Miami Beach is One of the Easiest Cities to Navigate Like a Local; Relax and Enjoy as You Do What the Locals Do Every Day While on Your Vacation

With summer here, now is the time to throw some Beats on your iPod and

head down to the tropics to experience the flavor of Miami Beach like a

local. On its surface, Miami Beach is a hub for international jetsetters

and celebs, but for the residents of Miami Beach the city is a tropical

metropolis — a perfectly blended cocktail of nature, commerce and style.

A city of good eats and history, Miami Beach’s true spark is its

walkability — it is, after all, an island. In one morning you can pick

exotic fruits, buy a designer outfit or/and dip your toes in the

Atlantic Ocean…no car needed. Take a weekend to live like a local and

you’ll see why year after year, people flock to Miami Beach.

FRIDAY

3 p.m.

PARTY CENTRAL

1020 Ocean Drive

Get right into the party mood as soon when you hit Miami Beach. It’s

easy at South Beach’s #1 party hotel, The Clevelander. The

heartbeat of Ocean Drive and a popular meeting spot for locals, the

hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation with upgrades

to the public areas and guestrooms. The Clevelander Pool + Patio,

C-Level Rooftop Terrace and the SPF4 Sun Deck offer great music, endless

sports on television and places to chill with your travel companions.

The C-Level Rooftop Terrace features 360 degree panoramic views of Ocean

Drive. A brand new chic retreat high atop the Clevelander, the Rooftop

Terrace has step-in waterfalls, private cabanas, sun beds and loungers

which are also available for non-hotel guests with a day pass.

The SPF4 Sun Deck is a second elevated party terrace atop the new

Clevelander. Relax on couches, refresh yourself in cool water features,

sip specialty drinks and take advantage of the full cafe menu at this

lofty enclave. Facing busy Lummus Park and the Art Deco Welcome Center,

the Clevelander is ground zero for South Beach’s best live music – hot

electro, house and dance DJs, twilight R&B sessions and SOULcentriCITY

Sundays with Latin-inspired Jazz – inside at the 1020 Lounge or outside

on its famed patio.

7 p.m.

GET STONED AT MONTY’S

Miami Beach Marina

300 Alton Road

Dock your Deco bike near the Miami Beach Marina and cool off at Miami

Beach’s happiest happy hour: Monty’s Raw Bar. Tourists and locals mingle

noshing on the one thing that unites all: delicious and prudently priced

stone crabs. Paired with a fruity rum drink, it’s just the thing you

need to get your vacation started.

8:30 p.m.

SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA

500 17th Street

Love going to the movies but feel guilty about missing out on the balmy

Miami Beach weather? Well, watch movies outside with the Soundscape

Cinema Series at the New World Center (NWC)

Soundscape Park

at the affordable price of free! Shows often start at 8:30pm or later

and sit anywhere as the 7,000 sq. foot projection on the wall of the NWC

can be seen all across the park. Spread out on the artfully landscaped

green with a picnic dinner from the popular Le Sandwicherie for a

relaxing and unique cinematic experience with hundreds of your closest

friends under nothing but a starlit sky.

SATURDAY

9 a.m.

HOLA, DESAYUNO

700 Collins Avenue

No matter what city you’re visiting, everyone knows there’s nothing like

a local secret when you want to eat out. Well, shhhh….. Enjoy a

delicious meal and embrace the local culture (at local prices!) at Puerto

Sagua, a Miami Beach favorite for traditional Cuban cuisine serving

favorites for breakfast (desayuno), lunch, or dinner.

11:30 a.m.

HIT THE COURTS

11th Street and Jefferson Avenue

Flamingo Park is an athlete’s paradise with clay tennis courts, a

swimming pool, a running track, basketball and racquetball courts as

well as a playground for small children. The park is also home to the

Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade County. Once host to the Junior Orange

Bowl Tournament, Flamingo Park offers its services to non-residents at

$8/hour. Classes are also available for only $20. Don’t have equipment?

No problem. The park has on-location pro shops capable of meeting all of

your needs.

2 p.m.

BEACH BLOOM

1108 15th Street

After a great workout, take a shower and then take a walk over to Bloom

Boutique, one of the cutest clothing boutiques on South Beach and a

local favorite. The store boasts an eclectic mix of clothing in the

latest styles including brightly hued dresses that range from long and

flowy to short and summery, t-shirts and tops, colorful skinny jeans,

striped tanks and sexy tunics with plunging backs. Dotted across store

shelves are faux leather purses and totes, flip-flops, platforms and

high heels.

8 p.m.

THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS

1104 Lincoln Road

Owned by Kevin Aoki, the son of Benihana founder, Rocky Aoki, Doraku

sushi restaurant has been a South Beach favorite for years. Combining

the flavors of Latin and Pan Asian cuisine with the Japanese foods of

his youth, Aoki’s Doraku is packed with locals who love the

restaurant’s family style service, uber-popular Happy Hours and

extensive Sake selections, one of the largest lists in the U.S. Doraku,

which means “the road to happiness,” in Japanese, is a Miami Beach

must-stop during your vacation.

10 p.m.

FOXHOLE LOUNGE

1426a 14TH Court

Behind an unmarked door on an easy-to-overlook side street off Alton

Road, you’ll find a secret hideout brimming with neighborhood charm; oh,

and vintage guns. To find Foxhole, an

invisible-to-the-naked-eye cocktail lounge, you’ll need to make your way

to the back of the Domino’s on Alton and 14th Court (always the

beginning of a memorable night). Look for the unmarked gray door, walk

through and your night begins. Don’t let the location fool you. The

place is pretty slick — a polished cement bar, plenty of deep leather

booths and an Internet-enabled jukebox that ensures they’ll have

whatever James Brown deep cut you’re longing to hear.

SUNDAY

12 p.m.

BEER BRUNCH

7337 Harding Avenue

Before leaving town, you have to check out one of the best places to

dine in Miami Beach right now: Lou’s Beer Garden for a Beer Brunch. Chef

and Miamian Luis ‘Lou’ Ramirez presents a laid-back gastropub that can

satisfy food critics and beer snobs alike. The carefully curated

micro-brewed beers and dishes are all imagined by Lou and change

with the seasons. A real Miami Beach treat: Mango Mojito’s from Lou’s

mango tree.

2 p.m

I SPY

Everywhere

Wherever you are on Miami Beach, you don’t need a pair of binoculars to

enjoy some of the best people watching in Florida. A walk down Ocean

Drive will prove there is no shortage of characters providing

endless entertainment and great material for your next film. Look

closely and you may even catch a celebrity in action. Also, check out Lummus

Park, the historic News Café or head over to Nespresso

on Lincoln Road for exciting people watching where you’ll see Miami

Beach’s finest — and strangest characters!

About Miami Beach

With an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees, Miami Beach has an

unrivaled reputation for culinary offerings, nightlife, culture,

fashion, and luxurious hotels. Also a popular destination among

travelers, Miami Beach was recently ranked by Trip

Advisor as number one on its Top

Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations for 2011 list and

was included on both the Top

25 Beaches in the World and Top

25 Destinations in the U.S. lists. Boasting seven miles of

breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of

Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has just

been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is

equally easy to navigate by bike or by boat. Home to unique museums, to

the New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet, to over 17,000 luxury,

boutique and resort hotel rooms, 12 public parks and to the Miami Beach

Convention Center, Miami Beach is a destination for all seasons. Miami

Beach is like no other place in the world!

Visit MiamiBeachGuest.com or

MiamiBeachINCARD.com

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