Hotel at a Glance: Congress Hotel
Congress Hotel presides over world-famous Ocean Drive, where it overlooks Lummus Park and its sprawling beaches. The beach looks even better from the hotel's rooftop pool, where you can soak up views of the water and the city with a cocktail in hand.
- Drink it in: With this getaway, you'll get a $15 credit to use at the rooftop bar.
- En suite amenities: Every suite includes a full kitchen, cable TV, and a bathroom with a soaking tub and rainfall showerhead. A limited number of suites also have balconies (not guaranteed and subject to availability).
- Onsite dining: Kitchen Ocean Drive restaurant and Café Medi both offer international menus that specialize in seafood, pasta, and steak.
- Distance to the Atlantic Ocean: 500 feet
Miami's South Beach: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the southern tip of the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, South Beach is one of the world's epicenters for nightlife. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it feels a bit like you've stepped into an endless party. Perhaps that's why the area pops up so often in film and TV, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
South Beach's actual coast is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer's calls Miami's "best beach for people-watching." Though 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. You can also head about a mile south to South Pointe Park or to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park across the bay 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 trademarks. The historical art-deco district boasts iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades. 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.
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