We parked very close to the beach, for $10, both surprises to me. We saw everything you would expect to see at South Beach: outdoor restaurants, sand volleyball games, gyms set up outdoors near the beach, college kids(drinking is legal on the beach), lifeguards who wouldn't let you go further out than chest deep( yes, I got whistled for being out too far), a photo shoot with models and 5 lighting and make up guys, topless women, (my neck is starting to feel better), and people being catered to with massages on the beach, beach beds with mattresses and sheets, cabana boys fetching drinks, and every language being spoken that you could imagine.
After enjoying the sand, we walked around Southpointe Park boardwalk near the Miami Beach Marina, ate at the only reasonable joint we could find besides a 7/11. It was called Big Pink, and it was really good, a little off the beaten path, but worth looking for. We were gonna go out clubbing and do up the night,( ha ha) but we were home by 9:30.