South Beach really does have it all. With sandy shores, iconic architecture, hot nightlife and delicious cuisine, there's not much else to ask for in one town. Add in its convenient location, and a weekend getaway here seems less like a "want to" and more like a "must do." Go ahead and call in on Friday—pack a bag and some girlfriends into the car and head down to South Beach for a weekend that's whatever you want it to be, from relaxing to heart-pumping and everything in between.
If you’re coming from outside of South Florida, Miami International Airport is the best bet to fly into. The drive to fun in the sun and the energy of South Beach is just about 15 minutes away. If you’re coming from the Gold Coast (Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach) the drive should take about 45 minutes from Fort Lauderdale on I95 and about an hour to an hour and a half from Palm Beach.
Where to stay
In South Beach, boutique hotels are the way to go for a good deal and a great environment. If you’re seeking a quieter retreat, South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood delivers with the quaint and cozy Sense Beach House Hotel. The hotel offers a restaurant known as The Local House, with spectacular Bloody Mary drinks and brunch, and a quiet pool where you can leisurely catch some rays. It’s also located right on Ocean Drive and offers special packages online. You can stroll to where the action is. If you’re seeking some resort action, the Loews Miami Beach offers spacious rooms, a fun scene and has known to host big events such as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. For resident deals, make sure to check out their website.
Things to do
In South Beach, there’s much you can do for free. Walk around Ocean Drive and take pictures of the classic Art Deco buildings or even take a stroll down famed Lincoln Road and people-watch. Love the beach? South Beach offers miles of sandy beaches perfect for daytime relaxation. If you love culture, make sure to stop by the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and take a striking picture of the display. For those who love museums, South Beach houses two intriguing ones: The Bass Museum of Art and The Wolfsonian-Florida International University museum, both featuring a variety of artworks, rotating exhibitions and permanent collections. Make sure to have some money for cab fare to get from one destination to the next, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can rent a bike from the centrally-located Deco Bike and whiz your way around the area in no time while taking in the sights. Don’t forget your camera!
Dining and nightlife
South Beach offers great dining options, such as Prime 112, a premier steakhouse known to be visited by many a Miami Heat player and celebrities. It’s a short stroll away from Sense Beach House hotel and a short cab ride away from anywhere on the beach. The bar also has a great scene, with bartenders serving bar bacon (you have to see it, to believe it) and martinis being shaken and stirred. If you’re craving Italian, Prime Italian across the street serves a delectable meatball, fresh pastas and a lively bar scene as well.
Once dinner is done, the night begins, and there’s plenty of fun to be had in South Beach. For the club lovers, Mansion 360 has featured international DJs such as David Guetta and Afrojack spinning, so make sure to check the website for their rotating schedule of acts. Seeking something more laid-back? Craft beers and good wine are a way of life at The Room, featuring a selection of beers and wines by the bottle and by the glass. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for an evening chat with friends over a drink, proving that South Beach has the best of both worlds.