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Miami Beach: how to get around and what to see

Miami Beach was one of my first destinations in South Florida. This post will be all about Miami Beach: how to get around and what to see. While at Miami Beach, me and my boyfriend had the luck to stay at a friends apartment that was located right at the beach. To give you an idea, this was the amazing view we had from our balcony:

How to get around?

Before I visited Miami Beach I used to think that it was just a beach, but it’s actually a city on its own. An island connected to the mainland by several bridges. As Miami Beach is quite big, the fastest way to get around is by car. In case you don’t have a car there are several other options to get around. I suggest the following:

Rent a City bike: actually the most fun way to get around the city! No app, registration or internet needed. Just a credit card to pay at the station. It does have a nice app which shows you where the bike stations are located and how many bikes there are left at the stations. You can already rent a bike from $4,50-, for a period of 30 minutes.
Website: http://citibikemiami.com/

Free Trolley: several cities offer free trolly services. One of them is Miami Beach. The trolley is completely free and runs in four different loops over the island. The free trolley service also has a nice interactive map, showing you how far away the trolleys are from your closest stop. If you’re looking for a specific route or you are planning to go outside of Miami Beach, then a regular (paid) bus may be a better option for you.
Website: https://www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/transportation/trolley/

Uber: Uber is pretty affordable in the States. Especially with the option of Uber Pool. Meaning you can decide to share your ride with riders going in more or less the same direction, allowing you to save some money.
Website: https://www.uber.com/us/en/ride/uberpool/

Bike route

Moving on to the second part of my blog post about Miami Beach: how to get around and what to see. While discovering Miami Beach I loved getting around by bike. That’s why I want to share my favorite bike route with you:

Start with a short walk over Lincoln Road (no biking allowed). Here you can find many shops, bars and restaurants. It’s quite touristic, but nice to settle down for a drink. Also worth it: the many beautiful Botero statues in this street.

After your walk over Lincoln Road it’s time to ride your bike to Española Way (a couple of blocks south). Española Way is a lot smaller than Lincoln Road and also has many restaurants and bars.

Done eating? Then ride your bike to 15th and Ocean Drive. This is where Ocean Drive starts. It’s nice to take this street all the way to the Southernmost point of Miami Beach. Like architecture? Miami Beach is known for its Art Deco style buildings. You can find many of these buildings on Ocean Drive. It’s a very vibrant street full of bars. While driving south you will have the bars on your right hand and the famous boulevard and park with South Beach on your left. I really enjoyed this part of my biking route as there were many people hanging around at the park next to the beach, playing volleybal, doing sports or listening to music.

When Ocean drive ends, take the pedestrian/bike path through the dunes to South Point Pier. This is the Southernmost point of Miami Beach. From here you can see large cruise ships entering and leaving Miami. Take South Point Park and continue onto Alton Road, where you can grab lunch or a drink at Monty’s Sunset (https://www.montyssobe.com/). The restaurant has a large terrace offering a great view over the beautiful yachts that are laying in the water right in front. Monty’s also has a pool in case you need to cool down after your bike ride.

Do you still have enough energy left? The Venetian Causeway is definitely worth a visit. It is a long bridge connecting Miami Beach to the mainland while passing several islands. On the islands you will find the most beautiful houses. Most of them with their own private beaches! While coming back to Miami Beach make sure to end your tour at the Holocaust Memorial and Botanical Garden (Dade Blvd and Meridan Ave).

Tip: the great thing about Miami Beach is that it has a nice boardwalk (a walkway right next to the beach) that runs all the way from north to south. This boardwalk is great for walking, running, biking or skateboarding.

Tip: don’t feel like going to a crowded beach (such as for example South Beach)? Head a little further north. We stayed at the hight of 57th street and there was literally no one at the beach. The north of Miami Beach can easily be reached by the free Trolley, by bike or an Uber. The Trolley is actually quite fun to take, as it takes you over Collins Avenue. An avenue full of imposing buildings and fancy cars.

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    Nice Nicky 😍

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