From the moment you cross the bridge and enter Miami Beach, you’ll start feeling a little overwhelmed by all the things to see and do. This place is known as one of the must-see cities in America for a reason! Naturally, you want to make the most of your visit, so we’ve compiled this short guide to some of the best things to do in Miami Beach.
Experience the Nightlife
Miami beach has a booming nightlife, and even if you only spend one night on the town, you’re sure to have a great time! There are bars and clubs here to suit almost any taste. Why not sip on fine, handcrafted cocktails at Radio Bar; a paradise of indie rock, exquisite bourbon, and seasonal craft drinks. If you’re something of a connoisseur, you can head down to WD 555, and sample some fine pinot noirs and champagnes from vineyards scattered all over the world. If the blistering Florida sun gets a little much for you, you can refresh your palate with some ice-cold daiquiris at Wet Willies. This is a quintessentially retro restaurant, where the drinks are served from dispensers. Mix the flavors all you like, but remember that they’re brimming with rum, vodka and grain alcohol!
Be a Beach Bum
A Trip to Miami Beach wouldn’t be complete without a day at the actual beach. The boardwalk stretches for a massive 40 blocks, and is often dotted with interesting street performers who are always happy to shoot the breeze with tourists. Have a few drinks at the various bars, or sit down for lunch and do some people-watching. When you gaze out at the sparkling azure water, you may want to rent a boat in Miami, sail off the coast, soak in views of the city and maybe see a dolphin or two. If not, you’ll have an equally tranquil experience just by spreading out your towel, putting on your shades, and soaking some rays.
Sample the Arts and Entertainment
The arts and entertainment of Miami beach are grossly underrated, as any local will tell you. Set one day aside for walking or cycling around the historic Art Deco District, soaking in over 800 architectural points of interest from the early 20th century and even earlier. If you’re in the mood for a show, then head down to the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason theater: a truly historic venue that’s had stars taking its stage since the 50s, and is still going strong. Though it was renovated in the noughties, it still holds up a potent, classic feel, and accommodates a wide range of performances, making sure the best artists always give the audience something to remember. If you’re going without kids, then have a giggle at the World Erotic Art Museum, which exhibits paintings by internationally famous artists, uncouth pop culture props, and all kinds of other fun artifacts. Before you leave, be sure to check out some gift shops, and pick up something bearing the artwork of Romero Britto.
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