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South Beach

South Beach

Every day Morgan heads to his office, aboard a paddleboard, where he teaches newbies to follow suit. It’s an enviable gig. Run into ‘mister mellow’ and he’ll point his paddle in the right direction; he’s cool that way. Want romantic charm? Española Way, no doubt. See and be seen? Ocean Drive. Take-it-easy day of shopping, sidewalk cafes, and one- more-round? It’s Lincoln Road. And late but never least, if night is your time, if neon skies, rooftop lounges, and spinning DJs are your tune – well, you’ve found your playground.

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Sunset Harbor on South Beach is all about healthy, active living. Cross-fit gyms, yoga studios, juice bars and of course, TKS Miami. This is where you come to try your hand and arms and feet at paddleboarding and kitesurfing. TKS is more than a watersports shop, it’s all about matchmaking - and the love birds are you and the water. As soon as you hit the water with the crew, the rush of adrenaline is inevitable. Whether you’re a first-timer looking for paddleboard lessons, a kite surfer wanting to catch big air, or a group of water babies looking for an awesome sunset, you’ll have a blast.

Tucked in between all the glitterati ‘see and be seen’ places that are South Beach, is Espanola Way – an unpretentious, historic block of European charm. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see on South Beach. Fairy lights twinkle above, pedestrians and diners are serenaded by Italian waiters, and shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind finds wander the cobblestone street, popping in and out of shops. You can find authentic Italian pizza, enjoy a Cuban coffee, or learn how to dance flamenco, salsa and tango – for free. (where is this?

Just a block off the beach, right behind the Versace mansion is this super modern boutique hotel. It’s so chill, the lights in the halls and rooms are glow icy blue. After a day in the sun, treat yourself to some tacos from in-house taco joint Naked Taco, and head to their rooftop deck and kick back with a mojito.The staff are like mind-readers, ready to fulfill requests you haven’t even thought of making yet. There’s an onsite spa and the massage therapists knead tension away like you’re (can you think of another analogy here?). At Dream South Beach, you’re in the center of all that is South Beach. If you need a beach chair, they’ve got your sun-burned back covered.

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