From its warm weather and beautiful people-watching, to its party-all-night mantra, beautiful ocean views and A-list parties, there are a million reasons to visit Miami. But for most, the main draw is the beach. And while most travelers want to stay right on it, $300+ room rates make it easier said than done. If you’re one of those suffering from sticker shock, calm yourself: There are some great deals to be had but you’ll need to book your room, like now. Summer is low season in Miami and you’ll find that prices at many properties are slashed by as much as 50%. Be sure to check out these top oceanfront haunts below and book soon to keep your wallet happy, while keeping your toes in the sand.
The Betsy South Beach
This boutique Florida-Georgian hotel, which sits right on Ocean Drive, stands out from its Art Deco neighbors in a big way. The Betsy has a rooftop spa, a separate rooftop pool with 360-degree views of Miami Beach, and award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel’s newest restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood. While $200+ per night is standard at this primo hotel, this summer you’re sure to find the best deals of the year.
Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach
This oceanfront gem sits in Miami Beach’s dazzling South of Fifth neighborhood. While most weekend rates at this AAA Four-Diamond hotel run at $300+ per night, it will never be more affordable than June through September.
Shelborne South Beach
Stretched between Collins Avenue and the beach, this Art Deco spot invites you to lounge by its sparkling pool, get pampered at the luxe GUYandGIRL Spa, or dine at The Sarsaparilla Club, an American dim-sum concept by Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. Intrigued? Weekday rates this summer can drop as low as $179.
Hotel RIU Plaza Miami Beach
With 250 rooms, Atlantic Ocean views and the RIU standard of luxury, this beachfront locale is the perfect respite for any type of traveler—business, family, group or otherwise. But book your Hotel RIU stay soon: We’ve recently spotted summer rates well below $200 per night.
The National South Beach
On the prestigious list of “Historic Hotels of America,” this Art Deco stunner has artful rooms, its own private beach, a poolside cocktail lounge and the longest infinity pool (at 203 feet!) on Miami Beach. Book a room at The National during the summer months and you can often find rates hovering around the $200 mark.
Miami Beach Resort & Spa
Towering over mid-beach Miami, and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, this Collins Avenue haunt is hard to miss. And even better than the views (which includes both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean), are this hotel’s amazing summer rates. Rooms start at $119 per night. If that’s not vacation, we don’t know what is!
If you don’t mind the lively poolside bar scene, this Mid-Beach option just a block from the beach offers style, value and one of the best cocktail bars in Miami, the Broken Shaker. Check out the Freehand‘s summer rates, which are often below $150. For even more savings, opt for one the Freehand’s shared rooms for as little as $27.