One of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods, glittering South Beach is home to hundreds of boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs. Start the morning with a sunrise stroll on the beach, followed by a fun-filled day playing out on the water or browsing hip little shops and galleries. When night falls, the stars come out to play until the wee hours at dozens of stylish bars and clubs, and gorgeous boutique properties like the Bentley Hotel South Beach offer a posh respite at the end of the evening. The following are just a few of the many Ocean Drive attractions that make this ultra-hip neighborhood a dazzling vacation destination by day or night.
Ocean Drive by Day
This beautifully walkable neighborhood is full of intriguing architecture, museums and galleries. Stroll through the legendary Art Deco District that spans the blocks between 5th and 15th streets and is home to over 800 beautifully preserved buildings. You can pick up a guided walking tour or self-guided iPod audio tour at the Art Deco Welcome Center. Cultural offerings around Ocean Drive include the Jewish Museum, the Brass Museum and the World Erotic Art Museum. The Bass Museum of Art offers a diverse collection of European paintings and sculptures, and the Wolfsonian at Florida International University showcases an eclectic collection of modern art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco works.
See and be seen on the silky white sands of South Beach’s 10 beautiful blocks of beachfront, or hop over to palm-fringed Lummus Park for a game of pick-up volley ball or a shady rest in one of the thatched chickee huts. Amazing shopping ranges from the upscale shops of Lincoln Road Mall to the trendy couture of the Webster’s designer duds, home fashions and chic cafés. Sunday’s Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market is the place to go for local produce, baked goods, plants and art.
Ocean Drive by Night
By night, Ocean Drive morphs into one of the hottest nightlife destinations in the country, and the stylish hotels of Ocean Drive are right in the heart of the action just steps from eclectic restaurants, rooftop bars and dance clubs. Night spots range from intimate jazz joints to lounges and rooftop bars. Show off your best hip-hop, disco or Cuban salsa at seductive, stylish clubs where the party rocks all night long, or linger over a cocktail at a timelessly elegant hotel bar.
Celeb-studded dance clubs around Ocean Drive include Mynt Lounge, Cameo and The Rec Room, featuring hot music and hordes of Miami’s famous and fabulous. Check out the old-timey Blues Bar at the National Bar for its cool Art Deco vibe, or slink into The Delano’s sexy Florida Room, featuring spins by some of the world’s most famous disc jockeys. Sprawling right along the sands, Nikki Beach Club is dotted with hammocks, teepees and beach beds, and the club’s Sunday brunch is a SoBe tradition. If you’re looking for a quieter evening, take a step back in time at classic cocktail bars like the elegant Regent Cocktail Club or sophisticated Rose Bar at the Delano.
Ocean Drive during the daytime is a very different experience than at night. Enjoy Ocean Drive attractions by day and by night to get the full South Beach experience.