South Beach Miami

Often referred to as the French Riviera of the U.S., the island of South Beach is undoubtedly the trendiest part of Miami Beach, Florida. During the day, you'll see crowds visiting the shops, art galleries, and restaurants of the glamorous Ocean Drive. By night, visitors take in the South Beach nightlife scene at Miami's hottest bars and nightclubs. South Beach Miami also boasts stunning beaches and sunny weather all year long, making it a great place to take a vacation any time of the year.

South Beach - Miami Beach
South Beach - Miami Beach

South Beach Miami extends from South Pointe Park to Lincoln Road Mall. Most people enter the park at Lummus Park, which is a well-known park that is popular for nearly every kind of recreational activity, such as swimming, rollerblading, volleyball, and having a picnic on the beach. Many of the volleyball courts are reserved for games or tournaments that are hosted throughout the year, while others are free for the public to use. The beach is patrolled by a lifeguard and is considered safe, although you should guard your valuables at all times, even if you are in the water. It's becoming increasingly more common to see families with children at South Beach, although you won't find playgrounds or very many things for children to do at the beach. Although there are laws against it, it's common to see women walking around the beach topless. The only legally nude beach in Florida is Haulover Beach, however.

South Beach Miami
South Beach Miami

South Beach is patrolled by a lifeguard from the time it opens in the early morning until it closes at dusk. The beach has dozens of volleyball nets and wide stretches of sand for recreational activities such as ultimate frisbee and touch football. The water stays a comfortable 70 degrees most days, making it an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling. South Beach Miami also has several picnic areas as well as public shower and restroom facilities. You don't have to walk far to find a place to rent a surf board or a boogey board. If you forget your beach towel or sunscreen, there are many shops near the beach that sell beach essentials as well as souvenirs.

One of the main things to do on Florida vacations in South Beach after a day at the beach is hitting the bars and clubs. South Beach nightlife can be found on Ocean Drive, which runs north to south from 1st to 15th Street. Popular with the Spring Break crowd, Ocean Drive contains a number of bars and nightclubs. Most of the clubs are upscale and enforce a dress code, although there are a number of casual venues as well. Ocean Drive also has a number of famous restaurants and is the site of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace's ocean side mansion.

Once you're finished experiencing the many things to do in South Beach, head to the other areas of Miami Beach, such as the shopping district of Bel Harbour, Golden Beach, Surfside, and Sunny Isles Beach. These beach communities offer a variety of water sports, such as surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, and sailing. Beaches in this area are quite active and if you desire a quieter beach vacation consider a trip to Vero Beach on the Treasure Coast or Caspersen Beach.

Deciding when to go to South Beach Miami depends on how comfortable you are with crowds. Spring is the busiest time of year in South Beach, while tourism in Miami dies down during the summer. South Beach nightlife is the liveliest in March and April during Spring Break. Many of the nightclubs in South Beach host spring break parties and special events. With so many things to do in South Beach, it's no wonder why so many people decide to visit each year.

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