Hotel at a Glance: Red South Beach Hotel
While Red South Beach Hotel is located in the heart of Miami Beach, much of its style feels borrowed from Paris. That’s because the boutique hotel’s interior designers blended French elements with modern chic in the guest rooms and public areas, from bright-red chandeliers to classical furniture coated with a shimmering silver sheen. A red-and-white theme permeates throughout the property, surrounding guests in bold artistic flourishes.
- Hit the beach: The ocean is only a block away, and you can borrow beach chairs and towels from the hotel.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access.
- Forgot your computer? No problem. You can borrow one of the hotel’s laptops.
- Where to eat: The onsite Barok serves a variety of seafood, steaks, pastas, and salads. Eat in the stylish dining room or al fresco by the pool.
- Grab a drink at the daily happy hour, where you can get a free cocktail.
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.