South Beach – Know Before You Go
Visitors strolling the Miami Beachwalk at the eastern-end of Lincoln Road.
Miami Beach is located on a barrier island about five miles from Downtown Miami and about thirteen miles from MIA Airport. Most of the hotspots are between 1st and 23rd Streets – famously known as South Beach or SoBe (the Art Deco District).
Getting here from MIA
The Miami Beach Airport Express Bus (Route 150) makes traveling between Miami International Airport and South Beach a breeze. The service is fast, easy, and convenient. For just $2.65 each way, passengers ride aboard 40-foot buses equipped with luggage racks, comfortable seating, and air conditioning.
Follow this link for more Express Bus info.
Parking in South Beach
Parking in Miami Beach can be expensive. Overnight parking at your hotel can easily cost $35-$40 per night. You don’t need a car in South Beach – Uber, Lyft, and the free Miami Beach Trolleys are great ways to get around.
1. Read more at our Miami Beach Trolley post
2. More FREE ways to get around in Sobe
Miami Beach’s subtropical climate makes the island an attractive and year-round tourist destination for those seeking warm weather. Here’s more weather & event info
What to wear
As a beach town – daily style tends to be more casual and relaxed (shorts, t-shirts, tank-tops, and athleisure wear). Forget to pack something? Visit Lincoln Road Mall for the latest fashions, accessories, and essentials. Here’s a link to the Lincoln Road Store Directory.
Lincoln Road is a world-famous shopping & dining promenade in the heart of South beach that features more than 200 national retailers, designer brands, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and a movie theater. In South Beach, Lincoln Road is the place to be.
The standard tip is 15% to 20%. Use caution not to double tip as many South Beach restaurants apply an automatic 18% gratuity to each bill.
South Pointe 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.
The Miami BeachWalk is a beautiful paved promenade that runs along the eastern seashore of Miami Beach. It’s great for biking, rollerblading, or jogging.
Read more Beachwalk info here
Ocean Drive, in one word – pulsating. The cafes and restaurants are always bustling but especially in the 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.
Juvia – Instagram-worthy Rooftop
Need the perfect Instagram-worthy South Beach shot? Then the Juvia rooftop (perched high above Lincoln Road) should be on your list for great food, drinks, and incredible views. Website
Miami’s best people-watching
Lincoln Road is Miami Beach’s main shopping and dining destination. Designer retailers and restaurants to satisfy every taste line this mile-long pedestrian promenade.
With so many great restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and bars, Lincoln Road is also South Beach’s best people-watching locale. The scene is fun, vibrant, entertaining, and suitable for all. We hope that you enjoy South Beach.