Miami is a city with a rich cultural heritage, and has become a cultural movement itself. While Miami is the second largest American city with a Spanish-speaking population, South Beach is quite European. French and Italian influence permeates all aspects of lifestyle in Miami beach, making the neighborhood feel like an extension of of the Riviera at times. But additionally, there is a distinctive sentiment that captures Miami's tropicality, former grittiness, and elevation into a food, art, and music destination.
-Notable Miami Landmarks-
Versace mansion aka Gianni's (This is the iconic mansion where Gianni Versace was murdered on his own front steps, but it's so much more than that. Having been repurposed into an opulent hotel and restaurant while retaining their legendary gold-lined pool, the Villa Casa Casuarina is still bringing in the crowds.) South pointe park (1 Washington avenue, Miami Beach) (South pointe, as the locals call it, is a 17 acre urban oasis at the very tip of South Beach. The space boasts walking paths, picnic shelters, 360 ocean views, a fishing pier, and the famous steak house Smith and Wollensky, which is also onsite.)
Ocean drive Ocean drive is South Beach's Main Street for strolling. Lined with nonstop restaurants, boutiques, bars, and art-deco architecture, it's the place to see and be seen. This is South Beach's closest road to the beach, and the other side features a boardwalk with benches and volleyball courts. At nightfall, the energy revs up to cater to an adult crowd, so mornings and afternoons are the best time to visit for families.)
Lincoln road (Lincoln road is an a outdoor mall that is meant for shopping, dining,many people watching. No cars are allowed, so Lincoln is slightly less hectic than strolling down Ocean Drive. Almost all the restaurants on this road have outdoor bistro seating and a casual vibe. One can also find some of South beach's best shopping on Lincoln road as well.)
Wynwood (zip code 33127) (Wynwood is a relatively new neighborhood carved out from the warehousing district that is now considered to be the hub of street art. In Wynwood, murals and commissioned graffiti blanket the buildings of small art galleries and bars. Besides being a central location of Art Basel events and after-parties, you can find an amazing art culture here all year around!)
Little Haiti (For a more candid experience exploring the ethnic and indie side of Miami, a visit to Little Haiti is strongly recommended. The cultural heart of the Haitian diaspora, little Haiti has also organically evolved into an extension of Wynwood's art scene, and the answer to the overdevelopment and commercialization that Wynwood has seen in recent years. Some of the best Caribbean food, museums, and music has its roots in Little Haiti, so pack your appetite put on some walking shoes!)
Mac's club deuce (222 14th street, Miami beach) (Miami's oldest bar is a landmark smack in the middle of south beach that offered some of South Beach's best drink specials. The legendary owner Mac passed away last year at 101 years old, and if you were lucky enough to hear him tell his stories about all the celebrities who walked through Deuce's doors, you would how uniquely special the bar is. The best time to visit is during their happy hour from 8am-7pm when all drinks are 2-4-1.)