Miami Beach is known for its nightlife. But keep in mind that Miami Beach nightlife is defined by the in places to go, which change every few months. Some places are institutions and will always draw crowds, but that's rare. Most places have their time in the spotlight when hordes of people line up outside and then without warning are practically shut down as the crowd ventures elsewhere.
If you interested in the bar/club scene, make sure you check into where to go right before you visit Miami, to find out what are the latest hot spots. Pick up a copy of the Miami New Times or feel free to email me with any questions and I'll do my best to answer them!
Fondest memory: Have espresso at News Cafe until 6 am and then watching the sun rise on the beach.
The best thing of Miami Beach is that you could be as crazy, bizarre, eclectic or fashionable as you wish. Nobody will care about that. I don’t mean that nobody will pay attention to you. On the contrary, everybody will do so, as the local sport is the people watching. But, as I said, nobody will really care about you.
Fondest memory: I don’t know how to explain it, but the “atmosphere” of Miami, has some relaxed quality, that makes you feel relaxed as well. You walk slowly, you speak slowly, and maybe, you also think slower, but who cares? Let’s have some fun ;-)
An out door mall (nethertheless, covered) with plenty of shops and restaurants.
You can be pictured with a parrot or with a snke.
Fondest memory: The Hard Rock cafe is here.
The prices are expensive and the food is average.
There are some street musicians and some pickpocketers (one of them want to steal in my pocket the instruction brochure of my camera. May be a beginner...).
Fondest memory: Espanola Way at night for the Mediterranean feel. Mediterranean architecture and restaurants are beautifully lit by fairy lights. Al fresco dining. During the day time, there is a cute little market at the weekends selling local arts and crafts.
Take a walk along Lincoln Road (its a very long road)
Fondest memory: Very touristy, with a great choice of restaurants, but a little pricey. Nice to wander through in the evening. A cinema is just at the end showing all the latest blockbusters. Nice conveyor belt sushi place just by the cinema, quite good value aswell. There is a restaurant called Nexxt in Lincoln Road. Its always very popular. The portions are MASSIVE! A bit expensive though.
South Beach have some very trendy shops in Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road and a handful in Ocean Drive. Some really fantastic clothes, but they are not cheap. In comparison to London the prices were equivalent, if not more expensive.
Check out the thrift store on Washington Avenue between 12th and 13th Street. I got a second hand pair of roller blades for just $10, and hardly been used! There are quite a lot of second hand roller blades in there.
Outlet Centre go to Sawgrass Mills. 12801 W.Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, FL. www.sawgrassmillsmall.com. About 40 mins/1 hr drive from Miami. Spend a rainy day here, theres loads to see. DKNY I found to be quite cheap. Check out the cheesecakes in The Cheesecake Factory!
Adventura Mall, north of Miami Beach, is another big shopping mall. Home to a Macys and Bloomingdales.
Fondest memory: Rollerblading on Ocean Drive! It just HAS to be done! Everyone does it. It’s the coolest form of transport on South Beach, if you don’t have a convertible sports car of course! Blades can be rented from the hut on 14th Street beach for $9 an hour (at time of writing this article), which includes all the much needed extra padding for knees, hands and head! Its hard work on first attempt, but you soon get the hang of it. Luckily Ocean Drive has a wall all the way along South Beach, so you can grab onto it when you are first starting out!!
Today, the Art Deco district is a 20 block area of Art Deco buildings with its center at the strip of hotels along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th street.
The Cavalier Hotel, designed by architect Roy F. France in 1936.
This may sound weird but, if this is your first trip to Miami Beach, you must go to the Publix Supermarket around Collins and 70th Street and buy flan and guava-cheese pastries.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Miami Beach is sitting on the balcony of our suite on the 12th floor of the Eden Roc Hotel at 7 AM the day after my birthday drinking coffee and eating guava-cheese pastries and flan with my fingers (no spoon).
Fondest memory: The beach and the babes! Not to sound sexist or anything, but it seemed that there were more gorgeous women here than ANYWHERE else I've ever been. Of course the beautiful weather, and subsequent smaller amounts of clothing could have been a factor...
Go to the Clevelander and get a rumrunner with a floater!!!!! They make the best ones, it's on the strip - this is a must!
Fondest memory: My husband thought he'd be cute and take me to the 'nude' beach but went to the wrong one...it was the gay beach. I teased him for weeks ;o)
Favorite thing: The Greater Miami area can be seen in this spectacular south-looking view. Near the center of the image, the runways of Miami International Airport are discernible. East of the airport across Biscayne Bay, the city of Miami Beach is visible. Directly south of Miami Beach is the island of Key Biscayne. The far eastern portions of the Everglades are discernible to the west of Miami. The Miami area is one of the most popular and famous resort regions in the United States. Near the upper right portion of the image, the city of Homestead can be seen..
Have a cafe con leche or a Cuban cafecito with a Pastelito de guayaba y queso, (its like a Cuban Crossant). go to any of the beaches and soak up some of that Miami sun and while on the beach put on your walkman and listen to Love 94 FM with the smoothest tropical music on the radio. Walk down to South Point and hang over by the pier and watch the old Cuban men fish. Have a Cuban Mojito (Rum, fresh mint leaves,fresh lime juice,sugar and soda water) at Mangos over on Ocean and 9st while people watching. Have lunch at Puerto Sagua for some inexpensive Cuban food.Have dinner up in North Beach at Las Vacas Gordas for a nice Argentinian steak and very inexpensive. Thats up on 71 street. Go out to Cafe Nostaligia to listen to some of the hottest Cuban Jazz with there 15 piece band 'coolest place this side of Havana'..
Fondest memory: When I go back up north to visit my parents I miss the Latin Flavor that Miami has. Besides my palm trees and warm weather. this is truly my home...
Though many envision the wild nightlife of Miami Beach, what really made this place popular are the numerous outdoor cafes where you can sit and leisurely have a coffee or cocktail all the while people watching.
Fondest memory: Not one to go to South Beach unless I have company in town, the funniest time was when my sister came down with her twenty-year-old daughter a couple years ago. Of course, my niece had to see South Beach, as she was an aspiring model. Her grandparents relented to take her and my sister down in their luxury car while I later came down with my brother and his wife in the Civic. Once my niece realized what a rip off all the boutiques were, shopping gave way to some cafes, and my parents were not surprisingly ready to head home before the rest of us. Off they went in the big car, leaving the five of us for a bit of a frolic in the Art Deco district. I grew bored of this and made them walk over to my favorite watering hole in Miami called The Abbey, a funky wooden affair with church pews for seats and a beer list to die for. After a few beers, they dragged me out of there and back over to South Beach proper before heading back to Ft. Lauderdale. Back at the car, we realized that now we’d have to squeeze five people into my little Civic. The girls all piled in the back, my sister surely not having been in the rear of a car that small in who knows how long. Soon the discomfort was forgotten as we laughed and sang our way back to the real world and left neon clad South Beach behind.
If anyone has the chance to visit the beautiful city, you have to check out the clubs, fine dining (especially Casa Salsa, Ricky Martin's hot resturant!) and the most beautiful shopping and beaches!
Fondest memory: Sigh...I miss everything. The beautiful lights, city, resturants, the beaches, the people and most of all, I miss the warm breeze late at night...sigh!:)