Your Perfect (Non-Touristy) Day in South Beach
We can barely deal with driving near Lincoln Road, let alone finding a parking spot and attempting to wade through the mobs of tourists. But what if you could avoid all that and still enjoy the best of South Beach? We’ve mapped out an itinerary that not only keeps you away from the worst of the crowds but is actually downright blissful.
Indulge in Brunch at Stubborn Seed
We know you’ve been to Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s new Miami Beach restaurant for dinner. But what about brunch? Trust us, you need to try the chai waffles, snickerdoodle cookies, buttermilk biscuits and pork belly ASAP. If you’re in South Beach during the week, try Bird & Bone inside the Confidante (it serves breakfast daily). The menu offers something for everyone, whether you’re craving sweet-potato pancakes, a fresh and light deviled kale salad or hot chicken with Florida honey and Zak the Baker bread.
Hang in South Beach’s South of Fifth Neighborhood
Just minutes away from tourist traps like Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood feels like a whole other world: charming and laid-back with minimal crowds and pristine beaches. Get bendy and work on your core strength with a Pilates class at JetSet (first-timers get $10 off their class). Then set up a beach towel at South Pointe Park, which is adjacent to First Street and Ocean Drive. It beats tanning near any of the larger hotels farther north and it’s your best bet for a more favorable locals-to-tourists ratio. Don’t forget to bring a book.
Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Afternoon at a Spa
It can be hard to justify the cost of a spa day—those eucalyptus steam rooms don’t come cheap. But when you’re surrounded by some of the best spas in the world, we say make an exception. Plus, July and August are Spa Months, which means majorly discounted treatments all summer long. We suggest a 30-minute Model Behavior facial ($195) at The Edition. It includes a fruit-acid cleanse, a vitamin C boost and a brightening oxygen spray guaranteed to keep your skin glowing for days. Or visit The Setai for a 60-minute Fresh Skin Ritual ($109), a facial massage with apricot oil, shea butter, bamboo powder and tea elixir. Though you may catch a few hotel guests on your way in, these spas are remarkably serene. They may even make you feel like you’re on vacation.
Dine in Sunset Harbour
This pocket of South Beach knows what it’s doing when it comes to eating and drinking. Though it’s a short walk from Lincoln Road, the area is refreshingly low-key and limited to mostly locals. (Phew.) Now onto the good stuff: Have a spicy tuna bowl with avocado at the recently opened Sunny Poke, run by Sushi Garage’s Sunny Oh. Stop by Panther Coffee for a French pour and a freshly baked cookie. Before you leave, head across the street to Stiltsville Fish Bar for a late happy hour or early dinner. We’ll take an order of citrus-crusted fried chicken along with some chilled watermelon and pickles, please.