Beach Town Apartments Guide to South Beach
People often ask us about where to go and what to do when they visit South Beach, and so this is our biased personal guide to getting the most out of your trip to Florida's premier beach destination.
The main area of South Beach is quite small and easy to walk around, you really don't need to hire a car here and parking is expensive. Many of our guests rent a car and then tell us afterwards that they wish they hadn't. South Beach is one easy cab ride from Miami International Airport so why bother with a car rental?
The beach is most people's number one hang out during the day, but the Wolfsonian Museum, spectacular new New World Symphony Hall, and trips to the Everglades, Key West and the house and gardens at Vizcaya are all well worth some of your precious holiday time.
Many of the hotels along the beach will let you use their pools and terraces for a fee, although plenty of guests creep in anyway, and the staff often ignore it if you spend plenty of dollars on food and drink..! The beach of course is free and there are fresh water showers at the entrances. Vendors with cold drinks and beach chairs for rent are all over the place.
The animal exhibits and bird gardens at Jungle Island are worth visiting to see the parrot that met Winston Churchill. They also have a tigon. Or is it a liger? The Duck tours are fun, but be prepared to join in as the amphibious trucks take you around South Beach and then drive into the harbour to show you the houses of the rich and famous. If you are a bit more adventurous then check out South Beach Divers who will take you offshore to the reefs and wrecks and teach you to dive. You can book dives and lessons on-line. For gay guests the party never stops at Twist and the drag shows at The Palace are legendary whatever your sexual orientation. Try visiting on Sunday for a brunch you will never forget! For straight clubbers the best club in Miami has to be Mansion which has some of the biggest stars of hip hop and rap performing most weeks.