Hotel at a Glance: Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
The Hilton Cabana Miami Beach just opened in 2014, and you can tell. Everything at this Hilton gives off a swank and brand-new vibe, from its two pools and high-end restaurant to its rare status as a 4-star Miami Beach hotel with a private beach. You’ll be able to lie out on this 119-foot stretch of sand with beach chairs, umbrellas, and beachside service without fear of crowds.
- Splash in to the two outdoor pools, both of which overlook the ocean—one is ground level, and the other is on the 3rd floor.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms feature oversize windows, colorful 1950s-Miami decor, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have balconies with views.
- Salinity Restaurant and Bar: The on-site restaurant features sustainably-sourced, farm-to-table dishes, such as spice-rubbed grilled ahi tuna with baby arugula and fennel.
- The scene: You’ll be minutes from South Beach and inside Millionaire’s Row, where restaurants and nightlife are within walking distance.
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.