Miami is an international city at Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
With nicknames like the "American Riviera" and the "Art Deco Playground," it's no wonder so many people flock to South Beach, Miami. Travelers see SoBe not only as one of the best vacation areas in Florida, but one of the best in the country.
Get outside. Watch the sunrise. How does it make you feel? Does it make you feel big or small? Because there's something good about feeling both.
Red, white and blue. Candy-colored lifeguard towers highlight the tropical deco vibe of Miami Beach.
Yoga on Third meets here [at the 3rd Street stand] twice a day at sunrise and sunset. I love the colors on this stand, but I came to shoot yoga because it really captures how the beach is such a deep part of Miami’s lifestyle and how people use these stands as meeting places.
A very talented artist! I purchased the "Miami Beach" lifeguard tower. A perfect keepsake from my Florida travels.
Art Deco arrived in Miami in the late '30s and '40s by way of architects such as Lawrence Murray Dixon, Roy France, and Henry Hohauser. The architectural style is marked by symmetry, curvilinear forms, pastel colors, offset façades, “eyebrow” windows, and neon—lots of neon. Miami’s temples of Deco were decidedly less ornamental than their counterparts to the north—namely the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in New York—but that was understandable given the more laid-back, seaside vibe of the city.
One of the havens of the style is Ocean Drive in South Beach, where Art Deco hotels line the seaside thoroughfare. Although many Deco gems have been engulfed by a recent wave of modernism, there are still a few iconic hotels that stay true to their architectural roots, and even several new ones that pay homage to the style.
Best known for its iconic pool, touted as “the most beautiful in America” by LIFE in 1947, this L. Murray Dixon–designed masterpiece has housed many celebrities and hosted smash-hit pool parties. To this day, its lounge chairs are among the most sought-after seats on a Saturday afternoon.
Built in 1939 and designed by Roy France, this hotel features the city’s longest infinity-edged pool and no fewer than 116 newly designed rooms and suites in the historic tower.
Recognized as the undisputed symbol of South Beach, the Colony Hotel in Miami Beach has set the standard for hospitality and style since 1935.
Have an epic party at South Beach's most legendary night club - Mango's! Located along Ocean Drive, this famous South Beach restaurant and night club was voted Best of Miami.
After Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled to Miami and, while many moved to other areas of the city, their legacy survives on Calle Ocho (SW 8th St).
Versailles Restaurant, The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant, has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community and tourists from around the world for four decades. Soon after it opened its doors in 1971, Versailles quickly became the gathering place and unofficial town square for Miami’s Cuban exiles. Today, it remains the unrelenting gauge of the community’s pulse. Not surprisingly, Versailles is typically the first place politicians visit locally to garner support from the Cuban exile community, and the restaurant is equally a favorite among the media for gathering commentary and footage of the community’s take on social and political issues. It is not uncommon to see local, national and international media set up camp in Versailles’ parking lot, where they’re sure to get a flood of local viewpoints.
Also known as "Domino Park," Maximo Gomez Park is a Little Havana landmark and meeting spot for older Cubans. At any time of day you will find residents sipping coffee, playing dominoes and chatting with their friends.
The original and the oldest cigar brand of the Bello tobacconist family is the symbol of true tradition, undying passion and timeless dedication for Cuban art of cigar making.
The Savinelli family and its many skilled artisans have been bringing quality to the pipe smoking world since 1876. Using only the finest grades of Sardinian and Corsican briar, every Savinelli pipe is made with great care and pride in the knowledge that each pipe will eventually make someone very proud and satisfied. While Savinelli has always respected tradition, they have also become very progressive over the years, always displaying great attentiveness to correct proportions and harmony resulting in a complete range of both classical and modern shapes. To own a Savinelli pipe is to possess a treasure.
Built for Chicagoan industrialist and Europhile James Deering in the early 20th century, the extravagant architecture gives way to an opulent interior.
Full of European antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th centuries and complete with original fittings, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will transport you to a golden age.
Brave, ferocious and loving, the lions at Zoo Miami have grown into one miraculous family. This pride is made up of seven exceptional lions: one male, one female and five cubs. Most lions in the wild now live in eastern and southern Africa, where their numbers are rapidly decreasing primarily due to habitat loss and conflicts with humans.
The Wynwood Walls has brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic. Round 1 between Columbia and the United States was played at Marlins Park. In a game that lasted 10 innings, the United States defeated Columbia 3-2.
No need to be scared. Go ahead and drive over the Seven Mile Bridge. It’s modern now.
Finished in 1982, the longest bridge in the Florida Keys is wide enough to give a motorist room to pull over to change a flat tire and steal many glances at the perfectly green water.
The original bridge I grew up crossing was less friendly, narrow and harrowing, requiring concentration and a good grip on the steering wheel as you left Marathon Key on your way to Key West and suddenly found yourself driving over the ocean. Smart drivers kept eyes on the oncoming traffic instead of nature. The bridge seemed too constricted for two passing cars.
Completed in 1912, the old structure, initially a railroad bridge, was known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World’’ because even attempting to build something so ambitious over miles of open water and a soft bottom in a harsh tropical climate seemed a bit nutty.
The Southernmost Point is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida marking the southernmost point in the continental United States.
In Key West, Duval Street is home to a vibrant collection of hole-in-the-wall bars, historic haunts, funky shops, art galleries, outdoor cafés, and plenty of places to people watch.
A variety of freshly squeezed drinks available for sale at a roadside stand in Key West.
Welcome to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America’s most honored and respected authors.
Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.
Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career. Educated tour guides give insightful narratives and are eager to answer questions.
Wander through the lush grounds and enjoy the whimsy of the more than forty cats that live here.
Since 1890, history has left its mark on the Truman Little White House. Initially, it served as the naval station’s command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946 the historic building first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living, Key West museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation's leaders.
Parasail high above the sparkling waters of Key West while enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of this island paradise. From your secure spot in the sky, you’ll float along on a warm, tropical ocean breeze.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.