South Beach (SoBe) is the southernmost 3 miles of Miami’s Beach. Its filled with pastel coloured beautiful Art Deco buildings – there is even a walking tour available from the Art Deco Welcome Center, we love Ocean Drive. Wednesdays through Sundays, join members of the MDPL staff for a 90-minute walk around the hotels, restaurants and commercial structures that make up the Art Deco Historic District.
Each year in January, the MDPL hosts Art Deco Weekend and closes Ocean Drive to traffic for a 3 day block party with food, fun, antique cars and craft sales. There is live music, dancing in the streets, lectures about Art Deco and a classic car parade.
Any time of the year though there is an unbeatable buzz, flashy cars, cigar sellers, cuban music and dancing, pop stars, models and tourists. It’s a great place to hang out and people watch and you can get some fantastic cocktails (mega mojitos).
We usually stay on Collins Avenue which is one block west and is lined with hotels and retailers. Rooms are generally small and expensive (by Florida standards) but its still worth the visit. There is nothing better than breakfast at one of the many pavement restaurants after the night before and before a day at the beach.