The Best Things to Do in Miami South Beach, a Complete Travel Guide

Things to Do in Miami South Beach featured by top US travel blogger Sylvie in the Sky

Miami is often known as a playground for the rich and famous – you can spot Leonardo DiCaprio partying at the Fontainebleau, or hop on a tour boat to see celebrity homes on Star Island (like JLo’s and Rihanna’s!). Miami is also a city full of art, culture, and heavenly food. Having been raised in California, I’m naturally attracted to the sunshine and warm beaches of this southern city and I put together a things to do in Miami South Beach weekend travel guide, since you can see most of this beautiful city in just a few days. I hope you enjoy!

Things to Do in Miami South Beach featured by top US travel blogger Sylvie in the Sky

Things to Do in Miami South Beach:

Best Miami South Beach Hotels:

Classic: The Betsy, The Plymouth (renovation by designer Fernando Santangelo, best known for the Raleigh and L.A.’s Chateau Marmont), The Villa Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion)
Cool: Delano, Faena Miami Beach, Shore Club, SLS, The Standard, 1 Hotel
Value: Dream Miami, The Hotel, Mondrian Miami Beach

Best Cuban Sandwich in Miami South Beach:

Classic: Versailles Cuban Bakery, Puerto Sagua Restaurant
Cool: Check out the “Little Havana” area (just west of Downtown Miami where the famous Calle Ocho strip is) for the most authentic Cuban food. I would recommend: Lung Yai Thai Tapas and El Rey de las Fritas (get the Cuban burger!!)
Value: Sergio’s, Puerto Sagua Restaurant, Las Olas Cafe

Best Miami South Beach Cafes:

Classic: News Cafe, Nexxt Cafe (in the famous Lincoln Road Mall), Threefold Cafe (staple for locals!)
Cool: A la Folie (in Espanola Way – a really cool place to visit!), Balans Cafe
Value: The Cafe at Books & Books, FL Cafe

Best Miami South Beach Brunch:

Classic: Smith & Wollensky, Bakehouse Brasserie
Cool: La Mar (bottom floor of the Mandarin Oriental) Bazaar at SLS (can’t be beat as far as Miami brunch vibes go!) Juvia (rooftop right on Lincoln Road)
Value: Morgan’s (Wynwood District), OTL (Design District)

Best Miami South Beach Daytime Activities:

Classic: Beach cruiser cycling along the beach, sun worshipping on Miami Beach
Cool: Celeb spotted pool parties at The Clevelander, 1 Hotel rooftop pool and the Hyde Beach Pool Party at the SLS Hotel, Art Galleries
Value: Art Deco DIY tour, Wynwood Art Walk, The Institute of Contemporary Art (all free!)

Best Miami South Beach Shopping:

Classic: Lincoln Road Mall (outdoor shopping strip)
Cool: Bal Harbour (absolutely luxurious!), The Design District
Value: Wynwood

Best Miami South Beach Restaurants:

Classic: Makoto (in the middle of the gorgeous Bal Harbour- sushi with a side of shopping!), Nobu, Prime 112 is a Miami Beach staple
Cool: Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel, Komodo (one of the most beautiful garden dining spaces I’ve ever seen!)
Value: My Ceviche, Harry’s Pizzeria, Rubio’s Coastal Grill (taco platter for $7!)

Best Miami South Beach Bars:

Classic: Monty’s Raw Bar, Nikki Beach (a Miami must), The Clevelander
Cool: The Broken Shaker, Sugar (rooftop bar!), C-Level

Best Time to Visit Miami

The best time of year to travel to South Beach is between March and May, when the temperatures are in the high 70’s and low 80’s. I would avoid visiting during hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

I hope this things to do in Miami South Beach travel guide inspires you to explore this thriving city. And I would love to hear your Miami weekend travel favorites.

Things to Do in Miami South Beach featured by top US travel blogger Sylvie in the Sky
Things to Do in Miami South Beach featured by top US travel blogger Sylvie in the Sky
Things to Do in Miami South Beach featured by top US travel blogger Sylvie in the Sky

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