Miami Beach is legendary. It is the backdrop of hundreds of films and tv series, and is one of those places that is familiar to everyone. Then, when you are there it´s not so surprising. It's huge, yes. It is also true that there was a storm and probably why the water was a bit dirty ...
One of the most famous streets of Miami Beach is Ocean Drive. Walking around there makes you remember scenes from movies or tv series. You have to dodge people because it is always busy ... There are restaurants, bars ... and buildings. The colors are of the "art deco" style. A charming site.
One of the best tourist attractions to be found in the city of Miami is definitely the Art Deco district which is situated on South Beach. It is located very close to the beach where these beautiful pastel-colored houses were built, today it seems that they remain the same way as when they were built. It's nice to walk around the streets and visit the past and the memories of films which have narrated these tremendous stories ... A very cool place.
One of the most famous avenues in Miami. It's a huge street that crosses all Miami Beach from north to south. Throughout the street one can find hotels, restaurants and, ultimately, shops of all the best known brands. It is parallel to the beach and in the south to Ocean Drive. It is one of the streets that you have to see.
This is one of the beautiful beaches to be found in the USA because it is famous and allows access to all of the public. In my opinion it was good but the most impressive thing about it was seeing the helicopters of the armed forces of the United States and the most beautiful thing is the mixture of cultures, a fusion of Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban. It´s a great place, tell all the world it is beautiful and very expensive.
One does not expect to find a monument so disheartening in a tropical landscape like Miami Beach, located just a few meters from the beach and bathed in the Florida sun. This monument makes perfect sense, however, because Miami Beach's Jewish population is very large. In fact, behind New York, this city has one of the highest Jewish populations in the United States. Therefore, and because people want to remember their history, they erected this monument in memoriam to the Holocaust in 1990, to honor the six million Jews killed by Nazism. The monument is a huge bronze hand 13 meters high, upon which hundreds of men and women, representing the torment of the victims, climb. This suffering contrasts with the serenity around the small lake, populated with beautiful water lilies. Around the sculpture and lake, a dark, belt-like, stone tunnel has the names of the victims of the concentration camp engraved on the walls. A quiet, perfect place to go unwind.
One of the greatest pleasures is usually found walking along the beach. In Miami, if you want to have a walk very close to the beach, but not touching it, or a ride on a bicycle, the place is the Beach of Miami Beach. There you will have a pleasant walk all the way to the shore of the beach.
Right in the heart of Miami Beach, at the intersection with the long and wide Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road is one of the main avenues of the neighborhood, and one of the most enjoyable for pedestrians. With many shops, bars and restaurants, there's loads to see, and we could wander among the decorated fountains and palm trees for hours, trying to resist the lure of the bars' terraces!
Española Way is a charming street. There are restaurants where you can eat for about $40, which for the area is good. There are also information centers and it is in a very picturesque street for tourists.
Passing by Spanish Way, one ends up in the Plaza of Spain. And right in the corner is a Spanish restaurant for tapas. For those ve want to feel as though they are at home. THe area isn´t especially pretty, but it´s a good place to have dinner at night.
The Wolfsonian is a museum and research center dedicated to exploring the persuasive power of art and design in the 20th and 21st centuries located on the main street of South Beach, in Miami. It has a large collection of European and US art. the museum is small and will take about an hour, which is ideal for a rainy day in Miami or to escape the middle of the day heat. It's ideal for those interested in graphic design and focuses on the 1930s which makes sense as its located in the middle of the Art Deco District, a suburb born in Miami whose buildings are still intact. Prominent objects include industrial era American propaganda, communist and fascist pre-war European propaganda, war objects, and posters. In the permanent sculpture and painting collection, you can find everyday decorative objects and furniture, especially of the art deco variety.
A gallery in the middle of one of Miami's most charming streets, this building is used by different artists . It's a creative space, ideal for eating out and enjoying the bohemian, chic atmosphere. You can get really close to the artwork that you'll find in every room.
I recommend that you take the short cruise offered at the marina in Miami (South Beach). You will be able to photograph the South Beach area and you will see celebrity mansions from the boat ("Celebrity Island").
At the end of the scenic Sunny Isles Beach road is a great spot to spend the day outdoors. Covered by the shade of the trees, you'll find a picnic site with wooden tables and grills. It's a common spot for birthday parties, as you can bring balloons and decorate the area as you wish. Bring your own cooking utensils, plastic cups, plates, etc. You'll find parking bays very close by, so you can easily access your vehicle.
When Romero Britto left his native country of Brazil and arrived in Miami, they say that he used to call door to door to try to sell his art to various businesses. Whether true or not, Britto became famous for his street art shows, and over time has become known as the Miami Artist. Everywhere you look, you will see one of his sculptures with their unmistakable blend of cubism and pop art. His street art inspired works are colorful, and across Miami there isn't a mall or park without one of his pieces. Luckily for art lovers, you can also purchase his works in his own gallery, where occasionally you can find him and have a chat. If you can't afford the high prices, there is even some smaller, less expensive merchandise. I recommend that you pick up a teddy bear!
At South Pointe Park, you can walk between green palm trees, skyscrapers and luxury condos. It's a relaxing park at the southern tip of Miami Beach where you can wander between modern benches and pretty lanterns that dot the seaside walk. An interesting modern sculpture made of colored rings asymmetrically stacked on top of each other caught my attention. On the opposite side of the park, you can make your way over to the marina and stop for lunch in a nice restaurant while perhaps enjoying a look at the yachts and the downtown skyline peeking over the McArthur's Causeway bridge.
A nice way to explore Miami Beach is to ride a bike, and the Decobike system is a great way to do it. There are many stations between North and South Beach where you can rent a bike through a kind of cash machine, just by swiping your credit card. You can return the bike to another station when you want to get off, then go back later to pick it up again. It's nice but not exactly cheap. A full day costs $24, but shorter periods cost less. The bikes are all well-maintained and have baskets. We took them for two hours ($10) and cycled all over South Beach, despite the rain!
About 20 miles down the coast from North Miami Beach, you can find over 250 nests of Caretta Loggerhead turtles. Trails in the sand show where the eggs are buried, so Florida's marine specialists place protective cones and signs to keep people away. On each sign you can see the date on which the particular nest was discovered, so you can work out when the eggs will hatch (from day 45 to day 60). Turtles are often born in the coolest time of the day, at night or very early morning. After discovering the nests we became obsessed with the idea, and came back regularly to watch and see if we might spot the baby turtles. One of the clues is to look at the top of the nest, which begins to sink when the turtles start heading out to sea.
I didn't get there in time to see the hatching, but as I approached the nest, I noticed that even though most of the turtles were already out, some had remained trapped in the sand. I gently took them one meter from the shore and left them to enter the sea. Sadly, because of marine predators and other problems, less than 1% of baby turtles survive. 3 days after the reptiles hatch, experts are responsible for making an inventory of the eggs. They note the number of eggs not fertilized, live turtles born and those who died inside. These animals weigh between 80 and 200 kg, approximately. I really loved this opportunity to share in a fascinating and unusual experience.
South Beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Miami Beach. Its beaches are spectacular and allow for topless swimmers and sunbathers. If you're wondering what to do in Miami Beach at night, South Beach becomes party central with over 150 clubs and discos, as well as countless restaurants. The beach itself is also one of the most famous things to see in Miami Beach. It has been in hundreds of films and television series. It's not uncommon to find someone famous on their boat sailing along the shore.
The city is divided into different districts: downtown, North Shore, Bayshore, Nautilus, and La Gorce, among many others, and each offers it's own share of things to do in Miami Beach. Ocean Drive is the heart of the city, and one of the top Miami Beach attractions. It has one of the best walking parks in which you can contemplate some of the best Art Deco architecture in the United States.
Other attractions in Miami Beach include Lincoln Road, Plaza de España, the South Beach boardwalk, the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. If you're looking for stuff to do in Miami Beach with a cultural twist, you can check out the Jewish Holocaust Memorial or the Old Town Hall. All in all, there are tons of fun Miami Beach activities. Check out these tips from the minube community and start planning your trip today!