Ocean Drive in Miami

One of the country’s most famous boulevards, Miami’s Ocean Drive in South Beach is best known for its picturesque Art Deco buildings, boutique hotels and booming nightclub scene.

Just 18 miles from the Miami International Airport, South Beach’s legendary Ocean Drive runs parallel with the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean, along the state’s southern tip. You can walk, drive, bike, or Segway down this avenue of fun, bustling with color, sunsets, cocktails, and art. The 1.3-mile road starts at South Pointe Drive and runs north to 15th Street.

For the best shopping, dining, and beach activities-day or night-Ocean Drive has it all. Opulent resorts and spas with beach access, chic dining, sophisticated bars, Sunday brunches and picnics at the beach - all make for the quintessential Miami trip.

Photo Alert: The white sandy beaches against the indigo ocean and the glittery Ocean Drive with its Art Deco style, beckon group selfies!

Explore one of the top spots to eat, drink and be lively across all the United States. Lined with trendy restaurants and posh art galleries, the options can be overwhelming. We’ve mapped out the must-see destinations for your Ocean Drive Experience.

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Ocean Drive Main Attractions

Miami’s major thoroughfare is hip, trendy, and bustling with tourists searching for a good time. Anything goes along this beach highway wonderland.

Whether it’s people-watching, beach-going, or club hopping, this beautiful city is the perfect destination for people on the move. It’s also a foodie heaven with upscale eateries featuring the best seafood in town.

Fun Fact: Ocean Drive can be seen as the backdrop in Hollywood’s most popular television shows and films that include Scareface, The Birdcage, Miami Vice, Dexter, Bad Boys and There’s Something About Mary.

Art Deco Architecture

Loaded with Art Deco hotels, restaurants, and bars, this lane is a designer's dream. Ocean Drive is the focal point of any South Beach trip, with its prominent Art Deco buildings, museums, and outdoor cafes. The most photographed building in this Art Deco haven is the 1939 Colony Hotel.Ground view of Ocean Drive and all of the colorful vintage hotels on it on a sunny day in Miami, Florida, USA

  • The Art Deco Welcome Center: Exploring South Beach’s historic Art Deco District will be worth your while. Dating back to the 1920s, this architectural gem is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a guided walking tour that starts at the Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Drive and 10th Street.

Photo Alert: Post your story strolling along this colorful Art Deco strip, synonymous with the celebrated neighborhood of South Beach.

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Boutique Hotels

  • Clevelander: This swanky hotel has one of Miami’s spiciest nightscapes hosting grand pool parties with live DJs. Clevelander has nine bars, a C-Level Rooftop Terrance with waterfalls, an SPF4 sundeck and a VIP terrace.
  • The Villa Casa Casuarina at the Former Versace Mansion: The original Villa was built in 1930 by architect Alden Freeman, heir to the Standard Oil fortune. In 1992, famous Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace purchased the property, which became renowned for his murder on the premises. Today the Villa operates as a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and event venue. Gianni’s restaurant offers Italian Mediterranean food and wine.

Pro Tip: Rent a bike for a sunrise or sunset ride along the waterfront.

Ocean Drive Nightclub Scene

If sipping ice-cold mojitos on a rooftop bar is your idea of a fun afternoon, you’ve come to the right place. You can’t think of South Beach without imagining the Miami nightclub scene. Ocean Drive's nightlife is thriving where the ladies are dressed to kill and the groove keeps going. Between 5th and 15th Street is where you’ll find the most happening clubs and Latin music beats.

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  • Bleu Bar: This iconic playground to the stars might have donned a few celebs back in the day. South Beach's glamourous rat-pack era mainstay, located in the 5-star Fountainbleau Hotel, is a great low-key place for fab cocktails that some say are the best in Miami!
  • Nikki Beach: This Miami hotspot is a large oceanfront complex that features an outdoor beach club, award-winning restaurant with fab views, delicious food, and specialty cocktails.

View of Fort Lauderdale Beach at sunset with a life guard stand and two palm trees near Miami, Florida, USAPro Tip: Get on the guestlist and be on time, or you may be waiting a while. 10 pm to 11 pm is prime Miami time to entrer, as the French say.

  • LIV: LIV is one of South Beach’s most popular dance clubs. This multi-level hang-out with crystal chandeliers hosts A-list celebs like Kanye West, JLo, and a Kardashian or two. This is the place to party like its 1999.
  • Do Not Sit on the Furniture: This boutique nightclub puts dancing first besides its great name. The lounge specializes in house music and features guest DJs from around the world.

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  • BASEMENT at the Miami Beach EDITION is a modern-day disco reminiscent of Studio 54. In addition to the dance floor, Basement Miami has a bowling alley and ice skating rink.
  • Mango’s Tropical Café: For the hottest Salsa dancing in town, this café claims to be the trendiest nightclub with the best live entertainment South Beach has to offer.

Ocean Drive Restaurants

  • Palace Restaurant and Bar: With bold Caribbean flavors featuring celebrity chefs and exciting food festivals, this culinary hot spot has much to offer, like Peruvian ceviche, Cuban sandwiches, and fantastic seafood.
  • A Fish Called Avalon: This chi-chi eatery features fresh seafood with five-star service and unbeatable oceanfront views.
  • Miami Eats: The impressive complex offers diverse restaurants, food trucks, juice bars and more!
  • Habitat: For Mexican cuisine like no other, try this local sensation with fresh farm-to-table dishes. Habitat offers light options and classic Mexican food using natural organic ingredients.
  • Bar Collins: Located in the lobby of Loews Miami Beach Hotel, this swanky bustling bar and restaurant offers Miami-inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Collins also features a stone oven for pizzas, specialty cocktails, and craft beers.
  • Close up of the Miami Vice drink with the blue pool water in the background at Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach near Tampa, Florida, USA

    photo credit: Postcard Inn on the Beach via Facebook

    Azabu Miami Beach: This Michelin starred Japanese restaurant is the tops. Azabu's distinctive venue features sushi crafted fresh-from-Japan fish inside the Marriott Stanton Hotel in the SOFI neighborhood.

Pro Tip: If you plan to splurge, make a reservation at Smith & Wollensky’s Steakhouse to enjoy gorgeous waterfront views.

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Ocean Drive Shopping

Put on your best walking shoes for a host of ice cream parlors, bookstores, tourist shops, and fun boutiques. Just a block over Collins Avenue has your designer, high-end couture shops.

  • Ocean Drive Gallery: This shop has the greatest quality swim and beach apparel selection.
  • Surf Style sells surf style gear, swimwear, beach accessories and skateboards.
  • Ocean Wave Boutique: This women's store has dresses, jumpsuits, pants, cardigans, jewelry and accessories-all with Ocean Drive charm and beach flair.

Ocean Drive Nearby Attractions

Beaches and Parks

South Beach brings the heat, as they say! Miami’s Most Famous Beachfront is within walking distance from the happenin' boulevard.

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Photo Alert: Take a picture of an Art Deco-inspired lifeguard stand. These brightly colored chairs are in stark contrast to the aquamarine sea.

  • Flamingo Park: This is the place for sports fanatics with 17 tennis courts, a baseball stadium, handball, racquetball, basketball courts, football and soccer fields, a running track, playgrounds, numerous walking trails and a dog park. Flamingo Park also has a state-of-the-art aquatic center with two pools and an eight-lap swimming pool and splash pad for the little ones.

 

  • Lummus Park and South Pointe Park provide green space for outdoor recreation, and Lummus has an excellent outdoor gym.

Pro Tip: You can find public restrooms in Lummus Park at 14th Street and Ocean Drive and 5th Street and Ocean Drive.

  • South Pointe Park & Beach: Set at the southernmost tip of South Beach, South Pointe Park is the perfect green space with walking paths, playgrounds, and a children’s splash park. The Pointe has an impressive pier with breathtaking 360-degree views of Fisher Island, Port Miami and the incredible Miami skyline. Grab your board and hit the jetty for an awesome ride if surfing’s your thing.

Pro Tip: Boucher Brothers is a beach vendor that supplies visitors with kayaks, beach chairs, equipment rentals, and parasail boat tours. Boucher has kiosks located along South Beach.

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Ocean Drive Parking

Several Miami Beach garages around Ocean Drive offer parking. You can find them at 7th Street and Collins Avenue, 5th Street and Alton Road, 13th Street and Collins Avenue, and 16th Street and Collins Avenue. There are also parking lots as far south as South Pointe Park and west to Alton Road. Metered street parking is available on some streets.


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Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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