Hotel at a Glance: Espanola Way Suites
Espanola Way Suites doesn’t have a front desk. That’s because this extended-stay hotel on famous Espanola Way is more like a South Beach vacation home. The hotel emails you check-in instructions at least a week before your reservation and you move right in, steps from the funky shops, restaurants, and galleries of one of Miami’s most historic streets.
- Spacious one-bedroom suites include fully equipped kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and swank contemporary decor.
- Absorb the bohemian atmosphere conjured up by the working art studios, tapas restaurants, and jewelry and clothing boutiques on the pedestrian-only Espanola Way.
- Within walking distance: yoga classes, golf courses, and windsurfing and scooter rentals
- Nearly 20 restaurants are within a block of the hotel—snack on everything from gelato to traditional Cuban cuisine.
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Beach Parties and Art-Deco Icons
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, stands one of the world’s epicenters for nightlife: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts, and for good reason—between 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, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
South Beach’s coast 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. You can also head about a mile south to South Pointe Park or to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park across the bay 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 trademarks. The historical art-deco district boasts iconic, streamlined hotels in pastel shades and 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.