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South Beach Attraction & Fun Guide
A South Beach Spring Break includes plenty of distractions during the daylight hours. You can visit the famous beaches, explore famous sites, and explore some of the other amazing aspects that make this city so popular.
The Beach Scene
Perhaps the best people-watching beach in the world is to be found in South Beach. Spring Break is prime time for seeing others and being seen on the famous strip of beach known as Lummus Park (also called Glitter Beach). It runs from 6th to 14th Street just off world-famous Ocean Drive. Great sand and warm ocean waters are standard fare here.
A major South Beach attraction lies here as models pose for shoots on this beach and celebrities work on their tan lines. Topless bathing is allowed! With brightly colored lifeguard stands, bathrooms, and changing houses this is a beach with everything needed to enjoy a day perfecting your tan. And best of all: when you get hungry Ocean Drive is just steps away with cafes and restaurants at your every corner.
Other Daytime South Beach Attractions
Not everyday of your South Beach Spring Break can be spent looking good on the beach or lounging at your favorite new Oceanside Drive cafe. We've compiled a list suggesting some of our favorite activities in this great city.
South Beach is flat, which makes it perfect for in-line skating, a local favorite South Beach attraction . While there is a city law against skating on the cafe-side of Ocean Drive during the evening hours, you will be amazed by all the different skaters and bikers you see along Lincoln Road. Most local rental shops can also help you plot a course for sightseeing and exercise. This is a great way to see South Beach. For rentals, try Fritz's Skate Shop at 730 Lincoln Road (their on-line site is named Beach In-Line Skates but, no worry, they're one and the same). They even have free lessons on Sundays!
Roll the Dice
Care for a little gambling while getting away from it all? While gambling is technically illegal in Florida, there are several loopholes in the law which are exploited for this South Beach attraction. One of the classiest is the Casino Princesa, a gambling cruise boat which docks just behind the Hard Rock Cafe at the Bayside Marketplace. For a mere $10 per person, you can cruise on this luxury liner and play the various slots and games within its 10,000 square feet of gaming space. Daily cruises leave from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to midnight (even later on Fridays and Saturdays).
Just north of Miami Beach, you will also find Gulfstream Park- a horseracing track. In addition to all the betting you can stand, we also like this place for its front lawn concert series, which runs throughout the Spring Break season. It's specialty- one hit wonders such as Cindy Lauper! Cost is only $5- what a bargain! Try this out for great South Beach attraction.
On the Water
Jet Skis are available for rent on both the beach and the bay-side of South Beach. Newer models accommodate up to four people at a time. Be aware that if you go exploring the waterways of Miami (and seeing some of the awesome houses along them) you will need to keep a close eye out for other boaters as the area can become quite crowded! Sightseeing is another local South Beach attraction!
Ever wanted to windsurf? South Beach has near-by opportunities worth looking into. Many hotels will rent you one to try. If your hotel lacks this amenity, we recommend Sailboards Miami, in Key Biscayne at the popular (and aptly named) Windsurfer Beach. This outfitter offers rentals and a 2-hour beginner's lesson three times a day that comes with a guarantee you will know the basics before the lesson is over. Miami is known as a great learning spot for windsurfing, so this is an excellent opportunity to try out your new hobby. This South Beach attraction might just become addictive.
The beaches of South Beach, Miami are just part of the wonders the water adds to this city. Along Biscayne bay, the homes of the rich and famous line the waterways and coves. Why not get a little R&R while cruising along these famous waters? Numerous tour operators will take you and your friends on a morning or afternoon cruise to see the sites and the mansions lining these waterways. We recommend Miami Tours for planning these excursions. With multiple options and an internet discount for booking ahead, this tour operator has the exact South Beach attraction you're looking for. Most tours of the Bay take about 1.5 hours to complete- so it won't blow your whole afternoon!
Below the Water
As long as we're in the water, we might as well mention our favorite South Beach attraction: scuba diving and snorkeling. There are numerous dive shops in the area that can recommend many different dive spots peaking during your Spring Break South Beach visit. Our favorite (for their knowledge and friendliness) is South Beach Divers. Check out their great website.
And, don't worry, there are plenty of reefs, sunken vessels, and other underwater surprises to be had around South Beach and the nearby keys to keep you busy for as long as you care to stay submerged. In addition to Key Biscayne's natural protected habitat, there are several artificial reefs around made from items such as decommissioned Army Tanks, planes, and barges. Great "wreck" diving is here thanks to the efforts of local divers.
Finally, what Spring Break South Beach would be complete without a trip to the Oceanside Drive Versace House (really called Casa Casuarina)? Made famous as the site of fashion-designer Gianni Versace's untimely death in 1997, this South Beach attraction is actually modeled after a house built by Christopher Columbus' son in Santa Domingo- said to be the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. It is now a member-only club available for rental for private events.
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