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.
The 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 childrenâ€™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 â€śThe Beach.â€ť
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.
Some 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
The 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.
The 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.