A Long Weekend in South Beach
With great cocktails, boutique hotels, parties and beaches, South Beach lacks nothing. One does not need to go far for entertainment or relaxation. The neighborhood is diverse, welcoming people from all over the world. It boasts luxury on a boutique level. You can spend a few days with no regrets in this walkable area, relax, eat great food and soak up some much-needed sun on its south Florida coastline. A plus is many hotels offer free beach access even though they are not directly on the beach!
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Where to stay in South Beach
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The Betsy Hotel
Luxe boutique hotel in a former Georgian Revival building from the 1940s with colorful rooms and suites.
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Fountainbleu Hilton Miami Beach
Iconic beachfront resort in Miami Beach, offering luxurious accommodations, world-class dining, a stunning pool deck, vibrant nightlife and direct access to the white sands of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Things to do in South Beach
Visit a drag brunch at Palace and prepare yourself to be entertained!
Cool off at one of several rooftop pools.
The Goodtime Hotel, created by Pharrell, has day parties with DJs, cabanas and the occasional celebrity sighting.
For a low-key rooftop pool, check out Gale South Beach.
Escape on Sunday for a Jazz Brunch at The Setai Miami Beach, filled with champagne and a mojito bar.
Make a reservation at the tropical-themed luxury oasis at Nikki Beach.
Party until you can't anymore at LIV nightclub.
Visit Wynwood for a colorful district full of art, murals and museums. The perfect 'Instagram-worthy' place where you can take great pics, shop and enjoy craft cocktails at revamped warehouses.
Places to eat & drink in South Beach
Have breakfast at Puerto Sagua for delicious Cuban food and try their paella.
Happy hour at the El Salon located in the Esme Miami Beach hotel is a must. An intimate cocktail bar with speakeasy vibes and beautiful minimal decor. Their restaurant known as The Rooftop @ Esme Hotel, serves some amazing fares including Tuna Tartare, Skirt Steak and strawberry watermelon salads with feta.
Along Espanola Way, there are several restaurants to choose from with delicious food. Oh Mexico has delicious shrimp quesadillas that pairs well with margaritas and can be finished with churros. A la Foile Café is an elevated French bistro perfect for small cheese plates, crepes, quiche, and of course, French onion soup.
No trip to South Beach is complete without visiting Havana 1957 for Cuban food.
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