South Beach: A visit to one of Florida’s most Cosmopolitan spots
Its peaceful beaches with crystal clear waters, modern hotels and sophisticated shops make this one of the destinations preferred by tourists from all over the world.
If there is a stereotype of Miami with beautiful white sand beaches, bikini girls and a quirky Art Deco architecture is thanks to South Beach, an area within Miami Beach that owes its fame to its lively restaurants, bars and nightclubs in which it is not unusual to run into famous celebrities.
Referred to in numerous TV series and classic films such as “Caracortada”, during the day the activities of this lively area focus on Lummus Park (on Ocean Drive), a boardwalk with green areas ideal to see and be seen. Here the girls skate in tiny bikinis while the boys show their torsos riding their bicycles and the athletes are struggling in hard-fought beach volleyball matches.
Facing this point, there is the famous Colony Hotel, an icon of the architectural current known as Art Deco (which developed between the 20s and 40s of the last century). Cube shape and pastel colors characterize this style of which South Beach prides itself in maintaining in perfect condition dozens of buildings (between blocks 6 and 15 of Ocean Drive).
Another tourist attraction of this artery is the mansion that belonged to the late Gianni Versace, which has become a luxury hotel.Near this area there are also points for renting bicycles during the day, as well as segways (motorized two-wheeled vehicles.
In South Beach you can breathe fun everywhere and the lively terraces of your hotels are ideal to receive the night with a good mojito or beer in hand.Among the busiest places is the bar-terrace of the Clevelander Hotel, which is one of the most visited in Miami, due to its popular pool parties with the best live DJs.
The evening can be continued at Mango’s, where you can enjoy a dinner show with a Tropicana-style show with the best of Latin and Caribbean music. But if you’re looking to dance late at night in more sophisticated settings, the Nikki Beach, and Set nightclubs are the best options because they have the funniest parties and the continued presence of Hollywood celebrities passing through Miami. And if you get something off the disco, you can not miss Jerry’s, a famous restaurant (open 24 hours a day) where you’ll find the best hamburgers and shakes in town.
Miami is internationally recognized for being an ideal destination for shopping and South Beach could not be the exception. That’s why, between 5th and 10th Collins Av. (Parallel to Ocean Drive), you’ll find more than thirty exclusive brand stores such as Armani, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and other well-known designers. If you are looking for department stores such as Banana Republic or Gap, or purchasing a technological object, we recommend walking to Lincoln Road Boulevard.