Miami Journals

Weekend in South Beach

A December 2005 trip to Miami by GreenMermaid

Beach Plaza Hotel Photo, Miami Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: We sought a quieter side of trendy South Beach and found it!

Beach Plaza Hotel

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Hotel | "South Beach Plaza Hotel"

Beach Plaza Hotel Photo, Miami Beach, Florida
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I researched many South Beach "boutique" hotels before selecting this one for a quick weekend one-night getaway. I found that most so-called renovations usually comprised a coat of paint, some cheap new bathroom fixtures, and a trendy-looking lobby. Getting a better quality hotel experience meant jumping into a significantly higher price category. Since we were staying for one night for a weekend jaunt, I wanted inexpensive but cute. The South Beach Plaza Hotel really fit the bill.The chic lobby and friendly staff were a welcome first impression. Rich wine red was a theme there as well as in the rooms. We had made reservations at the partner South Beach Plaza Villas, but because ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 25, 2005

Beach Plaza Hotel
1401 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 531-6421

Larios On The Beach

Restaurant | "Larios"

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Skip the touristy and pricier restaurants on Ocean Drive that try to get you in the door with the promise of "half-price" entrees and try an authentically good place to eat.

One of Gloria Estafan's SoBe restaurants, Larios serves up reasonably priced Cuban food. Try the appetizer "pu-pu platter" for two, which has a great volume and variety of tasty Cuban favorites. We had meant to stop only for a snack, but were full enough to call it dinner.

You can eat outside al fresco on the street and watch the crowd go by, or inside at the fab bar and watch live music. Either way, try the mojitos -- yummy!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2005

Larios On The Beach
820 Ocean Drive
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 532-9577

New World Symphony

Attraction

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In a word: fabulous. This young orchestra (young meaning no member was over 28) is always a pleasure to watch, and its conductor as eloquent as he is innovative.

Right on the trendy Lincoln Road strip, if you drive, you can park in the public garage right behind the Lincoln Theatre. Restaurants (many alfresco) are plentiful along this strip to enjoy either pre- or post- performance.

Tickets can be obtained online or at the box office. Get there 1 hour early to try to get "rush" seats--you may score $100 seats for a mere $20.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2005

New World Symphony
541 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 673 3331; +1