While South Florida is an all-inclusive label for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, rarely do Miami residents travel north, nor do property owners in Palm Beach, Broward or even Martin and St. Lucie counties head south. There are few miles between each region, but they are worlds apart in culture, aesthetics and atmospheres.
Miami Beach is known for its unrivaled nightlife, monstrous residential towers, fusion of cultures and draw for tourists. The Palms Hotel & Spa is located in its midst, yet it’s entirely secluded from the chaos.
IF YOU GO
Stay: The Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; thepalmshotel.com
Where to eat: For Sunday brunch, have the French toast bread pudding on the patio at Essensia Restaurant + Lounge.
Where to drink: Cool off at Circa 39’s Wunderbar with its rum-focused drink menu. Circa 39 Hotel, 3900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; circa39.com/wunderbar
Where to explore: Rent a kayak or paddleboard at South Beach Kayak and venture along the bay just north of the Venetian Causeway; southbeachkayak.com