Palm trees, SoBe and matcha latte.
Welcome to Miami Beach!
Let’s start this blog post (and this year) with some honesty, shall we? I will tell you right away, that I was less than impressed when I finally put my foot on the oh-so-famous Ocean Drive. To me, it looks like one of those guys that used to be cool and are not anymore and yet they don’t seem to realize that. But nonetheless, there are a few things worth seeing, so here is my travel guide for the city of Miami Beach.
I spent two nights in Miami Beach, which was plenty of time if you’re willing to skip on the beach time and instead opt to stroll from one end to the other and see and do what’s meant to be seen and done.
Miami city and Miami Beach are two different cities.
It is up to you to decide what kind of an experience are you after. Miami is much more of an urban area, with cool districts such as Brickell bay area or my favourite – Wynwood (read more on Wynwood right here!). If you decide to stay in Miami Beach though, you are probably there for, obviously the beaches and, if you know anything about Miami Beach, for the SoBe experience.
Julia the Great!
Let me just have a moment and inform you about a very cool fact, that’s really not necessary for a travel guide, but anyway. Miami was the first major city in the U.S. founded by a woman! Not too shabby, eh? “It officially became a city in 1896 after local businesswoman Julia Tuttle encouraged one railroad mogul to expand into the area.”
Miami Beach is home to the largest Art Deco architecture in the world!
Probably one of the main tourist attractions that still draw millions of visitors to South Beach every year. The Art Deco historic district will hit the soft spot of anyone who’s into colourful buildings and appreciates a nice throwback. With its peak in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Art Deco was a take on neoclassical architecture. The crowds love this, because of its bright colours, ranging from pastel pinks to bright yellows.
Once in South Beach, you can stop by Art Deco Welcome Center to book a tour and get more info on over 80 Art Deco style building you can nowadays admire in this part of Miami Beach.
From Art Deco to Old European charm
Miami Beach is full of contrasts and what is great about it, is that all of these are accessible just by walking. Forget a car rental, for a lovely time in Miami Beach all you need are your feet. Stroll down the quaint Española Way and travel back in time. This lovely pedestrian-only street, surrounded by palm trees is more than appropriate for an afternoon cocktails stop. The strings of lights above the street make for an awesome atmosphere. Read more on what you can see and do on Espñola Way right here!
Miami is a foodie heaven, especially for someone like myself, who falls for anything healthy. If you fancy a nice matcha latte, stop by the Pura Vida restaurant located on the southern point of the South Beach area. Hint: Go for the avo toast rather than acai bowl, because they are just too big! Oh, that’s right, I forgot that’s what normal portions look like by American standards. 🙂
Miami is best known for its white sand beaches. The most famous one can be found along the Ocean Drive in South Beach. This is where you will find plenty to do, and many restaurants are just across the street. My favourite part of the Miami Beach, though, is the North Shore. It is much more relaxed and quiet. We did spend and hour or so just realxing on the beach in South Beach, but unfortunately we got cought up by the rain.
For a more in-depth presentation of all of the lovely beaches you can relax at, click here!
Even thought there is plenty to do if you love clubbing and fine-dining, South Beach was not my favourite part of my Florida travels. If you have a different experience, please share in the comments below.
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