Before you head into the great outdoors and do something irresponsible, take a second and plan out your itinerary so you stay as heath-conscious as possible. While you might not be able to rage, you can still escape into some of South Florida’s funnest neighborhoods for a bit: like South Beach. Instead of bars and booming music, the beach is as quiet as ever, which means it’s a perfect destination for a fun-filled, socially-distant day with these less-crowded ideas:
Most of you will be heading to The Beach for, well, the beach. Keep in mind that crowds might still be possible, try to go more north along the sand so you can be safest. The list of great places to safely pick up beach necessities start with the beloved La Sandwicherie, for fresh, mouth-watering creations. If you’re leaning a little more Latin, a solid go-to Cuban spot would be Puerto Sagua, or pop into La Playa Market, a bodega-style joint boasting fresh deli and other foreign delicacies.
One of our favorite things to do is ride the stunning bike path along Miami Beach’s multiple corridors. We like to park up on North Beach (where the parking is actually possible), rent a Citi Bike, and head south all the way to 1st street. The ride is perfect for people watching, stopping to take a cool dip, and grabbing yummy bites along the way. Check out some of our favorite stops you can split into half there, half on the way back, here.
At ARTECHOUSE, guests can immerse themselves in innovative art exhibits like ‘Infinite Space’ by Refik Anadol while feeling assured that their health and safety is a top priority. Open Thursday-Monday from 2 pm – 9 pm, ARTECHOUSE’s adjusted hours and split sessions ensure sufficient time for cleaning and sanitation. The Wilzig Museum Building, home to the World Erotic Art Museum, has some of the most interesting exhibits on display from 30s/40s NYC photography to uncovered photos of The Rolling Stones. Being off the beaten path makes this more intimate museum a gem.
South Beach is home to multiple green spaces, each one more beautiful than the next. South Pointe Park is a great option for those looking into upping their fitness game, with tons of daily outdoor classes, walkways, and outdoor machines. Flamingo Park boasts plenty of space for games or feeling more isolated inside a residential area. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Park along Ocean is a perfect, smaller option off of the sand. And of course you can take your pick of any of Lummus Park‘s endless patches of shady grass. While WallCasts might not be happening, Soundscape Park is still as breathtaking as ever during the day.
Miami and the Beaches
With its worldwide popularity, there’s no surprise that some of our region’s best eats call Miami Beach home. If you want to go all out on takeaway comfort food, start with The Alley‘s delectable pizzas and homemade gelatos. Drunken Dragon is one of our all-time favorite spots in town, a Korean-forward joint with a worldly flare in every bite. Of course, no name is bigger than Joe’s Stone Crab, and Joe’s Takeaway is a perfect choice for some simmering fried chicken at a bargain. Craving Mexican eats? Bodega‘s menu offers an effortless balance between freshness and full-on binge. Top that off with an order or Night Owl Cookies and you’ll need to be carried home.
After such a serious feast you’ll need to do something to burn off those calories. If you didn’t have a bike to enjoy the bike path, walking it is just as fun. In fact, you can slide off into the many side streets and witness The Beach’s historical architecture and monuments for yourself. See the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings, take a picture of The Orb behind The Betsy Hotel, have a moment of silence at the Holocaust Memorial, walk along Collins Park and view the art installations outside The Bass. Walking too slow for you? Rollerblading is always an option.
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