Living in Miami, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of all our beautiful city has to offer. When you need a quick vacation, don't forget that South Beach is close to home. While others need to travel the world over to visit the clear blue waters and unique art deco landscape, we can simply take a weekend to rejuvenate in our own backyard! Here's how to make the most of your weekend South Beach get-away. The best time for locals to visit is off-season, May through August. You can get great rates at this time, and the streets and restaurants are quieter. Spring break weeks are the worst time for locals to visit, in March and April.
When you arrive on Friday evening, you can either check in at one of the many large grand hotels on the beach or you can see what the smaller eclectic hotels have to offer. One good bet is the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel Miami (1717 Collins Avenue) which is within walking distance to almost everything. Their amenities include a data port in each room, two thousand feet of private beach and umbrella/towel service. A very different experience can be found at The Pelican. While still within walking distance to all South Beach attractions, it boasts the coolest choices of rooms anywhere. Each of the thirty rooms are decorated in their own style and named appropriately. If rooms like Flower Power, Big Bamboo, Best Whorehouse or Me Tarzan, You Vain sound appealing, you have to check this hotel out! You also might want to read our reader-selected Top Miami Beach Hotels.
Your best bet for tonight after checking into your hotel is dinner and people-watching on Lincoln Road. Full of stores, boutiques, art galleries, and museums, seven blocks of this ten-block mall have been closed to auto traffic. The unique atmosphere lends to some interesting people showing up, and you never know who you may see!
Most restaurants offer outdoor seating so you can enjoy the ambience and beautiful weather. Whether you feel like Italian (TiramesU Restaurant, Da Leo Trattoria), Cuban (Yuca Restaurant), New World (Pacific Time), or a blues cafe (Van Dyke Cafe), you can find it here on Lincoln Road! Spend the rest of the evening here so you can be refreshed for a full day tomorrow.