Visitors strolling the famous Miami Beachwalk at Ocean Drive.
What a great place to live and or vacation. South Beach is blessed with blue skies, beautiful sunsets, and warm ocean breezes year round. Our near-perfect weather allows locals and vacationers to enjoy an active and carefree lifestyle throughout the entire year.
Here’s our list of tips to help you experience South Beach like a local.
Enjoy the beach
If you’re like most visitors, you’ve come to South Beach to relax, swim in the crystal clear ocean, and sunbathe on our beautiful beaches. Don’t forget your sunscreen, a good book, and sunglasses. Also pay attention to the surf condition warning flags flown on our famous lifeguard shacks.
Shop & Dine on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is the world-famous shopping & dining promenade in the heart of South beach that features more than 200 national retailers, designer brands, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes.
Links: Restaurants Stores
Get around via bike
At just 23 city blocks, a bike is a perfect and eco-friendly way to see South Beach. Citibike is Miami’s largest bike-sharing and rental program. The bikes are well maintained, easy to rent, and you’ll find plenty docking stations conveniently located throughout South Beach. Quick reminder: biking on Lincoln Road is not allowed between the hours of 9 am and 2 am. More info
Get Your Work out on!
Fitness is a way of life in South Beach. Locals are known for being fit and love to flaunt it. While you’re here, take advantage of the beautiful weather and use the outdoors as your gym.
Learn to paddleboard in Sunset Harbour. Walk, rollerblade, or jog along the beautiful beach boardwalk. Sculpt your beach body at the free outdoor Muscle Beach -South Beach gym. Join a game of beach volleyball along Ocean Drive.
Find a Happy Hour
Happy hours are big deals around here. Restaurants and bars throughout South Beach offer sweet deals on drinks and bar bites.
From hand-crafted cocktails at Jezebel to Crunchy Crab Rolls at Doraku on Lincoln Road, you’ll find locals gathering to celebrate the “happiest” time of the day! Lincoln Road Happy Hours
Lincoln Road is Miami’s best people-watching locale.
This mile-long pedestrian-friendly promenade is home to dozens of restaurants and umbrella-shaded sidewalk cafes. So grab yourself a table, order up a refreshing Mojito and enjoy the scene. Check these Sidewalk Cafes
Take in the local art culture
South Beach is home to art galleries, live theaters, and public art displays. Check out works by local artists at Artcenter South Florida (924 Lincoln Road).
Catch a play at the 1935-era art deco Colony Theatre that features film, music, dance, opera & more (1040 Lincoln Road). Lincoln Road Galleries
Ocean Drive in one word – pulsating. The cafes and restaurants are always bustling but especially in late afternoons. Drinks are expensive – so be smart and ask for prices before ordering. As the sun sets, this art deco strip lights up. Grab a seat on the wall separating the sand from the boardwalk and be prepared to be entertained.
Shop the Española Way Weekly Market
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Española Way transforms into a weekly market of rotating vendors offering seasonal goods! The market features unique gifts, handmade jewelry, clothing items, hand-crafted delicacies and much more. Free and open to the public.
From October – May, enjoy a movie night under the stars at the Miami Beach SoundScape. Come out and watch classics and new releases screened on an enormous 7,000-square-foot projection wall in dynamic surround sound.
The Miami Beach SoundScape is located one block from Lincoln Road’s fabulous restaurants and bars.
Miami Beach SoundScape @ New World Center
500 17th St. Miami Beach
Visit Sunset Harbour
Want to escape the Lincoln Road crowds and noise of Ocean Drive – head over to Sunset Harbour. This waterfront neighborhood is booming with restaurants, bars, boutiques, and cafes. Sunset Harbour Restaurants
Get your beach yoga flow going with daily sessions from 3rd Street Beach Yoga Miami (Classes are all donation based.) Website
South Point Park
South Pointe Park is a beautiful 17-acre park and pier located on the southern-most tip of Miami Beach. Stroll out on the South Pointe Pier and watch as anglers reel in their catch and get a close-up of giant cruise ships gliding through Government Cut. More info here
Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market
Stroll among the various stands of Lincoln Road’s weekly farmers’ and stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods, flowers, and more. The market takes place every Sunday on Lincoln Road between Washington Avenue and Meridian Avenue from 9 am to 6:30 pm, year round. More info