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“Only thing going for it is the Retro architecture”
Review of Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive
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$8.00*
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South Beach Bicycle Rental
Ranked #3 of 126 things to do in Miami Beach
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent 2 days of our vacation on Ocean Drive before driving down Highway 1 through the keys. Have to admit, this stint was the low point of our trip. The area is definitely for the young (or young at heart) and the very wealthy. We did enjoy walking around and checking out the retro hotels which are beautiful all lit up at night.

A walk down Ocean Drive was a loud blur of honking horns, different languages and ear-piercing radios! Absolutely no parking and what was available 2-3 blocks away was $30/day. We had a lot of good laughs people watching, even though some of the "beautiful people" probably had a good laugh at us too gawking at the expensive cars with blaring music, sidewalk cafes hawking their specials, drag queens, musicians and an eclectic mix of people of all nationalities.

Beware of the sidewalk cafes on Ocean Drive! They lure you in with their reasonably priced specials, encourage all the little extras, serenade you, smother you with compliments and keep you ordering. But the drink prices are not published on any of the menus. Beer $12+ Mixed Drinks $25 & up and a gratuity is added to all orders. The 4 of us racked up a tab of almost $500 our first night which really gave us a bad taste for the place and a hard and expensive lesson learned. I know it was our fault for getting caught up with the excitement...but whew! Enough said...

Now for the beach...all I can say is fabulous! Clean, white with beautiful turquoise waves crashing in. Another great place to people watch and our guys certainly enjoyed the views! LOL

Thank pednurse
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

It's not 'the place to be' in Miami for no reason. The architecture, the restaurants, live music, the eclectic crowd and the general feeling of South Beach makes it a must-see place when you travel in the area.

Thank MarcAndre_StG
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Hate this strip. What a cartoon. Tries to be interesting and happening but it's like walking through a circus midway of freak show hawkers. The blasting techno music is so old and inappropriate for a dining scene that we understand why most of the seats are empty. Plus the food is awful across the board. Skip this strip, really.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We didn't get to spend a lot of time here during our visit, but we're very glad to have seen it both during the day and the night. The lights are amazing at night, and the atmosphere is electric.

Thank USCTrojansFan23
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

The sidewalks are jam packed with restaurants, The food at all the places we ate at were good, nothing great we never went back to a place on ocean drive twice. We would choose our meal not by the food but the chair or bench we would be sitting on and the music playing at that establishment. Each place played, very loudly, different types of music make sure you like it. We would then sit, order and watch, what a variety of people. Beware of the giant drinks being pushed on Ocean drive they can be very pricey ask before you order.

Thank WendyG452
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