Miami’s South Beach, located across Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami, has undergone several eye-popping transformations before becoming its current “it” place to see, be seen, party, shop, and even live.
It’s hard to imagine, but the South Beach of today once was unsettled farmland in the late nineteenth century. In the first half of the twentieth century, it was a playground for the rich and famous before becoming a retirement community in the 1960s and early 1970s. And much of the younger generation, more familiar with South Beach’s current iconic cultural status, would be surprised to know that it was a run-down ghetto of dilapidated buildings until the late 1980s.
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Since that time, though, South Beach has once again become a playground for the rich and famous. With lavish homes and vacation spots, five-star accommodations, world-class shopping, unparalleled arts and culture, magnificent beaches and parks, and thumping nightlife, South Beach is a “must-see, must-visit” for anyone visiting South Florida.
South Beach offers resort hotels, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, economy hotels, and more, all with views or withing walking distance of the beach. Five-star accommodations include the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, The Savoy, and Loews Miami Beach
Art and Culture
Art museums, ballet companies, art galleries, and state-of-the-art theaters all call South Beach home. Satisfy the refined part of your senses at Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts, the Colony Theater, the Bass Museum of Art, or the Miami City Ballet.
Dining and Going Out
South Beach has benefited from global influences on its dining scene. Being on the water brings direct access to the freshest seafood possible, while a warm climate results in a long growing season with nearly yearlong access to the best fruits and vegetables. Top this all off with world class chefs, and South Beach gives visitors an unforgettable culinary experience.
But nights out on South Beach don’t end at your favorite restaurant. Visit the countless lounges, bars, and nightclubs and check what the scene has to offer: unique and up-to-date cocktails, fabulous-looking people, and dancing to a vast array of music in a multitude of genres.
Of course, shopping on South Beach is a must. Men’s and women’s upscale apparel shops and boutiques, high-class jewelry stores, shops offering rare antiquities, shoes, handbags, and world-class memorabilia make South Beach shopping an unforgettable experience
Parks, Beaches, and Attractions
What would a trip to South Beach be without taking advantage of the year-round fabulous weather? Hit the beaches in your newly-purchased swimsuit (or, as in the case at Haulover Beach, sans your suit) or have a picnic or rest with loved ones in one several lush parks. If you’re more active, go parasailing, diving, kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming with dolphins and manatees in and around the island’s calm bays.
For those wishing to relocate or simply add a second or third home, South Beach Real Estate is an excellent choice, as alluring an address as any in the country. From bayside mansions to condominiums that overlook the Atlantic, there’s a home (or two) for you. However, if you’re just there for a short or extended visit – either for business or pleasure – there’s plenty of vacation rentals to choose from, as well. Realty companies abound and have expert agents to guide you in the right direction.
All in all, with great weather, beautiful people, stunning accommodations, fine dining, fantastic shopping, and more things to do than can be done, South Beach is a chic place to visit or live. Visit http://www.visitsouthbeachonline.com/ for more information.