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7 Incredible Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami

Many visitors come to Miami just to visit South Beach, which is arguably Miami‘s most famous beach. There’s so much to do in this district besides sunbathing on the beach. Lined with pastel-colored Art Deco buildings, South Beach is also known for its thriving visual arts scene, an eclectic mix of world-class cuisine, and its glitz and glam. Besides having multiple renowned beaches, you can also discover the origins of the Art Deco movement, find Cuban influences on almost every corner, and experience the most vibrant parties found in Miami, day or night.

Hotels in South Beach are often outrageously expensive and they tend to all look the same. Instead, consider renting an Airbnb in South Beach as they provide many more amenities at a decent price, with perks like pristine pools and panoramic rooftops. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends, a family trip, or a wild bachelor/bachelorette party, South Beach offers some of the most impressive and extravagant Airbnbs in the country.

To help you choose the perfect vacation rental for your trip, we’ve hand-selected the 7 most incredible Airbnbs in South Beach so that your trip is unforgettable!

Top 10 Things to do in Miami

Best South Beach Miami Airbnbs, Vacation Homes, & Rentals

A visit to South Beach is one of the best things to do in Florida; perhaps in the entire country. In South Beach, you’ll find no end of entertainment – from delicious restaurants, cool Art Deco architecture, stunning beaches, and incredible nightlife.

  1. You’ll feel as if you stepped foot in Spain when you visit Espanola Way. It’s full of Spanish colonial architecture, alfresco eateries, and open-air sidewalk cafes.
  2. Visit the striking Miami Beach Botanical Garden. This often underrated attraction features a koi pond, calming water fountains, a Japanese garden, an edible garden, and a waterfront promenade. Plus the admission is free!
  3. Discover where the locals eat, learn all about the Art Deco architecture, and discover the history of the city on a local food tour. 
  4. If you need a day off from the sun, visit the Oolite Arts Center which features the work of local artists. They also offer classes in drawing, photography, printmaking, and more.
  5. Explore South Beach’s most southernmost tip at South Pointe Park. This local favorite has plenty of green space for picnics and sunset strolls. The park also has walking trails, a playground, a splash park, and lots of places to grab a bite to eat and people watch. 
  6. Unbeknownst to many, Miami is home to a historic Italian estate called the Vizcaya.  You can walk around this lovely natural setting to enjoy the lush gardens and waterfront views. Be sure to check out the art exhibits and the different events held weekly like the moonlight garden tours and film screenings.
  7. Escape the heat with a frozen cocktail from Wet Willie’s! You can choose from an endless array of flavors and enjoy views of the beach boulevard from the open rooftop.
  8. Admire the modern art at The Bass with its wide assortment of contemporary art collections, public art displays, and sculpture garden.
  9. A visit to the Art Deco District Welcome Center is an absolute must! This area has more than 700 Art Deco buildings all within one square mile and can be explored on a self-guided walking tour.
  10. Visit the Miami Design District to enjoy the public art that is scattered throughout the area including an impressive geodesic dome called the Fly’s Eye Dome. It’s also home to The Institute of Contemporary Art which features cutting-edge artwork. 
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Why Stay in an Airbnb in South Beach

Why Stay in an Airbnb in South Beach, Miami

Miami Beach is known for its cool Art Deco Hotels, but there are also advantages to staying in an Airbnb. There is a wide variety of unique Airbnbs in South Beach so you can pick a vacation rental that suits your preferences. Whether you prefer to stay in a stylish villa, an impressive penthouse, or a lavish apartment, South Beach has an Airbnb for every taste and budget.

If you are traveling in a group, it’s much more cost-effective to split the cost of a single vacation rental among everyone in your group. If you opt for a hotel, you’ll find yourself paying a premium for multiple rooms, especially at the pricey oceanfront hotels found in South Beach.

Finally, one of the greatest perks of staying at Airbnb is the ability to connect with a local. Many hosts offer recommendations about the best bars, attractions, and restaurants in the area and are happy to offer you advice about what to check out. 

The 7 Best Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami

Best for Couples and Solo Travelers

1. Cute & Affordable Loft, Perfect Base for Exploring SoBe

Best Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami: Ultra Chic Loft
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This clean, simple, and affordable 1-bedroom loft puts you near some of South Beach’s best attractions. Located in the South of 5th neighborhood, this modern South Beach Airbnb is located just a few blocks from the beach and has lots of features to make your stay more comfortable. It’s perfect for a couple or solo traveler that wants a private space to come home to.

The living room and kitchen area of this South Beach Airbnb have beautiful wooden floors, exposed bricks, and modern lighting. Follow the staircase to get to the bedroom loft area which has lots of windows to keep the space light and bright. There’s also a sofa bed upstairs if you need additional space for extra guests

Downstairs, you’ll find a simple but well-stocked kitchen for making meals at home This home-away-from-home has 1.5 bathrooms and a washer and dryer for your convenience. An Airbnb in South Beach at such an affordable price is such a rare find, especially one that is this clean and cozy!

2. Chic & Modern 1-Bedroom Penthouse

Best South Beach Airbnbs & Vacation Rentals in Miami: Top Penthouse
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This beautiful 1-bedroom penthouse apartment features hip contemporary furnishings, splashes of elegant decor, and a superior view. Guests can enjoy the enticing rooftop, a shared swimming pool, and a 24-hour receptionist. It’s definitely one of the best Airbnbs in all of South Beach!

The living room is beautifully decorated and features a flat-screen tv, a sofa bed, a marble dining table with chairs, Bluetooth speakers, and a balcony with great views of the city, especially at night. There’s a small kitchenette with a portable induction cooktop for reheating leftovers, a coffee machine, and a fridge. 

This Airbnb is located in the heart of South Beach, so it’s an easy 5-minute walk to the beach. You can also easily reach the shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road and the famous Ocean Drive – both are just a 5-minute walk away. Out front, there is also a bike rental shop so you can rent a bike and cruise around town!

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3. Adorable 1-Bedroom Just Steps from Espanola Way

Best Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami: Chic Apartment
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Situated in the heart of South Beach, this stylish 1-bedroom apartment is perfect for a weekend getaway. Located in an Art-Deco building just 2 blocks from the best beaches of Miami Beach and just half a block from the famous Espanola Way area, you’ll be in the heart of the action!

Unwind in the small shared pool which is surrounded by tropical plants or rent a bicycle to explore the other areas nearby. The location of this South Beach Airbnb is brilliant! Ocean Road, Lincoln Road, and other neighborhoods are within walking distance so it’s easy to enjoy nearby bars, restaurants, and shops.

Inside you’ll find a cute place that is also a great value if you are traveling with friends or children. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed with a memory foam mattress so you’re sure to get a relaxing night’s sleep. You’ll surely appreciate having 2 full-size bathrooms and a crib is available if needed.

The kitchen is fully stocked with every gadget you’ll need to make a meal at home. The host also thoughtfully provides some basic beach necessities like camp chairs, a cooler, beach towels, and sunscreen for you to use at the beach! This South Beach Airbnb has such an  ideal location that you’re sure to be out and about the majority of the time!

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Best for Small Groups and Families

4. Family-Friendly Apartment just Steps from the Beach

Best South Beach Airbnbs & Vacation Rentals in Miami: Ocean Drive Penthouse
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The best part of this South Beach Airbnb is gazing out at the ocean on your own private rooftop terrace! This 2-bedroom oceanfront penthouse features modern furnishings, beachy decor, and TV ready for your streaming accounts.

A lovely view of the tranquil bay from the rooftop provides a great backdrop for outdoor relaxing. It’s colorful and festive and features a dining table for 6, an outdoor breakfast bar, and a cabana bed.

The home is extremely well maintained, impeccably clean, and has everything you could need such as toiletries, kitchen supplies, and extra linens. There are two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with 2 bunk beds, so it’s perfect to accommodate a small group, family, or bachelor and bachelorette parties. 

This fun tropical-themed South Beach Airbnb has Florida-esque wallpaper with flamingos, palm trees, and jungle prints. Both bedrooms have blackout shades for sleeping in and there’s a travel crib, a pull-out sofa, and a high chair available for families.

This Airbnb in South Beach is as close to the beach as you can get! But you’ll still have plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. It’s in an unbelievable location for those that want to soak in as much sun as possible!

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Best for Large Groups and Events

5. Orchid House: Secluded, Luxurious South Beach Villa

Best Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami: Orchid House
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Located only one block from Ocean Drive with its pastel Art Deco buildings, this luxurious vacation home is unlike other Airbnbs in South Beach. Nicknamed the “Orchid House“, this 5-bedroom villa was built in 1931 and more closely resembles a villa in Italy than a Miami Beach house.

The inner courtyards, arched doorways, and hedges for privacy keep the sights and sounds of South Beach at bay. And the tropical garden and potted plants throughout the property adds to the villa’s natural splendor.

This beautiful South Beach Airbnb is perfect for a large group or family that wants to experience Miami in comfort while being just a few blocks away from the beach. Guests will have access to a Greek-inspired pool, a private courtyard, a full-size pool table, and a theater room to watch movies. 

Bathed in lots of sunlight, tastefully decorated, and super spacious so every member of your group or family has a private area to retreat to, this is definitely one of the best Airbnbs in South Beach! Unique touches in the home include marble countertops, a sophisticated bathroom decorated with wood panels, a unique spiral staircase, and a private balcony just add to the exceptional quality of this beautiful vacation rental. 

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6. Elegant 5-Bedroom Mediterranean-Inspired Villa

Best Airbnbs in South Beach, Miami: Mediterranean Villa
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If you want to experience a high-end luxury Airbnb, you’ll want to check out this 5-bedroom Mediterranean-style villa in South Beach. This incredible home can sleep up to 16 people and has a spacious dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, and 4 full-sized bathrooms. You’ll also have access to a patio BBQ area and a rooftop terrace with bed lounge chairs for sunning yourself

This 2-story villa has over 3,000-square-feet and features 5 spacious bedroom suites and over 9 beds of all sizes, including one sofa bed that folds out if needed. A travel crib is also available upon request, which is great for families. Throughout this spectacular home, you’ll find exposed open wood beam vaulted ceilings with beautiful skylights.

The best part of staying in this South Beach Airbnb is that you’ll be walking distance from almost everything you may need -two blocks from Lincoln Road Mall where you can find a lot of restaurants and shopping and the beach is less than a mile away. There is a free trolley service that goes by the house every fifteen minutes which loops around South Beach for added convenience!

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7. Posh, Contemporary Spanish Villa with Jacuzzi

Best South Beach Airbnbs & Vacation Rentals in Miami: Spanish Villa
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This Spanish-style villa in South Beach was designed to impress as every room in the house is opulent and luxurious. The main house has 4 bedrooms there is also a separate 2-bedroom cottage outside so you’ll have room for up to 10 guests. Each bedroom is grand and over-the-top and there’s even a children’s themed room for your little ones. 

This South Beach Airbnb also boasts a huge backyard that is great for entertaining with a small sand area for kids and pergola with casual seating. You can also take advantage of the ping pong table, cabanas, hammocks, BBQ area, and 8-person dining area. The brand new jacuzzi even comes outfitted with its own Bluetooth, WiFi, and LED lights!

This is the perfect Airbnb for a family or larger group that wants privacy while remaining in close proximity to the center of South Beach. This home is in a residential neighborhood and within walking distance to Lincoln Road, the beach, and many restaurants and shops. This is truly a spectacular Airbnb that is just steps from everything South Beach has to offer!

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That’s it – 7 of the best Airbnbs in South Beach! Do you have a favorite Miami Airbnb? Let us know about it in the comments below.


About the Author:

  • Nick Wheatley

    Nick took his first solo trip abroad to Ireland and Scotland when he was just 19. Since then he has visited over 70 countries around the world (plus 45 states in the USA).

    He coupled his passion for travel photography with Val’s passion for writing and thus Wandering Wheatleys was born. He now lives in Asheville with his two rambunctious kids, Humphrey and Wilhelminha.

    Besides photography, Nick loves eating the weirdest food he can find in a country (sheep’s brain currently sits in first place) and making Val get up an hour before sunrise to make sure he gets “the good light”.

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