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“Bal Harbor Beach” 4 of 5 stars
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South Beach
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Miami City Tour and Jungle Island
Ranked #2 of 160 things to do in Miami Beach
Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Sunbathing, 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.
Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
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“Bal Harbor Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Had 2 small children during BCS Championship. THey wanted to experience ocean and the beach while in Miami. Asked the Concierge at the Downtwn Marriott nearest public beach.She said Bal Harbor was a fovorite spot for her. Needed a car. About a 20 minute drive from downtown. Public parking with about a 5 minute walk to beach. Small children loved it. Found shells,built a sandcastle, Surf was very safe for an 8 and 4 year old. Very quiet,

Visited January 2013
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“too crowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

yes its beautiful, yes its warm, yes there are beautiful people everywhere BUT it is sooo crowded that it takes away the pleasure and relaxation of the sea.

Visited June 2012
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St Albans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

the beaches in Miami are amazing!
white sands and crystal water!
most of the hotels along south beach have beach clubs - we enjoyed the Hilton Bentley beach club as this is open to the public and the beach staff were very nice!

Visited December 2012
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“Local Advice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Welcome to South Beach!! A few tips to help make your stay worth your time and money and forgo a lot of the fustrations you read on here! Parking - don't do it. If you rented a car. Valet it at your hotel and forget about it. Realize you are in a metro area of 5+ million. Its crowded and its an island. There are many options such as the buggy which is FREE and they come pick you up. Also there is deco bike which to me is the best way to see the city, architecture and sights at a pace worth your time. Plus a taxi will cost about the same as parking for the day.
If paying an extreme amount of money for a lackluster lunch and dinner and cocktails is your thing than eat on ocean drive. Think times square in new york. The people watching is cool but its expensive and not quality. I have lived here 14 years and have eaten on ocean twice. With guest visiting. Its a tourist trap. Walk two blocks west to washington and you will find Latin, Pizza, Thai, Chinese etc. Not fine dining but budget friendly. Want to have a quality lunch dinner? Head South of Fifth or Espanola way or Lincoln Road.
Be aware that this is a well known adult place to visit that celebrates diversity. If you do not have a problem with excessive amounts of alcohol, topless women, homosexuals, night clubs, strip clubs, tattoo parlors and bong shops. Bring the kids!! Or not.
Must do: South Pointe Park - late afternoon sunset to see the cruise ships go by - Use Deco Bike! Shopping - Lincoln Road - you will find everything from H+M to Designer labels. Arts and Culture - free movies at New World Center. Major comedy and concert performances at the Fillmore. World class modern art collection at Bass Museum!!

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“First timers in Sobe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Great people watching and so much fun at night, The nightlife was amazing, but during the day the beach is so beautiful and clean.

Visited November 2012
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