Miami Beach hotels
One of the most glamorous places in the United States, Miami Beach is a patch of pure hedonism on the Florida coast. A sun worshipper’s paradise by day and a neon-drenched party hotspot by night, it's a haven of art, culture, and trendsetting nightlife. Separated from Miami mainland by Biscayne Bay, the man-made island is fringed with powder-soft sandy beaches and azure blue sea. Art Deco buildings in pastel hues grace many a street, while palm-lined boulevards are flanked with breezy restaurants and super-chic boutiques.
Things to see
Take a walk down the most iconic road in Miami Beach, the ever vibrant Ocean Drive. South Beach’s main thoroughfare, the street is lined with colorful Art Deco architecture and features the famously ostentatious Versace Mansion. A shopping and restaurant hotspot, neon lights take over from the sun come nightfall. Whether you’re taking a cruise or just fancy a look-see, Port Miami is an impressive site. Located in Biscayne Bay, the so-called "Cruise Capital of the World" is a hub of gargantuan cruise liners. For the thriving epicenter of South Beach, look to Lincoln Road Mall. Along the seven block outdoor mall you’ll find rows of tantalizing eateries, breezy sidewalk cafés and a vast array of shops and boutiques. If that hasn’t sated your urge to splurge, then Aventura Mall will. Just north of Miami Beach on the mainland, the sprawling shopper’s paradise is home to over 300 retailers and is one of the biggest malls stateside.
Hotels in Miami Beach
As a playground of the rich and famous, there’s certainly no shortage of luxury hotels in Miami Beach. Whether you opt for a fashionable boutique pad or a decadent beachfront hotel, 5-star accommodation in this city will grant you every amenity under the sun. Ocean views, pools, spas, and gymnasiums are all to be expected, along with a complimentary extra or two. Those with mid-range budgets can expect comfort, style, and service as well, with particularly well appointed rooms available in the more modest hotels. Those with less to spend will find some fantastic budget hotels in Miami Beach, along with a handful of comfortable hostels.
Where to stay
The South Beach and city center areas are where most of Miami Beach’s action happens. Home to the legendary nightlife district and some of the best shopping, dining and cultural hotspots in Miami, you’ll also find the famous Ocean Drive. For a more relaxing stay, tranquility can be found in the northern region of Miami Beach. Popular with families and couples, the area is less focused on partying, while still retaining lots to do. What’s more, it’s also home to some of the budget hotels in Miami Beach.
How to get to
With flights to and from North America, Latin America and Europe, most visitors to city will land at Miami International Airport. Located west of mainland Miami, getting to Miami Beach is relatively easy with the Airport Flyer bus. Leaving every 15 minutes, the Route 150 bus makes stops throughout the north of the city, down to South Beach. Those travelling on low-cost carriers from within the states may arrive at the smaller Fort Lauderdale International Airport. A free shuttle can whisk you to the nearby Tri-Rail train station. From there, you can travel to Miami International Airport, and hop onto the Route 150 bus as above.