MIAMI BEACH: Cheap Hotels in Miami Beach
Miami Beach is a small island in Florida that is connected to Miami by numerous bridges. Although not established until 1915, Miami Beach has since grown into a popular beach resort full of tourist attractions including a number of cheap hotels.
When to visit based on priceIf looking for the best rates for your visit to Miami Beach, Florida, you should concentrate on the time between months of June and September.
Key attractionsOne of the key attractions in Miami is South Miami Beach, where you can spend the day being one of the beach beauties showing off your tan, muscled body, or just watching them. This is where the “beautiful people” visit for sun and fun. You can have a wonderful time enjoying the water, some volleyball, or walking the boardwalk. When it’s time for a break, there are many excellent restaurants along the waterfront, as well as outside bars.
Take a stroll along Ocean Drive, where you can still view many of the Art Deco buildings made famous back in the 1920’s. Be amazed how they look like they never changed, and one could expect Marilyn Monroe to step out of the front door into her awaiting limo.
Having funFun in Miami Beach is all about the water, sand, sun and fun. This is party central, with non-stop bar activities all night long. However, if you are looking for something different, or a break from the party, there are some interesting and famous places to visit in the area.
A visit to the Miami Zoo is a great way to cool off and get some exercise walking around the many exhibits.
Why not take a “Big Bus Tour” with the Miami Hop – Off Tours. You get to choose one of two, 1-½ hour loop tours, and check out landmarks, and attractions. Another tour offered is actually a combo of land and water sights.
Take a lesson and get “onboard” with the fastest growing water sport, Paddleboarding”. You can rent your paddleboard by the hour, half-day or day, and after only a few minutes are paddling the calm waters.
ShoppingProbably the best place to shop mall wise in Miami Beach is the Stores at Lincoln Mall. Here you will find ARMANI, Adidas, French Connection, and Victoria’s Secret, Gap and Banana Republic and more.
Of course, the small boutique shops down on the beach and boardwalk are what’s Miami Beach is all about.
NearbyWhen one thinks of Southern Florida, one must think of the mystique of the Florida Everglades, with snakes, crocks and panthers, right? So why wouldn’t you want to adventure out of your comfort zone, and go on a boat tour in the famous Florida Everglades. Remember, when the guide tells you to keep your hands in the boat, its time to listen up.
Florida is also home to many wild monkeys, and one place to enjoy them in a safe environment, is to visit Monkey Jungle and the Jungle Island. If you or your parents were ever here years ago, Parrot Jungle is now Jungle Island. This is where you can visit with some of the exotic animals and birds native to Florida. It’s also a great place to take outstanding “selfie’s” with parrots and monkeys. One helpful hint, don’t let that parrot sit on your head to long, the results could be messy, but a great portrait.
Why not take a drive down the Florida Keys, either to one of the first Keys, or all the way to the end, where you can sip a cocktail at Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite bar. If you scuba dive, or want to learn, this is your chance, because there’s some excellent diving and wreck diving on the keys.
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Eden RocWhat Guests Like Escape from the world of the busy lifestyle, and check into this luxury hotel with ocean views that transfer you to nirvana. Whether hanging around the gorgeous pool or walking a few steps further onto the ocean sands, prepare to relax. Rooms are very comfortable and well appointed, with air-conditioning, cable telev......ViewRooms from$249.00
The Park Central HotelWhat Guests Like From the moment of arrival, you realize that this hotel is special, from the beautiful from with its street front restaurant, to the shinny marble grand interior. The rooms and suites are modern and well appointed with LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, pillowtop beds and so much more for your comfort. Look out ......ViewRooms from$449.00
Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Beach NorthWhat Guests Like The onsite bar and restaurant are favorites of many visitors, although they’re a bit unique in the way they’re set up. Many guests thoroughly enjoy the full service spa that is offered. The spa is complete with a sauna, spa tub, and steam room. For entertainment, there is an outdoor swimming pool and pool......ViewRooms from$119.00
Days Inn and SuitesWhat Guests Like You can easily get lost in the glitz and glamour of monster hotels and the high cost of staying in them. Your stay at the Days Inn and Suites brings you back to the way Miami Beach felt back in the old days. The rooms are well appointed with air-conditioning, microwaves and refrigerators. There’s an on-site bar......ViewRooms from$77.00
Hilton Cabana Miami BeachWhat Guests Like There’s really not too many things that that guests don’t like about this hotel. Along with being one of the most beautiful ocean fronts in the US, the look of the hotel itself is incredibly visually appealing. The pool area is simple, yet modern and unique, and leads directly onto a beautiful private bea......ViewRooms from$159.00
The Beacon Hotel South BeachWhat Guests Like Being located directly on South Beach Florida’s Ocean Drive puts you right in the middle of everything. After checking into this stylish “Art Deco” hotel and entering one of the 75 air-conditioned rooms, you’ll soon feel quite at home. After putting down your travel bag, pop open the mini-bar ......ViewRooms from$143.00
The Penguin HotelWhat Guests Like The prime location on Ocean Drive puts you right in the middle of everything, step from the white sands and tropical waters, shopping, restaurants and arts. This is one of the “art deco” hotels in Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District. Each of its 43 unique rooms has been individually decorated and has r......ViewRooms from$230.00
Miami Beach ResortWhat Guests Like The location on Mid Beach Miami Beach offers you stunning waterfront views on either side of the hotel.Just a few steps out the hotel lobby will put you directly on the white sands of Miami Beach. Being located near Indian Beach Park, Mount Sinai Medical Center also has its advantages to some. After a busy day or nig......ViewRooms from$159.00
Hawaii HotelWhat Guests Like The Hawaii Hotel is a quaint hotel located in the North Beach area of Miami Beach. It’s location near the Concord Shopping Plaza and Bar Harbour Shops Is so convenient. Your comfort in your room is almost guaranteed, with a good night sleep awaits you with pillowtop beds and Egyptian cotton sheets. Complimenta......ViewRooms from$82.00
Design Suites at Castle BeachWhat Guests Like There’s nothing quite like a room with a view of the brilliant blue waters of Miami Beach. Looking out first thing in the morning and realizing where you are, and your expectations for the upcoming day are thrilling. Your air-conditioned room with its mini-bar, kitchenette and refrigerator offer you the conven......ViewRooms from$141.00
The Anglers Miami South Beach, a Kimpton HotelWhat Guests Like The comfort provided by the Anglers Hotel makes you believe you never left home. From the well-appointed air-conditioned rooms, featuring microwaves, wireless Internet and iPod docking stations you know you’re in a class hotel. Add to that down comforters, pillowtop beds and Frette Italian sheets and slumber la......ViewRooms from$269.00
The Deauville Beach ResortWhat Guests Like The Deauville Beach Resort is just what the name suggests, a beach resort. Located right on the beach this landmark hotel offers you all the amenities you might need to never leave the resort. With it’s beautiful 700 feet of pink beaches, turquois waters, oceanfront-heated pool you can relax your days away. Ref......ViewRooms from$87.00
Catalina Hotel and Beach ClubWhat Guests Like Staying at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club is like a scene from “Back to the Future”, because you find yourself in the atmosphere of the 1950’s. From the buildings to the grounds and décor, this retro style hotel is just full of charm. That’s not to say that you will be relaxing in st......ViewRooms from$68.00
President HotelWhat Guests Like If you appreciate the Art Deco of the 1940’s and 50’s, and are looking for a comfortable hotel right in the middle of Miami Beach, the President Hotel will satisfy your needs. Located in the Art Deco District you will get to choose from one of the 64 uniquely decorated hotel rooms. Close by is the Wolfson......ViewRooms from$68.00
Hotel ChelseaWhat Guests Like Staying in the Hotel Chelsea can take you back to a time when hotels offered warmth and class. You can still see the attention to detail if the hotel, the artwork, woodwork as well as outside lounging areas. It’s close proximity to area attractions including the Art Deco Museum and Welcome Center and the Wolfso......ViewRooms from$78.00
Loews Miami Beach HotelWhat Guests Like If you have never stayed in a Loews hotel before, prepare yourself for a treat. Known for excellence and location, the Loews Miami Beach should exceed your every expectation. Guests love the fact that stepping right out of the door they are on Miami Beach. Rooms have breathtaking views of the turquois waters of the A......ViewRooms from$249.00
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Local expert's tips
Hot Tips from Miami Beach Locals to save money on your vacation
Try planning your vacation between say, the months of November and January, when the weather is still warm, but the beaches and restaurants aren’t as crowded.
Also, unless you are a film industry buff or wine and food critic, stay away from Miami Beach during the Wine and Food Festival and International Film Fest.
Quite possibly the best and cheapest Miami Beach vacations are had by those that spend most of their time on the beach. Whether you plant a towel and beach umbrella, rent a covered cabana or whatever, you’ll spend less overall money that way. People watching doesn’t cost you a dime, unless some husband objects to you’re “ogling” his wife. You can even pack a picnic lunch and eat on the beach, or walk up to the boardwalk and find a place to settle. Many restaurants on the boardwalk offer some great lunch deals too, and later in the day, there’s always cheap “happy hours”.
If you have your car or a rental, locals suggest parking at the 13th Street Garage just past Collins St., as the best and least expensive. Pretty much parking is tough and expensive around Miami Beach, so if possible, forget the wheels, unless they are bike or blade.
For cheap but tasty lunch suggestions, try Tapas & Tintos on Espanola Way, or Front Porch Café on Ocean Drive. If you want to pick up something to enjoy on the beach, head to La Sandwicheria on 14th Street because their takeout orders are fantastico.
If you’re dying for a slice of pizza, we also have the place for you called Pizza Rustica on Washington.
Finally, one of the best “hot tips” that locals will give you is that no matter what time of year it is when you visit, beware of the sun. If you are hitting the beach and waters all day, you’re going to get burnt. That is, unless you practice “safe sunning”! Make sure you bring the best suntan lotion money can buy, because in the end it will save you. And don’t forget to get one that stays on in the water! This is all especially important to those over 21, who plan to hit the bars for lunch. After a few shots of Tequila, we tend to forget about what the sun is doing to our bodies on the beach.
Adult’s end of summer fun in Miami Beach, Florida
If you’re looking for a little darker, “Casablanca” style bar then maybe you should head to 14th street and Mac’s Club Duce. This well known “dive bar” pushes cocktails 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where the happy hour starts every day at 8AM! It’s simply amazing that the Deuce has done so well for so long in the famous “Deco District” but it has, even getting publicity on Anthony Bourdain’s traveling booze show. No matter what time of day you walk through that front door, you just never know what celeb you will find cozying up to the bar.
Another classic nightclub you definitely should check out is Ocean Drives Mango’s Tropical Café. No, it’s not the same as the kiddies Rainforest Café; this place is all about adults getting it on. Salsa’s the name and the game in this joint, and everyone has rum on their minds, especially in the ever-popular Mojito. Word of caution, these bartenders have extremely heavy hands on that bottle of rum, and they know how to make a perfect Mojito, one that will have you up on the dance floor doing the salsa in no time.
Also on Ocean Drive, Wet Willies is just the kind of place that you know is going to be a blast when you get there. Two floors of jamming party crowds, where you can get your favorite rum or vodka in that cocktail, or even go for the grain alcohol if your brave enough. When it’s warm outside, Wet Willies has something for everyone, especially his or her smoothies with rum punch or maybe fresh fruit daiquiris. And to break up the long line of cocktails, you should definitely sample some of this bars tequila-soaked wings. Which will take you to the next level.
For those that can make it to the “After Hours” and are looking for a real Miami Beach experience you just have to check out the newest craze in clubs, Elleven.
Here you find a large mix of adult partygoers, from hipsters to culture after hour clubbers. Three levels of fun from the main dance floor and DJ to a rooftop lounge for a little more subdued excitement. For those looking to get a little more on the “wild side” of sexy, there’s dancers downstairs, but beware that level is at least R rated or better, but lots of fun.
Lets jump on the Miami Beach after hours “Cocktail Train”
The next “got to go” place is Monty’s where you can relax poolside, sipping cheap drinks and enjoying a perfect sunset. Monday-Friday between 4 and 8 PM all boozy cocktails are half price, and draft beers and wine take 30% off your tab. You’ll find excellent deals on bar food too, with all raw bar choices 30% off and shrimp & oysters for a buck.
Another fun casual place for evening “happy hour” fun is the Tongue & Cheek restaurant that has a daily happy hour from 4-8 PM every day. Grab a $5 beer on tap or fancy (or standard) cocktail for only $8. If you’re into wine during happy hour get a bottle for half price during the special hours. You can also enjoy some “small plate” dishes including oysters and corn dogs.
For the ambience of a sidewalk cafe while you enjoy a light snack and happy hour beverage, Balans on Lincoln Rd. is an excellent choice. Every day from 3 PM – 7 PM you can sit at an outside table and people watch while sipping your $7 cocktail, $3 beer or $5 glass of wine.
For a food and beverage smorgasbord, why not give the Orange Blossom on Collins Ave. a go? Every night from 5-7 PM enjoy everything from cocktails to appetizers for only $56. And here we are talking about specialties like Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Scallops, Mac & Cheese, Salmon Tartare and so much more. This is one happening place, so check it out while in town.
If some soft “Blues” will sooth your soul, and a quiet crowd relaxing to discount cocktails and free appetizers sounds fine , we have the place for you. The Blues Bar located in the National Hotel on Collins Ave. is your “go to” spot weekdays between 5-7 PM.
Finally and possibly the best experience you can have, would be happy hour in Cuba, but actually here on Miami Beach. We are talking about Havana 1957 on Lincoln Rd. Offering daily happy hour with good cocktail prices and authentic Cuban munchies you just can’t go wrong. And of course, where can you sip on the best Mojitos in Miami? Here of course.
The Allure of South Beach Miami
I step outside of the airport in Miami, Florida and in an instant I am introduced to the Latin sounds of Caribbean influenced music. The rhythm is in the air and the language that I begin to listen to is a different Spanish than I am accustomed to. Miami is a place all its own and I feel like I should have brushed up on my second language skills. The cab driver greets me with a cadence in his voice that I want to start a conversation immediately. I call out “Calle Ocho” in as close to what I believe is perfect Spanish and he drives off.
We begin to talk about Miami and my love for Cuban cuisine and he asks me about my favorite dishes. I rattle off as many as I can think of and the cab driver mentions a few of his own. By the time he drops me off at Versailles on Calle Ocho I am starving. In a few days I will eat Cuban sandwiches and Masas de Puerco at Puerto Sagua on Collins in South Beach and El Siboney in Key West. The food of South Florida is a small reason to visit considering the beaches, the wildlife and the nightlife.
A getaway to Miami is not complete without a late night in South Beach, a drive to the everglades and a visit to the Keys. Sure you’ll get your share of Cuban cuisine and culture on Calle Ocho but the Latin flavor as well as the Caribbean influence is everywhere.
3 Must Dos in South Florida That Cost Very Little Money
Art Deco Architecture in South Beach – There is no denying that you’ll see the beach in Miami and you should not miss it. The warm water and wide expanse of sand will call you to lounge for hours upon hours, but if you want a diversion, look no further than right behind you. The art deco revival that has occurred in South Beach is a magnificent way to do a little sightseeing in Miami without spending too much money. Walk along Ocean Ave. and you’ll be shooting so many pictures your eyes will be fuzzy and your memory cards will be full. The hotels and buildings in this area have been restored and most allow you to walk around the property. Check out some of the old pools and see a few of the hotel lobbies and catch a glimpse of old Miami.
Homestead and the Everglades – Head southeast of Miami and you’ll find Everglades National Park and more water and alligators than you ever thought you could encounter. Drive toward Homestead and look for the fruit stands or find an alligator park where you can go on an airboat ride. Prices vary in these part so do a little research but you can generally do most of the sightseeing in Everglades National Park area on your own and if you want a boat ride there are a few operators in the area offering the experience for reasonable prices.
The Florida Keys – Yes, you can drive all the way down to Key West in a day but I am thinking that you would not get enough out of the trip if it is a hurried excursion. Drive to Key Largo and see John Pennekamp State Park, find a place to swim near Mile Marker 88 and get to at least Seven Mile Bridge. Come to think of it if you get that far you might as well head al the way to El Siboney on Catherine in Key West and have some fried pork.
The sightseeing is free but the gas might drive your vacation costs up.