A common mistake among those who have never been to South Florida is to confuse Miami Beach with the city of Miami. Miami Beach is neither a beach nor a kind of nickname of the city, Miami Beach is a district of Miami, located on its islands and that therefore offers the best views of the sea. But what is there to see in Miami Beach? Places of interest are not lacking, but this is our absolute Top 10 things to see in miami beach.
10 things to see in miami beach
Miami Beach is an elongated island, and from North Beach to the North to the South Pointe Park to the south all of it is a show of unique colors and sounds. Although the best thing is that you go through it yourself and see what it has to offer, these are the 10 points that you can not miss under any circumstances:
Miami offers countless beaches, but probably the most famous of all is the one of South Beach in Miami Beach, located directly in front of Ocean Drive. South Beach is above all the best example of the natural abundance of the Florida Keys and attracts locals and visitors from all over the world throughout the year. This quiet but lively beach of Miami is the absolute must for a vacation in the city.
But beware, after a day of sun and sea, it is not strange to end up now and then getting involved in a party that takes place in Lummus Park or its surroundings. Also, the South Beach of Miami, much more than a beach, is a great social center where the best volleyball tournaments and the most interesting concerts in the city take place.
Ocean Drive Miami
Whoever visits Miami cannot miss Ocean Drive, it’s something like New York’s Times Square, and the city’s inhabitants feel a very picturesque love-hate spice. Among other things here is the Versage Mansion in front of which the famous designer was murdered.
In any case, the most important thing is that in this art deco style street on the shores of South Beach, you will find the best parties and the craziest cocktails. Even so, you should not forget that it is the most popular and tourist area in Miami, so the prices tend to be somewhat higher.
Lincoln Road Miami
The Lincoln Road of Miami Beach is one of the places that you can not miss if you visit the city. This street offers the ideal mix between urban walk and shopping mall and has some of the best restaurants in the area if you want to eat well without paying a fortune. My advice? Do not miss Havana 1957.
The Collins Avenue was originally christened with the name of John S. Collins in honor of the architect who built the first bridge that connected Miami Beach to the mainland via Key Biscayne. As with Ocean Drive, this is currently one of the most popular areas of the city and offers an active daytime life with shops and restaurants as well as nightlife with some of the most popular nightlife in the city.
I recommend that you take a walk along Collins Avenue in Miami and admire its peculiar art deco buildings and the numerous antique cars that run along its streets.
South Pointe Park
This park with the appearance of a promenade is a must to visit during a vacation in Miami Beach. South Pointe Park is located facing the Atlantic Ocean and offers a privileged view of South Beach. From early in the day the park gathers numerous athletes, mainly runners and Yoga lovers who take advantage of the tranquility of the morning to exercise by the sea. The walkers and photographers arrive a few hours later to capture the magnificent views and at night, the area is illuminated to delight those who seek to enjoy a pleasant walk sheltered from the soft evening breeze.
My advice: if it is not too hot, try to visit it in the afternoon, between 4 and 5 p.m. At this time it is possible to cruise through the “Government Cut” channel that starts at South Pointe Park.
Art deco district
This is the area with the largest number of buildings representative of Miami’s famous art délo architecture. You will soon notice the characteristic shapes of this style, with rounded corners and facades painted in bright and cheerful colors. There are two ways to discover the Art Deco of Miami Beach, at your leisure walking through the streets of the district or through one of the guided tours that explain in detail the history of this type of housing.
Venetian Islands Miami
The Venetian Islands are a group of artificial islands built on Biscayne Bay between Miami and Maimi Beach. The archipelago consists of 6 islets called Biscayne Island, San Marco Island, San Marino Island, Di Lido Island, Rivo Alto Island, and Belle Isle. In the group, we find another island, Flager Monument Island, which remains uninhabited and remains a memorial monument to the railroad pioneer Henry Flagler.
Tip: The set of islands is connected by bridges to both Miami and Miami Beach so in my opinion, it is the ideal route to enjoy a bike ride from the mainland to Miami Beach. The views are worth it!
Miami Beach Marina
This small marina in the heart of South Beach you will find if you walk through South Pointe Park. I recommend it because I personally always enjoy the calmness of this point and I like to dream that one day I can have a boat moored in that same place (dreaming is free). Also from this point, you can take the Miami Water Taxi, which makes a tour around Miami Beach very interesting ( See price and availability ).
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
I know that most people find bored botanical gardens, but the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a highly recommended point. On a beach vacation sometimes you want to do something different, and this space of approximately 1 hectare of extension offers the opportunity to walk through a different environment and escape the beach atmosphere of Miami Beach for a few hours. The best is now: the entrance is FREE. Also, the park sometimes offers events such as Yoga classes or children’s activities. You can read all about this space and see upcoming events here on the official website of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Miami Beach Boardwalk
The Miami Beach Oceanfront is simply amazing. This tour covers the entire island of Miami Beach from almost Ocean Drive to the north, to South Beach just before reaching South Pointe Park to the south. Touring the entire Boardwalk in Miami on foot is an almost impossible task, but many bus and bicycle tours go through the area and can help you if you want to see everything in a short time.