Where To Stay, Dine & Play On Ocean Drive

Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive

Pool at The Villa Casa Casuarina

Pool at The Villa Casa Casuarina

Roof Deck at The Betsy

Roof Deck at The Betsy

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By: Jennifer Agress

On dreamy Ocean Drive, iconic beach views, cafe-style dining and Art Deco architecture form the backdrop for your fun-filled day.

When travelers first think of Miami, no doubt the colorful image that comes to mind is Ocean Drive. Lined with quaint, pastel-hued Art Deco buildings and hotels, restaurants that spill out onto the streets, festive travelers, boutique beach shops and more, this oceanfront street is the place to go for a quiet cup of coffee, an oversized margarita and some excellent people-watching. It only makes sense that such a beautiful destination has served as the backdrop for some of Hollywood’s most iconic films and TV shows, like Scarface, The Birdcage, Miami Vice, Reno 911: Miami, Bad Boys, There’s Something About Mary, Dexter, Burn Notice, Magic City and Moonlight.

Want to check it out? Head straight to the ocean, between 1st and 15th streets, and start walking. There’s no telling what you’ll see!

The Clevelander
The Clevelander Hotel & Bar on Ocean Drive and 10th Street

Where to Stay

If there’s anything that stands out about Ocean Drive, it’s the boutique, Art Deco-style hotels. In fact, stroll along Ocean Drive and you’ll find tons of them! Starting at its most southern point, in Miami Beach’s stunning South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood, the Marriott Stanton South Beach is a deluxe oceanfront hotel with colorful rooms, expansive balconies, unbelievable views, a Starbucks, and for Mexican food-lovers, Lolo’s Surf Cantina.

Looking for a taste of over-the-top Miami? Book a room at The Villa Casa Casuarina and live in the lap of luxury in what once reigned as the Gianni Versace mansion. Today, you’ll find the best service, oversized Italian marble bathrooms, a gold-clad pool, a lavish rooftop lounge and private watering holes. Keep walking north, and you’ll stumble upon the Clevelander Hotel and the Hotel Breakwater South Beach, two spots that promise to keep the party going all night long. Finally, a must-stay spot is The Betsy Hotel. Directly facing the ocean, this enchanting hotel is known for its sparkling rooftop pool. The hotel is home to one of the top steak and seafood restaurants in South Beach, Laurent Tourondel’s LT Steak & Seafood.

For a complete list of places to stay around Ocean Drive, check out these South Beach hotel options.

Ceviche at A Fish Called Avalon
Enjoy ceviche at A Fish Called Avalon

Where to Dine

Lined with everything from sandwich shops and sidewalk eateries to romantic, star-studded restaurants looking right out at the sea, dining on Ocean Drive offers a little something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a fancy date night, try one of Ocean Drive’s more upscale options. A Fish Called Avalon fuses fresh seafood with five-star service and unbeatable oceanfront views, while Gianni’s at The Villa Casuarina promises an upscale Mediterranean meal like you’ve never had before. Within walking distance of Ocean Drive, don’t miss Joe’s Stone Crab and Smith & Wollensky. For a real treat, the modern steakhouse and popular celebrity hangout Prime 112 is known for its quality dry-aged beef, truffle lobster mac and cheese and Kobe beef sliders. Like most places on Ocean Drive, it offers A-list people watching.

For a comprehensive list of restaurants around Ocean Drive, check out these South Beach dining options.

Lummus Park
Kick back at Lummus Park

Where to Play

From history and art appreciation to clubbing until the early hours of the morning, there’s plenty to do on Ocean Drive. With a history dating back to the 1920s, get an up close look at the 800+ Art Deco architectural gems that put the area on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’re into history, the Art Deco District Welcome Center, which sits right on Ocean Drive, offers self-guided audio tours that tell you everything you need to know about Miami Beach’s Art Deco past. Just steps away, the LGBT Visitor Center, which is located in Old City Hall, sponsors a range of cultural events all year long designed to support the LGBTQ community.

Of course, if you just want to play, Ocean Drive has plenty to offer as well. Spend a day on the sand at Lummus Park, off the main strip of Ocean Drive. If you’re in the South of Fifth area, head to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Beach Park, where you can lay on the beach or take the kids to the playground. For a taste of the LGBT scene, head to the beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive (right across the street from Palace Restaurant and Bar and its ever-popular drag brunch).

At night you can go clubbing or bar-hopping up and down Ocean Drive, or combine the beach and club scene at Nikki Beach. For something very Miami, try your hand at Salsa dancing at Mango’s Tropical Cafe. As we mentioned, the Clevelander, one of Miami’s top party hotels, always promises a good time. Proof? It throws epic pool parties with top DJs and has nine bars, a C-Level Rooftop Terrace with private cabanas and waterfalls, the SPF4 Sun Deck, and a VIP terrace that keeps the party going all night long.

During the day, if you’re not at the beach you can go shopping. While Ocean Drive is mostly filled with tourist shops, funky boutiques and bikini shops, just a block over, Collins Avenue has all of the designer storefronts you need.

General Visitor Information

Your best bet for parking around Ocean Drive is in one of Miami Beach’s garages. They are located 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 all around, as far south as South Pointe Park and as far west as Alton Road. Metered street parking is available on some streets. Before parking, make sure you are not in a zone that is reserved for residents only. Public restrooms are located in Lummus Park, at 14th Street and Ocean Drive, and at 5th Street and Ocean Drive.

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