The Ultimate Guide to South Beach, Miami in a Weekend

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Famed for its Cuban influences, trendy nightclubs, fresh seafood, beachside hotels and resorts, and the colorful art deco buildings around town, South Beach is a glamorous paradise within Miami.

I spent a few days in South Beach and got to experience the culture, food, and beaches. I was impressed to say the least.

Where to stay

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The Shore Club South Beach is an eco-friendly, luxury hotel, which features a unique, modern concrete and stone design in public areas and rooms. The hotel offers beach access, 5 newly renovated poolside bungalows. Many of the rooms feature balconies, a must for an incredible view of Miami Beach. The Shore Club is within 5 minutes’ walk of the dining, shopping and entertainment of South Beach. The Miami International Airport is within a 15 minutes’ drive of the hotel.

What to do

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Miami is basically one flat biking town, and there’s no better way to explore it than by grabbing a bike by the handles. The Citi Bike program offers locals and visitors a solar-powered bike at an hourly rate.

Just grab a bike and ride it until your time runs out, then dock it, hop on another and you’re good to go! This is a great way to get from place to place in the Miami sun. There are even a couple of guided bike tours by the beach if you feel like tagging along with a group.

Where to eat

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Led by Chef Jose Icardi, Diez y Seis is a Mexican restaurant with a renegade take on classic cuisine. Paying homage to Mexico’s culinary contribution, Diez y Seis delivers a twist on the classics, at the iconic Shore Club hotel.hare tapas-style dishes of their famous avocado tostadas, mushroom tacos with truffle crema, and steak tacos in a sweet plantain tortilla. Try their delicious cocktails and mezcal cart. On Sundays, the Brunch A La Mexicana serves a buffet-style brunch for $35 adults and $20 children.

Where to shop

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The Mall at Lincoln Road is a shopper’s paradise — a pedestrians-only strip of boutiques and designer shops. Stop by for anything from Armani to Guess to Swarovski. While you’re there, grab a tasty lunch of chicken and black beans at Havana 1957, and if it’s Sunday, be sure to check out the fresh fruits and veggies at the Farmer’s Market.

Top off your fun weekend getaway with a quiet moment at the beach. South Point Park is the best place in Miami to enjoy the sunset. Bring your camera for a late afternoon photo shoot. It‘s a picturesque spot, with walkways, benches, and green spaces that look out over the Gulf.

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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