South Beach/Miami Beach
Who you’ll meet: The laid-back local
Where you’ll find them: Riding Citi Bikes on Collins Ave, because driving is overrated
When most people think of South Beach, they picture wild pool parties, half-naked women, flashy cars, trashy tourists, and horrible traffic. And as a Miami native for the past 29 years, I can honestly tell you that that’s… totally accurate. BUT, those are mostly tourists or out-of-towners who moved there yesterday. Wander down Collins Ave, and you’ll find that actual Miami Beach residents are sun-soaking, flip-flop-wearing free spirits who love a good drink and a better beach day. They pig out at Naked Taco and Big Pink on Saturdays, and eat acai bowls, go to Flywheel, and drink green juice on Sundays. They live on the sand, so shoes are optional, but they’re also a size 0, wear lululemon everywhere, and usually come with a Yorkie, so they look good doing it.