Hotel at a Glance: The Alexander Oceanfront Resort
The 4-star Alexander Oceanfront Resort is classic Miami Beach, inside and out. Naturally, it has an open-air tiki bar where bartenders stir up refreshing mojitos—they have four variations in their arsenal. Sip one while breathing in the salty air wafting in from the Atlantic. For solid fare, you can book a table at the onsite Shula’s Steakhouse, named after the famed Miami Dolphins coach. And there’s no shortage of places to swim and sunbathe: the resort has two outdoor pools surrounded by palm trees as well as a private beach covered in soft, white sand.
- Welcome to Miami: Crystal chandeliers and a dramatic staircase are just some of the stunners that adorn the lobby.
- Complimentary perks: The hotel treats guests to two drinks, two in-suite bottles of Voss water, and a beach bag upon arrival.
- Junior suites have kitchens, WiFi, premium TV channels, and private balconies with Atlantic Ocean views.
- Deluxe suites boast the same amenities as junior suites, but are extra spacious (1,200 square feet) to accommodate larger parties.
- A three-hour happy hour takes place at the tiki bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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.