Getting Around South Beach
You finally made it to South Beach – THE beach you’ve heard about on TV and seen celebrities sunbathing on in the tabloids for as long as you can remember. Your vacation – filled with the best food, nightlife, entertainment and scenery – is about to begin. But, what’s the best way to get around South Beach? Don’t stress. Miami Beach has several transportation options, whether you just want to stay in the area or explore further into the city of Miami.
Here are the best ways to navigate the South Beach area:
Grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend. Viewing some art at a local museum with the family. Taking a bite into a delicious fish taco. South Beach is a walking city, and these experiences are all within your footsteps. U.S. News & World Report actually named walking to be the best way to get around South Beach, because the area is pedestrian-friendly. When booking a hotel, like at The Cavalier Hotel, one is within easy walking distance from the beach and the boardwalk, the Art Deco District, cafes, clothing stories, tattoo parlors and much more. Some of the popular, main streets to walk down are Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue.
Hop on a Bike
Do you want to get a little exercise in on your South Beach vacation? Biking is a great way to burn some extra calories in a fun way, while getting to farther destinations faster. People biking along the beach and boardwalk is a popular sight.
The Citi Bike (DecoBike) program is Miami’s bike sharing and rental system. These bikes can be found at nearly 100 docking stations in Miami Beach and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citi Bike offers hourly rentals and monthly options, ranging from $4 to $35. A few other bike rental shops in the area include: Bike and Roll Miami, Miami Beach Bicycle Center, South Florida Trikke, and Fritz’s Skate Bike & Surf. Bikes can be rented per hour, day or week and the prices run from $5 per hour to $350 per week. Some shops even offer Segways to ride as another mode of transportation.
Call a Taxi, Uber or Lyft
Want to venture out of the area? Or, do you want to enjoy a few drinks without worrying who will be the night’s designated driver? If so, then grabbing a car service is the best bet.
Taxis are easy to find in popular areas of the town and they are more frequently spotted at night. If you think you’ll need a taxi and one may not be in sight, here are a few local taxi companies that can pick you up: South Beach Taxi, 786-292-2470; Yellow Cab, 305-532-555; USA Taxi, 305- 897-3333. Taxi rates are $2.95 for the first 1/6 of a mile, $.85 for each additional 1/6 mile until one mile and $.40 for each 1/6 mile after that.
Uber and Lyft are popular car-hailing services that allow people to connect with a ride, whenever they need one, by using apps on their mobile devices. Both companies are popular in the Miami area and are often more affordable than cabs. To learn more, visit www.uber.com and www.lyft.com.
Jump on a Bus
Although not always the first mode of transportation to come to mind, the bus can bring you to a lot of different places in the area at a cheap rate. The Metrobus cost $2.25 per trip and travels downtown; however, the preferred bus, which most tourists use, is the South Beach Local (SoBe Local). The fare is $.25 per trip and it goes around the beach every 10 to 15 minutes. This bus stops frequently and is a scenic trip.
Drive Yourself Around
If you like to come and go as you please, or want to explore deeper into Miami, then driving a car may be the better option. Depending on where the car is parked, meter parking rates range from $1 per hour to $4 per hour. There are also several parking garages throughout the Beach. For more information on rates and places to park, visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/parking.
Time to Explore South Beach
Ready to venture out on the town? The Cavalier Hotel, located in the heart of South Beach, makes it easy for getting around South Beach from all the best spots, bike shops and bus stops. To book your stay at the Cavalier, call 305-673-1199 or visit here.