The Spanish first colonized Miami in the 16th century, and since then the Miami area has attracted sun seekers, retirees, immigrants and entrepreneurs all lured by its predictable year round warmth and its location on a lush peninsula surrounded by deep waters.
The neighborhood of South Beach is one of the most happening spots of Miami, packed with clubs, cafes hotel and beaches filled of vacationers, working models, photographers, musicians all enjoying the exciting and sophisticated atmosphere that is hard to top.
Collins Ave and Ocean Drive front a nearly 12 miles of white sand and crystal clear waters. Though most of this stretch is lined with a wall of hotels and condos, beach access is plentiful. In general beaches are less crowded the further north you go.
Miami’s best sight is the Art Deco District. Located in South Beach, it is made up of hundred of 1920’s and 1930’s buildings roughly bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Alton Road to the West, 6th Street to the South and Dade Boulevard to the North. Most of the districts best buildings are concentrated along Ocean Drive, Collins Ave and Washington Ave.
South Beach is also homes the Miami Beach Convention Center and world famous Lincoln Road where visitors and locals can find a wide range of sophisticated shops and restaurants.