Miami Washington Avenue
To experience the energy, art deco architecture, and top-notch nightlife in Miami Beach, visitors shouldn't miss Miami's Washington Avenue. This bustling stretch is the place to eat, sip cocktails, and shop. Running from City Center through the Art Deco District, you can head here to enjoy the best of Miami, without planning a thing.
Miami Washington Avenue is the unofficial main street of Miami Beach. This thoroughfare offers a bit of everything: you can find boutiques, bars, clubs, and restaurants. The avenue ends at South Pointe Park, which has a jogging path, fishing pier, and excellent views from Downtown Miami to Fisher Island. Plan to explore on foot, and pair a visit to Lummus Park—to lounge at the beach—or opt for a duck boat tour to enjoy waterfront sightseeing.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shoppers shouldn't miss Washington and nearby Collins Avenues to find designer retailers, plus Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian-only shopping enclave.
- Washington Avenue is a great place to enjoy a meal—international cuisine abounds here, from Peruvian and Mexican eateries to top-notch Cuban restaurants.
- Music fans can check the calendar at Washington Avenue's music venue, The Fillmore Miami Beach.
How to Get There
Though it's best to enjoy a stroll along Washington Avenue, the most convenient way to get around quickly is with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tours typically include a stop in South Beach, and offer easy access to must-see neighborhoods like Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Downtown Miami. You can also take the 103 bus, which services South Beach via Washington Avenue. Check the Miami Dade Metrobus website for up-to-date schedules.
When to Get There
Since Miami is known for its pleasant weather, there's really no bad time to visit Washington Avenue. Stop by during the day for shopping or visit in the evening to enjoy a meal. If you're looking to party, you can sneak in an afternoon nap to recharge before arriving late on a Friday or Saturday night to take advantage of the South Beach nightlife at Cameo or Mango's Tropical Cafe.
Where to See the Best Architecture in Miami Beach
Architecture fans find a plethora of standout art deco and Mediteranian revival buildings here. Many are located in the Art Deco Historic District. Highlights include two buildings on Washington Avenue, including the Moorish-influenced Temple Emanu-El synagogue as well the neighborhood Post Office, built in the 1930s. Enthusiasts that want to learn more can stop by the Art Deco Museum or book one of the Miami Design Preservation League's guided tours.
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