Top 10 Things To Do In Miami Beach
Consider this your insiders’ guide to our favorite Miami Beach activities.
Miami Beach is one of the hottest vacation spots in the world. With endless activities for every type of adventurer, you’ll find yourself minutes from a diverse selection of cultural experiences, bustling nightlife, world-class shopping and some of the best beaches in the world.
Find your Favorite Cuban SandwichWhen in Miami, the Cuban sandwich is a must-try. The Cubano is a take on the ham and cheese sandwich. It got its name because it was a popular feature at cafés that catered to Cuban expats. There is some debate over the true ingredients of a Cuban sandwich, but it will definitely contain roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. You’ll find the Cubano at most local restaurants, but everyone has their favorite. The best part is discovering your fave.
Visit Bayfront Park
Bayfront Park’s 32 acres provides great views of Biscayne Bay and loads of public artwork. It has a beach, playground, and a large amphitheater for performances of all kinds. You’ll also find a monument dedicated to the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle crew of 1986. Bayfront Park is right next to Bayside Marketplace which boasts over 150 shops, restaurants and cafés.
Stroll From Downtown to BrickellFrom Bayfront Park, stroll along the waterfront and over the bridge into Brickell. It’s a lovely walk with amazing views of the Port of Miami and the cruise ships that call it home, as well as the private yachts that dot the Miami River. Once you cross into Brickell, continue along the waterfront and cross over onto Brickell Key, which offers unbeatable views of the Brickell area and Key Biscayne. For those who are looking for a longer walk, you can even walk across the Rickenbacker Causeway onto Key Biscayne!
Experience Little Havana
The Little Havana neighborhood, west of downtown Miami, was the landing point for many Cuban immigrants starting in the 1950s. This culturally rich area is full of great food, colorful street art and the famous Domino Park. Visit Little Havana to practice your Spanish, brush up on your salsa dancing skills or to sit back and enjoy a mojito and a cigar while watching the locals go about their business. There are a multitude of organized tours which focus on everything from food and art to architecture and culture. Or simply guide yourself down the main street of Calle Ocho to taste the Cuban culture while checking out the local shops.
Take in a GameThe Miami area features some fantastic professional sports. You can check out Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins from spring to fall. Our American football team, the Miami Dolphins, have two Super Bowls under their belt and play from the end of summer through the end of the year. The National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat play throughout the fall and winter and into the spring. And the David Beckham-owned Major League Soccer Team Inter Miami CF plays throughout most of the year.
Check out the Architecture
A great place to start is the Art Deco Welcome Center. Run by the Miami Design Preservation League. The center is located on Ocean Drive and open from 9am to 5pm daily. It features a museum that covers the history of Miami Beach’s architecture which includes not only Art Deco, but the Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern schools as well. You can then head over to the Design District and Edgewater for a sense of how Miamians lived at the turn of the century.
Walk Along Lincoln Road
Lincoln is a pedestrian-only street in South Beach lined with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. There are a good number of Cuban, Italian, and seafood restaurants, but you’ll be able to find something that pleases every palate on this street. Dining al fresco is made easy with most restaurant tables and chairs spilling out onto the sidewalks. You can also find plenty of quirky shops for all your souvenir needs. Don’t miss Romero Britto’s shop!
Party in Miami and Miami Beach
Miami has some truly popular nightclubs; you can party here until the sun comes up – or all day, whatever works for you! Make sure to wear your most stylish clothes to get past the velvet ropes and a full wallet for once you’re inside. You’ll find the hottest bands and dancers mixing with the rich and famous in the clubs, bars and restaurants on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Head to the mainland for some of the bigger clubs, as well as for the oh-so-hot hotspots in Wynwood.
Hit the Beach
With some of the most beautiful beaches in the continental US, a trip to Miami isn’t complete without setting foot on the stunning sugar white sand. This is a great place to work on your tan, work on your muscles or simply work on relaxing. There is a plethora of beaches in the area and each has its own personality. From family fun to clothing optional, surfing to partying, there’s a beach for that’s just right for you. We even have our own private beach, just for our guests.
Shop the Design District
As home to more than its fair share of fashion models, designers and millionaires, Miami features exclusive shopping that you won’t find in just any small town around America. The Design District is a unique area within an older section of Miami that is dedicated to shopping. You’ll find all the big-name clothing and furniture designers that cater to locals and the ultra-wealthy alike. Be sure to check out the outdoor mall that is the Design District and take a break in the St. Roch Market with its eclectic dining options – including remarkable vegan desserts from Chef Chloe.
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