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Visiting South Beach is easier than ever with some new, budget-friendly transportation options that will have you out of the airport and basking in the sun in no time! While images of celebrities and socialites cavorting in the surf give the city a posh reputation, a number of dedicated discount transit services make Miami Beach a truly affordable family destination. Discover the Airport Flyer, the South Beach Local Shuttle Service, Swoop Miami and the new Miami Beach Deco Bike Sharing System.

Bentley Hotel, South Beach
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Beach at the Delano Hotel, Miami

Beach at the Delano Hotel, Miami

Living in South Florida definitely has its advantages, and mid-70 degree temperatures all winter long definitely tops the list. While our summer months can be extremely hot and muggy, most families enjoy sleeping with the windows wide open and spending every available moment from Thanksgiving through Mother’s Day outdoors. If you’re visiting Miami Beach this season and want to join the locals at some truly unique outdoor activities, here are a few you’ll find fun, free and fabulous!

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Cleavlander Hotel bar

Cleavlander Hotel bar

February may be frosty all across the country, but Miami sports fans are feeling the Heat at these popular local pubs where the beer flows and fans in flip flops cheer for their favorite teams. Our All-Star review will have you perfectly situated for the NBA finals and the upcoming March Madness!

NBA All-Star Weekend  kicked off Friday, February 18, and the SuperFriends LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh began lending their talents to the Eastern Conference roster. Fans who can not make the trip to Los Angeles can watch the dunk contests, skills challenges, and Sunday’s big game at these South Beach sports bars:

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Jeff McInnis from Season 5 of Top Chef recently opened his own restaurant, gigi, in Miami's Wynwood Arts District.

Miami’s culinary scene is punctuated by a number of big name chefs who appear on BravoTV’s Top Chef, the FoodTV Network’s Iron Chef America and at the annual autograph hunt that is the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. And now, a number of younger chefs who perfected their craft supporting the stars are branching out on their own at storefront Asian eateries from Midtown Miami to Surfside.

This is extremely good news for foodies who find themselves stranded in a city where Thai/Sushi is considered a cuisine. Chef Joshua Marcus left BLTSteak at the Betsy Hotel to open Surfside’s Chow Down Grill, a tiny spot serving Chinese and Vietnamese-inspired dishes utilizing fresh local ingredients. Following a stint at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Chef Richard Hales opened Sakaya Kitchen, a fast-casual organic restaurant with Korean, Filipino and Chinese recipes he’s collected from friends and family members.

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The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is home to one of Miami's best ice cream parlors

When Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984, it seems he had sun-drenched summer afternoons on South Beach in mind. And while July sadly slipped away too quickly, you’ll be happy to know that you can still enjoy these top ice cream spots all summer long.

1. The Loews Hotel has long enjoyed a reputation as a kid-friendly resort with SoBe Kids Camp poolside activities, Nintendo Wii game consoles, and a teen hideaway done up in Pottery Barn brights. That’s why the latest addition of a nifty 1950s-styled ice cream bar called SoBe Scoops makes it that much cooler for guests looking to beat the heat and celebrate the season. Executive Pastry Chef Renee Contee is creating whimsical custom flavors daily and filling out the menu with a limited selection of hand-crafted Graeter’s of Cincinatti options and plain old Häagen-Dazs as well. The shop also spins up fresh cotton candy, cookies, and sweet treats from 11am until 11pm. 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

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Jungle Island hosts a 3 day long Easter egg hunt

Easter Sunday in Miami Beach is always a party. If you’re traveling with your family for the holiday, here’s what to do:

Brunch: The traditional Sunday brunch gets a gourmet update at South Florida restaurants, including Hakkasan’s tender steamed dumplings at the Fontainebleau Resort, Nemo’s whole roast suckling pig, and Sakaya Kitchen’s kimchee scrambled eggs. Just be sure to make reservations well in advance. Read More »

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Why not bring the pets along for the ride?

South Beach bodies just seem to be more tan and toned than anywhere else in South Florida. To help you discover how these beach bunnies stay so fit, tag along on the Community Bike Ride and the First Friday Skate and tour the city like a  native. Participation is free, equipment rental is reasonably-priced, and the chance to make new friends on Miami Beach is priceless! Read More »

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Plenty of wardrobe options in South Beach

Some people spend the weeks before they travel putting together all the best looks for their vacation destination. Others wait until they arrive to collect local treasures that make their holiday wardrobes just right. Whether you fly with full suitcases or stuff them when you get here, great resort shopping is definitely part of a perfect South Beach adventure. Read More »

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The spa in The Standard Miami

Visiting Miami Beach on a recessionista’s budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a relaxing soak or a rejuvenating steam at the city’s top spas. While most of the smaller Art Deco properties lack certain upscale amenities, a chance to check out the most luxurious spas, pools, and fitness facilities is a lot less money than you might imagine. Dress smart, look the part, and chill with the rich and famous at these three posh destinations. Read More »

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Grass Restaurant & Lounge in Miami's Design District

The Miami Design District is all business by day, but glamorous by night. Originally populated by trade-only furniture showrooms, the district now welcomes hordes of interested art and design fans to its fashion, home furnishings, and beauty salons and tempts local foodies with some of the town’s best restaurants.

On the second Saturday of every month, Art + Design night attracts the who’s who of local hipsters who trek from showroom to gallery, sipping, snacking and celebrating Miami’s emerging contemporary art scene. Here is a quick primer to the top toques. Read More »

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