Evoking a blend of French Riviera elegance, Copacabana Beach's frivolity and Waikiki Beach's stunning beauty, Miami's South Beach, or SoBe, is one of the world's most dynamic beach areas. From the fashionable, pastel Art Deco hotel venues in South Beach to the phenomenal nightclub and dining scene, this slice of Miami Beach, between 1st street and 17th street, is energizing for its style and exciting for celebrity sightings.
South Beach is located approximately 14 miles from Miami International Airport and is easily accessible via Highway 112 then Interstate 95.
Large groups gravitate to the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) located at 1901 Convention Center Drive just east of Meridian Avenue at 17th Street in the heart of the Art Deco district. Spanning four city blocks, the complex offers 1,000,000 square feet of Miami meeting and event space, 100,000 square feet of pre-function space and 70 meeting rooms; as well as 2,000 hotel rooms within walking distance. Major annual trade shows at MBCC include the Jewelers International Showcase (three times annually) and the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference/Expo.
Miami meeting hotels in South Beach include fully refurbished Art Deco style properties, small independent hotels and larger luxury properties with ample meeting space and amenities. Major meeting-oriented hotels on South Beach include the 790-room Loews Miami Beach, the 375-room Ritz-Carlton South Beach, the 334-room Gansevoort South Hotel, Spa & Residences, the 312-room W South Beach, the 232-room South Beach Marriott and the 251-room Palms Hotel & Spa.
Other Miami event venues in South Beach transcend the mundane and ordinary with an eclectic line-up that includes sizzling, chic nightclubs, private yachts, Art Deco hotels and unique restaurants. Group activities include guided walking tours of the Art Deco district, shopping at the upscale boutiques on Lincoln Road and attending dance, music and comedy performances at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road.
While swanky sushi bars, classic steak houses, and Euro-style bistros are par for the course in SoBe, other South Beach dining venues feature celebrated chefs, exotic cuisine and fashionable dining rooms. The highest concentrations of restaurants are located on Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and Espanola Way. Among the restaurants popular with groups are China Grill, Smith & Wollensky and Joe's Stone Crabs.
When groups need to let relax and recharge after a long day of intense meetings, South Beach has more than 50 nightclubs offering pulsating music, glitzy interiors and large dance floors. Many of the more popular clubs are located on Lincoln Road, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue.