For the best beach people-watching in the Greater Miami area, head to South Beach. Expect to find rowdy young locals with boom boxes and crowds of international visitors -- known for glittery nightlife and world-famous boutique hotels.
This long stretch of beach starting with the pier at the top of historic Art Deco Washington Avenue (1 Washington Avenue) is a great place to see the Miami of postcards, watch the cruise ships come and go, and watch the sunset over the cityscape.
You'll have great access to wonderful shopping, top-tier nightlife and award-winning restaurants.
Popular streets include the walkable Espanola and Lincoln Road. There's easy beach access along Ocean Drive.
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South Beach: Bring the Heat
South Beach: The most talked about beach in the United States and the #1 most visited beach in Florida. This beach at the southern tip of Miami Beach, the sexiest beach.
The historic strip attracts a lively crowd of people who enjoy fun, nightlife, music and top-tier cuisine. Grab some shade under a palm tree at the super green lawns of Lummus Park while enjoying the view of the ocean or curl your toes in the sand between 1st and 21st street, Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.
Take a walk in the area and see the Art Deco buildings of South Beach or stroll along the boardwalk and watch the cruise ships heading out to sea.