A beginner’s guide to Miami Beach
If you’re looking for a party destination vacation, then Miami Beach ticks a lot of boxes. Here’s why you should be adding Miami Beach to your travel wish-list.
When to go
October to May is the pick of the weather for Miami. This will give you plenty of heat, and clear, sunny days. It’s a dry heat, which is perfect for spending maximum time on the beach.
How to get there
Fly into either Fort Lauderdale or Miami airport. Once you’re in Miami Beach you don’t really need a car to get around – the traffic always seems to be pretty heavy – taxis or bikes should be sufficient for what you need.
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Where to stay
Ocean Drive is the beating heart of Miami Beach, so it’s best to try and stay as close to that as you can. There’s a mix of hotels and private rental apartments on offer. An apartment is a good option as you can cook some of your own meals and immerse yourself in the local pace of life. Ocean Drive is a pretty vibrant place, so it’s not particularly restful or quiet.
This is a part of town defined by the beach. South Beach is pretty awesome. The gay bit is adjacent to 12th Street – helpfully marked by some rainbow flags. The water is good for swimming, and it’s a relaxed and friendly crowed. It’s not a sexually-charged gay beach, everyone is there to work on their tans and to socialise.
New Year’s Eve
Miami Beach is a good option if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate New Year’s Eve. They close off Ocean Drive and everyone spills out onto the street to see the fireworks.
Where to party
Palace is a gay bar on Ocean Drive, there’s regular drag shows and solid music. Twist is the main gay club in the area – this is a big space with different rooms offering different types of music.