Downtown Miami Beach, otherwise known as South Beach, is the tropical setting for a vibrant party scene. The pulse of the island, South Beach encompasses 23 blocks on the South end of the island, from around 1st to 23rd Streets. South Beach is a well-rounded tourist hot-spot, featuring great nightlife, rich cultural attractions, gourmet restaurants, upscale shopping, fabulous oceanfront hotels and white sand beaches.
South Beach nightlife has been compared to an all-you-can-eat buffetthe choices are endless and the party never stops, although it heats up after 11p.m. and rages until 6 in the morning. Some of the world’s largest and most famous nightclubs reside on Washington Avenue, including Crobar, featuring a 10,000 square foot dance space.
South Beach’s cultural attractions include the breathtaking Art Deco Historic District, featuring beautiful geometric shapes and pastel colors. Lincoln Road is lined with an array of galleries and theatres, including The South Florida Art Center and Lincoln Theatre. Meanwhile, Washington Avenue showcases Wolfsonian-FIU Museum and Jackie Gleason Theater. Other popular South Beach cultural centers include the Bass Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum.
Hunger pangs don’t stand a chance in South Beach, where internationally acclaimed chefs don their toques at countless fine dining establishments across the island. A visit to South Beach is an opportunity to sample an eclectic variety of comestibles, from regional Floridian flavors to gourmet French, Cajun, Cuban, Asian-American and world cuisine.
South Beach has been labeled the fashion mecca of South Florida as Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Espanola Way overflow with designer shops and hip boutiques. Antique and collectible markets on Lincoln Road and Espanola Way add a charming bohemian twist to the shopping scene in South Beach.
Chic hotels and luxurious resorts cluster around the heart of South Beach. South Beach hotels cater to every type of traveler, from vacationers demanding five-star luxury to spring-breakers seeking adventure on a budget. Several popular South Beach hotels stand elbow to elbow along the oceanfront strip known as Collins Avenue.
Perhaps the most powerful drawing card is South Beach’s magnificent sand and surf. The wide, white sand beaches and lush palm trees offer a near-perfect tropical oasis. Lummus Park, more commonly known as South Beach, is the most popular section of Miami Beach. Lummus Park extends from about 5th to 15th streets and overflows with the see-and-be-seen crowd, including models, a few celebrities, and a toned and bronzed set of chic young socialites.