We went early in the day and it was wonderful. It may become a party beach in the evening, but it was wonderful when we were there. The water was the clearest we have seen and my kids still beg to go back there because of that. They enjoyed watching fish and being able to see what else was in the water. We hope to go back one day...
South Beach is a vibrant beach,full of people and tourism at its best. It comes alive at night where you can hear the music from a mile away.It has plenty of restaurants and shops,so even if you just go for a stroll its definitely worth going. Plenty of hotels offer beach side accommodation in case you feel like staying. Downside is that its too rowdy for young children at night ,even during the day so it may not be a beach to take the kids. Bring your camera along always,you may pot a star or two!
When I think of South Beach, family friendly is not exactly what comes to mind. There are plenty of scantily dressed, young and very surgically enhanced women everywhere. The clubs and bars are very prominent as are the alcohol all over Miami Beach. Do yourself a favor and drive up to Ft Lauderdale beach or Palm Beach. It's just as nice and a little more family friendly.
I would not recommend taking the kids if you were to spend the evening here. There are lots of restaurants and clubs that just aren't appropriate for kids. The beach is ok. I'd rather have the white sands of NW FL. This is more of a "party" beach.
This erstwhile bastion of winter-sun tourism has rerisen to its former glory, thanks to the redemption of South Beach’s Art Deco district.
SoBe, as it’s known in shorthand, is a place most suitable for adults. It makes for a fun morning drive (come late afternoon, Ocean Drive traffic stops to a crawl and parking is near impossible), and Lummus Beach provides a lot of action for older children with its water-sports rentals and sidewalks perfect for biking and in-line skating (rentals are available on the beach). There are two playgrounds for the younger kids. Topless sunbathing occurs with frequency.