48 Hours: Famed Miami Beach provides hotbed of culture and entertainment

Posted October 17, 2017


Located just off the coast of downtown Miami, Miami Beach is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world. The area is primarily known for its eponymous beach, and the art deco structures that line it, but it is in fact a hotbed for South Florida culture and entertainment. Be it a screening at an independent movie theater, a stroll through an art gallery and or a meal at a local restaurant, Miami Beach has a lot to offer for any vacationer.


Noon: News Café
Start off by stopping at the News Café, a quiet dining establishment on South Beach. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this Ocean Drive restaurant offers an eclectic mix of dining options, ranging from a traditional breakfast of pancakes and sausage, to burgers, to pizzas, to ice cream. The place has a quiet, cozy atmosphere, perfect for an afternoon break from the sun. Diners can eat indoors or outside to see all the people moving along the famed street. And it’s a great introduction to the more laid-back atmosphere of Miami Beach.

2 p.m.: Ocean Drive
This iconic stretch of road, known for its historic art deco buildings and lovely ocean views, is a must see for every visit to Miami Beach. Elizabeth Germanotta, a South Florida native, has walked the road many times and says it never gets old. “The colors of the buildings at night, the smell of the ocean, it’s just so beautiful,” she said. The drive is also home to some of the most beloved restaurants and shops in Miami Beach, such as Fish of Avalon, and the Shoppes of Il Villaggio.

7 p.m.: O Cinema
For a little culture, one might check out the O Cinema. An independent movie theater that specializes in smaller films, as well as special screenings of classic films, O Cinema, has the look and feel of an old- time movie house, complete with a balcony. It has become a staple of the South Florida film scene. “I love how they always show old movies,” said Heather Strully, a South Beach native. “It’s just nice to see them on the big screen sometimes.”


10 a.m.: Lincoln Road
Located near Ocean Drive, this outdoor mall has a lot to offer the serious shopper. Between the big name shops such as Pandora, The Apple Store, and Banana Republic, to the beautiful archways, fountains, and plants, a stroll down Lincoln Road is certainly a unique experience. And it’s also good for a bite to eat, with restaurant such as Pizza Rustica and Balans Restaurant & Bar.

2 p.m.: South Pointe Park
Located just south of the main Ocean Drive strip, South Pointe Park is a lovely scenic location right next to the beach and along Government Cut. Guests visiting the park can explore the pier, have a picnic on the grass, or just walk along the canal and enjoy the water. And if you’re lucky, you might even see some of the magnificent cruise ships pass by, as they enter and leave the Port of Miami

7 p.m.: Books & Books
Another staple of South Florida, Books & Books is one of the most well-known independent bookstores in the Southeast. The story provides an intimate atmosphere to peruse the shelves of classic books and new releases. You could even grab a bite to eat at the outdoor café.


10 a.m.: Britto Central
Finish off your trip to Miami Beach with a trip to a South Florida Institution, Britto Central. Its dedicated to the work of artist Romero Britto. Britto Central is a lively art gallery, where guests have the opportunity to purchase prints of the artist’s work, or simply admire the colorful, strange work, that could’ve only come from South Florida.

If You Go

  • News Café
    Address: 800 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
    Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Ocean Drive
    Address: South Pointe Drive in South Beach, Miami Beach
    Hours Open 24 hours a day (individual business may vary)
  • O Cinema
    Address: 500 71st St., Miami Beach, Fla. 33141
    Hours: Varies, see show times on website for details
  • Lincoln Road
    Address: Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
    Hours: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • South Pointe Park
    Address: 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
    Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Books & Books
    Address: 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
    Hours: Open 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Britto Central
    Address: 1102 Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
    Hours: Open 10 a.m.–10 p.m.