Miami Beach, Florida, lies on an island off the east coast of Miami proper, and it has been one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. for decades. Miami Beach first became a town in 1915 and it seems to have been attracting tourists ever since, with its beautiful stretches of beaches, palm trees, and wonderful weather. There are plenty of great hotels in Miami Beach too—once you've checked in, you may never want to leave!
Miami International Airport is 12 miles to the west of town, and the No. 150 bus runs regularly from the Airport Metrorail Station to Miami Beach. You can also rent a car or hail a taxi at the airport terminal. If you don't hire some wheels straight away, but want to explore the area later, check out Miami Beach rental cars. The best-known and most popular district of Miami Beach is South Beach: In addition to the beach itself, you'll find some splendid architecture in the art deco-style Historic District, and indulge in retail therapy at the shops along Ocean Drive. The area is absolutely packed with accommodations, including many upmarket beachfront hotels. There are also plenty of cheap hotels in Miami Beach, so you'll have a great time no matter your budget. When you want to swap the white sand for some green grass, South Pointe Park at the tip of Miami Beach is a great place to chill out and take in the views of the Miami skyline. South Beach is party central, but to check out the rest of Miami's scene, head to the Wynwood or Downtown areas. Additionally, lots of Miami hotels have their own bars, often with live music or a DJ providing the entertainment.
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