The largest Cuban city in the world after Havana, Miami South Beach draws a crowd of celebrities, socialites, and luxury travel connoisseurs.
If you haven’t already experienced a bit of South Beach glamour then you’re missing out! Miami has to be one of our favourite destinations ever. South Beach is a tropical paradise with golden sands, whimsical Art Deco buildings, luxury pads and let’s not forget its distinct party vibe- you need to experience it for yourself.
Florida’s most stylish city is located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts its best weather during the Spring, between March and May where its humid temperatures are much more enjoyable- however we visited during July and didn’t have many complaints.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy all of what this vibrant city has to offer:
The Best Place to Drink: (Freehand) Broken Shaker Miami
The Broken Shaker can be found within luxury hostel ‘The Freehand’ (Indian Creek Hotel) – This lush tropical oasis serves hand-crafted cocktails created from infusions of garden herbs & spices and a variety of exotic ingredients. The punch was up there with one of the best cocktails I have ever tasted – there’s no wonder it continues to dominate the Miami cocktail scene. From sea-weed infused tequila to a variety of eclectic drinks, The Broken Shaker has it all. This really is the place to sit back and relax within effortlessly chic and trendy surroundings.
The Best Place to Party: Mango’s Tropical Cafe
World renowned for its nightlife, South Beach is heaving full of excitement. Wherever the night takes you rooftop bars, beach bars and happy hour hotspots can all be found within a stone’s throw of each other. Whatever your mood, you can find something that will fill your boots.
In our opinion Mango’s Tropical Café offers a unique nonstop Havana style party that can spice up any trip. It’s not just full of tourists, locals are still drawn to the buzz of Mango’s flamboyant dancers and carnival style entertainment. You might even bump into George Clooney, Will Smith, or Robert De Niro!
Great Restaurants: Moreno’s Cuba
There are hundreds of eateries to check out in South Beach. Fresh sea food, authentic diners, fine dining, or maybe just take a walk down Española way- you will find something that takes your fancy.
Located down an exotic pathway, off the northwest corner of 19th St and Collins avenue at The Dorchester Hotel, lies Moreno’s Cuba. We choose to visit after receiving many recommendations from locals. It’s fair to say Moreno’s manages to capture the spirit of Cuba in Miami Beach, and recipes are from one of the owners Cuban grandmothers. One of our choices for dinner was ‘Ceviche a lo Cubano (Fish)’, which was cuts of Grouper & white fish naturally cured in lime and lemon juice with side salad and sweet plantain! It was delicious. Live music, crisp white wine, and authentic food made a perfect evening in South Beach!
Don’t forget to visit:
- Versace Mansion
- Star Island
- Nikki Beach
- Wynwood Walls
- Britto Central
- Brunch at the Local House
- Española Way
- Everglades National Park
- Ocean Drive
- Remember you’re a ferry away from the Bahamas and a short drive down to the Keys.