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Don't come to Miami Without Visiting the Beach!

Miami Beach Guide

Miami Sizzles in Summer

Summer in Miami is a lifestyle of tropical beaches by day and exciting South Beach cruising by night. Yes, it can be hot, but with the constant flow of ocean breezes, even the hottest days are bearable. A hot day is also a perfect opportunity to hit the beach, or to really cool off, jump into the cold clear water of the Venetian pool.

We know that most Northern visitors prefer to come during the winter, and we don't blame them. However, summer is not all that bad and there are many things to see and do. You also get better bargains on hotels during the summer. If you are planning a side trip to Key West, summer is a great time to go. Hotel and motel prices are at their lowest, and the island isn't choked with throngs of tourists that are common in many winter months.

Once the sun goes down, Miami comes alive with it's vibrant Latin lifestyle. Hanging out in the Grove, hitting a dance club in South Beach, or taking the family out to a nice restaurant, are all popular summertime activities. So put on your guayabera, have a café cubano, and hit the road with us as we enjoy another great summer in Miami!

Raúl Musibay: When it comes to being a Cuban in Miami, it's not all about Bird Road and Little Havana.

Jorge Castillo: We also like to enjoy all the sites and sounds that Miami has to offer.

Caffe Portofino

Glenn Lindgren: And you can't come to Miami without enjoying the beach. We realize that the beaches are probably Miami's No. 1 attraction.

Jorge Castillo: When company comes to visit, we know that their trip is not complete unless we take them to Miami Beach.

There are many vendors up and down the beach that offer cold drinks, food, and other refreshments.

Glenn Lindgren: Especially when they have escaped the cold northern winter to join us in sunny Florida. Miami Beach, and in particular South Beach, offer a unique combination of swimming, sunbathing, entertainment, dining, exercise, and people watching.

Jorge Castillo: Come with a swimsuit and a towel and lay out on the beach for a great tan.

Glenn Lindgren: If the spirit moves you and you're female, you can even forget the top part of your swimsuit. Topless bathing is perfectly acceptable everywhere on Miami Beach.

Raúl Musibay: It's not only acceptable, it's really appreciated by those of us who enjoy that sort of thing.

Jorge Castillo: Let's not mention any names!

Feeding Seagulls
Kids love feeding and chasing the seagulls.
Glenn Lindgren: This is the place where all the beautiful people hangout.

Raúl Musibay: And a lot of the not so beautiful.

Balloon Guy
Laid Out
Sand castle
Raúl Musibay: There are lifeguard facilities located in many areas. If you haven't had a lot of experience swimming in the ocean, make sure you stay close to one of the lifeguard towers. Always watch for any warning signs and listen to the advice of the lifeguards. During certain times of the year, there can be dangerous water conditions including riptides and the occasional jellyfish.

Glenn Lindgren: If you are not a good swimmer, it's a good idea to stay in the shallow water just offshore. Don't get in over your head.

There are many events scheduled throughout the year. This large Sandcastle was built during one of the many festivals.
Jorge Castillo: The beaches are active all year-round, however only real diehards and crazy people from the North actually swim in the ocean during the winter months when the water temperature is way too cold for most Cubans.
Jorge Castillo: There are many places along the beach where you can rent chairs and little tents that offer some shade when you get too hot. There are also several locations where you can rent wave runners for a little ocean fun.
Beach Babes

Glenn Lindgren: Miami beaches stretch several miles from Haulover Beach to South Beach. If you are interested in swimming and sunbathing, take your pick of one of the many beaches. If you'd like to combine some sightseeing with your sunbathing, choose a Beach that's closer to the South Beach area.

Jorge Castillo: South Beach has something extra: a dazzling array of restaurants, shops and clubs that line Ocean Drive. During the day, it is a people watchers paradise. You will see many beautiful guys and girls skating by on rollerblades. There is also an endless stream of cars cruising the boulevard.

South Beach is a popular locations for shooting music videos and commercials. These hot babes are appearing in a music video for a popular rap group.
Glenn Lindgren: So it is perfectly acceptable to come to South Beach without your bathing suit. You can take a walk along the beach, eat dinner at a great restaurant, and then spend the evening at one of South Beach's many clubs
Miami Beach is known for its great Art Deco architecture.
Raúl Musibay: As busy as South Beach can be during the day, at night it really comes alive. Come to the beach in your best Miami casual clothes and enjoy the exciting night life and club scene.

Glenn Lindgren: There are many restaurants all along South Beach, offering everything from seafood to hamburgers and milkshakes. All offer sidewalk dining, and in South Beach, that's the best place to be.

Jorge Castillo: The club scene is ever changing. However, long-time Ocean Drive hotspots include Mango's, the bar at the Clevelander, and one of our favorites, Nikki Beach.

Bar Scene

Raúl Musibay: Nikki Beach not only has a great restaurant, but the club scene at night is fantastic.

Glenn Lindgren: Nikki Beach is the only club/restaurant that is right on the beach. By day you'll see some of the hottest girls in Miami sunning on the hot sand. At night, there's music and dancing. The best day of the week is Sunday, when they host a weekly afternoon beach party.

Jorge Castillo: Many of the hottest clubs are off the beach on Collins and Washington Avenues. If you can endure the long lines to get in (or just be totally unhip and arrive before midnight) you'll have a great time at the Mansion, the Pearl Champagne Lounge, B.E.D., and the Skybar.

Raúl Musibay: Let's be honest and admit that theThree Guys have gotten a little old for the club scene.

Jorge Castillo: Yes, sad to say, the clubs are geared strictly to the young -- or those rich enough to still pretend to be young!

Glenn Lindgren: We have to get most of our club scene information secondhand from Nephew Neil or our kids.

Jorge Yellow Car

Want a great beach experience without the frenetic pace of Miami Beach?

Nearby Key Biscayne offers some great beach experiences with plenty of sun, sand, and warm water. There are informal beaches along the Causeway and two big parks for a perfect all-day beach experience.

The beach scene runs from about 167th Street on the North end to 1st Street at South Point Park. There are several metered lots and parking ramps along Collins Avenue and a few blocks West of Collins. Just remember that the closer you get to South Beach, the harder it is to find parking, especially on weekends! Try to get there early – before 10:00 a.m – and you can avoid a big hassle.

Not every foot of beach is protected by lifeguards, so look for a life guard station before entering the water. Lifeguards can usually be found in the following areas:

► Between 1st and 14th Streets
► 21st Street
► 35th Street
► 46th Street
► 52nd Street
► 64th Street
► Haulover Beach

Please note that part of Haulover Beach is clothing optional. That means you'll see a lot of completely naked flesh roasting in the hot summer sun. If you decide to go, be prepared to shed all clothing. Gawkers and fat guys with cameras are actively discouraged, so if that's your motivation, don't go.

More information on Key Biscayne Beaches here.

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