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“Beaching in December” 4 of 5 stars
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South Beach
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Ranked #4 of 153 things to do in Miami Beach
Activities: People-watching, Sunbathing, City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Dining, Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: People watching is a great pastime in Miami's South Beach, which draws celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire to see and be seen. The wide and fine, white sand-covered beaches are popular spots for fashion photo shoots, so you're sure to see models. The area is known for its hip clubs and wild nightlife as well as numerous excellent restaurants.
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“Beaching in December”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

the water was a little cool and it was only around 70 out, but it was December and in 2 days I would be home in Kentucky. Beautiful beach that seems to go forever, only downside is the chair rentals seem a little high, $15 and this has got to be the off season...

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“Worth the Time to Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

if you stay downtown or anywhere outside of South Beach, getting to the beach is a bit of a hassle. The metrorail doesn't go there so you will have to take a bus from Government Centre and the bus journey will take about 30 mins or so. However, since the same card you use for the metrorail can be used for the bus, it's not overly complex. The closest bus drops you about two blocks west of the beach and you can easily walk the rest of the way.

Once you get there, its beautiful. The beach is good, with soft white sand and beautiful blue waters. Not earth-shattering but good enough for you to enjoy yourself. It can get quite crowded during the holidays but there is enough space for everybody. Beware of rip tides though as they can pull you into the ocean.

However, South Beach is more than just the beach though. The buildings there are beautifully styled in art deco style and are certainly worth your time taking pictures. The food there is also wonderful, with lots of diverse cuisines. Have your dinner there while the sun sets. You won't regret it.

Can't say much about the nightlife as I'm not a clubber but I've heard its excellent. In any case, well worth the visit, even if you stay downtown since its a beautiful place and enjoying the beach is free.

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“A must see but a little sleazy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The architecture is terrific but the scene is to put it mildly "low class." It's an exciting place but one that is best seen as a tourist and I would stay in a hotel in another part of the strip higher up. The congestion is intense for driving down there and the "finer" hotels in that area are often a block away from the beach. Go north above 40th street to sleep and use the beach in a large roomy hotel or condo.

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“FUN!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Great people watching! Please spend time walking on the boardwalk down to Ocean Drive. You can take a peek at the various hotels along the beach and then stop off for food when you reach Ocean Drive - yes it's touristy but fun.

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“Nice walk and amazing views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The restaurant and food are so so but the drinks option is really worth it. Nice cars, nice views, clean beach and clear water

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