The South Beach Florida Resort area is best explored on foot, but deciding what to do, or where to even begin, can sometimes pose a challenge. In an area with so much to offer, from the glitz and glamour of Ocean Drive to the quaint, bohemian vibe of Espanola Way, the mind soon begins to anticipate the possibilities.
To assist you in mapping out your next visit, the staff at the South Seas Hotel has compiled a short list of South Beach favorites, all just a short stroll from our hotel.
Just outside our doors, you’ll find one of the most beautiful, and famous, ribbons of sand in the world. Hit the surf, go for a jog on the paths along the beach or spread out a towel and nap away the afternoon. The people-watching alone is worth the trip.
Ocean Drive and the Art Deco District
If you’ve seen any movie that takes place in Miami Beach, odds are there’s a shot of this famous thoroughfare. Lined with pastel-shaded Art Deco hotels, vibrant sidewalk cafés and over 800 historically preserved buildings, it’s also home to the Versace mansion, one of the most photographed houses in North America.
FUN WAYS TO GET AROUND
- Deco Bike
- GoCar GPS Tours
- Duck Tours
- Miami Beach Local
- Double Decker Bus
SHOPPING, DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Lincoln Road Mall
This pedestrian-only promenade is the hub of South Beach life. Located between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road showcases eclectic boutiques, breezy sidewalk cafés, funky bars, art galleries and more than its share of fine dining restaurants.
Collins Ave Shopping
When you’ve worn out Ocean Drive, head one block over to lower Collins Avenue to join the glam crowd on the hunt for clubwear or a grab a bite to eat. Some of the bigger names straddling the avenue include Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, United Colors of Benetton, Quicksilver, Arden B., Urban Outfitters, MNG by Mango, Zara, and Barneys New York Co-Op.
Scenic yet authentically bohemian right down to its peach-colored paint, Espanola Way is a slice of Miami history served with a side of Latin American culture. On any given weekend, a stroll down Espanola Way lends itself to the sights and sounds of a marketplace. Vendors selling flowers, handmade semi-precious stone jewelry, sunglasses and lightweight dresses hawk their wares on the street.
Washington Ave Nightlife
Washington Avenue is unquestionably the nightclub capital of the world, with the streets often jammed with revelers until 6 AM or later. For those whose tastes extend beyond VIP lists and tequila shots, Washington Avenue is also home to several shops and restaurants, the architecturally stunning Temple Emanu-El and something called the World Erotic Art Museum (only in South Beach!).
South Pointe Park
This 17-acre urban oasis on the ocean faces Fisher’s Island. In addition to offering vast expanses of green and the best vantage point to watch the massive cruise ships float in and out of the Port of Miami, the park features a jogging path, a relatively uncrowded beach, a jungle gym for the kids, a fishing pier and several dining spots.
Located in the heart of South Beach, Flamingo Park is a bustle of activity with a myriad of recreational options to choose from. The park features a swimming pool with lap lanes, water playground for the kids, tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball and soccer field, running track, dog park, and more.
ART & CULTURE
Art Deco District
Also known as the Miami Beach Architectural District and the Old Miami Beach Historic District, the Art Deco contains 960 historic buildings celebrating the architectural heritage of Miami Beach. Whether you consider the buildings “ultramodern” or “retro fabulous,” you’ll be amazed by the details and craftsmanship that went into almost everything built in Miami Beach in the '20s, '30s, '40s.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater showcases the biggest names in live entertainment – from music and comedy to bodybuilding competitions.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Designed by architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, this is the country’s only full-time orchestral academy. Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, percussion consort series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals.
Miami City Ballet
Even if you don’t have time to see a performance, guests are welcome to visit and watch rehearsals and classes.
One of South Florida's most popular entertainment venues, the Colony hosts a wide variety of programs, including music, dance, theater, opera, comedy, performance art and film.
Bass Museum of Art
The Bass Museum specializes in art from around the world - from the Renaissance to modern art. Collection highlights include Contemporary art, 19th century paintings, and Asian art.
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University
Located in the heart of the Art Deco District, the Wolfsonian-FIU is a museum, library and research center dedicated to illustrating the persuasive power of art and design. The Wolfsonian collection comprises approximately 120,000 pieces from 1885 to 1945 in a variety of media.
Jewish Museum of Florida
The Jewish Museum of Florida includes more than 500 photos and artifacts that depict the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763.
Miami Holocaust Memorial
The Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida is a world-famous sculpture garden memorial to the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust.
Miami Art Museum
Located in downtown Miami, Miami Art Museum (MAM) is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Americas, Europe and Africa.