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South Beach

On the southern tip of Miami Beach you will find a wide sandy beach, blue ocean waters, colorful lifeguard stations, and a variety of art deco hotels.

Known as South Beach (SoBe), this section of Miami Beach is constantly bustling with vacationers and locals in the many restaurants that straddle the west side of Ocean Drive and the world famous beach on the east side.

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Palm Trees on Ocean Drive - Miami Beach

Ocean Drive is the main road in South Beach, Miami Beach

Getting to South Beach

To get to South Beach from anywhere in South Florida take 95 to 395 (the MacArthur Causeway) east. The MacArthur Causeway will take you over Biscayne Bay. As you are heading east will pass Jungle Island - an attraction with many Parrots and other animals -  on your left and the Miami Children’s Museum on you right.  Next you will see the Port of Miami on your right where you will probably see many Cruise Ships coming and going.

Next you will see Palm Island and Star Island on your left. These are exclusive neighborhoods with impressive waterfront homes and many boats from small fishing boats to huge yachts.

The MacArthur Causeway turns into 5th street, which runs right into Ocean Drive.  Once you are at Ocean Drive you can go right (south) or left (north) and you are in the heart of South Beach.


Starlite Hotel at Night - Miami Beach

The Starlite Hotel is one of the many art deco hotels on South Beach

The Beach on South Beach

Along Ocean Drive from 5th street to 14th street there are entrances to the beach. You will also find bath rooms every few blocks. There are lifeguards on South Beach from South Point Park to 85th street. In addition to an actual life guard each life guard station displays the current ocean conditions and warnings when conditions are dangerous.

Colored flags from green to red indicate if the current ocean conditions are calm, moderate,  or dangerous. And a red flag with a line through a swimmer indicates that the water is closed to the public. Check with the lifeguards if you are not clear on the current surf conditions.

The Purple Lifeguard Station on Miami Beach

This purple lifeguard station is on South Beach, Miami Beach

Hotels and Restaurants on South Beach

Along Ocean Drive in South Beach there are many boutique hotels and excellent restaurants. Some of the hotels art deco and style and small group are adorned with neon lights, which makes the area light up after dark.

If you are selecting a hotel to stay in on Miami Beach you should consider what amenities are important to you.

Art Deco Hotels
The hotels directly on Ocean Drive offer unique decor, tons of personality, and have a great location. If you plan on being up pretty late and want to walk to your hotel after a night of enjoying the South Beach night life then the Art Deco Hotels on South Beach may be perfect for you.  If on the other hand you want to get to sleep relatively early then it may be a little noisy.  The stream of cars, motorcycles, and partying on Ocean Drive is fun if you are part of it but not if you want to sleep.

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