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South BeachMiami

Sunbathe, shop, people-watch, or party with the stars at one of Miami’s most famous beach promenades, also regarded as the art deco capital of the world.

South Beach, or SoBe, is a sandy stretch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with iconic pink weatherboard lifeguard stations positioned along the shores. SoBe is known as one of the hottest places on earth for another reason: it’s where models and the rich and famous come to relax during the day and go clubbing at night.

Early developers looked to South Beach as the ideal area to build an independent city, a metropolis to rival Miami itself. The earliest family houses were designed in 1912. Architecture buffs should visit the historic Art Deco District, a short walk from the beach. It’s home to hundreds of resort-style apartments built between 1920 and 1940. The houses here showcase Mediterranean Revival style and the later Streamline Moderne style.

Over the years South Beach became a popular and fashionable community for retirees as well as celebrities. Notable SoBe residents have included Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kournikova and Jackie Gleason. Stroll along Ocean Drive, Miami's equivalent of Venice Beach in LA, to find the many upscale restaurants where the stars hang out. Celebrity-owned establishments include Japanese restaurant Nobu Miami, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, and Larios, Gloria Estefan’s beachside Cuban restaurant.

Lincoln Road Mall (LRM) is a popular pedestrian shopping precinct with art galleries, cafés and clothing stores.

South Beach is on the southern end of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Explore SoBe by foot or use the local bus service. Walking and bicycle tours of the historic architectural district depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center, where you can also pick up a self-guided audio tour.


Popular places to visit in South Beach

Lincoln Road Mall
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Lincoln Road Mall

4.5/5(456 reviews)

Explore one of South Beach’s most popular meeting places to enjoy boutique shopping, outdoor dining and a selection of Miami’s premier cultural destinations.

Espanola Way and Washington Avenue
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Espanola Way and Washington Avenue

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Originally conceived as “The Historic Village,” a model of a Mediterranean village, this block in the heart of South Beach seamlessly meshes history with culture.

Top things to do in South Beach

Day Trip to Key West
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Day Trip to Key West

CA $74
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour
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Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour

CA $79
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
South Beach Food & Art Deco Walking Tour
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South Beach Food & Art Deco Walking Tour

CA $83
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Go Miami All-Inclusive: 28 Top Attractions on 1 Pass
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Go Miami All-Inclusive: 28 Top Attractions on 1 Pass

CA $110
Per adult
Key West Day Trip & Glass Bottom-Boat Tour from Miami
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Key West Day Trip & Glass Bottom-Boat Tour from Miami

CA $161
Per adult
The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League
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The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

CA $46
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in South Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
4.5 out of 5
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The price is CA $133 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Art Deco Historic District and Collins Avenue Shopping Area. Ocean Drive ...

3.9/5Good! (1,729 reviews)

"Great place with updated features. Short walk to the beach with beach towels available with your stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
4.5 out of 5
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
The price is CA $265 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Nestled on the beach, this South Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Avenue Shopping Area, Miami Beach Boardwalk and Espanola Way and Washington ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,767 reviews)

"Loved the stayed , amazing view from 18th floor to the city Me and wife enjoyed every min of our 5 days Basiclly everything are cross the strees or around the corner Staff was very friendly except 1 women that didnt tell me her name when i request for a cup of ice IN SPANISH she told me she dont ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
Nautilus by Arlo
Nautilus by Arlo
4.5 out of 5
1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The price is CA $118 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Nestled on the beach, this South Beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Avenue Shopping Area, Miami Beach Boardwalk and Espanola Way and Washington ...

4/5Very Good! (1,142 reviews)

"Cool spot and close to everything. Very nice personal ."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Nautilus by Arlo
1 Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel South Beach
5 out of 5
2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The price is CA $424 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Miami City Ballet and Miami Beach Boardwalk. Collins Avenue ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,249 reviews)

"A the hotel is bit outdated but pools are nice. The hotel staff is very nice."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2020

1 Hotel South Beach
The Palms Hotel & Spa
The Palms Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
The price is CA $171 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 15

Nestled on the beach, this South Beach hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lincoln Road Mall, Lummus Park Beach and Art Deco Welcome Center. Phillip and Patricia ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,470 reviews)

"I liked the fact that a spa was located in the hotel, and that the bellhop and staff were willing to hold our baggage due to our flight being delayed"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

The Palms Hotel & Spa
Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel
Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1610 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $132 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in South Beach, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Avenue Shopping Area, Miami Beach Boardwalk, and Lincoln Road Mall. Ocean Drive ...

4.2/5Excellent! (793 reviews)

"excellent customer service, accessible to transportation and very good location."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel

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Wynwood Art District featuring outdoor art and street scenes

Wynwood Art District

Wynwood Art District is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like The Shops at Midtown Miami and Miami Design Shopping District.

Wynwood Art District
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Little Havana

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Little Havana is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Marlins Park and Calle Ocho Walk of Fame.

Little Havana
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Coconut Grove

4/5Very Good!(27 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Coconut Grove. A stop by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or Miami City Hall might round out your trip.

Coconut Grove

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