August 2016

Try It Out: South Beach Fishing

Looking for something different to do in South Beach? Well since you are in Florida, you might as well be outside on the water, right? And since Florida has some of the best fishing in the country, why not try it? Whether you’re an experienced angler or want to try it for the first time, there are many different fishing options available to you in the South Beach area. And you can fish year round in Miami!

Miami is actually a fisherman’s dream, because its surrounded by a diverse ecosystem that allows for the area to be filled with all sorts of fish, both for sport and eating.

Below are some different ways you can go experience some South Beach fishing:

South Beach Fishing Charters

Fishing charters are a great way to experience fishing with a captain out on the water. These charters guarantee you a higher chance of catching a fish, as well, since these fishermen know the best spots to find fish. There are many different types of charters to choose from, including half day or full day excursions and night fishing through Biscayne Bay’s flats. Smaller fishing charters are usually most expensive because you have more personalized attention with a group of under 10 people; there are other charters on larger vessels, that cost a lot less, but you’re fishing alongside 100 or so other people. Bait, tackle, and equipment are included in most fishing charter experiences. There are dozens of fishing charter captains in the Miami water, but here are a few to check out: Top Gun Fishing Charters, Outcast Sportsfishing, and Treasure Fleet.

Deep Sea Fishing in South Beach 

Looking to head out deeper into the ocean? Try deep sea fishing. You’ll be targeting bigger fish in the Gulf Stream on these trips in Biscayne Bay or Florida Bay. Deep sea fishing trips go after tuna, grouper, kingfish, amberjack, snapper, mahi-mahi, marlin, sailfish, and giant tuna. Some places to take a deep sea adventure with include: Miami Beach Fishing, The Reward Fleet, and Top Gun Charters.

South Beach Fishing from Land

If you prefer to bring your own rod and reel and fish from the coastline, the area has plenty of good spots for you to cast your line. Places include: South Pointe Park Pier, Haulover Inlet Jetty, Newport Fishing Pier, and Pelican Harbor Marina. At these places, you have the opportunity to catch yourself a snapper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and redfish.

Staying in South Beach

After a long day of fishing in South Beach, kick back your feet at a local hotel in the area. The Cavalier Hotel is in the heart of South Beach and is in close proximity to fishing locations. To book a room, contact the Cavalier at 305-673-1199 or click here.

Spend the Day on Espanola Way

Although South Beach isn’t that large section of Miami Beach, it surprisingly is full of plenty of places to explore and experience. One of these places: Espanola Way. Espanola Way is more than just a street in South Beach, it’s a charming area full of shops, restaurants, and bars – not to mention the gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture and hanging lights everywhere. So much is packed in this area, and it’s only two blocks long!

Espanola Way is just a few blocks off Ocean Drive and is a bit lighter on pedestrian traffic, so visitors can have more breathing room while the enjoy the walk and scenery of the buildings surrounding them. The area is quaint and picturesque filled with European-styled buildings.

The area looks like a historic Spanish village and was modeled after Mediterranean villages in Paris and Spain. The area was originally meant to be inhabited by the wealthy, but in the 1920s, rough times came and people like Al Capone were staying on the street and used the Clay Hotel for gambling. By the 1930s, the area become known for its rumba beat and street parties. However, by the 1970s, Espanola Way looked dilapidated. In the 1980s, the area received a facelift, along with the rest of Miami Beach. The Clay Hotel received a peach-colored paint job and was featured in several episodes of Miami Vice. Soon, the area caught the attention of Hollywood and appeared in films like Chains of Gold and The Birdcage, along with music videos and commercials.

Now, people walk down the street greeted by vendors selling flowers, handmade jewelry, clothing, and more.  The atmosphere is funky, vibrant, and fun. This area draws both locals and visitors.

In this area, you can find people working and visiting from all over the world, which really adds something special to the experience of the area. Some notable Espanola restaurants to check out, include: Tapas y Tintos, Nuvo Seafood and Pasta, Oh! Mexico, Havana 1959, Mojitos Lounge, Noir Ice Cream, and MYC Yogurt Café. Whether you want Mexican, seafood, Cuban, or a sweet treat, you’ll find something to eat on this street! As for the shopping, there are many little shops and boutiques where you can find unique items. Some stores include: Blanc Du Nil, Bia’s Jewelry, and Heart & Soul.

Stay Nearby Espanola Way

Espanola Way is nearby and within easy walking distance of the “iconic” South Beach that is found on Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. You can easily walk to and from this charming area to the beach, other stores, clubs, and hotels, like The Cavalier Hotel in the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive. After a day and night on Espanola Way, check into this historic hotel! To book a room, call 305-673-1199 or click here.