Hotel at a Glance: Beacon South Beach Hotel
The award-winning Beacon South Beach Hotel makes itself right at home in South Beach’s art-deco district. The hotel dates back to the late 1930s and is decorated with art-deco style. There’s even a roaring-‘20s vibe at the onsite Mojito Bar. When you’re ready to hit the town, you’ll be close to several of South Beach’s trendiest restaurants and bars along Ocean Drive. When you’d like to lounge along the beach, all you have to do is walk across the street.
- Where you’ll stay: Colorful guest rooms come with iHome alarm clocks and complimentary WiFi. Select rooms overlook the ocean, and you can take your towel when you head off to the beach.
- Rise and shine: The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast to help you start the day.
- Mojito Bar: Chill out at the hotel’s bar, which serves refreshing tropical cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere.
- Recent Accolade: The hotel made TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for earning five Certificates of Excellence in a row.
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Nightlife and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, you’ll find one of the world’s nightlife capitals: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts—and for good reason. With all the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it can feel like an endless party. Perhaps that’s why the area pops up so often in film and TV shows, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
The coast of South Beach is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer’s calls Miami’s “best beach for people-watching.” While the bleached sand and curving palms are gorgeous, they’re almost overshadowed by the chiseled beach-goers dotting the sand. From here, a wood-slat boardwalk runs all the way up to North Beach, attracting joggers and roller bladers. Head across the bay, to South Pointe Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, for quieter, more secluded shores.
It’s easy enough to spend the entirety of a trip to South Beach face-down on a beach towel, but that would mean missing out on the city’s other offerings. The famous art-deco district, with its iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades, was the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Every morning at 10:30, local experts from the Miami Design Preservation League lead a 90-minute walking tour that highlights the neighborhood’s signature architecture.