By Nick Jurkowski
Nothing represents the quintessence of Miami quite as well as Miami Beach. The throngs of bikini-clad beach-goers (most of whom are strategically placed by the Miami Beach Board of Tourism), the glitzy nightclubs, and the constant excitement â€“ what could better represent Southern Florida? As I have already talked about South Beach, I will spend this post discussing the rest of Miami Beach. It shall not disappoint.
Replete with (surprise, surprise) beaches and shops for entertainment during the day, at night, Miami Beach becomes the benchmark to which nightlife destinations around the world are compared. The only drawback is that you can’t take the Metrorail system to the island, so you’ll probably need a designated driver, cab-fare, or a limo reservation (a place like Millenium Limo would be good to look up) in order to safely get to and from Miami Beach.
While there are fantastic bars, restaurants, and nightclubs on Miami Beach, one of the most unique parts of this island are the near constant special events that are always happening. If you find yourself in Florida in early March, be sure to check out the Winter Party Festival. It’s a week long event that starts the first of March, and is filled with events, celebrity DJs, and huge beach parties. Also on the docket for early March, the Miami Beach Oscar Night America 2006. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while watching the Oscars, with all the proceeds going to charity. The cocktails and hors d’oeuvres should be good anyway.
As far as fun “anytime” destinations, you might like the Crobar for drinks and dancing. Celebrities like Harrison Ford, of all people, can often be seen frequenting this dance Mecca that features huge, sweeping architecture and strikingly stylish dÃ©cor. Playing dance music of every stripe, Crobar is not to be missed by those who want to experience the true nightlife of Miami Beach.
I hope this is enough to get you started on Miami Beach. Happy travels, and happy eating/drinking/dancing/debauchery.