EXPLORE MIAMI BEACH
MIAMI BEACH stretches 9 miles along a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and it’s here you’ll find legendary Ocean Drive providing the backdrop for one of America’s greatest cruising strips complete with classic cars, street performers and some of the best people watching you’ll find on the planet.
With sugar-white sand beaches and tropical blue clear water, Miami Beaches are nothing short of spectacular. Add a year round temperature generally between 70 and 90 degrees, extraordinary entertainment, rich cultural diversity and world-renowned nightlife and you’ve got a recipe for an A1A playground destination unlike any other.
Find the perfect stretch of beach, surf, snorkel, dive, parasail at sunset, or indulge in any of the dozens of other watersports, do absolutely nothing at all, you’ll find Miami Beach ready and able to fulfill anything on your wish list.
Rather be on land? The Art Deco Historic District is home to hundreds of Art Deco buildings constructed between 1923 and 1943; it’s the largest concentration anywhere in the world and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, take a walking tour, or rent/bring a bicycle and explore the island a little further. If shopping is your thing then you’re in luck because Miami Beach offers up some epic shopping experiences too. Sightseeing, area attractions, museums and galleries, you’ll find no shortage of things to do here, many of them free for all to enjoy.
With an ever growing calendar of annual events, you’re bound to find something to excite and entertain you while you’re here and as the sun sets on your fun-filled day, get ready for some of the most energetic nightlife you’ll find anywhere. And when you get hungry prepare for dining experiences you’re not likely to soon forget.
And at the end of the day whether you choose a Boutique, Green Certified, Luxury Hotel, LGBT, charming Bed & Breakfast, Pet Friendly or RV/Campground property to call home during your stay, you’ll discover why visitors from around the corner and around the globe agree there’s nothing on the planet quite like Miami Beach. If you’re interested in reading more about the recent happenings, here’s a link to our Miami Beach Journal (blog) page.
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ART DECO DISTRICT: Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. With 800 structures of historical significance most built between 1923 and 1943, these fantastic pastel buildings with porthole windows, ship-like railings, sleek curves, glass blocks, shiny chrome, and gleaming terrazzo floors are prime eye candy. This is a pic of the Deco District’s Essex House Hotel. Inside, above a curved fireplace, is an Earl LaPan faux-marble mural depicting the Everglades and although we weren’t entirely sure we’d truly found it, to the right of the lobby’s scagliola fireplace there’s allegedly a pattern in the terrazzo floor of an arrow that once pointed to a secret gambling room where gangster Al Capone and his gang are reputed to have “played cards”. If you decide to come and check it out for yourself, the address is 1001 Collins Avenue/A1A, 33139 and if you ever find Capone’s arrow, please share a pic of it with us!
SURFSIDE: About a mile and half north of North Beach you’ll find the fantabulous beach-side community of Surfside. “3rd Thursdays” is this town’s free community block party which happens on the third Thursday of each month from January to April (7pm to 9 pm). This family friendly event takes place on 95th Street between Collins Ave (A1A going North) and Harding Ave (A1A going South) and is open to the public with no admission fee. Music, dancing, and fabulous food trucks; who could ask for anything more! This is a pic from “The Turtle Walk” a Surfside fun public art initiative that includes more than a dozen resin/fiberglass turtle sculptures each painted by a different South Florida artist and placed throughout the town mostly between 93rd and 95th Streets near A1A. If you decide to check it out the address of 9301 Collins Avenue, 33154 (Surfside Community Center) will get you near the heart of the action.
SURFSIDE: Nestled between Bal Harbour and Miami’s North Beach, there’s a one-mile stretch of fantastical oceanfront in a unique coastal community called Surfside. Here you’ll find walking and biking paths located along the shore in between the beach and sand dunes; a year-round outdoor public art installation called “Turtle Walk”; an eclectic mix of restaurants, bistros, and cafes; boutique shopping; and if you stay at a Surfside hotel, time share, or licensed condo rental, you have access to the Surfside Community Center and its recreational pool, children’s plunge pool & slide, whirlpool spa, and walk-up café. This pic was shot on Surfside’s spectacular beach and if you decide to come here and explore, you’ll find public parking at 94th & Harding; 95th & Collins; and 96th & Abbott, 33154.
SOUTH BEACH: From MiamiNewTimes.com we learned that South Beach was reborn in Art Deco after the vicious hurricane of September 1926 claimed more than 400 lives and devastated the city. For the better part of the next two decades, Miami Beach saw a building boom that ushered in an era focused primarily on resurrecting the young resort community in the chic new style that had come out of the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Artes Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which would be shortened simply to ‘Art Deco.’ With 800 structures of historical significance, the Art Deco District is the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Guided and self-guided tours are available through the Welcome Center (mdpl.org) or just start strolling north on Collins/A1A from 5th Street through 17th. To snap this pic, make your way to 16th & Collins/A1A and look up!
WYNWOOD WALLS: Almost 2 miles off A1A/MacArthur Causeway you’ll find the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Within this neighborhood lies the Wynwood Art District and within this District lies an insanely cool venue to explore called the Wynwood Walls. From TheWynwoodWalls.com we learned the Walls were conceived in 2009 by the late Tony Goldman. He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood and arrived at a simple idea: Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would become giant canvases to create the greatest street art ever seen in one place. Since its inception, more than 50 artists representing dozens of countries have covered more than 80,000 square feet of walls creating an absolutely spectacular visual and if you decide to make your way here to explore this extraordinary destination, head toward 2520 NW 2nd Ave., 33127.
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