South BeachMiami

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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.

Top Hotels in South Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
4.5 out of 5
1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
CA $359
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,833 reviews)

"The room is very clean , and service very good. I really loved the place"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Loews Miami Beach Hotel – South Beach
The Betsy - South Beach
The Betsy - South Beach
4.5 out of 5
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $337
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

Located in South Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Art Deco Historic District, Ocean Drive and Miami Beach Boardwalk. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,303 reviews)

"Great location, very friendly staff, awesome rooftop pool. Very happy here all around. A little quirky layout but loved the small hotel nature"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2020

The Betsy - South Beach
Beacon Hotel South Beach
Beacon Hotel South Beach
4 out of 5
720 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL
CA $341
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in South Beach, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road Mall and Miami Beach Convention Center. Bayfront Park and Mary Brickell ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,499 reviews)

"Location location location!!! View was 5 ⭐️! Room smelled musty."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Beacon Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel South Beach
1 Hotel South Beach
5 out of 5
2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
CA $546
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,212 reviews)

"Everything was perfect. From the service to the scenery to the food"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

1 Hotel South Beach
The Palms Hotel & Spa
The Palms Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $299
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,289 reviews)

"Very good property. Incredible beach. Staff very friendly. Only one elevator working during our stay which made for long waits to get to and from lobby. Room service was very slow. Otherwise a solid property. I would stay at again."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

The Palms Hotel & Spa
Washington Park Hotel
Washington Park Hotel
4 out of 5
1050 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $138
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

Located in South Beach, this hotel is steps away from Miami Beach Cinematheque, Collins Avenue Shopping Area and Espanola Way and Washington Avenue. Ocean Drive ...

4/5Very Good! (1,683 reviews)

"Location was good. Room was nice. However toilet would make a ringing noise after flushing and was difficult to stop the noise."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

Washington Park Hotel

Popular things to do in South Beach

Lincoln Road Mall
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Lincoln Road Mall

4.5/5(445 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

5/5(5 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 activities in South Beach

Miami To The Max! & Everglades Tour in a Luxury Bus (Combo)
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Miami To The Max! & Everglades Tour in a Luxury Bus (Combo)

88% of travellers recommend
CA $99
Per adult
South Beach Food & Art Deco Walking Tour
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South Beach Food & Art Deco Walking Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $78
Per adult
Miami To The Max! The Top Sightseeing Tour In The City
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Miami To The Max! The Top Sightseeing Tour In The City

92% of travellers recommend
CA $60
Per adult
Key West Express Day Trip from Miami
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Key West Express Day Trip from Miami

86% of travellers recommend
CA $98
Per adult
86' Azimut with Flybridge with 2 Waverunners in Miami
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86' Azimut with Flybridge with 2 Waverunners in Miami

CA $8,617
Per adult
Boat Tour in Miami with a Free Drink
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Boat Tour in Miami with a Free Drink

90% of travellers recommend
CA $37
Per adult

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