This art-deco hotel has a rooftop pool terrace overlooking South Beach and the Atlantic, which is just two blocks away
Hotel at a Glance: Fairwind Hotel Miami
From the rooftop terrace of the Fairwind Hotel Miami, guests relaxing on lounge furniture gaze out at South Beach’s skyline and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A swimming pool steps away offers a refreshing escape from the heat.
- Distance from the beach: about two blocks
- Fresh air: Deluxe rooms have private balconies.
- Hotel history: The art-deco space dates back to 1936.
Miami’s South Beach: World-Famous Nightlife and Beaches
Just east of downtown Miami, on the barrier island that forms Miami Beach, you’ll find one of the world’s nightlife capitals: South Beach. The clubs along Ocean Drive are legendary for their boisterous, all-night blowouts—and for good reason. With all the rum-soaked mojitos, colorful neon, and celebrity sightings, it can feel like an endless party. Perhaps that’s why the area pops up so often in film and TV shows, including Burn Notice and The Birdcage.
The coast of South Beach is known as Lummus Park, which Frommer’s calls Miami’s “best beach for people-watching.” Head across the bay, to South Pointe Park or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, for quieter, more secluded shores.