I guess this could be a shopping tip if you've a few hundred dollars to spend...
South Florida Arts Center consists of both an exhibition space with changing displays and an array of artists work shops.
The day I was there most of the workshops seemed closed, but you could still take a look through the windows. There seemed to be art for everyone, from paintings to sculptures. As well as buying art you could learn to make some yourself as they offer art classes.
The temporary exhibition space is just one room and I'm guessing it's a bit of a mixed bag. When I visited there was an exhibition of miniatures - miniature paintings, mini scultures - of varying quality. Free entrance, it's open til late evening most nights.
Miami being one of the largest VARIETY of Latin influence in America, South Beach surely has its share of music and mayhem with a twist of Latin influence. The Cuban Cafes and music are my favorite venue in South Beach. I would recommend Larios on 8th and Ocean for authentic Cuban food and music, I also has a good time Salsa dancing on the 6th Block of Ocean but can't remember the name of that spot.....
You have to see this to experience the true horror of the tragedy, its a stark reminder in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, what price was paid in the last century..
Dedicated in 1990, Kenneth Treister's striking environmental memorial is dominated by the Sculpture of Love and Anguish, a 40-foot-tall outstretched hand, reaching to the sky.
"One day, a man or a woman will enter this sanctuary or remembrance and wonder, was it all true?
Was the killer really that cruel?
Were the victims that hopeless, that lonley, that abandoned?
Not to remember means to side with the executioners against its victims; not to remember means to kill the victims a second time; not to remember means to become an accomplice of the enemy. On the other hand, to remember means to feel compassion for the victims of all persecutions."
Elie Wiesel, excerpts from the Holocaust Memorial Dedication, February 4, 1990.
The everglades: a place to go if you want to admire crocs and iguanas in the beautiful nature. We booked a trip with Miami Nice Tours (www.miami-nice.com) for 49$ and it was OK. About 1 hour drive from Miami Beach and you are in the middle of swamp. At the end you could taste croc burgers and see an interesting croc show.
I know this would fall under a City of Miami listing and not the beach, but if I am in during the season it is only a short drive across the bridge to see some great basketball. And now they have Shaquille O'Neal, so the Miami Heat will be a very entertaining basketball team to watch. You will also see the players from time to time in South Beach, usually in the VIP areas of the clubs... I could only imagine how they would all party if Miami won the championship! You can get tickets to the games here ranging from 50 for cheap seats to quite a few hundred for seats on the floor. The arena is just across the South bridge and has Biscayne Blvd and Bayside marketplace which has a hard rock cafe and many other shops and restaurants.
Update- I included a couple of pics from games during the Heat playoff run! 2006 Champs baby!!! Remember, when you go to a Heat game always wear a WHITE shirt, its just a Miami thing!
Sight seeing over Miami by air.
Come and enjoy a 1 hour flight over Miami at Wayman Aviation Service, INC locate at Opa-Locka Airport. Wayman Aviation has been giving sight seeing flights since 1987.
You will see Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, South Beach, Downtown Miami and Star Island from about one thousand feet high. There will be lots great photo opportunities of the famous Miami skyline.
Located at 1114 Ocean Drive, Casa Casuarina is better known as the Versace Mansion. This was the home of the late clothing designer Gianni Versace.
Built in 1930, this Mediterranean-styled Palace was home to Versace from the early 1980's until his death in 1997. He was actually gunned down on the steps of the mansion.
These days the Mansion is home to a private members club, with restaurants/bars and a day spa. Us tourists just have to make do with a look at the outside unless we know one of the wealthy members.
I could only see this from the street, but it was a true work of art. Unfortunately, only exists because of one of the worst atrocities in human history.
The memorial was begun in 1984 by a group of Holocaust survivors, and the monument and surrounding environment was finished in 1990.
The monument is a giant arm and hand, grasping for freedom. On the wrist, numbers are engraved, the numbers the nazis tattood onto the arms of the Jews and other "undesirables." Trying to climb up the hand are nude prisoners of the concentration camps, struggling for life, seemingly consumed by fire.
The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is a beautiful collection of refreshing flora in a quiet and peaceful environment. Stroll around the gardens and take in the beauty of creation. Admission is free, though I would have paid to enter.
The tiny, pink structure in the center also houses two conference rooms for business purposes, weddings, and other events. We held a conference in both rooms, and the environment was just perfect! The Butterfly room is small and cozy, great for powerpoint presentations. The Banian room is large, light, and airy, with glass doors opening to a patio and a well kept lawn. This allows the warm ocean breeze to make it's way through the room, keeping everyone refreshed. :)
If you choose to hold an event here, the woman in charge of marketing knows a GREAT caterer whose last name matches her profession. She cooked for me the best food I had in Miami, and some of the best I've ever had, hands down!
This is a must see in this area! I included it in both Miami and Miami Beach pages because it is actually located halfway between them. This is a wonderful place for both adults and children where you can handfeed parrots and other animals, and watch nice shows with animals, even including a condor!
has more than just party to offer.
There is Hatha & Kundalini yoga
with Thai Chi on the beach
under the stars!
A moment to calm your mind,
relax and strengthen your body.
The class is offered
Monday through Friday
from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
on 52nd and Collins
behind the Alexander Hotel.
Taught by Stacey Glassman
on Tuesday nights and
Peter Rickman the rest of the week.
A $5 donation is suggested.
Remember when you are here that the fun city of Miami is only a bridge away. If the eccentricites of South Beach start getting to you, cross over the Causeway and experience some of the great cultures and sights in the city.
There is something cool about crossing the street towards the ocean on Ocean Drive and strolling along the wide sidewalk that winds its way along the sand.
Especially @ night, turn towards the hotels & cafes for a vision of pastel and neon you've seen only in movies until right then. All the hotels and cafes awash in pastel hues are lit up by night and it's gorgeous!
By day this sidewalk is swarming with locals walking their dogs, rollerbladers, beach bums, young lovers smooching etc. Oftentimes their are sand castle and sculpture artists along this walk too, creating amazing things. There are benches along the way and a nice shady tree grassy area in which you can escape the balmy Florida sun if need be.
When in South Beach it is absolutely imperative that you find a suitable cafe/bar along Ocean Drive, order yourself a drink of choice, sit back and people watch.
Thousands of people- locals & tourists alike make their way on foot down the cafe/hotel-side sidewalk of Ocean Drive. An endless stream of human beauty, character & comedy.... This is an utter and complete spectacle.
Tim & I often end up at the Colony Hotel for drinks, they always have a sign out front that entices us.... be it a tasty drink or a drink special we can't pass up. But let me tell you, they make a TALL & deeeelicious mojito that I recommend you enjoy.
The Everglades are a vast area of natural swampland situated in the south west of Florida. A large part of this are has been turned into a National Park, therefore preserving its beauty for everyone.
The best way to see the wildlife is to go out on an Airboat. We did have a ride with an airboat in the Everglades Safari Park. A professional tour guide will narrate your thrilling airboat ride as you glide through this jungle of wilderness. During this ride you’ll see many alligators, beautiful flora and fauna and you’ll see breathtaking panoramic views.
After the ride you can watch the Alligator & Wildlife Nature Show. See how they are wrestling with an alligator and a lot more. After the show you can hold Snappy, the alligator and take pictures of Snappy. It’s been a few years now when we’ve visited the Everglades Safari Park and I hold Snappy than, so you can imagine how big this alligator must be right now. They properly changes “Snappy” time after time.
There is also an Alligator Island, where you can watch over 100 alligators on their own “Island Resort” basking in the sun, swimming, or just plain hanging-out. If you have still not enough of the park than there is the Jungle walking Trail. You can stroll around Jungle Trail where you could spot exotic birds, reptiles & flora. All the things I have described are included in the Eco-Adventure Tour. It costs $20,00 for adults and $10,00 for children. I can a sure you that you have a lot of fun.
The only negative thing were the mosquitoes. They seemed especially fond of my European blood! Seriously though, they are a nuisance and you do need to take precautions.
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