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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

World-famous Ocean Drive is a destination where Art Deco architecture and design shines, sidewalk eateries boast every type of cuisine imaginable and lively music tempts you to break into an impromptu dance. To soak up the iconic street’s history, style and non-stop entertainment, book a stay at one of the many storied hotels that line the street, some of which have played starring roles in movies and date as far back as the 1930s. It’s all just steps from the sand on South Beach.

Ahi Tuna at A Fish Called Avalon

Iconic Boutique Flair at the Avalon Hotel

Presenting a front row seat to all the excitement of Ocean Drive, the Avalon Hotel boasts an Art Deco facade, bright neon lights and an experience you won’t find elsewhere. Its 58 guestrooms are accented with pops of color and live orchids, and they feature large windows that are perfect for enjoying balmy breezes. After devouring the gratis daily breakfast box filled with pastries and yogurt, grab your complimentary beach towels and chairs and hit the beach. Don’t miss dinner on the street-side patio of longtime staple A Fish Called Avalon, where you can savor creative seafood dishes and sip handcrafted cocktails as you enjoy Ocean Drive’s unparalleled people-watching. 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Beacon Hotel Lobby Chairs

Beach Fun at the Beacon

At the Beacon Hotel South Beach, you can sink into a dreamy Serta Heavenly bed and start your morning with an in-room Nespresso coffee and free breakfast. Choose from elegantly designed guest rooms splashed in bright colors reminiscent of the nearby ocean. If you need more space, upgrade to a one-bedroom suite. Enjoy a beach day with complimentary beach chairs and towels, then sip tropical cocktails at the on-site South Beach Mojito Bar and indulge in a laid-back meal at The Place restaurant. 720 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Live Jazz music at The Betsy

Get Artsy at The Betsy – South Beach

This isn’t your ordinary luxury hotel – The Betsy – South Beach is an architectural marvel that’s now a hub of arts and culture. With 130 rooms showcasing walnut floors, marble bathrooms and elegant furnishings, you’ll be tempted to stay in. The property offers so many amenities though, so you might want to spend the day bouncing between the rooftop pool’s panoramic perch and the courtyard pool…or nestling in a nook of the hotel’s library to read a novel… or sampling a unique spa treatment. Indulge in gourmet fare infused with international flavors at the on-site restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, for dinner. Later in the evening, you can expect entertainment ranging from live jazz to poetry readings. Dogs are welcome, too, and Ocean Drive is the perfect spot to take them for a walk. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Breakwater Hotel on South Beach

Hotel Breakwater: An Iconic Facade

You may immediately recognize this historic hotel for its cheerful yellow-and-blue facade that’s often seen in photos and videos touting Ocean Drive. Choose from a variety of chic rooms and suites spread across Hotel Breakwater’s two towers, including spacious, newly renovated penthouse suites with private pools. You can dip in the glass-enclosed plunge pool, explore the area on complimentary beach cruisers or zap calories at the 24-hour gym. For authentic Cuban cuisine, dine on the sweeping terrace of Havana 1957 and sip a refreshing mojito, the unofficial drink of South Beach. An extra bonus: guests have access to all the amenities of nearby Hotel Victor. 940 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Courtyard at the Cardozo Hotel

Hollywood History at the Cardozo Hotel

The Cardozo Hotel has been featured in several Hollywood movies, including “The Birdcage,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Any Given Sunday” and “Marley & Me.” Owned by Miami music royalty Gloria and Emilio Estefan, this recently renovated gem dating back to 1939 now boasts a modern white motif sprinkled with furniture, art and accessories from the Estefans’ private homes. The King and double-double rooms and luxury suites have been completely redesigned with sparkling mother-of-pearl headboards, glossy cabinetry and bathrooms decked out in gold fixtures. If you want to splurge, reserve the opulent Penthouse Suite, which stretches across the entire length of the hotel’s top floor and offers sweeping views of Ocean Drive and the Atlantic. Start your day with breakfast at the Cardozo Cafe, and then cross the street to spend a sun-drenched day on the beach. 1300 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Clevelander Hotel poolscape at night

Party Poolside at the Clevelander Hotel

When you think of hotels on Ocean Drive, you probably think of the Clevelander, known for its party-centric vibes and street-side pool meant for dancing under the sun and stars. With plenty of open-air space, sun-seekers can spend the day at the legendary POOL+PATIO or escape to the C-Level Rooftop Terrace on the sixth floor for epic views and creative cocktails. Sports fans flock to Game On Sports Bar to catch big games on one of the 15 flatscreens. Keep an eye on all of the action with a pool-view room, or book one of the Rock Star Suites with beach and pool views and VIP service. 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Leslie Hotel facade

Low-Key at Leslie Hotel

If you’re looking for an intimate stay, this canary yellow-and-white boutique hotel built in 1937 is your match. With 35 rooms and three room styles that range from King to ocean suites, at the Leslie Hotel you’ll be treated to spa-like bathrooms, some with Jacuzzi tubs, as well as in-room mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy amenities like a business center meant for co-working, a gym with free weights and cardio machines, and a rooftop oasis fitted with a pool, hot tub, covered cabanas and beautiful views of the beach and ocean. Dine at the signature restaurant, La Trattoria, which offers street-side dining with a Mediterranean-style menu. 1244 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

The Local House: A Beloved Hideaway

Tucked away in the upscale South of Fifth neighborhood, away from the buzzy nightlife scene, The Local House is a boutique tropical oasis. Choose from 18 rooms, all draped in Zen-coastal hues with breezy private balconies and ocean or city views. Escape to the rooftop pool deck, zip off on complimentary bikes or share a meal at the hotel’s popular restaurant, known for its happy hour specials and decadent brunch that draws a local crowd. 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Hilton Bentley South Beach

Sunny Fun at Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach

Call this longtime hotel in the quiet South of Fifth neighborhood your beachfront paradise – plush suites and all. Lounge at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach’s pool and sundeck, snag a chair and umbrella on the beach, or spend the day being pampered with treatments ranging from massages to manicures at Spa 101. Enjoy Greek cuisine at on-site restaurant Santorini by Georgios, which serves authentic Mediterranean dishes. Stroll to nearby South Pointe Park to watch the sunset or play in its many green spaces along the waterfront. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Oceanview pool at Hotel Victor

Dreamy Days at Hotel Victor South Beach

Beach, pool or spa? You can have it all at Hotel Victor, a celebrated Art Deco hotel that feels like a tropical beach house offering a mix of relaxation and revelry. Choose your pleasure: Spend your days at the rooftop pool, which is dotted with private cabanas overlooking Ocean Drive and the beach. Retreat to K’Alma Spa, a hidden sanctuary for pampering spa treatments. Unwind at the new Oceanview Terrace, which is fitted with plenty of seating meant for soaking up those ocean views. This boutique hotel features a vast selection of rooms with sleek wooden floors and beachy-chic decor, along with two spacious penthouse suites boasting private terraces with hot tubs. 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

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