Travel Ideas and What to do in South Beach
There are many restaurants to enjoy, nightclubs for dancing in, and shops to browse through in South Beach. Check out Miami’s famous neighborhood at any time of the year.
Known for the fabulous Art Deco architecture and miles of sandy shoreline, visiting South Beach (or SoBe) is ideal for a fun Miami vacation because almost everything in the area is a short walk away.
Spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon shopping, and then head out to a club for the rest of the evening. All of this is possible within a two to the six-block radius.
Casual Outdoor Dining on Lincoln Road
The revitalization of Lincoln Road created a cultural center for South Beach when it was redesigned in 1960. This is one of the first car-free, pedestrian-only malls in the United States.
The wide promenade is enhanced with lush mangrove trees, leafy palms, and angular fountains. Most restaurants on the strip have patios and the brightly colored umbrellas offer shade from the blazing Florida sun.
While there is the option of eating inside, by doing so the opportunity to people watch is lost. There is a constant stream of foot traffic on Lincoln Road and many of the residents here can only be described as buff, tanned, and in minimal clothing.
Grab a front-row table at Spris and watch the world go by. A favorite with locals because of their gourmet, thin-crust pizzas, the enormous fresh salads are perfect for helping to keep the body Miami Beach worthy.
da Leo Trattoria
Another hot spot, especially at night, is da Leo Trattoria. This is the oldest restaurant on Lincoln Road and da Leo is lively and crowded. The boisterous atmosphere makes eating here a party any night of the week.
- Spris, 731 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-2020
- da Leo Trattoria, 819 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-674-0350
Expensive Restaurants in Art Deco Hotels
The historic, landmark hotels that are located along Collins Avenue remain popular with the rich and famous. Hollywood stars and rock musicians are often photographed either dancing the night away or lounging by the pools here.
The Delano remains impossibly chic and is perhaps the trendiest hotel on the street. This is where people go to been seen. Book a table, outside at The Blue Door and devour the meal while overlooking the spectacular pool. After dinner, head to The Florida Room to listen to live music or grab a stool in the Rose Bar and watch the fancy hotel guests as they arrive.
Sitting at the top of Lincoln Road, closest to Miami Beach is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. While it is not as popular or as cool as the Delano, The Ritz excels in service and refined relaxation.
Order from the tapas-style menu in Lapidus Lounge and try a concoction from their innovative cocktail list or head outside to The DiLido Beach Club. This restaurant and lounge is the only oceanfront establishment in South Beach.
- Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, 305-674-6400
- Ritz-Carlton, South Beach One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-4000
South Beach in Miami, Florida is a vibrant neighborhood that is relatively safe to wander both during the day and at night. Perfect for a week-long or a weekend getaway, hanging out in SoBe is always an indulgent vacation.