South Beach sightseers will want to start out at South Pointe Park for a close-up view of ships heading through the deep-water channel, known as “Government Cut”, to the Port of Miami. Across the channel are the Mediterranean-style buildings of the upscale and exclusive Fisher Island, accessible only by ferry.
Next, check out Lummus Park, a public beach park along the Atlantic Ocean. Once there, note how the pastel pinks, bright aquas and canary yellows of Ocean Drive ‘s hotels fight for space on the South Beach skyline. Flamingo Park is another great public park that offers recreational opportunities. Visitors can join a walking tour or check out South Beach ‘s other attractions, including the Wolfsonian/FIU collection, the Botanical Gardens, and the Holocaust Memorial and a dozen art galleries including Art Center South Florida, Bob Fitzgerald, Espanola Way Art Center, Pierre Marcel.
A Miami visit must include a trip to the historical Casa Casuarina, a lavish Mediterranean style building. Located along Ocean Drive of South Beach, Miami Beach, Casa Casuarina is the former mansion of Gianni Versace and is one of the premier small hotels and visitor attractions in the Miami area. In fact, the Casa Casuarina/Versace Mansion is one of the most photographed homes in the United States. Tours at the exclusive Versace Mansion are available daily for a price of over $50.
This is also a key stop for shoppers with an eclectic mix of intriguing boutiques, bookstores, art galleries, and home design shops. Don’t miss the Spanish-style Espanola Way featuring stores that sell New Age and retro items.
Food is another big draw in South Beach with dozens of restaurants lining the streets creating a culinary Mecca of with a large variety of cuisines. And in a town that never sleeps, the restaurants are always busy until the early hours of the morning.
South Beach also stays alive late into the morning (5 and 6 a.m.) as visitors and locals dress up or down to hit South Beach’s trendy nightlife venues. As the sun rises on South Beach, many people finish an incredible night and are on their way back to hotels and homes. No matter your style, a visit to South Beach will redefine how you look at style and nightlife.