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Top 5 Places To Go In South Beach

Updated on December 14, 2007

I've been going to Miami Beach every year since I was about 15 years old. I make it a point to vacation there at least once every 2-3 years. I wouldn't say I'm a Miami expert, but having visited there A LOT, these are the top five places that I'd recommend visiting:

1. The Townhouse

I like to think of the "Townhouse" as Miami's best kept secret. It's actually a hotel and is located on the corner of 20th and Collins (which is the next street over to Ocean Drive). Although it's a hotel, they have an outdoor rooftop bar that overlooks the entire city. The best part is that the rooftop is filled with red waterbeds that have red umbrellas over them and lots of little tables to place your drinks on. It's definitely a classy place to grab a drink or two before heading out on the town. It's even better if you're looking for a romantic place to hang out and grab a drink with your significant other.

2. Oriente

Oriente is a new restaurant located under the Cardoza Hotel on Ocean Dr. Let me tell you, I've been to every restaurant on Ocean Dr. at one time or another, but this is by far by the best place I've eaten. It's more of an Asian type restaurant but the prices are very reasonable and the food is amazing. I got a Chicken and Vegetable Pad Thai dish and it was great. It's fairly new so I don't know how many reviews are out there about it, but trust me, you won't be disappointed.

3. Club Perl

I will say, I'm usually not impressed by dance clubs with loud music and fancy dress attire, but Club Perl is a great time. It's located on Ocean Drive upstairs from the famous "Nikki "Beach" but I'm surprised that Perl doesn't get as much hype as Nikki Beach does. Sure, it's nice to sit on beds on the beach and drink, but Perl is just as cool. When you walk in, there's lots of fancy bubbly lights, white couches and glass tables (very modern). There's also dance floors and outside patios. I believe it was actually on the movie "The Fast and the Furious 2" if I'm not mistaken.

4. Mango's

Then of course, there's the infamous "Mango's Tropical Café" located on Ocean Drive. This is definitely a tourist's favorite place to go, and by far my favorite place. For those of you who haven't been there, the waitresses do synchronized dancing to Reggae music on the bar wearing very sexy tight animal skin patterned clothing. It's basically like the movie "Coyote Ugly" but with less clothes and a Reggae theme. They also have a very large drink menu (lots of flavored martinis, margaritas and mojitos) and the food is good too. I'd recommend Mango's for those of you who are up for a night filled with dancing and fruity drinks. And yes ladies, the guys dance on the bar too!

5. Wet Willy's

Wet Willy's is also on Ocean Drive and famous for their enormous selection of frozen drinks. They have over 20 different frozen drink machines to choose from. It's kind of like going to 711, but this time, all the Slurpees have alcohol in them! See why I like this place? Even better yet, they actually give you tall plasic glasses that you can take with you if you want to venture across the street to beach and have a cocktail while you tan.

(On a side note, right next door to Wet Willy's is the News Café, which has great food and is not only open 24 hours, but serves breakfast 24 hours a day also. I can't even count the number of times I've went there for an omelet at 3am!)


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      rb101182 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      No, Ocean Drive is great. Any hotel on either Ocean Dr, Collins Ave or Washington (the next streets over) are good because they're walking distance to Ocean Dr. if they're near 8th St. so you wont need a car.

      Washington St is where the clubby techno places are, Collins is where the shopping is, and Ocean Dr is the best spot. Nikki Beach and Pearl are on the corner of ocean and 1st, wet willies, news cafe and mangos are on the corner of ocean and 8th and the clevelander is on the corner of ocean and 10th I believe. Just walk the strip on ocean, you'll find tons of places.

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      Carole 9 years ago

      Hey, If you know the area, maybe you can help me. i would like to go in Miami between Xmas and Janv 09. Two single girls, 34. We want to be in a nice place but not trashy, go out (thanks for Perl review), restaurants, normal prices, shopping, lots of people but safe and local people around too not just tourists. Close to beach if possible if its warm enough. I heard lots of bad reviews on what Ocean drive had become. your opinion?

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      lepskin 10 years ago

      i want to go to Mangos someday...but how bout Cali first!