Amanda Arnold

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Amanda Arnold is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. Arnold likes to give readers the inside scoop about some of the world’s most gorgeous hotels and tastiest eateries. She has worked at Discovery Communications, where she edited and composed pieces for its many websites, including TLC.com, Discovery.com and Howstuffworks.com. When it comes to her own travels, she’s game for either outdoorsy excursions (kayaking in Grand Teton) or luxury boutique stays (in the French Riviera, please!) — or better yet, one trip that includes a little of both.

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    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively atmosphere. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order food and drinks from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.
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    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What are the best things to see and do in South Beach?

    South Beach has such a fun, vibrant energy — you’re sure to get swept up in the lively vibe. Here are a few things to do while you’re in town:

    1. Stroll down/eat on Espanola Way. This little pedestrian-only street in South Beach is rumbling with music and decorated in white lights. The historic architecture and vibe will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a quaint European town. Outdoor seating at restaurants and cafes stretches out into the street, so pull up a chair and enjoy anything from Italian to Cuban food.

    2. Enjoy the spoils of your hotel’s beachfront amenities. South Beach hotels aren’t shy about making your beach time as luxurious as possible. At the James Royal Palm, for example, guests are given a complimentary cushioned beach chair and optional umbrella, along with a complimentary basket of fruit and water to keep them hydrated. You can even order room service from a server on the sand.

    3. Take in an outdoor showing of a movie. Set up on a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and watch a movie projected onto the 7,000-square-foot wall of the New World Center, with the Soundscape Cinema Series. Movies take place on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and they're free. 

    4. Lounge. Swanky lounges and clubs abound in South Beach. So slip into your South Beach-appropriate duds and hit up the subterranean FDR at the Delano South Beach (for DJs) or The Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel (for a classic cocktail and a cigar).

    5. Eat. South Beach isn’t short on delicious food. Popular restaurants include: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves Northern Italian cuisine; Casa Tua, which has a lovely lantern-lit patio for a romantic dinner; and, Villa Azur, which offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Or hit up one of the hotel restaurants — The Restaurant at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Setai, Miami Beach offers delicious Asian cuisine along with a dim, dressy atmosphere, while Catch at The James Royal Palm offers top-notch seafood, including a raw menu.
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    What’s the best time to visit Charleston?

    The weather is at its absolute best in Charleston in the spring  — July and August can be quite hot and humid, though you always have the ocean waters at beaches like Folly and Sullivan’s Island to cool you down. But weather aside, you can plan your visit around some of the city’s happenings, too. The Spoleto Festival runs for two weeks every May/June and features a huge lineup of performances and exhibitions to catch at venues all over the city, giving you a great look this seaside town. You can take in everything from opera to theater to music to dance, as well as sit in on artist talks and view special art exhibits. Venues for Spoleto include College of Charleston’s gorgeous Cistern Yard — canopied by oaks with hanging moss — and Middleton Place, a historic plantation set on the marsh just outside the city with a maze of gardens and sheep that graze on huge swaths of open grass. Besides Spoleto, the Cooper River Bridge Run, a 10K that takes place each April, also draws visitors to the city. The race leads runners across the city’s new, super-sleek Cooper River Bridge and into the historic downtown streets. The best part is that after you run the race, you can visit one of the Charleston’s many fantastic brunch spots for a well-deserved breakfast (we recommend Hominy Grill). If you’re looking to visit Charleston during the holiday season, you might plan your stay (try Charleston Place hotel) to coincide with the night-time Christmas Boat Parade at the beginning of December. Stand on the edge of The Battery and watch every kind of boat imaginable — including kayaks — float by, decorated in creative displays of holiday lights. Meanwhile, behind you, the lovely historic homes of Charleston are decked in their own classic holiday displays. It’s a fun and memorable way to begin the season. 
  • On June 7, 2013
    Amanda Arnold answered the question: Amanda Arnold

    What’s the best time to visit Charleston?

    The weather is at its absolute best in Charleston in the spring  — July and August can be quite hot and humid, though you always have the ocean waters at beaches like Folly and Sullivan’s Island to cool you down. But weather aside, you can always plan your visit around some of the city’s happenings, too. The Spoleto Festival runs for two weeks every May/June and features a huge lineup of performances and exhibitions to catch at venues all over the city, giving you a great look this seaside town. You can take in everything from opera to theater to music to dance, as well as sit in on artist talks and view special art exhibits. Venues for Spoleto include College of Charleston’s gorgeous Cistern Yard — canopied by oaks with hanging moss — and Middleton Place, a historic plantation set on the marsh just outside the city with a maze of gardens and sheep that graze on huge swaths of open grass. Besides Spoleto, the Cooper River Bridge Run, a 10K that takes place each April, also draws visitors to the city. The race leads runners across the city’s new, super-sleek Cooper River Bridge and into the historic downtown streets. The best part is that after you run the race, you can visit one of the Charleston’s many fantastic brunch spots for a well-deserved breakfast (we recommend Hominy Grill). If you’re looking to visit Charleston during the holiday season, you might plan your stay (try Charleston Place hotel) to coincide with the night-time Christmas Boat Parade at the beginning of December. Stand on the edge of The Battery and watch every kind of boat imaginable — including kayaks — float by, decorated in creative displays of holiday lights. Meanwhile, behind you, the lovely historic homes of Charleston are decked in their own classic holiday displays. It’s a fun and memorable way to begin the season. 
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