There can be few so romantic vacation destinations than Miami Beach Florida, and in particular South Beach, or SOBE, with its famous Ocean Drive. Here is Martin Crossland's recommendation for a Miami Beach Florida romantic getaway or honeymoon.
Miami Beach Florida is just a few miles north of the Tropic of Cancer, so is the only sub-tropical area of the continental United States.
This means that Miami has always been seen as the Riviera of America, with miles and miles of white sandy beaches stretching along the Atlantic Ocean warmed by the constant flow of the Gulf Stream and shaded by coconut palms.
Miami Beach grew up during the Florida land boom of the early twenties, which ended abruptly after the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane and the Great Depression. Nevertheless, it sprang back in the thirties to become the prime destination for sun and fun seekers in North America. It was during this time that the romantic Art Deco architecture appeared all along the beach, which is now completely protected within the largest 20th. Century historical district in the United States.
If warm waters, swaying palms, sandy beaches, unique architecture, fine dining and incredibly lively night life touch your romance button, then Miami Beach Florida is where you should be heading.
Small, romantic cafes line the sidewalk of Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District, while concentrations of excellent, upscale restaurants are located in the Lincoln Road and Española Way pedestrian precincts.
South Beach restaurants offer the ambiance for a romantic dinner, while the setting outside offers additional romance for couples who are looking for something to do after dinner. Many of the restaurants in South Beach have lounge entertainment, and there are dance clubs dotted throughout the South Beach area for after dinner dancing.
Top 10 romantic things to do on a Miami Beach Florida romantic vacation...
Most romantic beach.
From the tip of South Pointe Park, where on one side you can view mighty cruise ships almost at arm’s length, slip out to sea, and on the other, an uninterrupted view of the turquoise water, white sand, the green dunes and the colorful buildings backing the beach.
Most romantic beachfront restaurant/bar…
Nikki Beach, featuring an outdoor beach club, restaurant and nightclub. Enjoy full food and VIP bottle service in our fabulous cabanas and lounge beds during the day while you soak up the Florida sun. If you are feeling hungry you can dine on the freshest selections of lobster & seafood and of course the best champagnes!
Most romantic water view restaurant in Miami Beach Florida
Smith and Wolenski, the magnificent waterfront location offers unparalleled views of the downtown Miami skyline and an endless parade of ships large and small pass through the Government Cut shipping channel, located just a few yards outside the restaurant's huge picture windows.
Most romantic place to see and be seen in Miami Beach
News Café. One of the places that helped define the South Beach renaissance. Originally opened in 1988 on Ocean Drive allowed the News to become the strip's premiere people-watching perch.
Grab a newspaper, settle in an outside table, order a Middle Eastern Combo (tabouli salad, baba ghanoush, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and pita) or perhaps just a potent Venetian-style café correto, “corrected” with sambuca, Eleven o'clock in the a.m. is a great time to be selecting your seat, but if all the good spots are taken, don't despair, it's a 24/7 operation - eleven o'clock in the p.m. is just as good!
The Tides. An icon of Art Deco architecture of the 1930s, "The Diva of Ocean Drive" occupies a niche across from Lummus Park along Miami's most upscale oceanfront stretch. Sleekly stylish guestrooms, including premier suites and dramatic penthouses with decks, each offer expansive ocean views. La Marea restaurant offers Mediterranean seafood dining with quietly attentive service in an indoor and outdoor setting. Its terrace overlooks Ocean Drive and the beach. The Coral Bar boasts a colorful selection of specialty drinks in an eclectic ambience.
Most romantic night spot in Miami Beach Florida
B. E. D. Jumping in bed with girls is easy, as long as you have a reservation at BED, of course. The two (or more) of you can hop in the sack for a little dinner then party until dawn at a restaurant that replaces tables with plush, king-sized beds and mood music that heats-up as he night rolls on. An acronym for beverage, entertainment and dining, B.E.D. takes sensual surroundings to a whole new level. Open since 1999, this restaurant/lounge offers divine dining, an enchanting interior and edgy entertainment. Sweet dreams!
Most romantic shopping in Miami Beach Florida
Lincoln Road. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian mall and a thriving shopping and dining area. Unique stores offer items not typically found in malls. Most restaurants offer either indoor or outdoor seating, including in the middle of the pedestrian mall area. And without question, the people watching on Lincoln Road can match any place in the world. There seems to be a constant flow of stunningly attractive women and men, and their pets, passing by, and many wear fashionable clothes with a major dose of sexy.
Most romantic street in Miami Beach Florida
Española Way. A longtime favorite of the bohemian crowd, Española Way is a historic Spanish village located in the Art Deco District of South Beach. With Mediterranean Revival buildings dating back to the 1920s, Española Way proves a colorful shopping and entertainment district designed to attract residents and visitors alike with its unusual shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Most romantic visit in Miami Beach Florida
Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion). This exquisitely preserved 1930s mansion showcases unparalleled architectural and design details, intricate stone and marble work, detailed renaissance-style mosaics and frescoes designed by creative artists such as Alden Freeman and Fashion Designer, Gianni Versace. Versace renovated the property in 1992. The "Casa Casuarina Experience" celebrates the spirit and history of this beautiful property—a rare gem that has been preserved in the heart of Miami Beach Florida.
Most romantic museum in Miami Beach Florida
The Wolfsonian. The Wolfsonian was founded in 1986 to exhibit, document, and preserve the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative Arts, a vast assemblage of objects that includes furniture, paintings, books, prints, industrial and decorative art objects, and ephemera. The museum explores through its exhibitions and special programs the critically important role of design at the height of the industrial age (1885-1945) in the context of social, political, and technological issues.
Martin is a Certified Tour Guide Registered with Miami-Dade County, a Member Florida Tour Guide Association and enjoys sharing his experience with travelers. He has over 40 years experience in assisting visitors as a tour guide in the US, the Caribbean and Latin America.
To find out more about Miami Beach Florida check out Martin's Miami Beach Travel Guide. It's filled with pertinent information starting from your first arrival at Miami Airport right through to departure back home. He will show you how to get around Miami Beach, what to see and do. Martin's site covers the history, beaches, attractions, events, cultural life, sports and sightseeing in the city and surroundings.