Taking a trip to Miami Beach is an awesome way to get away this summer. Surprisingly, summer is technically the off-season for Miami travel, and the larger draw for tourists is in the winter when they want to escape cold weather regions. However, going when it’s not packed is really the perfect time to see it. You’ll get the best rates on luxury hotels, and you’ll be better able to interact with real Miamians rather than fellow tourists. Whereas some people find Miami too hot in the summer, the same can’t really be said of Miami Beach. An ocean breeze on both sides of a small peninsula temper the warmer weather. Moreover, summer is when you can enjoy the warmest ocean temperatures, which can reach 86 degrees in the summer. Here are some tips about how to see the best of Miami Beach this summer.
See Miami By Water
One of the best ways to enjoy your time in Miami Beach is on a yacht. Going on a tropical boat is the best way to see Miami. From the waterways, you can get a phenomenal view of the city skyline, amazing homes on the surrounding islands and Biscayne Bay, and gorgeous beaches.
Walk the Length of Ocean Drive
Without a doubt, Ocean Drive is one of the most scenic areas in all of Miami Beach. It features the iconic art deco buildings and neon lights that Miami Beach is known for. It’s also one of the best places in the area to do some people watching.
Browse Lincoln Road
Miami Beach’s shopping hub is centered on Lincoln Road, a mile long stretch of designer stores as well as a few popular fashion chain stores. It also has some of the best restaurants in the area.
Rent a Scooter
Scooters are a great way to cover a large distance and see the sights without doing a ton of walking. When you get your rental, you’ll get a basic tutorial in operation. If it’s your first time on a scooter, be sure to use a moderate speed. Also, you need to be careful around the area’s many four-way stops, and keep an eye out for pedestrians who can dart out into the road.
Go to a Rooftop Lounge
Miami Beach sunsets are remarkable because the area is surrounded by water on both sides. Fast ocean breezes that pull the cloud cover in more than one direction create breathtaking color swirls of pink and purple when the sun gets low in the sky. A rooftop lounge on ocean drive is the ideal spot to have dinner or a cocktail and watch the sunset.
Make a Stop in Downtown Miami
While you’re probably primarily interested in spending your time around Miami Beach, it would be worthwhile to make an afternoon or evening excursion over the causeway to see some of downtown Miami. Wynwood has very unique street and gallery art; the Wynwood walls tend to draw in a lot of visitors and it’s a local favorite for cool photo-ops. Just next to downtown, Little Havana and the famed Calle Ocho has authentic Cuban cuisine. The area has several historic landmarks and is rich with Miami Cuban character. Lastly, if you want to see the best nightlife in Miami, large clubs offer unique experiences unlike anywhere else in the country. E11even stays open 24/7, and LIV draws in big-name performers on weekends.
Miami Beach has something for everyone; beautiful beaches and beautiful people, great shopping, and unparalleled night are all part of what makes it so special. Put it at the top of your list for vacation destinations and make time to see everything that the area has to offer.