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Biking and Volleyball on South Beach picture in Miami Beach
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Biking and Volleyball on South Beach picture in Miami Beach
Lifeguard Tower picture in Miami Beach
South Beach picture in Miami Beach
South Beach picture in Miami Beach

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  • More than Full Day Time to Spend
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    5.0
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With nicknames like "America's Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach. 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 young and beautiful and 24-hour partiers, but that's not necessarily the case. The truth is that South Beach welcomes anyone looking for pristine sand, amazing food and yes, a buzzing 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. South Beach also hosts numerous festivals and events, including volleyball tournaments, Art Deco Weekend and music and art shows.

And of course, there's the beach itself. Many choose to set up camp in Lummus Park, which runs roughly from 5th Street to 14th Street. Here you'll find white sand, beautiful water, volleyball nets and ample people-watching opportunities. Recent visitors said they appreciated how clean the beach is kept and noted the clear blue water sometimes makes you feel like you're no longer even in the U.S. You may notice 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. (It's home to some of Miami Beach's best hotels.) 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 24th Street on the eastern ocean side. Hotels in South Beach are expensive, but your nightly rate might include a resort fee, which might cover the cost of beach chairs and umbrellas. Otherwise, those can run anywhere from $10 to $35 a day. Cost-conscious travelers should look farther north, between 24th and 192nd streets, where they'll find accommodations with much more palatable prices.

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Albion South Beach Hotel

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  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach ...

  • 0.1 Miles Away
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
The Carlton South Beach Hotel

The Carlton South Beach Hotel ...

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#1 South Beach With nicknames like "America's Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach. Travelers see South Beach not only as one ... Read more » Corey Jenkins / Getty Images

#2 Ocean Drive One of the most famous boulevards in the city, the country, or maybe even the world, Ocean Drive is characterized by its distinct art deco buildings, its constant streams of ... Read more » Tetra Images / Getty Images

#3 Haulover Beach Park Clothing-optional Haulover has long been a favorite of laissez-faire residents and vacationers, but there's more to do here than nude sunbathing. You can fly kites, go charter fishing and ... Read more » Chris / Flickr

BBM Explorer / Flickr

#5 Lincoln Road Mall Located on Lincoln Road, between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, the Lincoln Road Mall is a mile-long, can't-miss pedestrian shopping area. Originally designed in the 1950s, the Lincoln Road ... Read more » Phillip Pessar / Flickr

#6 Ancient Spanish Monastery Set in North Miami Beach, this monastery has a storied past. Officially known as the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, construction on the structure began in A.D. 1133 ... Read more » grantmg / Getty Images

#7 Art Deco Tour Miami Beach is known for its art deco architecture, a design style of the 1920s and '30s that's characterized by bold colors and geometric shapes. It often incorporates styles ... Read more » Visit Florida / Flickr

#8 South Pointe Park and Pier Located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe is a 17-acre park that features walking paths, grassy knolls and sweeping views of the ocean. The area also has ... Read more » Pola Damonte / Getty Images

#9 Holocaust Memorial Located near the intersection of Dade Boulevard and Meridian Avenue, the Holocaust Memorial in South Beach is a moving tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The idea was ... Read more » Dennis Goedegebuure / Flickr

#10 Miami Children's Museum The Miami Children's Museum is located on a little island between downtown Miami and South Beach. Kid-friendly interactive exhibits are the focus of this museum, which caters to youths ... Read more » Smart Destinations / Flickr

# The Bass Read more » Zachary Balber / Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach

# Ocean Force Adventures Read more » cristianl / Getty Images

# Miami Beach Botanical Garden Read more » Barry Winiker / Getty Images

Biking and Volleyball on South Beach picture in Miami Beach
Ocean Drive picture in Miami Beach
Haulover Beach Park picture in Miami Beach
Lummus Park picture in Miami Beach
Lincoln Road Mall picture in Miami Beach
Ancient Spanish Monastery picture in Miami Beach
Art Deco Tour picture in Miami Beach
South Pointe Park and Pier picture in Miami Beach
Miami Holocaust Memorial picture in Miami Beach
Miami Children's Museum picture in Miami Beach
The Bass picture in Miami Beach
Boat Tours picture in Miami Beach
Botanical Garden picture in Miami Beach
Biking and Volleyball on South Beach picture in Miami Beach
Ocean Drive picture in Miami Beach
Haulover Beach Park picture in Miami Beach
Lummus Park picture in Miami Beach
Lincoln Road Mall picture in Miami Beach
Ancient Spanish Monastery picture in Miami Beach
Art Deco Tour picture in Miami Beach
South Pointe Park and Pier picture in Miami Beach
Miami Holocaust Memorial picture in Miami Beach
Miami Children's Museum picture in Miami Beach
The Bass picture in Miami Beach
Boat Tours picture in Miami Beach
Botanical Garden picture in Miami Beach

South Beach has a reputation as one of the best vacation areas in the country.  Corey Jenkins / Getty Images

Ocean Drive is a street that's lined with high-end hotels and restaurants in South Beach. Tetra Images / Getty Images

Haulover Beach is a popular nude beach but it also has areas where clothed sunbathers can relax as well. Visitors say this beach is more laid-back than buzzing South Beach. Chris / Flickr

Lummus Park is lined with palm trees and features a wide pathway for runners, bikers and rollerbladers. Its beach area is also popular for sunbathing. BBM Explorer / Flickr

This open-air pedestrian mall is lined with stores and restaurants. Phillip Pessar / Flickr

This monastery has a rich history. It was first built in northern Spain and then shipped over to the U.S. grantmg / Getty Images

On an art deco tour throughout Miami Beach you'll see the distinctive style among hotels and storefronts. Visit Florida / Flickr

South Pointe Park (situated at the southernmost end of Miami Beach) is a sprawling 17-acre green area that's popular for recreation, picnics and more.  Pola Damonte / Getty Images

The Miami Holocaust Memorial contains a series of statues, architectural pieces, a garden of meditation and a memorial wall. Dennis Goedegebuure / Flickr

Kid-friendly interactive exhibits make the Miami Children's Museum a great place to bring the little ones. Smart Destinations / Flickr

Head to The Bass if you're a lover of contemporary art. Zachary Balber / Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach

Consider a sightseeing boat tour to enjoy the city from the water. cristianl / Getty Images

According to past visitors, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a cool and relaxing respite. Barry Winiker / Getty Images

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