Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District, Miami
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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The Art Deco district of Miami Beach, FL.
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.
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.
Favorite thing: Go to South Beach. I’m sure you must have heard stories - it is all you have heard and more! Make sure you dress to impress! Ladies can get in many places for free. If you’re low on cash, it is just as interesting to walk up and down the road. Some of the scenes you will see on the street are better than what’s happening in the clubs!
Favorite thing: The Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Welcome Center, located at the southwestern corner of the Ocean Front Auditorium, just across the street from the Breakwater and Edison hotels, is the place to go when you want to learn about the art and architecture of the Art Deco era that flourishes on Miami Beach.
Miami and Miami Beach are actually two separate entities. Both are must see's. Miami beach is a strip of land connected to the city of Miami. You have probably all seen the glamourous images on the TV show ' Miami Vice ' . Miami and the beach will not disappoint. The following are recommendations. 1. Visit downtown Miami. There are some stunning examples of modern architecture in the CBD ( Central Business District) Although Miami is sun and recreation, you'll see that it is also hub of commerce between the US and it's latin American neighbours and the Carribean. See some of the downtown neighbourhoods ( except , on NO ACCOUNT go to LIBERTY CITY ). 2.The Cuban enclave of Little Havana is facinating- whether for food, a strong cuban coffee or just some people watching. 3.CORAL GABLES in my opinion is one of the nicest and prettiest places in the entire US. It is gorgeous ( and safe ) take a stroll !4. COCONUT GROVE- is a community of artists , writers and the like. A Floridian version of Greenwich Village in NY. 5. Not to be missed is BAYSIDE . Great shops, food stalls and a fantastic view of the Miami skyline . 6. Moving on to Miami Beach, see the beach ! The beach is quite a big area. 7.Take a ride down Collins Ave, the main thoroughfare and check out the districts of SUNNY ISLES, SURFSIDE AND BAL HARBOUR ( with some of the most expensive shops in the world ! - Miami's version of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA ). 8. Check out the ART DECO hotels . Many of these are now registered as Historic Landmarks. 9. Not to be missed is Miami's Beach's Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel. ( prounounced 'fountain - blow' ) Many rich and famous people have stayed here. Don't miss the huge wall painting on the side. 10. PARROT JUNGLE is worth a visit too- great displays of Parrots that can count, roller skate, and perform many other tricks. There's more than just parrots too.There are 1,100 different species of birds . The scarlet Ibis birds are stunning. Lovely landscaped gardens too. Really worth seeing. 11. You must not miss the Sunsets in Miami- a rival for any, anywhere in the world !
Fondest memory: There are lots . Coming down Collins Avenue on the way to Hotel from the Airport was a huge buzz. Walking along the Beach. Bayside, Coral Gables and Cococnut Grove. Going on the boat tour past the star's homes . Seeing the skyscapers in Downtown.
go to the beache...swim..make friendship with the americans..i met lot of pepole from cuba.and centeral america..they all funny..and easy to talk with..
Fondest memory: my friends 'SHAIRF' and'LONA' you can see them in the picture...'sharif' is my travel mate we always travel with each others
ART DECO DISTRICT
All along Collins Ave. you can find these deliciously kitsch art deco buildings, with wonderful colourful facades in pink, pale green, pale blue, yellow.
They seem sometimes as false backgrounds for a movie or something like that. Most of them were hotels (Seville...). Walking by them was like going back in time to the roaring 20s...
See the beach--South Beach specifically
Fondest memory: If you only have 1 day, spend it in South Beach, where you can get a sun tan, take a tour of historic art deco hotels, lunch at an Ocean Drive cafe, watch a fashion shoot, shop at trendy boutiques, rub elbows with celebrities at dinner, then dance the nite away at the hottest clubs--all within the radius of a few blocks!