What happens in Miami Beach stays in Miami Beach!

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Live Music Concert, Miami Beach

Live Music Concert, Miami Beach

I bet you all have heard of crazy Miami parties which are live 24/7. It is true that when you are there, you indeed have a feeling that the whole world has gathered in the same place to have a collective experience. Once you are there it’s really common to feel like a part of the high-class world, along with all the celebrities around you. I spent 3 months in Miami Beach and had a chance to see some sports players, singers and actors chilling in a hotel pool or having a cocktail in some of the rooftops.

Party Time, Night Club, Miami Beach

Party Time, Night Club, Miami Beach

Please remember, if you are going to Miami Beach, remember to learn some Spanish! Besides English, the Spanish language is spoken on regular basis and you can hear it everywhere. You will not find many Americans in Miami Beach though, there is a lot of people from all over South America and that is why your Spanish can help you a lot.

Crowded Miami Beach

Crowded Miami Beach

Actually, I was a witness of filming process for one music video in the most famous street in Miami Beach, Ocean Drive. In the high season and especially in the Spring break during April the whole world full of young college students come to enjoy the Miami Beach.

The streets are crowded and it is almost impossible to get anywhere by car and bus run late by couple of hours as well, so many a people stay in South Beach and prefer to simply walk. On the streets of South Beach you can hear blaring music all night long (and all day long). Streets are crowded with people dancing, buying and drinking alcohol, enjoying parties on the pools and clubs. TV reporters are often seen in those parties but also on the streets trying to catch someone who is willing to share with them their impression about these Miami Beach parties. Yes, it’s like in the movies! 

Beautiful Lighthouse on the Coast, Miami Beach

Beautiful Lighthouse on the Coast, Miami Beach

Is Ocean Drive really that amazing?

Ocean Drive is the most famous street in Miami Beach and it is the place but where you will find all the clubs, cabarets, strip clubs, restaurants, rooftop clubs etc. The energy is great and it should definitely be a life experience seeing all this chaos with your own eyes, but the Ocean Drive itself…well, I will be subjective as I’ve experienced far better clubs in Greek islands.

Miami City Skyline

Miami City Skyline

Anyway, all I can assure you that the Miami Beach you saw in the movies is the same Miami Beach will see with your own eyes – cars with open roofs, hip-hop music, fashionable girls dancing all around, drunk groups of young people screaming and so on. If you like being a part of such atmosphere, you should definitely check it!

Not that pleasant part is related to prices and hospitality. Unfortunately, usually servers do not have their own salary, but their salary is your tip (as it is usually in the US). That means that hosts and servers are more than happy when you sit in their club. They are trying to sell you as much as they can and you found out the real price at the end of the night when you don’t have any choice but to pay everything you ordered. Usually they are offering you a happy hour and great prices but in the end, it turns out this hour was not that “happy”. For example, you can be charged even 50 dollars for one cocktail. Pricey, isn’t it?

Vizcaya, Miami

Vizcaya, Miami

As I mentioned, Ocean Drive is the same as in the movies which apply to safety as well. It’s not that rare to see tourists with guns but sometimes you can be a witness to some shooting as well. A house of Gianni Versace is a big attraction in Miami Beach, but this is also the place where he has been murdered. In his house is now one of the most famous boutiques of Ocean Drive – which is one of the most popular streets in the world.

Is Ocean Drive the only party you can find in Miami Beach?

Definitely not, but the rest of the parties are much calmer. In Miami is all about the party and you can also find clubs around the whole city, not just in Ocean Drive, although, they are not that popular, neither that pricey. There is Lincoln road, the main street in Miami Beach with a bunch of restaurants but also famous world-class shops. People are usually going there with their families, having some shoots and cocktails, sometimes dancing with a music, having a dinner and then going home or to some “real Miami” party.

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

Rooftops outside of Ocean Drive are sometimes closed for private parties and if they are not then they are usually calm without much noise. There is also one Latino street called Espanola Way. If you are in love with Europe, that street will be your favorite – it looks the most as European because of all the live music and taverns.

What about the Miami Beach itself? Is the weather that awesome the whole year?

Palm Treest, Evening at Miami Beach

Palm Treest, Evening at Miami Beach

If you are going to Miami Beach, don’t even try to go during the summer. The weather is unbearable, humidity is high and even people who live there are going from Miami in this time. You will not find anyone there.

The best time to go is in December and January, the temperature in the ocean is great, just warm enough to go for a long swim. But weather is unpredictable and it is possible that in half an hour it can turn from hot weather to showers, so you never know if it might rain while you are sunbathing on the beach.

What about you? How do you imagine Miami Beach? If you have you ever been in Miami Beach tell us your story and tell us where was your best party?

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