SoBe I / Collins Ave
Get your walking boots on or throw a leg over (see Very Useful/Around Town) for this pulsing Deco and neon heartland of retail chains and clothing-challenged dolly birds. Most stores open daily until late. Start at Intermix at #634 Collins (remember to lop the last two digits off to get the cross street ie. 6th) / 305 531 5950 / working its sandy locale with tons of resort wear (w). Down a sugar-blasted café con leche at Puerto Sagua at #700 / 305 673 1115, then power on up to Taj by Sabrina at #763 / 786 276 1300 / tajbysabrina.com / with easy, breezy tunics and kaftans. Either sashay left on 8th for saucy swimwear at #231a OndadeMar / 305 531 5965 / ondade mar.com, or right for Cosabella at Suite 7 (officially 760 Ocean) / 305 534 4731 / cosabella.com / with sophisty knickers and sexy cossies, and Basico / Suite 3 / 305 695 0204 / trendy gents’ togs. Pop into next door Pinocchio / #760 Ocean Dr. / for a cuppa joe to go, or take a pew on the corner at 24-hr News Café at #800 / 305 538 6397 / good gawking, meh coffee. Culture quotient running low? Either head left into 10th and on to Washington for the Wolfsonian (see Activities) with Pan Pan Café for another java jolt, or push up Ocean to #1001 for the Art Deco Welcome Center / 305 531 3484 / daily tours / mdpl.org. You’ll soon see the hordes at the gates of Versace’s former mansion at #1116, now sumptuous The Villa by Barton G. (see Rest./Fancy.). Either push on past them, and guys who could be Ira or Myra, to settle for a bevy at King & Grove Tides terrace at #1220 / (see Accom.), or nip left at 11th St. then right into Collins for Dream South Beach at #1111, with Highbar (see Bars) also handy for a sunset tipple later, and label giant The Webster (see Standout Stores) at #1220. Nip north on Collins, past Lincoln (see Lincoln Rd. itin) to run the hotel gauntlet – The Delano on the right at #1685 has a teeny Base (see Standout Stores) and luxurious ‘lifestyle medicine’ at Club Essentia (see Spa). Opposite on the next corner, pass by the SLS Hotel (see Accom.) at #1701, home to trendy Jap diner Katsuya by Starck and molecular Spanish The Bazaar (see Rest./Fancy), then either head left into 17th St. for Casa Tua (see Rest./ Fancy), or straight ahead for The Raleigh (see Accom.) at #1775 with chef-about-town Michael Schwartz’s eponymous slow-food restaurant within. It’s on to Guys & Girls at #1801 / 305 341 1392 / for hip beach wear, then Shore Club at #1901 hides NYC fashion import Scoop / 305 532 5929 / scoopnyc.com, and Violet & Grace’s gamine-approved jewels / 305 534 1500 / violetandgrace.com. Soldier on to Atrium at #1931 / 305 695 0757 / atriumnyc. com / with all your seaside sartorial and accessories needs (m/w). Bump right into 20th St. for Townhouse (see Accom.), with BONDST (see Rest./ Smart) for scene-y sushi, or continue on to The Setai (see Accom.) at #2001, with divine Brit luxury house Asprey / 305 532 2990 / asprey.com / and pan-Asian The Restaurant. Beyoncé your booty up a few blocks, with the Bass museum at #2100 (see Activities) on your left behind the park, housing Elemental / 305 673 7530 / elementalstore. com / for in-vogue wares with whimsy, and the W South Beach (see accom.) on your right at #2201, with Living Room (see Bars) and Bliss (see Spa) for a cocktail and a rubdown. Go on, diva out.