Shore Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Next to the Setai, the Shore Club is also on a quieter stretch of beach. Food and drinks service is available beachside.

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 Next to the Setai, the Shore Club is also on a quieter stretch of beach. Food and drinks service is available beachside.
Located on the northern side of South Beach at 20th Street, the Setai's stretch of beachfront is considerably removed from the crowds. Teak lounge chairs in slate-colored cushions are spread a civilized distance from one another, though any one of the many beach attendants will gladly heave the lounger to the sunny -- or shady -- spot of your choice. In addition to the standard cocktail and snack services, the Setai also offers free spritzes of Evian water, iPods (to borrow), and fashion magazines. Next to the Setai, the Shore Club is also on a quieter stretch of beach. Food and drinks service is available beachside. Though the hotel is more adult- than kid-oriented, the hotel provides toys and plastic shovels for sand-castle building. Jet-Ski rentals are available here from Boucher Brothers for $80 (single) or $85 (double) per half-hour. One block south, at 17th Street, the Delano sees slightly more beachgoers but rarely feels crowded. The Delano claims its slice of the beach with all-white loungers, all-white umbrellas, and an all-white service stand. Attendants make up loungers like beds, with fitted terry cloth sheets wrapped around the cushions. Food and drinks service is available -- the disposable plastic cups are more about foot safety than glamour. The Delano is one of the few hotels in South Beach to provide full food service on the beach. Just south of the Delano, at Lincoln Road, the beach at the Ritz is especially active, filled with shoppers, skateboarders, joggers, and many families. The Ritz provides lounge chairs, towels, and drinks service, and the Ritz Kids Club also plans beachside activities for 5- to 12-year-olds. One block further south, at 16th Street, the larger, family-focused Loews offers beachside food and drinks service from the hotel's Nautilus Bar. Its kids club also organizes full- and half-day activities on the beach, including seashell hunting and sand-castle building. Lounge chairs ($10), umbrellas ($15), or basic cabanas ($20) must be rented from Boucher Brothers, a third-party provider that offers the same services to the public. You can also book a Jet-Ski here. Located in Sunny Isles -- about a 30-minute, $30 taxi north of South Beach -- the Acqualina sits on a considerably more low-key patch of beach. Prompt attendants in white shorts and crisp polos run along the sand, offering to arrange guests' lounge chairs. Raise the flag by your chair, and a waiter comes running. It's an elegant system -- also offered at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne -- and it guarantees that guests never want for anything. Just south of the Acqualina (also in Sunny Isles), the Newport Beachside has a broad, clean white stretch of sand with kid-friendly organized activities like sand-castle building, horseshoe throwing, and treasure hunts. But solitude can still be found at Newport -- just walk a few yards north, toward the pier. South of Sunny Isles, the Canyon Ranch sits on a quiet stretch of North Beach, which is easily accessed across a beautiful new boardwalk that stretches all the way from South Beach to Bal Harbour (farther north). Lounge chairs and Canyon Ranch umbrellas are loosely arranged on the beach.
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