For many, Miami Beach is the ultimate fantasy of South Florida. This is where celebrities, and people who want to gawk at celebrities, come to party. But it's also a fascinating, ethnically diverse city that serves up a heady dose of the arts with all that sun, sand and sex appeal.
Miami Beach is its own city, separate from nearby Miami. South Beach and her pastel-shaded, lovingly preserved Art Deco Historic District is the most popular place for tourists. You can shop alongside models on pedestrian Lincoln Road, lounge in the exquisite back areas of hotels like the Shore Club and Delano or pedal the flat, neon-bedecked streets via the DecoBike bike sharing program. Make sure to check out a show at the stunning New World Art Center.
Mid and North Miami Beach are more residential, split between Jewish and Latin American enclaves. Enjoy some pastrami on rye in Surfside, have a Colombian hot dog or Uruguayan chivito on Normandy Isle or skinny dip at clothing optional Haulover Beach.