In North Miami Beach a rental car or taxi is a necessity, but the story is different in South Beach. One can walk along Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue. There is even Lincoln Road, a street designed to walk, which has been converted into an outdoor mall. It is home to many restaurants, several night clubs, stores and movie theaters within its ten block span.
Taxis abound in South Beach (which is generally defied as the entire part of Miami Beach located below Dade Blvd. and 23rd Street), but a fun and much cheaper way to see it all is to ride the South Beach Local bus service.
South Beach Local
With stops every few blocks (look for the colorful “Local” signs on the sidewalk along the route), and service running every 10 to 15 minutes throughout each day, the South Beach Local makes getting around South Beach a breeze. Geared mainly toward visitors, the Local’s buses are newer, air-conditioned, clean and safe. The friendly drivers are quite helpful and seem to be very willing to assist riders in finding the stop closest to their destination or to offer other travel related information.
The South Beach or as the locals call it SOBE travels along a circuit beginning and terminating at the “new” Publix located at 20th Street and West Ave. The circuit runs as follows: south along West Ave. continuing south onto Alton Rd. at 6th Street until South Pointe Drive (at the southernmost tip of the peninsula) then turning north on Washington Ave until 17th Street where the bus makes its way back toward the “new” Publix via Meridian Ave. and Dade Blvd. Buses run simultaneously in each direction and do occasionally get bogged down in Washington St. traffic. Do not be surprised if you see two buses traveling southbound in the time it takes for one bus, traveling north, to show up.
Monday through Saturday service is available between 7:45 am and 1:00 am. Sunday service begins at 10:00 am and ceases at 1:00 am. The fare is $0.25, which is considerably less than regular Miami-Dade Metrobus service at $1.50.
Metrobus service can also be used throughout all of Miami Beach, Miami and the rest of the County. More information about public transportation within Miami Beach or Miami-Dade County can be found at http://www.miamidade.gov/transit. The best value for travelers staying a week or so is the Traveler Passport ($26) which is good for seven days and is available at the Clay Hotel on Espanola Way and other locations. You can buy online and have the pass mailed to you. The buses, downtown light rail and the elevated train were excellent and frequent. There is a Night Owl bus that will bring you back to Miami Beach easily and you will feel very free with the Passport to go anywhere once you are ready for a change from the beach or pool. Coral Gables, Villa Vizcaya, Bayside Marketplace, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Little Haiti, Little Nicaragua, etc. etc. – all easy with one transfer from South Beach.
Miami Hop-on Hop-off
It’s great way to visit the city, you can visit Downtown, Miami Beach, the Design District, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and more for only $39.
These are hard to find in Miami beach or South Beach because most people would rent a car from Miami International Airport so a few companies in Miami Beach are Sixt Rent a Car, Thrifty, Alamo, MB Car Rental, and a few others.
Self-service bike rental system in Miami Beach with 100 claimed stations where you can rent or return a bicycle.
30-minute access pass $4.00
1 hour access pass $6.00
2 hour access pass $10.00
4 hour access pass $18.00
1 day access pass $24.00
If you go past your rental terms
Each additional 30 minutes $4.00
Map of stations: http://citibikemiami.com/station-map