Miami Beach Florida is one of my favorite vacation spots. South Beach, also known as SOBE, is located next to Miami Beach and is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and beach life, particularly Ocean Drive. Whatever your personality trait, or country, and state you are from, there is something enjoyable for everyone.
Miami Beach vs. South Beach
“South Beach” and “Miami Beach” are frequently used interchangeably. However, they are not the same.
South Beach neighbors Miami Beach, but its nightlife makes it more hip and popular. Miami Beach, on the other hand, is more reserved and frequented by the rich and famous.
In this blog I share a few highlights from my visits to South beach, Florida. Learn about my review of the Starlite Hotel, restaurants, and activities you may love and enjoy.
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Beach Vibes In SOBE
Beach Life is Real Life, well at least for me. White sand beaches, aqua blue seas, and warm sunny days are what vacation is all about in my book.
The Beach is single-handedly one of the most relaxing places on earth. It immerses me in a state of optimum tranquility.
It is almost like my spirit and soul connects and intertwines with the God of the universe. I am rest assured that everything is going to be alright.
Water excursions are almost a must when you visit South Beach. I love and enjoy Jet skiing. It’s a bit expensive, but the adrenaline rush and fun I experienced is worth it.
The last time I jet Skied in South Beach it cost me around $180 for 1 hour. You can check out BouYah Water Sports for all your water excursion activities.
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The boutique style Starlite Hotel is located on the famous Ocean Drive in the heart of South Beach.
Despite the few issues I experienced during my first stay a few years ago, this is my second time reserving this hotel.
I saw on the internet that the owners had done some upgrades in addition to adding curbside dining. However, the WIFI connection is still weak, making it difficult to connect to the internet at times.
I’m not sure if this is the case across the hotel, but if you work from home, this is something to think about.
The Starlite Hotel is in an ideal position because it is close to many of the exciting activities that South Beach has to offer.
Across the street from the hotel is a 2-minute stroll to the beach. In addition, the hotel is just next door to Wet Willies, one of my favorite of many hangout spots.
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There are numerous restaurants and bars in South Beach. Outdoor or street-side dining and bars are available at many, if not all, of the establishments. SOBE restaurants can be quite pricey. However, there are some fast-food establishments that provide lower-cost menu options.
Wet Willies Ocean Drive South Beach
Wet Willie’s Bar and Restaurant is my first stop when I visit South Beach. Ocean Drive is seen from the roof-top patio restaurant. The bar is well-known for its boozy frozen slushies.
They have a variety of flavors available, including “Call A Cab” and “Sex On The Beach.” However, I prefer the Sour Apple and Mango combination.
The menu is simple American fare. A slide display of some of the dinners, along with their menu, is shown below.
You can also go to the Wet Willies location if you’re in South Carolina. To discover more, see my Myrtle Beach, SC vacation blog.
Mango Tropical Cafe | Ocean Drive | South Beach
Mango’s Tropical Cafe is also located on South Beach’s Ocean Drive.
Aside from the delicious food, the ambiance and live entertainment will ensure that you have a fantastic time. More information can be found on their website linked above.
If falling off the bones was a food, it would definitely be these ribs. I highly recommend their ribs with the mango sauce.
On the Ocean 7 Cafe is a curbside dining establishment that is located on Ocean Drive, South Beach. The restaurant is affiliated with the Majestic Hotel. I stayed at this hotel a few years ago right after it was newly renovated.
In comparison to the Starlite Hotel, the Majestic Hotel is a better hotel. They are only a few of blocks apart. The hotel accommodations, the WIFI and the staff are praise worthy.
The Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their oversize signature alcoholic drink is not for the faint of heart.
If you are not a heavy or frequent drinker, you may want to try one of their regular size drinks.
I was overjoyed when I discovered this Trinidadian-owned Caribbean restaurant in South Beach.
I am not sure if they are still opened. But if you are in South Beach and need a break of the traditional American cuisine, then Choka’s is the place to eat.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS IN SOUTH BEACH
Places You May Want To Visit In or Near South Beach.
The Lincoln Road Mall South Beach
Times Square on 42nd Street is a must-see for anybody visiting New York City. The same may be said of South Beach. The Lincoln Road Mall features a variety of eateries, shopping opportunities, and entertainment.
The local Farmer’s Market will meet you as you enter the mall. There are many exotic fruits and foods to choose from that you will appreciate while on vacation.
Gator Park Airboat Tour is is a little scary, but it’s also exciting and fun. This is not a boat excursion for the faint of heart. It is, however, family-friendly. The Gator Park is roughly a 40-minute drive away from South Beach.
You and your family will experience an airboat ride through the alligator-infested Everglade, a live alligator show, and a scrumptious alligator dinner from the on-site restaurant.
Click HERE to go to their website, which will provide you additional information. Below is a link to my Gator Park YouTube video presentation.
Miami Gator Park Airboat Tours
For the many times I have vacationed in South Beach, Florida Keys was always on my list of places to visit, but it has never become a reality.
With just an hour and fifteen minutes drive from South Beach, these bloggers share a detailed overview of Fun Adventures In the Florida Keys.
Transportation: Metrobus 150 vs Uber Cab to South Beach
Would you like to save a few dollars? From the Miami International Airport, take the 150 metrobus to South Beach.
In comparison to an Uber taxi cab, which costs roughly $25, it will just cost $2.25 one-way. You can pay for your bus ticket with a credit card or cash at the machine.
Travel Explora Tip: Give yourself an extra 30 minutes to an hour if you’re taking the metrobus back to MIA airport to account for the time spent on the airtrain and the long walk to the departure zone of the terminal.
The corner of 9th Street and Washington Avenue is where the 150 bus departs.
South Beach Citi Bike Rental
Citi Bike stations can be found throughout South Beach. When visiting South Beach, renting a bike is a great way to get around. A one-day pass will cost you $24 and a one-hour rental will cost you about $7.
The South Beach Experience
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