Miami Beach Activities: Top experiences for your vacation

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Miami Beach Activities

We invite you to discover Miami Beach activities that not everyone knows about. In this article we will show you activities that even experienced ones can do Miami Beach will surprise visitors. My travels as a tour guide have taken me to Miami Beach in all seasons, as have our visits as a travel blogger, which also gave us a behind-the-scenes look. We therefore had many opportunities to get to know the city better. It's definitely worth taking the time to explore the city away from the highlights.



Discovery tour in the Art Deco district

Small art galleries are hidden in every corner of the Art Deco district. These places are full of creativity and offer a glimpse into the local art scene. We discover works by artists that reflect Miami Beach's vibrant culture. During the Art Basel, one of the most important art events in the world, Miami Beach is transformed into an international art platform. Here you will find works by emerging and established artists.

In addition to the galleries, there are also boutiques for Miami Beach activities. Here we find handmade treasures and fashion that are not available anywhere else. Each store has its own flair. The Websters is, for example, a luxury boutique known for its carefully selected collection of high fashion and designer pieces.


Delano Beach Club
Delano Beach Club – For example, dinner at Restaurant Bianca could be part of your Miami Beach activities


During our tour through the Art Deco District we learn more about the history behind the facades. Each building tells of the glorious era of the 1920s to 1940s. We already have some of these buildings in ours Miami Beach Insider Tips presented. Another hotel is, for example Delano Beach Club. We had dinner there at Restaurant Bianca on our last visit. We didn't have time for the beach club because we had just landed at Miami airport a few hours earlier. But maybe you can plan your stay a little better than us.

Insider tips on Ocean Drive

Away from the well-known hotspots on Ocean Drive, there are also insider tips that only a few people know. Discover these places on Ocean Drive with us.


Miami Beach Things to Do on Ocean Beach Drive
Miami Beach Things to Do on Ocean Beach Drive

Cafes where you can relax from Miami Beach activities

In small, cozy corners you can, for example, relax with a cup of coffee away from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive.

  • The News Cafe: This is a cozy café located a little away from the main hustle and bustle. It is known for its relaxed ambience and offers great views of Ocean Drive.
  • The Front Porch Cafe: Another cafe known for its delicious breakfast and quiet location.

Gianni Versace's Mansion on Ocean Drive

There is also a lot to discover on Ocean Drive for photography enthusiasts. For example, you can find motifs that tell unique stories. A colorful wall, unusual graffiti or the play of light and shadow in a side street offer perfect photo opportunities. These locations are ideal for capturing authentic Miami Beach.

  • The Villa Casa Casuarina*: The former Versace Mansion offers magnificent architecture and is a popular photo opportunity. Today you can also stay overnight in Gianni Versace's former mansion (if you have the money). However, the history of the house is tragic. On the steps of the house, fashion designer Gianni Versace fell victim to the shots of a serial killer in 1997 as he set out for his daily morning walk to the News Café, where he usually had his morning coffee. The whole story says Michael Pohl in his blog Around the Corner.


Beach access at Lummus Park in Miami Beach
Beach access at Lummus Park leads to Miami Beach beach activities

Parks where you can unwind from Miami Beach activities

Another insider tip are two small parks, just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle. Here you can experience peace and quiet and enjoy nature. These places are also perfect to take a break from hectic Miami Beach activities and unwind.

  • Lummus Park: A leafy retreat right on Ocean Drive, ideal for a break from the beach hustle and bustle.
  • South Pointe Park: Located a little further south, this park offers a quieter atmosphere and beautiful views of the sea.

Miami Beach waterfront activities

Miami Beach seaside activities offer more than just swimming and sunbathing. Here you can experience the water in a whole new way.

Imagine paddling across the water in a kayak as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon. Sunset kayaking is not only relaxing, but also a wonderful way to see Miami Beach from a different perspective. The calm waters and colorful skies provide a panorama for an unforgettable experience.


Kayaking in Miami Beach
Kayaking – one of the Miami Beach activities


Another exciting water activity is aqua cycling. Here you cycle across the bay on a special water bike. This activity combines sport and fun and is ideal for keeping fit while enjoying the views of Miami Beach. Aqua cycling is a great alternative for anyone who wants to try something new.

Both activities not only offer fun and relaxation, but also the chance to experience nature and the sea in a very special way.

Private boat tours with locals

How about a private boat tour led by locals? These Miami Beach activities offer you an authentic experience and the opportunity to see Miami Beach from a whole new perspective.

Go out to sea fishing with a fisherman. Along the way he tells you stories about life by the sea. On these boat tours you will experience the city and the sea from the perspective of the locals. You'll find out where the best fishing spots are, maybe see dolphins and learn what the sea means to the people here. Each tour is unique because it reflects the captain's personal story.



Our Zodiac ride to Stiltsville* is also included. Although the tour is offered for several passengers, we are alone on board. Our boat captain Kimberley tells us about her life in Miami Beach. She talks about how the city has changed in recent years. Super-rich new immigrants in particular contribute a lot to this. They even buy entire islands, she tells us. Fraser Island off Miami Beach is also one of them. This changes the image of the city enormously.

These boat trips are ideal for travelers who want to experience the real Miami Beach. You immerse yourself in the local culture and experience moments that are not found in any travel guide. It is an opportunity to come into contact with locals and understand their way of life.

Forget the usual tourist boats. A private boat tour with a local offers you an unparalleled experience. Not only will you get to know the coast, but also the people who make Miami Beach what it is.

Unknown beaches near Miami Beach

In addition to its lively beach, Miami Beach also has unknown natural beaches to offer. These less-visited stretches of beach are perfect for relaxing days in nature. In our Miami Beach Insider Tips we already introduce quieter beaches in North Beach Miami. But there is more.


Assume River State Park
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Visit the Assume River State Park for a special nature experience. This state park is also located in North Beach. The park not only offers beautiful beaches, but also kayaking and canoeing through the mangroves. Experience nature up close and discover the wildlife of Miami Beach.

These stretches of beach are ideal for travelers looking for peace and quiet and enjoying nature. They offer a welcome change from the busy city center and the crowded main beaches. Here you get an impression of what nature looked like in the region before the city was built.


Crispy Pork in Miami Beach
Miami Beach Activities – Enjoy crispy pork at one of the local restaurants


Culinary insider tips: from street food markets to gourmet restaurants

Miami Beach offers a wealth of culinary secrets, from lively street food markets to gourmet restaurants.

This is a must Lincoln Road Farmers Market. At this street food market you will find a variety of fresh, local products as well as delicious snacks. Try tropical fruits or enjoy freshly made empanadas. This market is perfect for getting to know the local cuisine.

For a more upscale dining experience, we recommend the restaurant, for example Your home. This restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere and excellent Italian cuisine. It is an ideal place for a romantic dinner or a special celebration.

You can also find culinary and restaurant tips in our Miami Beach Insider Tips.

Off the beaten track: local markets

Would you like to experience Miami Beach off the beaten tourist path? Then discover the local markets with us. There you will also meet locals and get to know something about their everyday life. The Lincoln Road Farmers Market isn't the only place to do this.

For an authentic dining experience, visit Sunset Harbor. This neighborhood is known for its excellent restaurants and cafes run by locals. Here you'll find everything from fresh seafood to innovative vegan dishes. If you like sushi then you should Pubbelly Sushi not to be missed.

Activities we recommend*


Conclusion – Miami Beach is not just South Beach

Every corner of Miami Beach offers something special, from the lively streets to the quiet parks.

Our trip through Miami Beach showed us that the city has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are an art lover, nature lover or culinary fan, Miami Beach will delight you. Meeting the locals and immersing themselves in their culture enriched our trip and gave us deep insights into life in Miami Beach.

We encourage you to customize your trip to Miami Beach. Dare to wander off the beaten path and discover the city's hidden treasures. Visit local markets, explore unknown neighborhoods and try the diverse cuisine.

Take your time to explore the city at your own pace and be inspired by its many facets. Maybe you’ll discover something new too? Share your experiences and experiences with us in the comments.


Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Rental car

You can rent a rental car here. However, we recommend renting it only if you want to go on a road trip or a larger excursion. Parking fees are extremely high in Miami and Miami Beach. We had a rental car during our last visit and spent about $25 a day just to leave our car in the parking garage. We only used it once during our stay in Miami Beach. The rest of the time we walked.

Excursions and tours not only about Miami Beach activities

tours in and around Miami * is available at Get Your Guide, for example

Travel Guide to Miami Beach Things to Do and the Art Deco District

Florida travel guide for Miami and surrounding areas*

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Miami Beach Activities: Top experiences for your vacation

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

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