Hotel at a Glance: Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront
Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront is housed in the building formerly known as the Cadillac Hotel, a historic art-deco property listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Though it was recently renovated, the hotel still displays the neon “Cadillac” sign above the main entrance. Guests can take complimentary beach towels to the beach in back, which is replete with a wooden boardwalk. The Cadillac Tower, renovated in 2014, offers modern decor with updated boutique furnishings.
- Room with a view: Guest rooms overlook either Miami Beach or the ocean, and come with 32-inch plasma TVs
- Updated accomodations: Freshly renovated rooms offer 32-inch plasma TVs, as the brand new Ocean Tower's 93 rooms combine a chic, art deco flair and comfort.
- Dine alfresco at Oceanfront Surfside Tiki Bar, which serves American food and cocktails on a festive patio.
- Soak up the tropical vibe by grabbing a cocktail and a lounger next to the outdoor pool.
- Shop ‘til you drop at Lincoln Road Mall—just 2 miles away, it's lined with clothing boutiques, cosmetics shops, and outdoor cafes.
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.