Best Places for Photos in South Beach
During a visit to South Beach, whether on vacation or just venturing out for the afternoon, there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Strolling through Lummus Park, exploring Ocean Drive, and dining at one of the restaurants and outdoor cafes will prove picturesque. Here’s where to snap the best photos in South Beach.
Best South Beach Photography Spots
After soaking in the beauty of the beach and the colorful lifeguard towers, stroll over to Lummus Park. The towering palm trees are distinct and are the perfect backdrop to a tropical vibe photo. The curving, serpentine sidewalks are inspired by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s work at Copacabana Beach.
Best Restaurants and Bars in South Beach for Great Photos
Lunch at The Alley, a modern trattoria that is part of the beautiful The Betsy boutique hotel, is divine. But, even if you decide not to grab a delicious bite here, The Alley is definitely a place to visit for some great photo opportunities. First, the alley itself is picturesque and reminiscent of a quaint European village with decorative lighting. There is also a Poetry Rail and La Ventanita for cafecito. Second, you are sure to immediately notice the Orb. This architectural work of art is actually a connection from The Betsy Colonial style hotel to its second building, the Art Deco Carlton hotel. It’s just one of the wonderful ways The Betsy makes a distinct impression on Ocean Drive, and is the pedestrian connection to the other tourist corridors.
Just a few buildings over is Havana 1957, a family friendly restaurant that transports you back to Old Havana. You have got to see the interior of this place. A black and white checkered floor and rich red walls provide a background for vintage art, photographs of Celia Cruz and other celebs from back in the day.. Grab a mojito at the bar and strike an alluring pose as though you are a 1950s starlet.
On your way south on Ocean Drive to one of the most unmistakable destinations in South Beach, Mango’s Tropical Cafe you’ll pass a variety of restaurants and hotels, each with beautiful art deco facades and inviting outdoor cafes. You may want to stop in BiCE Cucina at the Cordoza hotel. Inside the lobby you will find a baby grand, retro bar with an orange glow and photos of Frank Sinatra from the 50’s movie set in Lummus Park. You may even catch a glimpse of Gloria and Emilio Estefan since its their place. At Larios, their other place, just take a step inside to see an amazing mosaic of Gloria. That’s a picture worth showing off. It’s a never ending photo journey as you run into the drag show at The Palace, voted top 10 brunch spots in the country. As you continue the stroll don’t miss the chance at a photo in front of The Clevelander. A top 10 sports bar in the country, snap a pic with the ESPN logo in the background just over the outdoor pool bar and neon ringed palm trees framing their signature sign.
Before you’ve even reached Mango’s Tropical Cafe you’ll know you’re nearby from the energy that pours out from this place. From the moment the doors open for lunch, until 5:00 in the morning, Mango’s offers non-stop entertainment and music. Everyone working is part of the show and happy to take photos with you. Inside every inch of the place is a work of art with the private rooms hosting original art by Humberto Benitez, Jude Papaloko Thegenus and Edouard Duval-Carrie. The costumes with feathers and ruffles are all photo (and video) worthy.
Best Photography Spots on Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive is lined with recognizable art deco hotels. Right in front of the Beacon Hotel is a good place to start. This is one of the most photographed spots, along with the historic Colony Hotel. Quite a few movies have included these two hotels in some of the scenes.
Also on Ocean Drive, is The Villa Casa Casuarina, the former residence of Gianni Versace. It is glamorous to say the least and one of the most photographed buildings in the United States. Channel your inner super model and show your glamorous side with the villa as your backdrop. The Avalon Hotel boasts a vintage classic yellow and white 1955 Oldsmobile ready for your close up.
Now that you’ve explored some of the flavors of South Beach, continue along Ocean Drive, to enjoy the iconic art deco hotels and buildings. These beautiful buildings are best photographed at dusk as the last of the day’s glowing pink sky is met with the neon lights of Ocean Drive.