Spring breakers who descend upon Ocean Drive, Collins and Washington Avenues in South Beach aren’t coming for the fine restaurants–although there are plenty, what with Joe’s Stone Crab, Prime 112 and more all within some of the glitziest real estate in all of the United States.
It’s the pulsating singles scene–and all the A-list clubs that come with it–that keep Miami Beach a year-round destination.
Last week’s Winter Music Conference, one of the biggest DJ showcases in the world, was just one example of what tempts behind the velvet ropes. On any given weekday, you’ll find that money talks very loudly in 33139, from the pimped-out rides to the celebrity-fueled fashion shows.
Surprisingly, though, visitors can still find affordable lodging in SoBe via South Beach vacation rentals. Save your cash for the pricey cover charges and bottle service. Renting a condo or apartment is the way to go. Many options are housed in hotel/condo buildings, like the one above in the Knickerbocker at 3rd and Collins. The unit sleeps four, and feels more like your very own apartment than a hotel. Inside, guests will marvel at the stainless steel kitchen and tasteful decor done in stark white accented by slashes of red, orange and brown.
Although its nightlife is a natural magnet for mancations and girls’ getaways, Miami isn’t without families. In fact, the aforementioned studio once housed a family with a three-year-old, according to a user review. “The apartment is one block from a great playground, and the beach,” wrote Kari from Burlington, Vt. “There is a Starbucks around the corner and a little grocery store right next door.”
It just goes to show you that even in the East Coast’s Riviera, the simple things can make a vacation.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.