Uniting wonderful beaches, year-round sunshine, countless attractions, shopping and nightlife, holidays in Miami Beach have something for everyone to enjoy.
Situated on the south-east tip of Florida, the barrier island is connected by bridges to mainland Miami. Miami Beach boasts 15 miles of golden sandy beaches that are perfect for soaking up the sun or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.
More than a beach holiday destination, the cosmopolitan Miami Beach is bordered by many attractions, including the world-famous Ocean Drive which is perfect for celebrity spotting and retail therapy. Explore the Art Deco District where architecture and art combine on South Beach. Or you can take a walk on the Miami Beach Boardwalk. If you fancy some shopping, visit Lincoln Road or watch the sunset at South Pointe Park.
Surprisingly, Miami Beach contains the biggest cruise ship port in the world and with a distinct Latin feel, this city will surprise you in more ways than one.
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- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 9h 40m
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The endless list of attractions means that whether you are here for a romantic break, a party or a vacation with the family you will always find something to do on your holiday in Miami Beach.
Home to over 10000 sea creatures, the Miami Seaquarium on Biscayne Bay is one for all the family to visit. If you want to get up close to local wildlife got to Miami’s Metrozoo and the Gator Park or if you want to immerse yourself in Latin culture, explore the areas of Wolfsonian or Bass and enjoy the charming pastel-coloured buildings in the Cuban community of Little Havana.
The boardwalk along Miami South Beach and Bal Harbour are perfect to roller-blade, jog, cycle or for something more energetic, a surf at Hobie Beach.
Packed with trendy art galleries, restaurants and bars, Miami South Beach Area, known as SoBe by locals, is Miami’s fashionable area that’s practically open all day and night.
Wine and Dine
To get the best tastes during your holiday in Miami Beach, you need to sample the local cuisine and quench your thirst at the many wine bars and cellars. There is no better way to enjoy your dinner than at a waterfront restaurant.
Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard on South Beach offers a Mediterranean menu with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. Also on South Beach is Smith & Wollensky which boasts prime steaks and award winning wines along with the best sunsets in the area.
The iconic Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar on Miami Beach welcomes A-list clientele and is home to a huge wine cellar.
The wine cellar and delicatessen La Cave D’Azur offers private dining and romantic vibes, whilst Italian Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach has their very own “wine angel," who swings and picks out wines from a harness!
Taking a family holiday in Miami Beach? This is a natural pick for the whole family, owing to its safe, lifeguard patrolled shallow water beaches as well as countless activities for children at various hotels and further afield. There is a wide selection of water sports for adults and older children at many of the beaches, including surfing and kiting.
Jungle Island is the perfect day out for all the family, providing you appreciate nature and wildlife. With parrots that sing, ride bicycles and dance, you will be enthralled by their many tricks. During the summer, children can cool off at Jungle Island’s water park, where there is a course of inflatable slides.
For the more dramatic younger family members, enrol them at the Miami Children’s Theatre in Coral Gables and enjoy a performance that is produced, acted and choreographed by children.
Action and Adventure
As the only city in the United States that is bordered by two different national parks, Miami Beach is surrounded by both the Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park. Both these natural wonders offer plenty of activities for you to partake in, including wildlife watching and canoeing.
A popular backdrop for photo shoots, South Pointe Park is located next to the beach. Its pier is ideal for fishing and there are also a lot of green areas, plus a children’s playground with water features.
For water lovers, head to Miami Beach Marina at the southern tip of South Beach, which boasts hundreds of water vessels, from luxury yacht charters to dive boats.
Here you can take a boat trip with Ocean Force Adventures, where high speed Zodiacs set off from the Miami Beach Marina passing Star Island and historic Stiltsville homes on Biscayne Bay.
Life's a Beach
Television show Miami Vice has ensured that South Beach has become a hugely popular area for locals and holidaymakers alike. Elsewhere, the northern beach at Collins Avenue is ideal for sunbathing as well swimming, with beach chair and umbrella rentals, and is equipped with lifeguard towers. The central Beach at Collins Avenue has an attractive boardwalk over the dunes that is perfect for joggers.
Fishing is common on the jetty at Bal Harbour Beach, with its quiet stretch of sand and clear waters that is shared with luxury condominiums and five-star hotels. If you fancy playing a game of volleyball, Lummus Park Beach has nets, along with thatched huts.
The liberal holidaymaker can strip off at Haulover Beach Park which is located north of Miami Beach, between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. There is a kite flying area and kite shop, with regular kite-making workshops at the Park.
Miami Beach is well-known for its thriving nightlife and you need to start early if you want to join in any of the fun.
Happy hour is the most popular time of day in Miami Beach. Full of hot spots that are great to unwind in, with speciality cocktails and bar snacks, this time of day is enjoyable and reasonably priced.
There are plenty of unique happy hour bars, whether you are in the mood for a casual scene or looking for something trendier.
If you are looking to continue into the night, past sunset, then head to a nightclubs to enjoy some Latin beats from world-class DJs. Late-night bars, eateries and LGBT hot spots will keep you up partying well into the morning on South Beach.
You are bound to fall in love all over again on a holiday in Miami Beach. Plan a romantic night out with your special someone at a local restaurant. Whether you want a touch of glamour at a hotel or want some privacy at a laid back locale, you and your date can have a special night at a Miami Beach restaurant.
For a hint of the Orient, head over to Collins Avenue on South Beach and dine at The Setai. Or for avant-garde Italian fare book a table at Bianca at the Delano on South Beach.
Take a romantic walk along the pedestrian promenade at Lincoln Road in South Beach, stopping to browse in a bookshop or for a drink. Also in the area, you can both enjoy a movie or show at the many theatres, or listen to the New World Symphony orchestra at the New World Center.
A sunset can reignite the fire in any relationship, so why not enjoy one overlooking Biscayne Bay in the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach. They even have designated “kissing corners” for lovers!
As a hub for contemporary art and design, make sure you add a bit of culture to your holiday in Miami Beach.
With more than 800 buildings that feature Art Deco Architecture, Miami Beach has the largest collection of this type of architecture in the world. The historic districts of Flamingo Park, Museum Espanola Way and Collins/Washington Avenues form the National Register Art Deco District.
Miami Beach is a sight-seers haven, with a unique collection of Miami Modern (MiMo) buildings that have been restored as part of the North Shore Historic District, including the North Beach Bandshell.
Don’t forget to take in the delightful orchid collection, along with a 2000 year old artwork exhibition at the Vizcaya Museum.