South Beach Ocean Drive and 5th Street to Collins Avenue and 21st Street SoBe has gained an illustrious international reputation. Bikini-clad beauties achieve tanning greatness on a stretch of sand that offers the active many diversions. Run or bike along the many seaside paths, join a game of beach volleyball, perfect your downward facing dog, toss a Frisbee, or jump on a jet ski and brave the Atlantic. When you’re finished, shower up for the night (and the ladies) right off the beach.
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Golf TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Resort and Spa 4400 N.W. 87th Avenue. 800-71-DORAL. www.doralresort.com/Golf Miami’s weather is heaven for golfers. Host of PGA Golf events for the last 45 years, virtually every great name in golf has teed off on the Doral’s greens. At 7,125 yards from the tournament tees, with strategically placed bunkers and a maze of water obstacles, it takes a champ to score on this course. From $200 rounds in summer to $325 in peak season, this pricey fairway can be the ultimate way to spend a sunny Miami morning.
Gym Crunch • 1676 Alton Road. 305-531-4743. • 1259 Washington Avenue. 305-674-8222. www.crunch.com • Crunch’s Washington Avenue location, just a block off the beach, is a Miami staple that vibes like the many neighborhood clubs and hotspots. The newly renovated Alton Road location, removed from the fray, is the spot for serious workout enthusiasts. Free day passes available.
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Hotel Gym The Sports Club/LA The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower 1441 Brickell Avenue. 305-533-1199. www.mpsportsclub.com/clubs/miami/ Boasting 50,000 square feet of wide ranging exercise equipment, this swanky spot serves Miami’s most fabulous guests. The in-house spa, pool and sundeck and Mediterranean café guarantee post-workout mingling under the glittering sun of glam Brickell Avenue.
Prime 112 112 Ocean Drive. 305-532-8112. www.prime112.com The wildly popular Prime 112 is as much a great scene as it is a great restaurant. Housed in a renovated hotel, the exposed brick columns and leather chairs create a cozy ambiance while the menu, a mix of steaks, raw bar, salads, and seafood will satisfy the hungry. Reservations essential; Prime is packed on weekends.
Joe’s Stone Crab 11 Washington Avenue. 305-673-0365. www.joesstonecrab.com Dating back to 1913, the year “Joe” Weiss started a lunch counter in Miami Beach, the now-famous stone crabs landed on the menu in 1921. A staple for visitors and locals alike, Joe’s stone crabs are now shipped worldwide. No reservations are accepted for parties under 20, so go early. The restaurant is closed during the summer months when stone crabs are out of season.
News Café 800 Ocean Drive. 305-538-6397. www.newscafe.com A day in Miami doesn’t truly begin without breakfast (or lunch) at News Café. Once a mere newsstand at the corner of 8th and Ocean, News Café has morphed into a standby for natives and visitors alike. Whether you’re craving an egg white omelet and toast, a chopped salad, a juicy burger and fries, or an iced coffee for the road, News Café is where anyone who’s anyone pulls up a sidewalk spot and fills up.
Skybar: The Shore Club Hotel 1901 Collins Avenue. 305-695-3100. www.shoreclub.com This indoor-outdoor maze of bars and lounge areas (Redroom, Sandbar) courtesy of the trendy Morgans Hotel Group is the ultimate SoBe nightlife spot. Beds and bottle service dance around glowing pools and beachfront, while appropriately placed cabanas offer couples a bit more getting-to-know-you privacy.
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The Delano Hotel 1685 Collins Avenue. 305-672-2000. www.delano-hotel.com Hotel bars rule the Miami nightlife scene, and none withstands the test of time better than the Delano. Whether you hit the modern day piano lounge vibe of The Florida Room, the swanky pink Rose Bar, or the lush Orchard’s sweeping landscape complete with pool, life-size chessboard, draping daybeds, and beach bar, the scene is 100% Miami’s all the time.
Purdy Lounge 1811 Purdy Avenue. 305-531-4622. www.purdylounge.com Located on the bay side of SoBe, this laid-back dive bar has something for everyone—pool tables, board games, a killer CD soundtrack, and on some nights, local DJs. But that’s not all. Purdy Lounge’s greatest selling point? No cover charge.
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