Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Miami

Fri Feb 5, 2010 8:29am EST
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By Jane Sutton

MIAMI (Reuters Life!) - Subtropical Miami basks in the limelight of the Super Bowl football championship this weekend, showing off its sunny beaches and devotion to revelry.

The palm-fringed Art Deco hotels and glitzy Ocean Drive familiar from the movies and fashion magazines are actually across Biscayne Bay on the island of Miami Beach, so stay at a hotel in the South Beach neighborhood where a lot of the fun is an easy walk away.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge offer tips to help visitors get the most out of a short stay.


Noon - Slather on the sunscreen and go for a swim in the ocean. Stroll the white sand beach on the east side of Ocean Drive, and check out the goofily colored lifeguard stands.

2 p.m. - Walk the streets. Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue are lined with colorful Art Deco hotels housing patio cafes and boutiques. Learn more at the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive. Gawk at the ornate mansion where Italian designer Gianni Versace was murdered at 1116 Ocean Drive. Leer at the World Erotic Art Museum at 1205 Washington. When your feet give out, pay 25 cents and hop onto the South Beach Local bus, which circles the southern end of Miami Beach.

6 p.m. - Stroll through South Pointe Park at the tip of the island and go to Monty's South Beach overlooking the marina at 300 Alton Road. Sit at a picnic table under the thatched roof and watch the sun set over the Miami city skyline across the bay.

7:30 - Go to Joe's Stone Crab at 11 Washington Avenue for exquisite crustaceans and mustard sauce. If you don't want to bribe the maitre d', skip the long wait for a table by getting take-out.   Continued...

<p>Condominiums are seen in downtown Miami, Florida, October 15, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>