South Beach is a must-visit neighborhood, often seen as the star of Miami. It’s a cultural hotspot filled with art, food, and white sand beaches. With so many options, it’s important to make the most of your visit and focus your time on the best of the best. Skip the tourist traps during your trip and experience the South Beach locals do with these five fun ideas.
Experience the Iconic Miami Art Scene
Miami is known for being one of the artistic centers of the U.S., and South Beach does not disappoint. If you plan on using Miami as your winter escape, consider coming in December to check out Art Basel. It’s a world-renowned international art fair that comes to Miami and Hong Kong once a year and is full of celebrities and incredible art.
Try Some Authentic Latin American Cuisine
It’s nearly impossible to run out of places to eat in Miami (Florida had almost 40,000 places to eat and drink in 2014!), so you’ll likely have to make some tough choices. But remember, Miami is full of Latin American culture, so when thinking of where to eat, it only makes sense to try as many Latin restaurants as possible while you’re in town. If you play your cards right you might just find the best chicken wings Miami has to offer, or taste some authentic plantains (highly recommended, by the way). A trip to Miami without eating authentic Latin American cuisine is a trip wasted.
Visit the Beach
It’s difficult to go to Miami without running into a beach somewhere. Even if tanning all day isn’t your style, you can experience the white sand beaches like the locals. Try taking a morning yoga class facing the ocean, or give paddle boarding a go. Or just go as the sun is going down, because what’s prettier than a beach sunset?
Party Like a Local
South Beach is known for its nightlife, so let loose for a bit on your visit. The city is full of night clubs to dance the night away, but they’re also famous for their daytime hotel parties if you’re not a night owl. Have fun hanging out by the pool all day, surrounded by partying locals (and the occasional celebrity).
Explore the Rich Miami Culture
Miami is a melting pot of American and Latin cultures, and there are dozens of ways to explore it. Don’t miss the Art Deco District of Ocean Drive. If you stop in the wekcome center, you can get a guided tour of the historic pastel 1920s buildings that line the street. Espanola way is a great place to submerge yourself in the city’s culture, from the Spanish architecture to the food. The pedestrian-only area is great for a stroll or to take a break and people-watch.
Whether you’re visiting for the beaches or for the authentic Latin American cuisine, there is something for everyone in South Beach all year!