Hotel at a Glance: Circa 39 Hotel
Just up historic Collins Avenue from thumping South Beach is Circa 39 Hotel. The art-deco boutique space features crisp white and green-apple-hued decor, plus plenty of towels and lounge chairs you can borrow for a day of sunbathing at the beach across the street. When the sun goes down, the thrills of Miami Beach are at your beck and call: a variety of restaurants and dance clubs are just minutes from the hotel’s front door.
- In-room amenities: Recently renovated standard rooms feature solid-wood floors, plantation shutters, and views of the pool or city.
- Go swimming: Take a dip in the outdoor pool, then dry out under the sun in an oversize lounge bed or teak chases.
- Onsite dining: Grab a full breakfast, light lunch or dinner at Bistro 39.
- Happy hour: Every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can get buy-one-get-one-free drinks at Play Bar & Lounge.
Miami Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches, Glamorous Nightlife, and Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach is a small barrier island situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, a shallow lagoon that separates the beaches from downtown Miami. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by mid-morning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum. There’s also a handful of vibrant ethnic enclaves to explore here, and Little Havana is among the most notable. The neighborhood is lined with family-owned restaurants and Caribbean-style marketplaces, making it a great place to discover some of the country’s most delicious Cuban food, from sugary guarapo juice to pastelitos, or Cuban pastries.
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