Most visitors arriving in our tiny island are only aware of our most popular attraction, the beach. But did you know that there are many other things to see in Miami Beach?
You’ll be glad to learn that all the best places to visit are concentrated in South Beach. So, to be in the heart of the action and walk or bike to all attractions, plan to stay in South Beach.
Starting from the tip of the island, here’s our 11 favorite spots we highly recommend. They’re all outdoor and free! Of course it goes without writing, don’t forget our gorgeous ocean beach along all of Miami Beach island. Enjoy your tour!
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1. Miami Beach Marina
Let’s start with the largest marina of the island. Enjoy this quiet part of South Beach with a great view of Downtown Miami.
Tip: Walk/bike on the boardwalk by the marina to travel to/from South Pointe park. See next stop.
2. South Pointe Park
Recently renovated, it’s a gorgeous park that gives a panoramic view of Downtown Miami, Fisher Island, Biscayne Bay & the ocean.
Tip: Continue on the boardwalk to get here.
3. Ocean Drive
A famous landmark of South Beach, stroll on this vibrant strip with beautiful Art Deco hotels and shops. Don’t miss Versace’s Mansion!
Tip: Travel to/from South Pointe Park on Ocean Drive or Washington Ave. and stop for a bite at Joe’s Stone Crab, for the best seafood!
4. Lummus Park
Right across from Ocean Drive is Lummus Park. A laid-back green space to relax while sipping a coconut. Enjoy people watching too!
Tips: Check out the interesting Art Deco Center at 10th Street & Ocean Drive.
5. Española Way
The most charming corner in Miami Beach! Filled with Spanish designs, it’s a cool place to grab a meal and enjoy the atmosphere.
Tip: Enter this alley from Washington Ave to snap a great photo.
6. Art Deco District – Residential
Beside the Art Deco buildings along Ocean Drive, walk around the residential area to see many more beautiful ones, occupied by locals.
Tip: Walk/bike along Pennsylvania Ave., Euclid Ave. or shaded Meridian Ave. to see some beautiful ones.
7. Lincoln Road Pedestrian Mall
The most famous shopping mall in Miami! Stroll on this pleasant open air mall with the stores of nearly all top brands in the world.
Tip: Check out the beautiful facade of Miami Beach Community Church at the corner of Drexel Ave. & Lincoln Road.
8. SoundScape Park
This elegantly designed park is a spill over of the New World Symphony Hall next to it, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.
Tip: Try entering the New World Symphony Hall to get a glimpse of the amazing inside design.
9. Holocaust Memorial
A must-see masterpiece! This outdoor memorial tells loudly, via its intricate composition, the horrific moments of Jews in Nazi era.
Tip: Walk through the memorial to get an up-close view of the details on this statue and the interesting layout.
10. Miami Beach Botanical Garden
This well maintained compact garden displays some beautiful tropical plants. It’s the ideal place to relax and break from the sun.
Tip: Get a drink from the cafe and just relax!
11. Miami Beach Boardwalk
Finally, hit a last stroll along the ocean on our scenic boardwalk! Some of it is paved and the rest is still in its original wood.
Tip: It runs from Lummus Park all the way north, for a few miles. Best enjoyed when the sun is cooler, early mornings or late afternoons.