining establishments—including The Bazaar by José Andrés and Katsuya in the Philippe Starck-designed SLS Hotel—that line them.

For more design history, visit The Wolfsonian-FIU, a museum dedicated to art, design, technology and modernity, located on Washington Avenue. Some additional thought-provoking stuff is just a few blocks south at the Jewish Museum of Florida, which has artifacts from the 1700s, and at the northern tip of the Art Deco District, the Bass Museum of Art offers an education in antiquities as well as Baroque and Renaissance pieces.

Perpendicular to the avenues, Lincoln Road, a pedestrian-only walking mall, is a haven for people-watchers. Wherever you go on South Beach, keep your eyes set to spot stars, as movie and modeling shoots abound here, and music personalities including Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan, to name only a few, live here. For fans of cooking shows, The South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February is an excellent time to secure images and autographs of your fave celebrity chefs.

Should cruising for the cognoscenti ever lose your interest, boutiques and art galleries display cutting-edge goods ranging from Britto to Armani, and the locals promenade with an endless array of animals—mostly dogs, but an occasional ferret, parrot or snake. South Beach is, indeed, an eclectic place.


Club Empire
Marea Terrace (La)
Vinyl & Kai
Webster Miami / Caviar Kaspia
DEK 23
Lou's Beer Garden
DiLido Beach Club (The)
News Cafe
Pool & Beach Bar (The)
Sunset Lounge
Vino Miami Wine Bar & Boutique
Salsa Mia
Indra Lounge
Louis Bar-Lounge
Lapidus Lounge
Skybar at The Shore Club
Colony Theater
Nikki Beach Club
Pool At The Shelborne Beach Resort (The)
Ink Night Club
Oasis Cafe
The Room
Sobe Music Institute
Aero Bar
Sanctuary Rooftop Lounge
Coral Bar
Wet Willie's


Collins Park
Dover Jewelry
Neo Scarpa
GoCar Tours
Lincoln Road
Miami Ink
Mahi Temple
News Cafe
Bettcher Gallery
Webster Miami / Caviar Kaspia
Palm Island
Fly Boutique
Fillmore Miami Beach At The Jackie Gleason Theater
Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center
South Pointe Park
Bikini Jungle
Normandy Shores Golf Course
Miami's Beaches
Rothman's Shoes
Art Deco Welcome Tours


Puerto Sagua
Sushi Samba Dromo
Oasis Cafe
Metro Kitchen + Bar
Monty's Raw Bar
Coral Bar
Table 8
Upstairs at the Van Dyke Café
DiLido Beach Club (The)
Casa Tua
Dab Haus
Front Porch Café
Caviar Kaspia
David's Cafe II
Osteria del Teatro
Hot Tuna
Tap Tap
South Beach Macarena
Larios on the Beach
Icebox Café
News Cafe
Smith & Wollensky
Marea Terrace (La)
Bongo's Cuban Cafe
Joe Allen
Social Miami
The Café at Books & Books
Planet Sushi
Sobe Music Institute
11th Street Diner
Club Empire
Grass Restaurant and Lounge
La Sandwicherie
Lou's Beer Garden
China Grill
Tuscan Steak
Blue Door
Vinyl & Kai
El Rancho Grande
Big Pink
Ink Night Club
Emeril's Miami Beach
Lapidus Lounge
Salsa Mia
Nexxt Café
Viajante Segundo (El)
Room Inc
Pizza Rustica
Bar & Courtyard (The)
San Loco Tacos
BLT Steak Miami
Bond St. Lounge
Lincoln Road Café
Shoji Sushi
A La Folie
Barton G. The Restaurant
Prime One Twelve
Jerry's Famous Deli
Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant


The Loft Hotel
The Regent South Beach
Raleigh Hotel
The Sagamore
Casa Grande
The Sanctuary Hotel of South Beach
Miami Beach International Traveler's Hostel
Century Hotel
Clay Hotel & International Hostel
Nassau Suite Hotel
Whitelaw Hotel
National Hotel
Hotel Astor
South Beach Marriott
The Clinton Hotel
Hotel Franklin
Albion Hotel
Hotel Impala
Lords South Beach (formerly Hotel Nash)
Hotel Ocean
The Standard
Ocean Spray Hotel
Hotel Shelley
The Angler's Resort
Hotel Victor
Gansevoort South
Vincci South Beach
Bentley Hotel
Doubletree Surfcomber
Pelican Hotel
The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
Chesterfield Hotel, Suites and Day Spa
The Kent
Hotel Chelsea
Essex House Hotel and Suites
Casa Tua
Lily Leon Hotel
Loews Hotel
Fisher Island Club
The Setai
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
The Shore Club
Crest Hotel Suites
Hotel St. Augustine
The Tides
Park Washington Hotel
Royal Palm Hotel
South Beach Plaza Villas
The Hotel

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