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Practical Tips for Visiting SoBe for First-Time Overseas Visitors

February 20th, 2023 Explore Miami
Practical Tips for Visiting SoBe for First-Time Overseas Visitors

Visiting Miami Beach for the first time can be thrilling. However, such a unique place can be confusing for first-time visitors. To ensure you get the most out of your stay, we’ve compiled a helpful guide for those visiting from overseas. There’s a lot to explore throughout this island city, so let's dive right in so you can have the best trip possible to Miami Beach.

Check International and Local Travel Requirements

Check the USA’s entry requirements and restrictions (like presenting your passport, visa, and travel documents, whether you need to show proof of COVID vaccination, knowing what you can and can’t bring into the country, etc.). You’ll want to monitor Greater Miami and Miami Beach's latest updates, to see if there are any local requirements or mandates in place.

Create Your Miami Beach Packing List

Every reliable Miami packing list starts with a solid foundation: a comfortable pair of walking shoes and beach sandals, swimwear, sunglasses, a breathable daytime outfit, and perhaps something a little more bold for night (this is the place to wear your most glamorous and daring ensembles!). The rest depends on the activities you have planned, so you’ll need to pack accordingly. Check out this helpful Miami packing list from Florida Trip Tips for everything you need for your SoBe stay.

Plan for the Miami Beach Weather

Luckily, packing for a trip to Miami Beach is fairly easy, as temperatures typically vary from 65°F to 88°F over the course of the entire year. The movies have it right: it’s almost always sunny in Miami. Summer is hot and wet, with brief rain and thunderstorms being commonplace, while winter tends to be more comfortable and mostly clear. Check the weather ahead of your visit and plan (and pack) accordingly.


Book Your Miami Beach Hotel

The Sagamore Hotel is pleased to welcome you to the heart of Miami Beach. Only a short walk from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, The Sagamore Hotel puts you close to the action while providing an oceanside retreat only steps from the beach. Our boutique accommodations and Art Deco property provide all the comforts from back home, plus added conveniences like complimentary bike rentals, a 24/7 fitness center, beach loungers, butterfly cabanas, and more.

Enjoy 24-hour access to our groundbreaking art collection during your stay at The Sagamore Hotel, an iconic Miami Beach destination known for its unique collection of contemporary art, exciting programming, spacious suites, and prime location. Browse our special offers to find one that works for you.

Know How to Get to Miami Beach from the MIA Airport

After you land at Miami International Airport, you’ll need to get a ride across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach. Public transport like the Miami Beach Airport Express, taxis, rideshares, and rental cars from the MIA Rental Car Center at the airport are all excellent options. See more here and decide which is best for your travel plans.

Make your Miami Beach Bucket List

If it’s your first time to Miami Beach, the city’s popular sites are probably at the top of your list of things to see: first-time visitors like to hang out on the beach, explore Ocean Drive, Española Way, Collins Avenue, and the rest of the Art Deco District, and tour destinations like South Pointe and Lummus Park. The Sagamore covers all of these top attractions and more on our SoBe Travel Blog.

[Planning an extended stay? Here’s a Miami Itinerary]

There’s only one way to experience Miami Beach, and that’s in person. Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct and stay up-to-date with us by following the Sagamore Instagram for artsy inspiration, our latest acquisitions, specials, and happenings at Sagamore.


See what overseas guests are saying about us:

“…Sagamore did not disappoint. We had a poolside bungalow suite with a spectacular view of the ocean. The rooms were spacious and very well equipped...Access to the beach was perfect and a ten minute walk provided access to Ocean Drive...During our stay we were particularly impressed with the artworks on show…We'll be back.” - Steve and Mandy from Sunderland, England, TripAdvisor

“Great stay at The Sagamore as usual. I have been here three times already and it is always a great hotel with awesome rooms and good customer service. Above all, [service] at the pool bar is the best. Always available and efficient. It makes a difference in that hotel.” - Paolo P from Cassino, Italy, TripAdvisor

“I loved this hotel, the location, the people, the art, and the pool were wonderful. The staff met every expectation and more, they were constantly asking if we’re enjoying and made sure to help with whatever we needed! People are very helpful, courteous, great attitudes, great vibe.” - Denese Morrison from Cuba, TripAdvisor

“Best hotel in South Beach. There has got to be a reason why this hotel has so many 5 star reviews. Rooms are amazing (big and clean), amazing view for a reasonable price. And service is great. I cannot think of a better hotel in south beach for what you're paying.” - _aseal98 from Singapore, TripAdvisor

“Perfect hotel. Great atmosphere. Good food. The attention was spectacular, the pool and the beach clean, with towels and chairs. A great environment to enjoy with family. The rooms are spacious and very clean, the parking service is excellent, fast and safe. I will be back soon.” - Juan Diego A from Bogota, Colombia, TripAdvisor

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