South Beach is generally referred as "America's Riviera" because of its long and wide white sandy beaches, its historic art deco buildings, its multicultural atmosphere and restaurants. You don’t feel like you are visiting, there… you really feel like you’re on holiday.
South Beach is just over the bridge from downtown Miami, but it is a world apart: no tall skyscrapers, no heavy traffic (except on the bridge), no grey concrete. The area is full of beat, and at night it really comes alive with clubs and outdoor bars and restaurants… serving great food and drinks.
Fondest memory: Don’t miss Ocean Drive for people-watching – especially on a Sunday afternoon, when everyone is there to show off their posh car/motorbike/new outfit. Likewise don’t miss Lincoln Road, a 12-block shopping district lined with outdoor cafés and cocktail bars – do come at night to see it buzzing with activity.
No kidding! Visiting Miami makes your phantasy go 'round and, doing hair and make-up specializes in making phantasies on faces. I do understand why rich and famous came to grief upon Miami once in the thirties and sixties. I do understand the young and looking-for's followed some later ...
Fondest memory: Most beautiful and famous light where palm-trees, models and beauty are brought out at its best! Best memory, too ...
Roller blade Miami Beach before you leave.
Fondest memory: We had a great time roller blading. It was my first time (SO sorry Larry for the first few minutes(or more:-) of embarrassment!!)
After getting the hang of it,....zzzzzoooooom...............
...went all the OTHER rollers PAST me.
Everyone has seen the shots of South Beach on Miami Vice, with Crockett and Tubbs chasing criminals against a backdrop of pink and blue buildings. What many people, even locals, don’t know is that the Art Deco buildings were painted pastel colors BECAUSE of Miami Vice! All of these buildings, built in the 1930s and ‘40s, were originally painted white, beige and cream colors because architects wanted them to look modern and elegant. When the Miami Vice crew came along, they wanted the buildings to “pop” on screen and asked hotel owners to paint it in time for the film shoot. Practically overnight, the building was painted a wacky color - and it was left that way after the shoot was over. Other hotels decided to join in on the new color scheme and painted on their own. So, thanks to Miami Vice, we now have almost every color of the rainbow represented in South Beach. I only wish the show hadn’t given us such a bad reputation! Unfortunately, people are still under the impression that we all carry guns here in Miami.
Check mdpl.org for walking tours of the Art Deco district.
theres alot to really see ..
many nice beaches .and clubs on southbeach but dont be fooled .. downtown lauderdale is just 10 miles north and alot less conjested for night life ...
i really enjoy a small area called downtown hollywood..very quiet and jazzy
Fondest memory: my child hood in north dade .we were rough kids ..haha
Favorite thing: Among the many gay/lesbian-friendly properties in the area are The Albion Hotel, Kenmore Hotel Hotel, Jefferson House, and the Shelly Hotel. Just off Collins Avenue, The Ritz Plaza Hotel has a GayEscape package,
Miami is mainlly know for it beaches, In particular South Beach. With great beaches comes great weather, sunshines all the time. (well most of the time.) South Beach has the famous Ocean Drive with many restaurants, hotels, bars & stores. The beach is made up of people from all over the world, from Europeans to South Americans.
Fondest memory: Two words 'The Weather'
Visit one of our many beautifull beaches. Visit 'Calle Ocho'(SW 8TH Street) and experience someof Miami's multicultural experience. I posted a picture of a very over looked beach, this is ' SouthBeach' at Crandon Park, not sobe at Miami Beach, that's the one every one visits. This South Beach is more family oriented and much less crowded.
If you just want to relax and enjoy a day at the beach without the celebrity watch, try it you'll like it.
Fondest memory: So many...I grew up here.
More than 400 registred historic landmark buildings an about 800 buildings total the Deco District always makes for an interesting walk.
Fondest memory: For an interesting if somewhat expensive view of the city, you can take a spin over the city on an air tour from Auction Helicopters.
Biscayne Helicopters 305-252-3883
does four-person helicopter tour of Miami for $650/hour so a 15-minute flight, which is more than enough to see Miami Beach and downtown Miami , would run you $41 per person.
Just before, Collins Ave makes its little jog to the left , you see what appears to be two magnificent pillars, through which the Fontainebleau pool is visible.
Fondest memory: As you get closer , you'll realize it's a spectacular trompe-l' oveil mural. The mural , designed by Richard Hass and painted over an eight week period by Edwin Abreu , covers 13,016sq feet of what was a big blank wall before 1986.
The Eden Roc Hotel & Resort , 4525 Collins Ave. is another notable 1950s- era resort.
At the corner of 17th st. is the imposing Temple Emanu EI synagogue which holds services Sunday to Thursday at 8 am and 5:30 pm, Friday at 8 am and 6:30 pm , and Saturday at 9 am and 6:30 pm.
Fondest memory: North of 17th St., on the west side of Washington Ave, is the Miami Beach Convention Center, home to huge auto and boat shows.
Favorite thing: Other than the Wolfsonian Foundation and the clubs and restaurants, there's not much to see on Washington Ave. An exception, believe it or not , is the 1937 post office at 1300 Washington Ave , a Depression Moderne building with an enormous dome on the south corner.
A walk along Ocean Drive from north to south is a safari through the trendy. To the right are the hotels and sidewalk cafes that seem to spill into the street.
vehicular trafic is limited to vintage roadsters '63 Mustangs.
Fashionplates will want to head immediately for the Miami Beach residence of the late Gianni Versace, Casa Casaurina at 1114 Ocean Drive, three-story Spanish-mediterranean palace.
The Deco District , one of the largest areas in the USA , to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places , is in the very heart of South Beach. Its unique hotels and apartment buildings have now been renovated .
Fondest memory: The Deco District is bounded by Dade Blv. at the north , 6th St at the south , the Atlantic Ocean at the east and Lenox Court at the west.
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The Art Deco district of Miami Beach, FL.