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All About Miami Beach
Miami Beach is a small island city eight miles off the glittering metropolis of Miami. Just as cosmopolitan and diverse as its neighbor, Miami Beach is more laid back, and life here is anchored around the miles of fine white-sand shoreline. There are three distinct neighborhoods: trendy South Beach, known for swanky clubs, hotels, fusion restaurants, and some of the city’s best Art Deco architecture; Mid-Beach, which overlaps South Beach and is marked by the retro glamour of hotspot hotels and landmark museums built in the 1950s; and quieter, residential North Beach, an ideal spot to linger through the heat of the day in shady plazas, Argentinian bakeries, and Cuban cafes. Other great places to stay or visit include the barrier islands north of Miami Beach, including upscale Bal Harbour; the quaint town of Surfside Beach; and Sunny Isles, known as Florida’s Riviera.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Miami Beach
With year-round average temperatures in the 80s Fahrenheit, Miami Beach’s consistently gorgeous weather is one of its biggest draws. Like other subtropical destinations, South Florida experiences two main seasons: a slightly cooler dry season between November and March, and a hotter, more humid summer for the rest of the year. Whenever you come, pack sunscreen and lightweight, warm-weather clothes — even in the middle of winter, the temperature here rarely dips below 60 degrees. In summer, the temperatures can break into the 90s, and passing thunderstorms are common. Check the forecast and plan to be inside when the rain hits, or find a café or bar to wait it out. You may also want to bring a small, packable umbrella just in case.
Top things to do in Miami Beach
Art Deco Historic District
There are more than 800 beautifully preserved examples of Art Deco architecture from the 1920s through the 1940s in Miami Beach. Join an Art Deco walking tour, or stroll along Ocean Drive on your own in search of porthole windows, curved lines, and triangular shapes, and sunburst or whimsical floral design motifs.
More than just an outdoor mall, Lincoln Road is a wide, 10-block pedestrian promenade lined with fashion boutiques and restaurants with sidewalk dining. Go window shopping, or grab an ice cream and sprawl on palm-tree-dotted green space in the middle of the boulevard to take in the scene.
Admire the stunning Miami skyline on a cruise of Biscayne Bay. Nature lovers can also make the hour-long drive to the bay’s south end to Biscayne National Park, where you can snorkel a coral reef or kayak past mangrove forests.
Miami’s Art Scene
Miami Beach is an arts and culture mecca in its own right, but it’s worth heading into Miami for that city’s renowned museums. Visit interior design stores and art galleries in the sleek Miami Design District, and stop by the hip Wynwood neighborhood for some stunning street art installations and public art.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Miami Beach?
Miami Beach features a tropical monsoon climate with hot, humid summers, often exceeding 85°F (29°C), and warm winters with temperatures rarely dipping below 60°F (16°C). Rainy season is from May to October, while the drier months are from November to April.
What are some of the best things to do in Miami Beach?
Exploring the Art Deco Historic District with its colorful buildings, soaking up the sun at South Beach, and visiting the Miami Beach Botanical Garden are some popular activities. For shopping enthusiasts, Lincoln Road Mall is often recommended, and for culture lovers, the Wolfsonian-FIU museum is frequently suggested.
What is the best time of year to visit Miami Beach?
Miami Beach is most popular from March to May when the weather is warm, around 75°F (24°C) to 85°F (29°C), and the Art Deco Weekend in January and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February are local events that attract visitors.
What are the best places to stay in Miami Beach?
Some popular areas to stay in Miami Beach are South Beach, known for its vibrant nightlife and iconic Art Deco buildings, Mid-Beach, appreciated for its retro hotels and quiet beaches, and North Beach, valued for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful parks.
What are the best places to visit in Miami Beach?
The Art Deco Historic District, South Pointe Park, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, and the vibrant pedestrian mall Lincoln Road are often recommended. For cultural experiences, the Jewish Museum of Florida and The Wolfsonian-FIU are worth a visit.
What are some hiking trails in Miami Beach?
While Miami Beach itself doesn't have traditional hiking trails, the nearby Oleta River State Park has a network of trails for walking and biking. For a more urban 'hike', the Miami Beach Boardwalk provides a scenic route along the coastline.
What are some family activities to do in Miami Beach?
Families can explore the Miami Children's Museum, visit Jungle Island for interactive animal encounters, or enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The beach itself, with its clear waters and soft sand, is always a favorite with families.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Miami Beach?
Day trips from Miami Beach could include an exploration of the Everglades National Park, a visit to the vibrant neighborhoods of Little Havana and Wynwood in Miami, or a boat trip to the serene Biscayne National Park.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Miami Beach?
Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Miami Beach. From over 2,790 apartment rentals to over 150 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.
Are there Miami Beach vacation home rentals on Airbnb with pools?
Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation home rentals with pools in Miami Beach, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!