Hotel at a Glance: EB Hotel Miami
This four-star hotel has the feel of a South Beach hotspot even though it’s located just a few miles from the Miami Airport. Executive chef Eduardo Franco—former host of a Venezuelan cooking show—helped design the menu of international cuisine with a hint of Latin flair at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Miranda. Sip wine or handmade cocktails at Miranda, or head to nearby Casino Miami Jai-Alai for some table games, fine dining, and live music.
- Cool down at the outdoor pool, which features a bar and fiber-optic lighting on the pool floor that separates swimming lanes.
- Soundproof windows help you sleep peacefully, as do the Sleep System adjustable beds.
- Work out: The fitness center’s cardio and strength-training equipment is outfitted with touch screens that can connect to tablets, smartphones, and MP3 players.
- Distance from Miami Beach: about 10 miles
- Tee off at Miami Springs Golf & Country Club, just two miles away.
- Services available 24/7: complimentary shuttle to and from the Miami International Airport, room service, business and fitness centers, and heated pool
Miami Springs, FL: Quiet, Family-Friendly Enclave Outside Miami
With its historic sites and low-key vibe, Miami Springs feels removed from the glitz and bustle of adjacent Miami. Considered a Preserve America Community, Miami Springs boasts several notable sites open for tours; one is the former home of aviation legend and Miami Springs founder, Glenn Curtiss. The Marine Corps Memorial, meanwhile, honors the First Marine Aviation Force and its fifth-ever pilot, Roy S. Geiger, who fought in both World Wars and is considered one of the most distinguished flyers in Marine aeronautic history.
Just 10 miles away from this quiet town, Miami Beach’s high-rise hotels and candy-colored buildings cast their glittering lights onto the Atlantic. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the see-and-be-seen nightclubs. The red-hot center of this social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultra-hip hangouts set behind velvet ropes. The beach at Lummus Park is packed by mid-morning, and many of the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue stay open until 5 a.m.