South Beach and Art Deco Tour
- Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Many travelers see South Beach not only as one of the best vacation areas in Florida, but as one of the best in the country. Popular perception has somewhat pigeonholed the area as being reserved exclusively for the "pretty people" and 24-hour partiers. The truth is that South Beach welcomes anyone looking for pristine sand, amazing food and yes, relentless nightlife.
The options are limitless: you can spend the whole day shopping at boutiques, getting pampered at an opulent spa or just strolling along Ocean Drive. Families can take the kids over to see the animals at Jungle Island or to play at the Miami Children's Museum for some educational fun.
And of course, there is the beach itself. Many choose to set up camp (beach chair rentals will set you back about $10) in the Lummus Park, which runs roughly from 6th Street to 14th Street. Here you'll find white sand, beautiful water, volleyball nets and ample people-watching opportunities. There is a lot of preening going on here, but that's just part of the fun.
South Beach has a well-deserved reputation for not being the most affordable of neighborhoods. While it's possible to explore the area on a budget, you're sure to have a fuller experience if you have some funds at your disposal.
South Beach takes up the southern chunk of Miami Beach; most agree that the northern boundary of South Beach runs from Dade Boulevard on the western bay side until it hits 23rd Street on the eastern ocean side. Hotels in South Beach are expensive, so cost-conscious travelers should look farther north, between 24th and 192nd Streets, where they'll find accommodations with much more palatable prices.