Miami Beach, Florida Travel Guide

Looking for a gaudy getaway on a budget? Miami Beach rentals make it cheap and easy for you to let loose on the beach and experience the kinetic nightlife of Florida’s hottest vacation spot. While we tried to make our Miami Beach guide as helpful as possible, we may have missed some things! Let us know how we can improve our Miami Beach travel guide by sending us your tips.

What to Do in Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach SnorkelingFrom catching rays to mingling at the club, Miami Beach is never short of things to do. With a key to a Miami Beach vacation rental, you’re not in for a low-key vacation.

South Beach, or SoBe as the locals like to call it, is the best place to exert your energy. Stretching from 1st to 25th street, South Beach is full of outdoor cafes (primed for people watching), lively nightclubs, upscale shops, roller bladders, bikers, beach bums, models (and wannabe models), celebs, and even tourists. If you’re looking for lots of excitement on your Miami Beach vacation, South Beach will be your stomping grounds.

If you’re not only here to party, squeeze some history and culture into your Miami Beach vacation! Attend a New World Symphony Orchestra concert at the Lincoln Theatre, visit the Holocaust Memorial, drop by the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, and check out the Bass Museum of Art. Miami Beach’s sizable Jewish community adds a unique element to the city and you’re sure to soak up some culture just walking around.

Other unique attractions include the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Venetian Islands, a string of artificial islands off the coast of Miami and Miami Beach – the most popular is the uninhabited Flagler Monument Island. Miami Beach, while known for its glitz and glamour, doesn't leave anyone out!

It also doesn't have to be chaotic. After all, the beach is just outside your Miami Beach vacation rental.

If white sandy beaches, carefree fun in the Florida sun, and water recreation are your idea of a dream family vacation, trade in South Beach condo rentals for waterfront Miami Beach vacation rentals. For a fully-equipped marina and immaculate shoreline, head to Haulover Beach Park. But if you’re as interested in watching the people as you are the waves, South Pointe Park is more your style.

What can you do on the water? The better question is – what can’t you do? Miami Beach might just be the perfect marriage of urban stimuli and unhurried beach life. Scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, and of course, sunbathing, are all top things to do in Miami Beach, but follow your heart’s desire – go kayaking, parasailing, or fishing. Many Miami Beach vacation homes feature fishing poles, canoes, snorkel gear, and other special items that guarantee a perfect beachside getaway.

If you can’t manage to unwind at the beach, head to the spa. Miami Beach has a great assortment of spas, including the Bodies Kneaded Massage Spa.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Miami Beach

Miami Beach DiningTour the Art Deco District and marvel at buildings and apartments constructed in the 1920s and 30s. In the day time, listen to Latin music on Espanola Way, indulge in a gourmet sandwich on Ocean Drive, shop at the Lincoln Road Mall, pick up some designer duds on Collins Avenue, and take in the sights at your own pace. When the sun goes down, sample the world-famous clubs and evening hangouts. Favorites include Jazid, Wet Willie’s, the Aerobar, Opium Garden Club, Mac’s Club Deuce (which doesn’t close until 5 AM), and the Clevelander Club. With South Beach vacation rentals, you can center yourself near all the energy and embrace that get-up-and-go Miami Beach mentality.

No matter who you are, you’ve got to eat, so don’t miss out on Miami Beach’s exquisite dining options. From romantic steakhouses like Smith & Wollensky to cool coffee houses that serve up Cuban java to quirky hot spots like the News Café, you're never far away from a great drink or meal. 

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What to See in Miami Beach

Miami Beach is a sightseer’s dream-come-true. The Donatella Versace Mansion, and maybe even Donatella herself, are just a few “sights” to see while you’re here. And don’t forget the Great Outdoors – with Biscayne Bay to its west and the Atlantic Ocean to its east, Miami Beach is one big coastal paradise. Why not tour the city on a jet ski?

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When to Visit Miami Beach

Miami Beach vacation rentals are in demand every season; southeast Florida’s tropical climate attracts snowbirds from across the globe. For great deals, try to visit when it’s not summer or Spring Break! If you decide to stay in one of our South Beach rentals in December, make sure to attend Art Basel Miami Beach – a world-renowned art show that features displays from two hundred top galleries.

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What to Bring to Your Miami Beach Condo Rental

Find out what will be waiting for you in your Miami Beach vacation home and plan a quick trip to the supermarket for anything that’s missing – like shampoo or paper towels. Most of our Miami Beach vacation rentals, however, have nearly everything you could need or want on a beach trip; that’s what makes them a much smarter pick than hotels.

The Miami Beach dress code is all over the place, so pack both casual and dressy clothes! Chances are you’ll spend some time at the beach, a fancy restaurant, and the club, so bring a variety of outfits. Also, shopping on South Beach is hard not to do, so set aside a budget for shopping. That means you’ll be returning home with lots more stuff than you came with; invest in a suitcase that can handle it all. While out and about in Miami Beach, there’s a good possibility you’ll run into a celebrity, so have that camera ready. 

And, of course, don’t forget the beach gear!

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Local Services in Miami Beach

Since Miami Beach is a popular destination throughout the year, the city is ready for tourists with many pet and child care options. If you take advantage of the boat charters, water sports stores, bike rentals, and watercraft rentals – which can be found all over the city – you’ll take your Miami Beach vacation to the next level.

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What to Know About Miami Beach

Miami Beach is one of the more dangerous cities in the US, so take those extra precautions you may not take in your hometown. If you’re planning a Miami Beach family vacation, be aware of your surroundings at all times and never let the kids explore the beach or the city on their own.

As well, a South Beach vacation – in particular – is not for the lazy vacationer. The beaches and spas give you plenty of opportunity to recuperate from a night out on the town, but no trip to Miami Beach is complete without a few escapades here and there! 

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Getting to Miami Beach, Florida

Whatever airline you’re flying on, the Miami International Airport will likely serve it. From Miami, you can rely on a taxi, rental car, or shuttle bus to get across the waterway to Miami Beach.

Since taxi fare and parking fees are costly, it’s recommendable that you fidn a Miami vacation rental located near attractions you plan to see – this way, you can walk, people watch, and save money, too.

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Why Miami Beach Vacation Rentals?

House, condo, or apartment rentals in Miami Beach may not appear to be the first choice for families or frugal travelers. Why would you take the kiddos to the Las Vegas of Florida? And why would you expect to save money? Well, with a vacation rental, your Miami Beach vacation can be whatever you want it to be.

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