Miami Beach is one of the country’s best beaches since early 20th century which rests in Miami-Dade County in Florida. The city lies in a natural and man-made barrier islands between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. In its southernmost part lies South Beach along with Port of Miami and downtown Miami. It was incorporated on March 26, 1915, and according to the 2010 US Census, it has a total of 87,779 residents.
It a popular tourists destination all year with Greater Miami’s pristine beaches and other historical destinations. Miami Beach houses the largest collection of Art Deco that comprises hundreds of apartments and hotels dating back from 1923 to 1943. Other destinations include museums, scenic drives, and historical infrastructures.
Most people do not realize that Miami Beach is, in fact, a separate municipality from Miami. The beach sits on an island, where a number of bridges connected it to the mainland. Small it may seem, it is considered as an expensive tourist destination. Miami Beach’s ocean front is lined with classy restaurants, hotels, shop, and sunbathing lounging areas. If you are planning to visit Miami Beach, take the time to visit Ocean Drive where you can find the Art Deco Buildings, trendy shopping centers, and world-class hotels.
Art Deco District
The National Register of Historic Places listed the Art Deco District in Miami Beach as one of the most preserved historical sites in 1979. Some of the represented art styles include Streamline Moderne, Art Deco, and Mediterranean. Barbara Capitman spearheaded the preservation of the Art Deco District, and to honor her efforts they named a street after her. The Art Deco buildings represent the old Miami in its earlier times in the 1930s. Many of these pastel colored historic buildings display neon signs overlooking Miami Beach’s pristine shorelines.
After visiting the Art Deco District, you can go for another marvelous sightseeing adventure in Ocean Drive. It runs along the Miami Beach’s ocean front, passing the Art Deco District and the famous South Beach. If you are interested to see more of the Art Deco structures, try to look for these well-known buildings like:
• Colony Hotel
• Waldorf Towers
For some historical destination, you may want to start in the Freedom Tower. The tower got its name after the immigration-processing event for thousands of people who fled Cuba in the 1960s. To honor the humanitarian feat, the place now stands as a tribute to Cuban immigration. Built in 1925, the Freedom Tower serves as the oldest skyscrapers in the southern US. The unique “wedding-cake” style building was home for the Miami Daily News for years.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Miami Railroad Historical Society established the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in the 1950s. It now houses at least well-known 30 antique railway automobiles. Some of its notable displays include "Silver Crescent" and "Silver Stag". But its main attraction is the “Ferdinand Magellan”, the famous Presidential Railcar of Franklin Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Truman. You kids would love to place some of their wooden train displays.
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