Miami. Epithet: The magic City.
Maybe you just have “Miami” from Will Smith in your ear. Well, if you know this song and the city you might agree that this is already quite a good scoring of this fantastic metropolis.
And maybe you even visited Miami by yourself or have seen some of the countless photos and movies from the Miami Beach Art Deco district.
But did you know that the name has Indian origin and the word “Mayaimi” means “Great water”? Well, now you know…
That’s why we want to share with you here our very individual impressions from this incredible city in Florida, combined with some interesting facts. And in this first part it’s all about Miami Beach and in particular about the Art Deco District.
Welcome to our Miami Beach Art Deco District Post.
Arrival in Miami
The distance from Tampa was pretty feasible.
There we stopped just before on our road trip from New York down to Key West.
Around 270 miles or in chronometry around 4.5 hours driving through a beautiful, southern Everglades landscape… and at least now it was clear why Florida is called the Sunshine state…
As the first highlight for this trip we chose the so called Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the south of Tampa.
Truly a quite impressive eye candy. And for all Photographers who come from Tampa heading south: There is a small exit directly after leaving the bridge.
Not that remarkable but visited by quite some locals that are fishing here their lunch.
But what you can do truly good here is make some amazing snapshots of the bridge.
Additionally you have a lot of supernumeraries in the form of many exotic birds.
If you don’t get a good mood here, you get it nowhere.
And our joy even grew since our next stop was called Miami Beach, THE hot spot of Miami!
Miami Beach, which is also the most eastern part of the city, offers incredibly much in a narrow space.
But why exactly is Miami that popular?
Things to see in Miami Beach
Beside the fact that Miami has, let’s say, ideal temperatures the whole year (may til october around 88 °F and until february still around 75 °F) there is also this perfect location and an incredible beauty environment.
Miami just puts you in a good mood. The light blue Atlantic ocean, the palms, white beaches. And all this in combination with a colorful mix of any kind of cultures.
However there is still this extra thing, which is hard to describe and that you will (probably) find only here.
So let’s have a closer look to Miami Beach.
Miami South Beach
Miami Beach as an autonomous city was founded in 1915, so it is around 100 years young.
Nowadays there are approximately 90,000 citizen living in Miami Beach. Something that you probably will only find here with such density is the amount of the rich & beautiful ones… Way above average amount of VIP’s are having their estates and mansions here. But also for average Joe citizen Miami is always worth a visit.
What makes Miami so special from my perspective are the countless possibilities for shopping, chilling, entertainment, adventure – you name it. Almost anything is possible.
Transverse to the legendary Ocean Drive you have the Lincoln Road with countless boutiques and jewelry stores. Even a bit more decadence you will find in Collins Avenue with many designer boutiques.
Miami Beach & sport
This is probably one of the main reasons for the 7.2 million visitors, that come to Miami every year.
When it comes to beach life and water sports, Miami can easily mess with almost every other beach in the world.
Simple sunbathing, fishing, diving, surfing, jet ski, kite surfing – anything is possible. Or how about speed boating or visiting Miami on board of a cruise ship?
The magic city leaves no wish open.
Miami Beach is the place of many aesthetic bodies to say so. Fitness can be found almost anywhere here.
And if you don’t feel like doing some sports by yourself you simply visit one of the very famous and successful teams like the Basketball team Miami Heats, the Dolphins in Football or the Florida Marlins playing Baseball.
Especially South Beach is the ultimate Hot spot when it comes to Nightlife and Entertainment in Miami. And the possibilities are almost endless.
Those who like it a bit more calm will find also at Ocean Drive many bars and restaurants for enjoying a perfect cocktail. I want to mention for example the Mangos Tropical Cafe, which is maybe not the best place for Dining but all the better for a great Cocktail!
After this might be the right time for world class partying! For this you visit the LIV, Mansion, E11Even. These places are visited by the Stars and VIP’s.
Even Super DJ’s like David Guetta are firing up regularly for example in the LIV, while Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashians and others are partying.
Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz are visiting the Mynt Lounge and like this all of the legendary clubs in South Beach are made for the purpose to bring unforgettable party moments.
As a suitable preparation for the long and hot Miami nights you can spend some time during the day in one of the Pool parties, for example the Mondrian South Beach. But also many hotels are offering cool parties like the Shore Club Hotel.
The Miami Beach Art Deco District
The world famous Art Deco District with it’s around 800 buildings from the 20s and 30s of the last century is truly an eye candy.
The fate of these impressive constructions from that period of art, which mostly shine in the brightest colors was almost sealed by being demolished. Only the many public campaigns and initiatives were avoiding that. Today the Art Deco District is one of the main attractions of Miami.
The incredible Ocean Drive, which leads directly through the Art District is the strolling promenade No. 1. Everyone romping around here is either famous, wants to be famous or simply watching those who might get famous.
The most pimped cars, the most trained bodies – the Ocean Drive is one big over stimulation. How practical, that our hotel was located directly there. So we were able to be anytime in the hot spot area!
Many Hollywood Blockbusters were made here, for example Al Pacino’s “Scarface”, “Dexter”, ” Goldfinger” or even Alfred Hitchcocks thriller “Notorious” from 1946.
So art is playing an important role here since quite a while, especially in the Art Deco district.
The Art Basel as one of the most prestigious Exhibitions of contemporary art is taking place every year since 2002 here in Miami Beach additionally to Basel in Switzerland.
Since that time both cities got closer in many different fields.
And what makes me as someone living in Switzerland and Fan of Art really happy is the recent town twinning between Basel in Switzerland and Miami Beach.
Probably not really that surprising it’s going to be quite short this time. Miami Beach is one of the places you have to see.
The flair of the Magic city is indescribable and even all these fantastic photos, movies and more are only giving the impression very high level about how life is pulsating here.
Try to get a hotel directly at the Ocean Drive, here is where it all happens! We give Miami 11 out of 10 possible points. Go there, discover, enjoy!
In our next part we will tell more in detail about Miami itself. All our impressions you find as always here in the gallery.
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