Having visited Miami Beach twice prior, I was originally hoping that my third venture would be a bit more “cultural”. However, I became much less interested in that idea when I arrived and realized I probably wouldn’t see a beach again for 6 months.
That being said, how I passed the time on the weekend of New Year’s Eve 2017 translated into a good travel itinerary for others looking to do the same. Check it out below.
Darty at the SLS
If you’re a female, you will likely have great luck getting something (i.e. alcohol) for free at the SLS Hotel. Located on Miami Beach’s premier Collins Avenue, this sbe member beachfront property always has something going on…like weekend pool parties. Definitely not a bad way to spend your afternoon.
Brunch at Nikki Beach
Another quintessential Miami hangout for 20-something’s is the beach club, Nikki Beach. With locations worldwide, the flagship Miami locale is a paradise for the young and glamorous. While a bit pricey (and disorganized if you’re there on a holiday weekend), their brunch is pretty on point. In terms of cuisine expect brunch classics with a mix of sushi, paella, crepes, and salumi.
Perhaps more striking than the generous buffet is the locale itself: a completely outdoor “restaurant” that leads directly onto the beach. We dined at a hightop table in the sand while the DJ played high-energy dance music. Part-darty, part-brunch, all dope.
Sip at Sugar
Located on the rooftop of the swanky East Hotel is cocktail bar Sugar. This posh establishment offers sweeping views of downtown Miami in a plush, garden-like setting. While I opted for wine, the cocktails seemed very appealing and looked tasty. Worth stoping by for a drink if you find yourself in the Brickell area.
Stroll at South Point Park
At the southern most point of South Beach is South Point Park (see what I did there?). Attached to this 17-acre urban park is a pier which overlooks the Atlantic. Overall a beautiful place to soak up the sunshine.
Dance at The Deck at Island Gardens
The yacht marina Island Gardens adjacent to Key Biscayne is complete with an open-air lounge where one can relax by day and party by night. The chic setting provides stunning views of Miami’s skyline, not to mention views of people’s luxury vessels.
Lounge at the 1 Hotel Rooftop
There is no shortage of rooftop outposts in Miami. At the crux of South Beach and Mid Beach is the 1 Hotel, a boutique property with a green focus. Its lush rooftop has modern décor and romantic vibes. From what I’ve been told, it’s also a darty spot.
Pass through Collins Park
This South Beach neighborhood is home to several cultural institutions such as the Bass Museum of Art, the Miami City Ballet, the SoBe Music Institute, and the Holocaust Memorial. It’s also at the center of many Art Basel events. As of early 2017, one can find remnants of Art Basel installations in the Bass Museum’s grounds.