Destination guide

Party on at South Beach vacation rentals

Life is a party at South Beach, one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods of Florida's Miami Beach. Gone are the days of Miami Vice, with its tough and gritty portrayal of life in SoBe. In its place is a posh community with a cool beach vibe, a hot nightlife, a thriving LGBT community, a collection of world-famous historic Art Deco buildings, and a rich and proud Cuban-American heritage. The best of it all is South Beach has something for everyone – for families with kids, for friends on spring break, or for lovers on a getaway. So, party on!

Things to do

Fun to-dos around your South Beach vacation rental

Lazing about on South Beach's pristine white sand isn't the only thing you can do outside your vacation rental. You can take the kids to play with giant piggy banks and sand castles at Miami Children's Museum. You can also take them on a tour of South Beach's beautifully restored Art Deco architecture. Spend the day at Lummus Park for a chance to rub elbows with supermodels and celebrities – or ignore them completely and enjoy a day of picnicking or rollerblading. At sundown, it's time to dress to the nines and hit the clubs on Ocean Drive.

Activities

Activities and attractions in South Beach

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes South Beach a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Miami Seaquarium (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Miami Beach Golf Club (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Bayshore Municipal Golf Course (1.5 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Scott Rakow Youth Center (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Aquatic Rental Center and Sailing School (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
Day trips

Explore Florida beyond your South Beach vacation rentals

South Beach is a short drive away from many Florida attractions, including Everglades National Park. The US's largest protected subtropical area, the park is home to threatened species like alligators and the Florida panther. Near the Everglades is Key Largo, an aquatic wonderland popular for snorkelling and sport-fishing. Artsy Naples is a great place to soak up culture with its museums, art galleries, and theatres, as well as to shop for vintage apparel. If you're a literary enthusiast, you'll want to drive all the way down to Key West and visit Ernest Hemingway's house.

Weather

Seasonal weather in South Beach

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 91°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in South Beach

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, South Beach is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lummus Park Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Jungle Island (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Flamingo Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Ocean Drive (0.3 mi / 0.6 km)
  • New World Symphony Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Pier Park (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around South Beach

Fly into Miami, FL (MPB-Public Seaplane Base), the closest airport, located 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Miami, FL (MIA-Miami Intl.), which is 9 mi (14.5 km) away.

Restaurants and bars

South Beach is one of Florida's best foodie destinations, and you'll want to book tables at the neighbourhood's hottest restaurants along with your vacation rental. Your Miami Beach restaurant itinerary must include a stop at Pubbelly Noodle Bar, an Asian-inspired gastropub where you can eat all the pork you can handle. If you're craving Southern comfort food with a Floridian twist, head to Yardbird for a hearty Brunswick stew with rabbit and alligator sausages. Of course, you must pay homage to Joe's Stone Crab, a century-old Miami institution famous for its stone crabs in mustard sauce.

Shopping

Retail therapy in South Beach is truly invigorating, thanks to its iconic pedestrian-only shopping streets. Your first stop has to be Lincoln Road, where you can put your credit card through its paces picking up Florida-bred haute couture. In case you need new swimming and surf gear, you can replenish your stock at the shops along Washington Avenue. If vintage fashion, jewelry, and antiques are your thing, you'll definitely want to hit up the trendy boutiques and resale shops along Espanola Way and Ocean Drive.

Where to stay near South Beach?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 755 house rentals near South Beach. From 33 Houses to 476 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near South Beach is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to South Beach?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Beach:

  • Hollywood Beach: 4,543 vacation rentals
  • Mid Beach: 1,075 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Miami: 964 vacation rentals
  • Flamingo / Lummus: 499 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 1,939 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to South Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in South Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lincoln Road Mall: 6,462 home rentals
  • Art Deco Welcome Center: 6,390 home rentals
  • Miami City Ballet: 6,289 home rentals
  • Anchor Shops: 6,235 home rentals
  • Lummus Park Beach: 6,391 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in South Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 33 Houses in South Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 476 lodging choices
  • Villas: 2 lodging choices
  • Hotels: 141 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Resorts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 359 vacation homes with pool available in South Beach.

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