Encompassing all the barrier islands of Miami Beach South of Indian Creek, South Beach stretches all the way South from Dade Boulevard, between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The first section of Miami Beach to undergo full development, South Beach is now the center of an area of great tourism, great regional economy, and overall prosperous wealth. The neighborhood’s defining architectural style, Art Deco, combines bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and lavish ornamentation. Most of the area’s buildings and constructions boast such style. These include the three-story shop The Webster, The Carlyle hotel, The Colony Theatre, and more.
One of the most renowned Art Deco districts in the world, South Beach’s art scene is ruled by the many Art Deco-style buildings found in the area. Tourists and residents alike browse through these architectural feats by foot or bike, stopping at popular destinations that include hotels like Boulevard, Colony, and Starlite. Art galleries also abound: the David Castillo Gallery focuses on the works of both established and emerging artists, while the ArtCenter South Florida is both a learning and cultural center that provides artists with incomparable opportunities for residencies.
The Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian mall offering the neighborhood’s top dining and shopping options, is replete with a variety of shops. Adidas, Armani, Victoria’s Secret and Gap are only few of the clothing stores found in the area.
A mecca for transplants of New York restaurants and exciting only-in-Miami dining options, South Beach bursts with high-end and more casual eateries alike. Some of the most inviting and one-of-a-kind restaurants include Yardbird (John Kunkel’s Southern-style eatery), Estiatorio Milos (with outposts in Las Vegas and New York as well), and The Bazaar (José Andrés’ foodie empire).
Nightclubs define the nightlife in all of South Beach. Ocean Drive is the most popular nightlife destination, home to Nikki Beach, a club on the beach featuring some of the most renowned DJs in town, and Pearl, a chic champagne lounge also by the water.
Washington Avenue, which runs parallel to Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, also boasts some of the most renowned clubs around town: Cameo and Mansion.
The South Beach Local (SBL) connects South Beach to the city’s other major lines. The Airport-Beach Express also connects the neighborhood directly to Miami International Airport. The Venetian Causeway, the bike lane that connects South Beach to Downtown, is another commonly used route.