South Beach vs. Miami Beach, What’s the Difference?

Ok, we think it’s time we cleared a few things up!

The response we’ve already been getting about the 2018 ISAPS Congress in South Beach, Florida, has been wonderful. Plastic surgeons from all over the world are already getting excited to come to South Beach, both for the Congress itself and for the incredible nightlife, food, and beaches.

One of the most common questions we are getting about the Congress is about the location itself. Lots of plastic surgeons are looking online for information about “South Beach” and search engines are giving them lots of information about “Miami Beach” instead. What gives, Google?

Well, it is very easy to explain. South Beach, one of the most popular places to visit in the United States, is a neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida. So, South Beach technically IS Miami Beach, but only a part of it. Both Miami Beach and South Beach have lots to offer travelers and each is equally deserving of a visit, depending on what you are looking for.

South Beach

South Beach is an experience, to put it mildly. If you are looking for one of the most vibrant spots in North America, you’ve found it. In parts, it is like a non-stop party of fun and excitement with a nightlife that is world-renowned. We don’t know how much club-hopping you will be doing during the Congress, but if you are staying for a few days afterward, it is definitely something that you want to check out.

In South Beach, you are also going to find some of the best cuisine imaginable, along with some of the best seafood in North America. The population of South Beach includes representatives of many Latin countries, so if you want authentic Latin cuisine, your taste buds will be in heaven.

Something that South Beach is famous for is its Art Deco architecture. Colorful buildings and façades line the streets, some of them you might recognize from the famous 1980s TV show Miami Vice. There are daily tours to see these buildings, or you could simply take a walk and go on a self-guided tour. Either way, they are a sight that you simply have to see.

Miami Beach

If you are looking for somewhere a little bit more laid back and relaxed, Miami Beach, just north of South Beach, is where you can find some peace and quiet. The crowd tends to be a little older and the feel of the city is a little slower, an atmosphere that many people with families prefer.

As Miami Beach proper is a little less focused on excitement, you won’t find the same emphasis on delicious food and fabulous entertainment that you will in South Beach. That said, it is absolutely worth a visit (It’s about a $20 cab ride away from South Beach and the Congress.)

The big thing that both South Beach and Miami Beach have in common are the incredible beaches. These sandy white beaches stretch for miles, from South Beach straight up north to Miami Beach proper. The feeling of the beaches is actually quite similar to the locations themselves. The beaches of South Beach tend to be a little more active, with beach volleyball and slightly bigger crowds, while the beaches up north are a little smaller and more laid back. It really all depends on what you are looking for in a beach experience.

So, what is the difference between South Beach and Miami Beach? The neighborhood of South Beach, where the Congress is being held, offers a much more exciting, vibrant experience than the rest of Miami Beach. Mind you, that isn’t putting Miami Beach down, the entire city is incredible and well worth the time you should put into exploring it.

If you’ve attended ISAPS Congresses in the past, you know just how popular they are. They offer an incredible experience to the attendees, with access to some of the world’s most knowledgeable plastic surgery experts.

Registering today for the Congress and reserving your room at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel will save you a headache when it starts to get a bit closer. This is one of the premiere global aesthetic meetings in the world, and you do not want to miss this chance to make new friends and new contacts, and learn from some of the greatest ISAPS plastic surgeons in the world.