Miami’s South beach (SoBe) is a great place to visit for the young, old and anyone in between. There are so many things to see and do that you’ll wish you had left more “empty” time in your schedule to just sit by the pool or on the beach.
Although there are many expensive South Beach hotels you could choose, there are hotels for the budget-minded, and you might be surprised at the prices available if you travel either side of the busy season. If you travel from May to September, you are going to find fewer people and lower prices on hotels as well as restaurants.
The prices quoted change frequently and give you a basic idea of average prices in May.
The Big Names–Not So Inexpensive
Fountainbleau is located at 4401 Collins Ave–right on SoBe and offers more than 1500 rooms. Prices start at $329 for a May visit in this extraordinary hotel.
Gansevoot South is a luxurious hotel located at 2377 Collins Ave, again, right on the beach. Rates begin at $325 for a stay in May.
OK, so you don’t have that much money…
Reality–Lodging YOU Can Afford
For under $100 a night, here’s what you get:
*Collins Ave is right across the street from SoBe
The Continental Oceanfront (1825 Collins Ave) (800) 555-7555 (online reservations at: www.continentalhotelsouthbeach.com/bookit.asp) $74/night
Beach Place Hotel (8601 Harding Ave) (305) 866-3215 www.beachplacehotel.com $79/night
The Chesterfield (855 Collins Ave) (305) 531-5831 $77/night
The Kent (1131 Collins Ave) (305) 604-5068 www.thekenthotel.com $89/night
Ocean Surf (7436 Ocean Terrace) (305) 866-1648 $65/night (one of the very few hotels on the beach)
Hawaii Hotel (7430 Ocean Terrace) (305) 861-3440 $65/night (also on the beach)
Bay Breeze Hotel (6600 Colline Ave) (800) 385-8893 $59 to 69/night
Many of these rates were “online” rates through sites like trav.com or priceline.com, as of 2009.
There is hostel-type lodging available at the following:
AAE Lombardy Hotel & Hostel (6300 Collins Road)
Miami Beach International Traveler’s Hostel (9th Street)
Jazz on South Beach (321 Collins Ave)
Reservations for these hostels should be made through www.hostel.com and rates are as low as $15 per night.