Miami Beach is a finger of land separating Biscayne Bay
and the Atlantic Ocean, connected by five causeways to
the mainland. At its southern tip is South Beach, known
as the Art Deco District, or SoBe. This 10-block stretch
of Ocean Drive, which fronts South Beach, is one of the
most celebrated ocean fronts in America.
Art Deco District Welcome Center is located there, along
with an eclectic mix of chic restaurants, boutiques, delicatessens,
produce markets, outdoor cafes and nightclubs. The palm
shaded beach side of Ocean Drive in Miami Beach attracts
families to its wide, sandy beach and children’s
play area. Volleyball, in-line skating on the winding
sidewalk, swimming, sunning and water sports are favorite
pastimes. Surfside, Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles make up
the northern part of “The Beach.”
heart of Miami Beach and the Art Deco District, Lincoln
Road, is an open-air mall of 175 galleries, shops and
restaurants along an eight-block pedestrian promenade
with shade trees down the middle. At one time, Lincoln
Road was a posh shopping strip equal to Rodeo Drive in
Los Angeles. The street was closed to traffic, and in
the 1960s, it began to decline.
step with the South Beach renaissance, Lincoln Road has
been transformed into a row of successful art galleries,
lively performing-arts showcases and trendy cafes. Visitors
can stroll through numerous galleries or admire the Lincoln
Theater, home of the New World Symphony. There is also
a delightful Sunday flea market and farmers market.
of the more popular attractions in the greater Miami area
are Viscaya Museum and Gardens, Little Havana, Museum
of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, and the Miami
Metro Zoo. Biscayne Boulevard is a prime spot for shopping.
It features the Bayside Marketplace- a shopping experience
in the Tropical style. Shopping is also excellent at the
Cocowalk shopping and entertainment complex.
Greater Miami area has over thirty golf courses. Other
recreational opportunities include wind surfing, scuba
diving, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. Perfect weather
and flat terrain make Miami Beach popular with bicyclists.
best time to visit is winter, but in the off-season (after
Easter and before October) there is still plenty to do
and rates are more reasonable. For sun, sand and tropical
beauty, Miami Beach is the place to be.