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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.

When are the best times to travel to Miami Beach?

With its bleach-blonde sand, aquamarine water, and pastel-hued Art Deco buildings, Miami Beach is all about fun in the sun – and fortunately the blissful weather complies all year round. April through to November is when most vacationers flock to the barrier island, and the hotels in Miami Beach naturally have higher rates during this time. If you want to bag hotels deals, visit in spring – there’s plenty happening in town, with the Ultra Music Festival in March and Miami Beach Gay Pride in April.

What are the top must-see attractions in Miami Beach?

Miami Beach is known for its historic Art Deco architecture, most of which dates from between 1923 and 1943. The Art Deco District in South Beach features around 800 pastel-colored Art Deco buildings, characterized by quaint porthole windows, nautical railings, and sweeping curves. Another landmark fixture is the city’s lengthy palm-lined boardwalk. A popular spot to jog or stroll, this picturesque stretch is often dotted with local artists and lively street performers. The historic Freedom Tower with its rounded dome roof, meanwhile, pierces the city’s skyline and features a museum.

What are the best types of restaurants and food in Miami Beach?

Miami Beach offers plenty of must-tries, including the comforting Cuban sandwich, the sweet-tasting stone crab, and Floridian favorite key lime pie. There’s no shortage of places to dine out, particularly in the South Beach area. Dotted about you’ll find authentic Spanish and Italian restaurants, homely BBQ joints and steakhouses, classy sushi eateries, and chic waterfront restaurants serving up everything from contemporary American fare to fresh seafood. Whilst Miami Beach offers a cornucopia of international cuisine, Latin flavors are at the top of the menu.

What are the top things to do in Miami Beach?

You can spend a whole week basking on the fine-white sands of Miami Beach and jet skiing in the warm waters, but this barrier island offers plenty of other things to do, too – from museum visits and historical walking tours, to gawping at celebrity-owned mansions from a tour boat. For outdoors adventure, Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park are minutes away and offer recreation aplenty. After hours, Miami Beach’s neon-lit nightlife is legendary, with its beautiful people-packed clubs, trendy hipster hideouts, and chic cocktail bars.

What are some fun facts about Miami Beach?

With its 800-strong collection of buildings, Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is the best place in the world to see the distinctive architectural style – so much so it’s earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Miami’s history stretches much further back than this, however, and was once a regular hideout for pirates, with links to Blackbeard, Black Caesar, Gasparilla, and John Lafitte. Every Miami Beach vacationer remembers to pack their sunscreen, but did you know the lotion was invented in the city in 1944 by pharmacist Benjamin Green?

What kinds of public transport are there in Miami Beach?

Many hotels in Miami Beach are dotted along the beachfront, making it a pretty easy city to navigate. If you’re heading out and about to see the star attractions, then the bus is the main mode of public transport. Numerous buses serve Collins Avenue, Downtown, and the South Beach area, which should make getting to all the hotspots easy. If you’re mostly in and around South Beach, you can also take advantage of Swoop Miami. This 6-passenger electric golf cart will take you wherever you want to go for free.

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