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Advice for a one day stay in South Beach

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Advice for a one day stay in South Beach


We are a 2 adult/2 child (11 yo girls) family on a short day and a half stopover in South Beach.

Since our time is so limited, I thought that we would spend our time there walking up and down Collins, Ocean, Lincoln to get a feel for the place and the architecture; maybe sign up for the 90min Miami Ducktours; and spend a few hours on the beach wandering up and down the beach and also having a dip.

Are there any alternative, perhaps more comprehensive, tours that may provide us with a broader sense of what Miami is like as a city? We've never been in Miami and though I usually abhor whirlwind sightseeing we would like to at least get a quick - if imperfect - perspective of the city.

When strolling around South Beach, is there a particular art-deco 'hub' or concentration of buildings that we should aim to see?

At something between a leisurely saunter and a purposeful walk, how long would you estimate it takes to walk along Ocean/Collins from, say, 5th St. to 20th St.?

And lastly, just as eating at a deli is one of those things people 'must do' in NY, what reasonably-priced and typically SoBe eatery could we pop into for meals (breakfast or dinner. When pressed for time we generally don't take time out for a sit-down lunch!)

Thanks in advance to those that offer up advice,


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1. Re: Advice for a one day stay in South Beach

A day and a half is obviously not enough

However, the duck tour is a quick option that would show you the Miami skyline and take a tour of the Islands on Biscayne Bay.

The Architecture is situated in the Art-deco district, which encompasses primarily Ocean drive and Collins Ave. Ocean Drive is generally the most photographed part. The walk is definately short depending on your pace.

You can take a taxi to Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Bayside (in downtown Miami) or you can shop at Dolphin Mall or Sawgrass. There is also some good shopping on Lincoln Road (a must see!) as well as lots of dining options, museums and people watching.

Below are maps of the different South Beach sections.


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2. Re: Advice for a one day stay in South Beach

Thanks for that!

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