Most visitors to Miami head to the southern Florida city to bask in the sun, relax on the beach, visit national parks, and enjoy daytime activities like kayaking or evening activities like dinners and drinks overlooking the ocean.
However, Miami is a pretty big city with a population of nearly 500,000 in the city limits and 6 million living in the vicinity. So depending on where you stay, you may find that your home rental looks out on office buildings or grocery stores, rather than the Atlantic Ocean.
Fortunately, the solution is simple: book one of these eight awesome rentals near the shore. Booking an Airbnb in Miami Beach means you can walk to the city’s most popular beachside restaurants and nightclubs. It also means you’re never more than a few minutes from a place to relax on the sand. And since Miami Beach is only about one mile wide, even less-expensive apartments often have beach views.
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But on that note, know that Miami Beach is expensive — even studio or one-bedroom apartments will likely be in the $200s at the lowest. But hey, it’s Miami — no one expected it to be cheap. Every Airbnb in Miami Beach below is listed in order from least to most expensive starting nightly rate, so scroll to the bottom if you’re looking for a sprawling penthouse.
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- Bedrooms: studio
- Sleeps: 2
- Rates from: $122/night
If you’re a duo traveling together who doesn’t want to pay sky-high prices for a Miami Beach hotel, this studio Airbnb in Miami Beach will be an excellent pick. It’s in North Beach, just a few miles up from the South Beach area (where you’ll find the city’s famous Art Deco buildings and trendy beach clubs). That makes it a bit quieter and a bit more affordable. The cute studio starts at what you’d expect to pay for an average motel room, but you’ll get a roomy space with a kitchenette, a patio, and access to a rooftop pool and large terrace.
It’s new to Airbnb, which is probably why the price is low (for now). We wouldn’t be surprised to see the price go up soon.
Casa Grande Apartment
- Bedrooms: 1
- Sleeps: 4
- Rates from: $180/night
If you need an affordable, cute Airbnb in Miami Beach for four in the city’s trendy Art Deco area, your search is over. The Casa Grande apartment sleeps four, is just a one-minute walk to the beach, and has a large outdoor patio with room for everyone to relax. Reviewers mention that it was very clean and tidy, that the available point person was helpful and quick to respond to any requests, and the location is in the middle of the hip part of the city but still quiet at night. What’s not to like?
Oceanfront Condo with Balcony
- Bedrooms: 1
- Sleeps: 4
- Rates from: $237/night
This one-bedroom oceanfront condo is one of the best Airbnbs in Miami Beach for families or groups of friends who would rather spend their money on activities than lodging. The condo has one bedroom with a queen bed, plus a couch and a pull-out sleeper in the living room. It’s simple, clean, and modern, with a small private outdoor area and use of the rooftop pool. It’s near Ocean Drive, which means it’s within walking distance of bars, restaurants, and nightlife, plus public transportation.
- Bedrooms: 1
- Sleeps: 6
- Rates from: $333/night
This highly rated Airbnb happens to be part of a hotel: Hotel 1. Well, it’s technically part of the condo building that shares the lot with Hotel 1, but both buildings are luxurious — and guests of this Airbnb in Miami Beach get to use all the pools available at Hotel 1, including a 30,000-square-foot pool with a bar and rentable cabanas. The photos of the unit aren’t the prettiest, but rest assured, you’ll have a large kitchen, a roomy bedroom with two queen beds, and a common space with a pull-out sofa bed. There’s also a balcony with an outdoor dining table.
This rental includes perks like valet parking, and it’s walkable to the main restaurant strip on South Beach (and the beach itself, of course). It sleeps six, but it may be more comfortable for four, especially if you don’t want two couples sharing a room. Note that there’s a seven-night booking minimum.
- Bedrooms: 2
- Sleeps: 4
- Rates from: $1,209/night
There’s no denying that this luxurious listing in the Setai Hotel is certainly very, very expensive. But if you’re cool with a splurge, you’ll get possibly the most breathtaking views in Miami Beach — and you’ll get them all to yourself. The beachfront apartment’s living room has floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering views of the Atlantic Ocean no matter where you’re sitting, and both bedrooms also have drool-worthy ocean views.
Since this is inside a luxury hotel, booking this Miami Beach Airbnb also gets you access to the hotel’s amenities, including direct beach access, three gorgeous infinity pools, a lobby that looks like it was pulled directly from a Balinese palace, and easy access to multiple restaurants, bars, and shops.
- Bedrooms: 4
- Sleeps: 15
- Rates from: $1,300/night
This rental is an absolutely enormous five-story townhouse with enough space to fit a huge group, making it a great pick for bachelorette or bachelor parties. It covers 5,500 square feet and is just a quick walk from the beach, which probably explains why it’s also one of the pricier Airbnbs in Miami Beach. The bedrooms are enormous, as is the fancy and modern kitchen. There’s plenty of room to spread out, even in the rooms that have multiple beds — they’re much larger than your average hotel guest rooms.
The only real downside is that the awesome rooftop with an outdoor pool is shared with one other townhouse unit. But if the worst thing about this rental is that you may have to occasionally share your roomy rooftop pool, that’s a pretty sweet deal. You can always head to your private sauna if it gets too crowded.
Unique Mini Mansion
- Bedrooms: 4
- Sleeps: 8
- Rates from: $1,300/night
The “unique mini mansion” may be the best Airbnb in Miami Beach for groups of friends, like bachelor or bachelorette parties, especially since one room has bunk beds. Unlike the other rentals on this list, it’s a home rather than an apartment. It has a private pool, an outdoor grill and dining area, and a projector so you can watch movies on a 12-foot screen.
But the best part of this home is that it’s filled with everyone you need for a good time. That includes a billiards table and 1980’s arcade games, plus cabinets and shelves packed with toys and quirky local art. Private homes are hard to find in Miami Beach — especially homes as fun as this — so if you want your own space for a big group, this is it.
W South Beach 804
- Bedrooms: 3
- Sleeps: 8
- Rates from: $1,318/night
If you love the amenities and luxury that come with staying in hotels, you may like this pick at the W Hotel. It blends cozy and high-end, with whitewashed walls slightly reminiscent of a Key West bungalow but private patios with ocean views that definitely scream “luxury Miami.”
This rental has three bedrooms, one of which has two twin beds. That makes it convenient for groups of friends traveling together as couples can get shared rooms while single folks get their own beds, too. The owners can arrange services ahead of time like chef services, housekeeping, and airport transfers, and guests enjoy access to the hotel’s outdoor pools, too.
Where is Miami Beach?
Miami Beach is a barrier island off the coast of Miami, Florida. It’s part of the city of Miami and is a popular place to stay for visitors coming to enjoy the island’s white sand, vibrant nightlife, busy boardwalk, and abundance of warm-weather recreation. Most of the Airbnbs in Miami Beach are condos or apartments, but you will find the occasional townhouse.
The most well-known area of Miami Beach is South Beach, famous for its beachside Art-Deco style buildings. Any time is a good time to go, though it can get hit by hurricanes and storms in August, September, and October.
How far is West Palm Beach from Miami Beach?
The distance between West Palm Beach and Miami Beach is approximately 68 miles on I-95, and it usually takes about 90 minutes. West Palm Beach is north of Miami, close to Boca Raton. It’s also a popular beach destination and has a thriving arts and cultural scene, with several museums, galleries, and performing arts venues in a small radius. Visitors can explore the Norton Museum of Art, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, or the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, and it works as a day trip or an add-on to a trip to Miami Beach.
What to do in Miami Beach
The name kind of gives it away: when it comes to what to do in Miami Beach, the beach is an obvious choice — but that’s hardly it.
One popular spot is the Art Deco Historic District, which has more than 800 historic buildings in the city’s iconic Art Deco architectural style. For a taste of local culture, head to the Little Havana neighborhood for Cuban food and live music, or head to the clubs on Ocean Drive or the rooftop bars for stunning views of the city and a thriving late-night social scene.
You can also take any number of fascinating city tours, like the Miami City and Boat Tour. It travels through the city’s neighborhoods by bus, then takes an ocean cruise to see the skyline from the water. You can also take walking tours of the Art Deco Historic District or eat at any number of fabulous Latin restaurants.
In metropolitan Miami, you can visit must-see sights like Coral Castle or Vizcaya Gardens, or take a day trip to the Bahamas, or view alligators at Everglades National Park. There’s enough to fill quite a few trips to the area without ever seeing or doing the same thing twice.