With entire blocks of hotels on Ocean Drive and nearly every other lodging in South Beach within a few blocks walking distance of the water, the question comes down to this: What is it you really need?
For instance, if you're a writer or other creative, and seek inspiration and community, you'd do no better than to book at few nights at the The Betsy Hotel. Known for its commitment to the humanities, you'll find everything from live music and open mic nights to a dedicated writer's room and a rotating art gallery.
But what if what you're really searching for is the ultimate in South Beach night life? Your best bet then would be to check in to the Shore Club South Beach, with a reputation for being all about the high-end party life. Between its multiple indoor-outdoor clubs and bars, and the world-famous Nobu restaurant on-site, it'll be surprising if you ever even make it to your room.
Then, of course, there are those who seek the kind of opulence most only dream of. For the vacationer whose taste in luxury knows no limits, we suggest a place like the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach or the The Setai Miami Beach. You'll find all your needs met, plus more pampering than you ever thought possible, at these grandiose hotels. Figure out what it is you're looking for in a hotel and then consult the full list below before making your reservation.