South Beach is one of Miami's most coveted neighbourhoods, fringed by sugar-white sand and sparkling water. Also known as “SoBe”, this glitzy enclave is filled with luxury boutiques, upscale restaurants and handsome Art Deco architecture.
Things to do in South Beach
The Wolfsonian-FIU celebrates Miami's vibrant design and architecture scene. Inside you'll find exhibitions on the evolution of South Beach's unique aesthetic. The building is suitably impressive, featuring a lavish Mediterranean-Revival facade and elaborately carved sandstone entrance. It's located in the heart of Miami's iconic Art Deco district, which is home to over 800 Heritage-listed buildings.
Stroll or rollerblade along the South Beach Promenade, a breezy waterfront strip lined with swaying palms. It backs onto Lummus Park Beach, a gorgeous stretch of sand dotted with lifeguard stands. You can bask on the beach, relax on the grassy foreshore or cool off in the Atlantic Ocean.
Miami cradles a flourishing art and cultural scene, with the Colony Theatre hosting comedy acts, theatrical dramas and Broadway-style productions. Music lovers can snag tickets to symphony orchestra performances at the New World Centre, a modernist glass-and-steel building designed by Frank Gehry.
From organic cafes to chef-owned restaurants, South Beach boasts some of Florida's best eateries. Yardbird is a local favourite, known for its hearty-meets-high-class Southern comfort food served in a shabby chic space. Wrap up your evening with craft cocktails and Latin music at the legendary Mango's Tropical Café on Ocean Drive.
Getting around South Beach
The pedestrian-friendly streets and palm-lined boulevards of South Beach are best explored on foot. You can ride the South Beach Loop trolley service, rent a public bike or zip around on an electric-powered golf cart run by Swoop Miami. Miami International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.