Miami Beach is a beautiful city in Florida. A simple statement for a complex city. Miami is an old city that has come alive all over again. The city was incorporated back in 1915 and is located on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The Bay separates Miami Beach from the city of Miami. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term "Miami", even though they are separate entities.
Miami Beach is still one of the most popular beach communities and has been for nearly 100 years. Miami Beach has an Art Deco Historic District that should not be missed. It is listed in National Register of Historic places and includes the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world. If you like Art Deco, take a look, if you are not familiar with this art form, this might be a good time and place to learn more about it.
The District is comprised of hotels, restaurants and other buildings all built within a twenty year period (1923- 1943) as well as other architecture. The Historic District is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the East, Lenox Court on the West, 6th Street on the South and Dade Boulevard along the Collins Canal to the North.
I really try experiencing a couple different beaches when visiting cities known for beaches. So, here's my vote if you are planning a visit to Miami. If you want a beach with lots to do, Crandon Park is a huge beach park with plenty of activities. . The sunny days lend themselves to outdoor fun... rent a boat, take a diving excursion or just go and see a historic lighthouse at the nearby beach. You can play tennis in the morning and bike in the afternoon, there is so much to see and do at this beautiful beach.
If laid back is more your style, Coconut Beach may be for you. Coconut Beach has good shopping by day and night life in a neighborhood made for walking. Artists and intellectuals find CB a great place to live. I enjoyed the unpretentious lifestyle and visiting with the friendly locals.
If you want to experience Cuba without leaving the U.S., you'll want to visit Little Havana on your trip to Miami. This Cuban neighborhood has surely been transplanted to Florida. You can enjoy a Cafe Con Leche from one of the local bakeries by just stepping up to one of the sidewalk windows and placing your order. Enjoy your cafe and enjoy salsa music as you wander the streets. I found it a great place to practice my Spanish.
So much to do and so little time says it all for Miami.
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