Miami Beach is an oceanfront resort city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, located on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Incorporated in 1915, Miami Beach has been one of the most loved and famous destinations, and on every list of best beaches in America and the world for over a century.
In 1979, the Art Deco District in Miami Beach, with the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world comprising homes, apartments, hotels, and structures, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Former interior designer, Barbara Capitman, who led the movement to preserve the Art Deco District's architectural heritage, now has a street named in her honor in the District.
Besides its Art Deco fame, Miami Beach is more recognized as a world premier hot spot. This includes the sun-filled daytime activities and glamorous, glitzy, and pulsating nightlife in the South Beach or SoBe area at the southernmost point, and the numerous popular beach resorts and fine restaurants known to attract the rich and famous, celebrities, dignitaries, presidents, and entertainers through the decades.
Espanola Way, which runs from Collins to Pennsylvania Avenue, was conceived in 1925 as "The Historic Spanish Village". It is modeled after the romantic Mediterranean villages found in Spain and France, and today consists of art galleries, restaurants and quirky shops.
Lincoln Road is an open-air, popular, pedestrian mall, located between 16th Street and 17th Street, with both sides lined with boutiques, trendy shops, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs.
With too many to mention, a few of the famous dining experiences on Miami Beach are at Joe's Stone Crabs, Prime 112, Smith &Wollensky's Steak House, The Setai, The Clevelander, and the 24-hour News Café. This Ocean Drive landmark is a favorite any time of day, from its sidewalk dining to people-watching tosimply enjoying the ocean breezes.
From Lummus Park at night, located on Ocean Drive from 5th Street to 15th Street, is a beautiful view of the Art Deco hotels along Ocean Drive with their antique-lit neon signs and designs.
Several communities exist within Miami Beach, many of which are private, gated, exclusive, man-made islands, such as Palm Island, Hibiscus Island, La Gorce Islands, Sunset Islands, Venetian Islands, and Star Island, home of many celebrities, entertainers, and corporate leaders.
With over seven miles of white sand beaches, three golf courses, 20 parks, arts, dining, and nightlife, Miami Beach has boasted for decades about its rich history of being the world's elite playground, from the Rat Pack to Versace, for socialites, sun worshippers, art enthusiasts, shopaholics, and a constant stream of visitors arriving annually from all corners of the world. As the most desirable destination to own a luxury home or condo, or just visit, Miami Beach is a tropical paradise you will never want to leave.