DAY AT THE POOL
Everything you’ve heard about the South Beach pool scene is true: the toplessness, the thongs, the underwater misbehaving. But it’s hardly an open-door policy: Most placesóthe Delano and Shore Club includedórequire a room key to get past burly security guards. (Don’t even try to claim you lost an earring the night before; they’ve heard every trick in the book.) A better bet is the Setai or the Raleigh; requesting an outdoor table for lunch or cocktails will score you a ringside seat for the show.
DAY AT THE BEACH
Diving from the South Pointe Pier is something of a rite of passage for Miami teens. The police make halfhearted attempts to ban the practice, but the stern warning signs and chain-link fence only seem to encourage the locals. Or maybe it’s their appreciative audience: a comfortable mix of fedora-topped fishermen, gawking tourists, and necking couples. The pier, at the intersection of the ship channel and the ocean, offers the best sunset spectacular on the East Coast, but go on a Friday or Saturday for the human-cannonball show.
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