This little area on South Beach is filled with Spanish colonial architecture and open-air European streets, where you can walk along and enjoy people-watching, grabbing a coffee, or sitting for a glass of wine or lunch. It’s absolutely beautiful during the day and would make a great place for a stroll under the warm Miami sunshine. It’s also a wonderful place to sit and have dinner with friends or partner and is very romantic. The streets are lined with restaurants and cafés, all underneath little twinkling strings of café lights.
Kylie Jenner brought a lot of attention to this Miami hot spot with photos on social media of her appearance at the grand opening of Sugar Factory. This spot boasts HUGE cocktails made for sharing with friends, that are filled to the brim with liquor, syrups, and candy! There are several to choose from, including Lollipop Passion, Bubba Bubba Gum, Ocean Blue, and sunshine Tea. These drinks will cost some bucks, but let’s face it, it’s totally worth the photo op.
Sugar Factory, 1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 604 0323
If looking to hit a bunch of favorite stores all in one shot, this is the place to go. There’s nothing better than hitting the beach in the morning and then going for some afternoon lunch and shopping. Here, visitors will find stores like Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Aldo, American Eagle, Anthropologie, and Lacoste. There’s also a great independent bookstore called Books and Books that is a must-see for people who love reading. The streets are lined with restaurants as well, making it a perfect stop for lunch, a drink, or dinner, and Sundays it boasts a farmer’s market.
The best part about hitting Story nightclub, is that you can walk over to Big Pink afterwards for drunk munchies! This diner, which is open super late (5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), has a menu filled with delicious foods, and the portions are great. Choose from monstrous-sized salads, to huge wraps and sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, and buckets of buffalo chicken tenders. Nothing hits the spot late at night like Big Pink does, and you’ll be sure to get some real bang for your buck here, too.
Big Pink, 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 532 4700
It’s always a full house at this romantic bar located in the Freehand. Here you’ll find brilliant mixed cocktails made with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups, which kick the cheap well drinks to the curb. Order a Fruit and Nut Old Fashioned for a taste of smokey sweetness, or try one of their infamous punches from the punch bowl. The Broken Shaker serves poolside lunch and cocktails, and when the sun goes down it becomes a little oasis where people from all over come and play games, talk and unwind, and enjoy a good cocktail beneath twinkling fairy lights.
The Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 531 2727
This spot is the place to be when drenched in sweat from being at the beach and in need of chilling out with something tasty, and alcoholic! The name is Wet Willie’s, and you’ll want to take a break from the South Beach heat for a large cup of Call-A-Cab, Mango, and Sex on the Beach. Okay, maybe you don’t like that mix of flavors, but Wet Willie’s lets you mix all the flavors you want, no matter how weird (or pretty!) it may look. You have an entire wall to choose from, and after you’re done with one cup, you’ll be buzzed enough to go back and get more sun and water.
Wet Willie’s 760 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 532 5650
There is a group that meets up throughout the week for yoga on the beach right before sundown. If you’re lucky enough to catch them and really need to stretch and do some yoga to wind down from the day, this is the best spot. There is nothing like getting to heal and breathe right on the beach by the water, which is so much nicer than any yoga studio. You can breathe in the salt and sea, and engage in a beautiful yoga practice that will have you stretching while you watch the sky burst into pastel rainbows at sunset.
3rd Street Beach Yoga, 3rd St, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 786 529 6423
Miami is a great place for all kinds of water sports—kayaking, jet skiing, and yes, even stand up paddleboarding! This summer haven boasts great waves and is a perfect spot for learning SUP. Many places around the beach offer SUP classes for beginners and group classes for people who want to go out and get a workout with friends. SurfMiamiBeach.com offers surfing and SUP classes, and once visitors have mastered the basics and feel pretty comfortable, there are different places around the beach that offer night and sunset paddleboard classes.
SurfMiamiBeach.com Surf and SUP Lessons, By appointment only, +1 786 577 8737