floor to ceiling sliding glass doors onto oversized wraparound
balconies, life at akoya is defined by the endless oceanfront
views that span the horizon for as far as the eye can see. From
golden sunrises over the Atlantic to fiery sunsets over the Intracoastal
Waterway, the 360-degree panorama provides the perfect backdrop
for a lifestyle of unparalleled luxury.
Featuring expansive one, two and three bedrooms residences topped
by handful of exclusive penthouses, every akoya home boasts top
of the line features and designer finishes. From the European
style kitchens with name brands stainless steel appliances and
granite countertops, to the marble master baths with luxurious
whirlpool tubs, Akoya homeowners will enjoy nothing but the best.
Related Group of Florida is building the next great South Beach
Condo: Apogee in South Beach. This developer has brought us some
of the most luxurious condos in recent years, but has now found
a way to raise the bar even further.
You may be
familiar with ICON South Beach, the Murano Grande, the Murano
at Portofino, and Portofino Tower. These luxury buildings, built
by this developer have established a new standard of living in
South Beach real estate.
Unit 4145 s.f. interior (386 m²) 2441 s.f. exterior (227
B Unit 3103 s.f. interior (288 m²) 1030 s.f. exterior (96
Club is South Florida's most prestigious residential address offering
only the finest features, services and amenities to a privileged
few. Located directly along the Atlantic Ocean on Miami Beach's
famed Millionaire's Row, just minutes from both South Beach and
Bal Harbor, this gated, 5.3 acre enclave is home to only 107 luxurious
tower residences and six ocean-side villas.
are able to enjoy the historic club facilities of The Bath Club,
Miami Beach's first private social and bathing club, as well as
new amenities, including a swimming pool with lap lanes, European-style
clay tennis courts, a health club with a spa menu, gorgeous walking
gardens throughout and more. Services akin to those of a 5-star
hotel, such as a full-service concierge, valet, 24-hour security,
and the finest restaurant dining, catering and in-residence dining
are all at your command. Privacy, privilege, perfection... they
can be yours at The Bath Club.
Bentley Beach, the first five star oceanfront condo hotel in South
Beach's trendy South Fifth neighborhood scheduled to open Spring
2002 and The Bentley Bay, two luxury residence towers and marina
slated for early 2003, are Olivieri's latest Miami Beach ventures.
In late 1998
Olivieri won a landmark lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach
that set a precedent for developer's rights on all future projects.
Prior to building his South Beach portfolio, Olivieri helped develop
Pinecrest into one of South Florida's most sought after neighborhoods,
while building high-end luxury homes in the South Miami area and
USA ventures, Olivieri built and refurbished numerous projects
throughout Europe and the Middle East for international clientele
including Her Royal Highness Princess Shams Pahl, the sister of
the Shah of Iran, and members of the royal Saudi Arabia Family.
An authority on historical preservation, he has led the restoration
of luxury residences in Geneva, London and Paris' Avenue Montaigne.
Blue and Green
Diamond condominiums are two identical 45-story condominium towers
on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. These tall, luxurious residences
have an unobstructed view of the ocean as well as the bay in Miami's
Golden Mile. The Tower Suites feature a small private pool on
the second level and are like townhouses in the sky. A luxury
development described as a "flawless gem" by the developers
marketing, the Blue & Green Diamonds shall always be sought
after and valuable with its spectacular views and good location.
A new day
is dawning. Be a part of it. Now, the ultimate expression of wellness
is within your reach. Canyon Ranch, a place with incredible possibilities
for more than two decades, has helped transform thousands of lives
through the experience of healthy living. In an inspiring and
breathtaking environment, people can experience a sense of renewal
and healing, energy and spirit, vision and opportunity. For the
first time ever, Canyon Ranch Living offers this incomparable
feeling of healthy living to those who embrace the lifestyle and
want to be a part of the journey each day of their lives.
Well-planned to the smallest detail. Individual residences and
well-crafted extensions of the Canyon Ranch experience. Professional
caliber designer kitchens fitted with Della Casa cabinetry from
Italy, SubZero refrigerators, Miele cooktops and dishwashers and
granite countertops inspire creative - and nutritious - feasts.
Sumptuous master baths, complete with whirlpool soaking tubs,
limestone flooring and granite countertops evoke a spa-like environment
you've grown to love. And and oversized steel-and-glass balcony,
with breathtaking views of the city and ocean, complete these
rare that we hear of new 5-star oceanfront condos appearing in South
Beach. Well, Christa Development Corporation and New York's Bluerock
investment firm are bankrolling and building this stunning new project.
Hotel was a landmark structure built in 1941. This 7-story art
deco treasure will be completely stripped and rebuilt from the
inside out. Another building, 18-stories in height will be built
attached to the original structure, thereby giving us two towers
of ultra-luxury residences to choose from.
will have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. In fact, both towers
will basically be all-glass towers. And the views are just amazing.
Practically every room in every apartment will see the ocean.
The west-facing views will be of Miami Beach's famed Intercoastal.
Here, in the
heart of South Beach luxury lairs provide a home that can soothe
the savage beast within each of us. Here, in the heart of the
hottest celebrity district in the world, the sensational center
of art, entertainment and fashion, there is a residential oasis.
views of Biscayne Bay and the ocean. Stunning vistas of sizzling
South Beach. Spectacular panoramas of downtown's sparkling skyline.
The Floridian's luxurious high-rise residences clearly offer
a better view of the world.
South Beach is one of the most recognizable buildings as you
enter South Beach from the Macarthur Causeway. It stands as
a landmark and welcomes visitors to South Beach with great prowess
from 840 to 2285 sq ft
II will have it's own exclusive amenities, including a private
Owners' Lounge serving continental breakfast, cocktails and hors
d'oeuvres, swimming pool, 24/7 security, a restaurant,and valet
parking. you'll also be able to call on the Fontainebleau and
treat yourself to room service, in-suite spa and beauty services,
housekeeping and concierge services.
and personal belongings are all you need to 'check in". Pack
for the time you expect to be here - a weekend, a week, a month,
or the season. In inimitable Turnberry style, your impeccably
crafted, thoughtfully equipped Fountainebleau III Ocean Club residence
is ready for your complete enjoyment. The furniture is plush and
comfortbable, with refined accent pieces. Designer carpeting and
decorator tile grace the floor. The baths are marble; the countertops
granite. Flatpanel TV sets, stare-of-the-art computer hookups,
linens, towels, dinnware,, silverware, cookware, and appliances
are all provided as well. We've thought of everything.
516 - 1,616
sq ft - Tower II
500 - 1,000 sq ft - Tower III
Venetian, buyers have nothing if not choice. With interiors
that reflect the casual, waterfront elegance of the tower's
secluded island setting, the residential selection includes
one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans. These ranges
in size from 1,196 to more than 4,000 square feet of total living
space, including private balconies with riveting waterfront
Phillippe Starck and developer Jorge Perez have built on a plot
of land located just South of Fifth Street is something so grand
it deserves the name Icon. The building's motto, "Where you
live is who you are" proves these two pioneers take their
work to the most extreme levels of luxury. Starck's first residential
condo project in the U.S., Icon is a condominium composed of two
tiers, each reaching 35 and 40 floors. Located on the bay, Icon
promises exquisite views through its wrap-around glass windows.
Amenities include around-the-clock security, valet, and concierge.
As well a coffee and tea bar, set inside of a 27-foot high urn
in Icon's lobby. Raising the bar on luxury living, Icon has an
elevated infinity-edged pool set amidst the backdrop of the Miami
Beach Marina and Biscayne Bay. A health and fitness center with
state-of-the-art equipment is also at your footsteps.
the splendor of Europe, Il Villaggio is steeped in the traditions
of elegance, grace and regal opulence.
of opulence, this private village rests atop an enclave of boutiques
whose charming porches, covered loggias and picturesque awnings
capture the magic of Ocean Drive. Above an elegant retail complex
sits the stately Il Villaggio, a residence dedicated to unmatched
gentility, luxury, comfort and convenience. Private residential
parking, with valet services available, funnels into its own three
level garage where secured elevators accessible only to residents,
travel to main lobby level at which point residents transfer to
eleven private elevators (in their personal lobbies) directly
to their residences. Only residents and their endorsed guests
have access by coded card.
MEi the ancient
and mystical chinese symbol for 'beauty' will be The last beachfront
site for new luxury construction in the foreseeable. An oceanfront
icon in shimmering glass and flowing water, crafted in limestone,
teak and exotic fabrics from the east. One and two story elegant
residences with panoramic walls of glass overlooking the ocean.
The most talked about lobby since the Delano. The Tea Lounge and
Library worthy of s 5-star club in Hong Kong. An Asian Spa and
fitness center to delight every sense including a few you didn't
know you had. An oceanview pool deck with a bridge over a lagoon
- and your private cabana a few steps away.Like nothing you have
ever seen on any beach anywhere in the world.
conceived as two separate properties - the Royal Palm and the
Shorecrest - today, these legendary hotels have been meticulously
combined, preserved and updated to create one exceptional resort.
Defined by its classic Art Deco architecture, furnishings and
colors, the property sits directly on the golden sands that give
South Beach its name. The proximity to the blue waters of the
Atlantic is only one part of the Resort's unmatched location.
location, the Resort is truly a tropical paradise that offers
the finest amenities and facilities including two swimming pools,
ocean-view terraces, an oceanfront restaurant and over 6,000 square
feet of flexible meeting space. The surrounding property is lush
and beautifully manicured while the common areas and lobby feature
welcoming and stylish Art Deco décor. The convenient location
and luxurious surroundings are surpassed only by the personalized
service the Resort offers. Few places on the Beach can match this
level of attention and provide guests the unique combination of
luxury, convenience and comfort that they truly deserve.
Over 600 feet
of magnificent Bay frontage. Private Bay side Beach Club with
saltwater pool and poolside cafe. Exclusive health and fitness
center on the 2nd and 3rd floor with outstanding equipment, sauna
and steam rooms. Heated bayfront swimming pool and spa. 4.5 acre
site. Lushly landscaped grounds. Lighted tennis courts. Media
and multi-purpose rooms. Dramatic 20-foot lobby entrance. Spectacular
porte-cochere entry with 24 hour complimentary valet parking.
Multi-level covered and secured parking. Concierge staff and services.
Mail and package receiving desk. 24 hour security services.
in Miami Beach is one of the newest and most luxurious condo residences
in the South Beach neighborhood. Located in the trendy South of
Fifth (SoFi) district of South Beach, this waterfront luxury condo
complex features the largest and most elegant skyhomes in South
Beach.Murano Grande Logo
are attracted to the hip and active South Beach location find
that the cachet of Murano Grande condo is supreme among the residential
addresses South of Fifth Street. Residents are walking distance
to great restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques on South Beach.
At home they enjoy extreme ambiance, sleek design, abundant amenities,
and breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. Murano Grande is the
top of the world in South Beach.
Set to rise
on a prized parcel of oceanfront within Miami Beach's legendary
Historic District, Mosaic Preconstruction Condos on Miami Beach
will personify luxury surrounded by breathtaking views of the
Atlantic, Intracoastal Waterway and Miami's dazzling skyline.
Rising 20-stories, Mosaic's plan designs may range from approximately
1,350 to 3,500 square feet of residential area. The City of Miami
Beach's Historic Preservation unanimously approved Mosaic's site
plan design concept consisting of 84 condominium residences with
private elevators, and four oceanfront townhouse residences. Mosaic's
condominium residences are being designed to capture the location's
panoramic views of the Atlantic, Intracoastal Waterway and Miami
skyline. Interiors will be embellished with architectural detailing
and appointments to serve both beauty and comfort, with functional
flow through floorplan designs.
1400 to 3,500 sq ft
on Millionaires Row in Miami Beach is a very contemporary building
that has over 250 feet of frontage on Indian Creek. Nautica features
a full range of services and amenities to complement the luxurious
Miami Beach lifestyle. Nautica is by far one of the most desirable
addresses on Miami Beach.
Place is one of the newest and most desirable address on Ocean Drive,
just south of Fifth Street. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean
Place is just moments from SoBe's hottest clubs, world-class cafes
and designer boutiques. Yet, it's also just steps away from the
exquisite expanse of beach at Ocean Beach Park. Designed by world-renowned
Arquitectonica, this striking resort styled community has panoramic
views of the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Beach Park, South Beach and the
Arquitectonica, Ocean Place offers 52 luxury residences with magnificent
ocean views, over-sized balconies, elegant interiors and more.
is 44 stories and its floor to ceiling windows provide breath
taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Downtown Miami, and the Bay.
themselves provide you with the comfort and quality of excellence.
The high ceilings give you an enlightened sense of comfort. The
units are constructed with the highest quality of materials from
the top of the line kitchens to the splendid baths.
provides world class amenities to its residents. The 29th floor
is completely devoted the owners health spa and gymnasium. While
the concierge is always at hand to tend to your needs. Round the
clock security provide you a safe haven on the beach.
after a great coastal resort in French Riviera, this ultra-private
experience uniquely features 85 residences, With 35 different floor
be a "retreat" located in the heart of the world's most
famous playgrounds, Rivage offers a balanced approach towards
living that gives you access to anything you desire while having
a sanctuarial "escape" with more privacy, security and
luxury then any other property in South Beach.
designed by architects Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates,
units have an east-west flow-through design allowing for natural
light from sunrise to sunset.
described the residences' open-plan design as "a canvas to
inspire a modern, comfortable home."
canvas is hardly blank. Luxuries studding it include private elevators,
floor-to-ceiling windows, wireless lighting controls, custom home
theater systems and reservation services access.
with separate entrances are standard in each residence.
gas stoves and elongated granite countertops, while bathrooms
have a glass-enclosed shower and toilet/bidet area and limestone
ultra-luxury, high-rise condominium tower featuring 175 residences
with panoramic views of the ocean, beach and Miami skyline with
floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-level lobby and all the finest
amenities. Available one, two, and three bedroom residences range
in size from 850 to 2,800 square feet. Penthouses are approximately
6,000 square feet, excluding terraces and private decks with lap
When you visit
these condos you'll soon see why this is one of South Beach's
favorite places to live. Oversized condo units are just one of
the many features that makes this lifestyle one that everyone
sits on a stunning marina, and you can purchase a slip separately.
With its grand views of both Downtown Miami and the beaches of
South Beach the Miami lifestyle is certainly at home at Sunset
is just a few steps from one of Miami's largest Publix supermarkets.
Take another few steps and enjoy a delicious meal at Joe Allen's
restaurant. And just a few more minutes walking puts you at one
of South Beach's most favorite destinations, Lincoln Road.
750 to 3320 sq ft North Tower
800 to 2660 sq ft South Tower
At last, a
new mixed-use project on South Beach that will look distinctively
different, from the usual towers. Vitri South Beach Preconstruction,
Leviev Boymelgreen's new development planned for a 1.58-acre site
between Alton Road and West Avenue at Fifth Street, will create
an eye-catching gateway to Miami Beach as people cross the MacArthur
Causeway from the mainland.
Carlos Prio-Touzet and Jacqueline Gonzalez-Touzet, principals
of Miami-based Touzet Studio Design & Architecture, have come
up with a design that splits 66 residential units between two
distinct buildings designed for urban living. On West Avenue,
a curving four-story concrete frame encloses glass-fronted facets,
on double-height units, which capture views of Biscayne Bay.
the personality and style of a true boutique hotel, with the consistency,
the reliability and the outstanding service of a major brand hotel,
the W Hotels®, with their worldwide reputation, has redefined
the upscale experience. The W Hotels® are now the fastest
growing luxury hotel brand in the World.
It began with
the recognition that there are customers who seek a balance between
style and substance, wherever they live, at home or traveling.
All W Hotels® offer striking modern approach to design, with
an emphasis on comfort and warm, attentive service and exceptional
600 - 5,000 sq ft
Waverly - at South Beach is situated directly between Biscayne Bay
and The Atlantic Ocean. Located just two blocks from Lincoln Road
, it offers easy access to great nightlife and trendy shopping and
dining. Lavish amenities include a waterfront pool, luxurious spa,
feng shui meditation garden, state-of-the-art gym and tennis and
sand volleyball courts.
world-famous Arquitectonica , The Waverly towers house 399 one-
and two-bedroom residences, ranging in size from 800 to 1,384
square feet. Panoramic vistas of downtown Miami , Biscayne Bay
, and the Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed from private balconies.
Other alluring residence features include spacious closets, full-size
side-by-side washer/dryers, an elegant kitchen/dining setting
with upgraded GE appliance ensemble, and architectural detailing.
Each residence is also pre-wired for DSL Internet access.
Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and Fisher Island
views, paired with a long list of luxury amenities, makes the
Yacht Club at Portofino the ultimate address. Located in the exclusive
SoBe district of trendy South Miami Beach, the Yacht Club at Portofino
is just a short walk to America's #1 urban beach and a variety
of first class restaurants, cafe's and entertainment venues.
740 to 1,980 sq ft
Beach Miami , Florida
From Wikipedia, the free
South Beach is the section of Miami
that encompasses the southernmost 23 blocks
of an island separating the Atlantic
Ocean and Biscayne
Bay. This area was the first section
of Miami Beach to be developed, starting
in the 1910s, thanks to the development
efforts of Carl
G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, John
Collins, and others. The area has gone
through numerous man-made and natural changes
over the years, including a booming regional
economy, increased tourism, and the 1926
that destroyed much of the area.
South Beach started as farmland. In 1870,
Henry and Charles Lum purchased 165 acres
(668,000 mÂ˛) for coconut
farming. Charles Lum built the first house
on the beach in 1886. In 1894, the Lum brothers
left the island, leaving control of the
plantation to John Collins, who came to
South Beach two years later to survey
the land. He used the land for farming purposes,
discovering fresh water and extending his
parcel from 14th Street to 67th in 1907.
In 1912, Miami businessmen the Lummus Brothers
acquired 400 acres (1.6 kmÂ˛) of Collins'
land in an effort to build an oceanfront
city of modest single family residences.
In 1913 Collins started construction of
a bridge from Miami to Miami Beach. Although
some local residents invested in the bridge,
Collins ran short of money before he could
G. Fisher, a successful entrepreneur
who made millions in 1909 after selling
a business to Union
Carbide, came to the beach in 1913.
His vision was to establish South Beach
as a successful city independent of Miami.
This was the same year that the famous restaurant
Joe's Stone Crab opened. Fisher loaned $50,000
to Collins for his bridge, which was completed
in June, 1913. the Collins Bridge was later
replaced by the Venetian
On March 26, 1915, Collins, Lummus, and
Fisher consolidated their efforts and incorporated
the Town of Miami Beach. In 1920 the County
Causeway (renamed MacArthur
Causeway after World
War II) was completed.
The Lummus brothers sold their oceanfront
property, between 6th and 14th Streets,
to the city. To this day, this area is known
In 1920, the Miami Beach land boom began.
South Beach's main streets (5th Street,
Alton Road, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue,
and Ocean Drive) were all suitable for automobile
traffic. The population was growing in the
1920s, and several millionaires such as
Penney, Harvey Stutz, Albert Champion,
Seiberling, and Rockwell LaGorce built
homes on Miami Beach. President Warren
G. Harding stayed at the Flamingo Hotel
during this time, increasing interest in
In the 1930s, an architectural revolution
came to South Beach, bringing Art
Moderne, and Nautical Moderne architecture
to the Beach. To this day, South Beach remains
the world's largest collection of Streamline
Moderne Art Deco architecture. Napier,
New Zealand another notable Art Deco
city, makes an interesting comparison with
Miami Beach as it was rebuilt in the Ziggurat
Art Deco style after being destroyed by
an earthquake in 1931.
By 1940, the beach had a population of
28,000. After the December
attack on Pearl
Harbor, the Army Air Corps took command
over Miami Beach.
In 1966, South Beach became even more famous
Gleason brought his weekly variety series,
Jackie Gleason Show to the area for
taping, a rarity in the industry. Beginning
in the late 1970s and continuing through
the 1980s, South Beach was used as a retirement
community with most of its ocean-front hotels
and apartment buildings filled with elderly
people living on small, fixed incomes. This
period also saw the introduction of the
"cocaine cowboys," drug dealers who used
the area as a base for their illicit drug
released in 1983, typifies this activity.
In addition, television show Miami
Vice used South Beach as a backdrop
for much of its filming due to the area's
raw and unique visual beauty.
While many of the unique Art Deco buildings,
such as the New Yorker Hotel, were lost
to developers in the years before 1980,
the area was saved as a cohesive unit by
Barbara Capitman and a group of activists
who spearheaded the movement to place South
Beach on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Before the famous TV show, Miami
Vice, SoBe was considered a very poor
area with a very high rate of crime. Today,
it is considered one of the most wealthy
and prosperous commercial areas on the beach.
Despite this, poverty and crime still exist
in some isolated places surrounding the
In the late 1980s, a renaissance began
in South Beach, with an influx of fashion
industry professionals moving into the area.
Most major modeling agencies had offices
in South Beach, and fashion photographers
frequently used the area as a backdrop for
their photo shoots.
Today, the South Beach section of Miami
Beach is a major entertainment destination
with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants
and oceanfront hotels. The area is popular
with both American and international tourists,
being the third most spoken language after
The large number of European
tourists explains South Beach's tolerance
sunbathing, despite being a public beach.
Another unique aesthetic attribute of South
Beach is the several colorful and unique
lifeguard stands, still used today by South
South Beach is traversed by numerical streets
which run east-west, starting with First
Street and the largely pedestrianized Lincoln
Road (between 16th and 17th). It also has
13 principal Roads and Avenues running north-south,
which, from the Biscayne
Bay side, are Bay Road, West Avenue,
Alton Road, Lenox Avenue, Michigan Avenue,
Jefferson Avenue, Meridian Avenue, Euclid
Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Drexel Avenue,
Washington Avenue, Collins Avenue (Route
A1A), and Ocean Drive. There are three smaller
avenues (that do not run the entire length
of the beach) in the Collins Park area,
named Park, Liberty, and James. Most locals
agree that South Beach's northern boundary
runs along Dade Boulevard from Lincoln Road
on the bay side of the island, and heads
east-north-east until it connects with 23rd
Street, which forms the northern boundary
on the ocean side.
Flamingo Park is the neighborhood
directly north of Fifth and expands from
Alton Road on the west to Washington Avenue
on the east, with its northern boundary
being Lincoln Road; it does not include
Lenox. This area consists mainly of low
rise apartment buildings, with commercial
development largely limited to Alton Road,
Washington Avenue, and Lincoln Road. Presently,
there is little notable nightlife, with
the exception of Tantra on 15th Street.
It is also home to Flamingo Park, one of
South Beach's public parks, which includes
recreational facilities such as tennis,
racketball and basketball courts.
Flamingo West is a neighborhood
of single family homes that spans from north
of the Park to Lincoln Road on Lennox and
Collins Park is South Beach's most
"up and coming" neighborhood, according
to the Miami New Times. The newspaper cites
the new Sanctuary Spa Resort, an updated
public library, and several open projects
as evidence for its claim. Collins Park
is contained by 17th Street to the south,
23rd Street to the north, the Atlantic Ocean
to the east, and Washington Avenue/Pinetree
Drive to the west. It is directly across
from the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Collins Park consists mainly of low rise
deco buildings built in the 1930s and
1950s; it is also the location of the Bass
Museum of Art. The area is currently undergoing
as many of the old apartments from the 1980s
(many of which still have bars on their
windows) are being purchased by major New
York and South Florida real estate developers
to be converted into condominiums.
Additionally, many high-rise buildings
are located along Bay Road and West Avenue,
and there are multifamily residences located
north of Lincoln Road and east of Collins
Park. The Flamingo, the world's largest
apartment complex, is located on Bay Road.
Road is an open-air pedestrian mall,
considered South Beach's premiere shopping
area. It is home to many restaurants and
several night clubs, such as Score and Funktion,
as well as many retail outlets. While Lincoln
Road was one time rather downtrodden, with
its unique boutique shops and restaurants,
since the 1960s it has had "an esoteric
chic that maintains its trendy appeal."
(ref. Ocean Drive Magazine) It is located
in between 16th Street and 17th Street and
spans the beach in an east-west direction.
Among the late 1990s restaurants on Lincoln
Road was one owned by actor Michael Caine,
and managed by one of his daughters. The
restaurant has since closed. Lincoln Road
commerce is greatly facilitated by the 17th
street parking garage.
A portion of the southern part of
the South Beach skyline as seen from
Photo: Marc Averette
Part of the South Beach skyline at night
looking east from the southwest side
of the island.
Photo: Marc Averette
Ocean Drive is the easternmost street
in South Beach, and stems from south of First
to 15th Street, running in a north-south direction.
Ocean Drive is responsible for the South Beach
aesthetic that most out-of-town visitors expect.
It is a popular Spring Break and tourist area,
including the famous, yet predominantly local,
Pearl and Nikki Beach night spots. It is also
home to several prominent restaurants (including
"News Cafe," "Mango's," and the MTV-popularized
"Clevelander") and is the site of Gianni Versace's
former ocean front mansion. Because of its great
value as a place for people watching (beautiful
women rollerblading in bikini's and such), it
is heavily cruised and parking is hard to find.
However, experience indicates that if you get
there early enough in the morning (before 930am)
on a weekday, or (before 900am) on a weekend,
there is a good chance you can snare a spot right
on Ocean Drive. Have plenty of quarters to feed
the parking meters (actually machines which print
parking vouchers) if you find a space on Ocean
Drive, because illegal parking tickets are expensive.
There is green space with palm trees (see nearest
photograph to your left) between Ocean Drive and
the sands of the beach, which makes a good place
for relaxing out of the sun.
The Carlyle Hotel on Ocean Drive near 13th Street
is an iconic Art Deco landmark. Built in 1939,
it is is one of the most sought after settings
for photo shoots, televised programming, Hollywood
and independent film-making. It was the outside
setting for the 1996 MGM
Española Way, which runs from Collins
Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, was conceived by
N.B.T. Roney (of the Roney Plaza Hotel) in 1925
as "The Historic Spanish Village," modeled after
the romantic Mediterranean villages found in France
and Spain. Today it consists of art galleries,
restaurants, and quirky shops.
Alton Road is the main westside north-south
street located 1-3 blocks from Biscayne Bay. On
the part that traverses South Beach, the road
is host to many local businesses, including dry
cleaners, small furniture stores, small grocery
markets, non-chain restaurants and fast food restaurants.
It is mainly residential once it crosses Michigan
Avenue north of South Beach.
Washington Avenue is one of the best-known
streets in South Beach. Running parallel with
Ocean and Collins, Washington is notorious for
having some of the world's largest and most popular
nightclubs, such as Crobar
and Mansion. During "season" (October 15th to
May 15th) the street is jammed with traffic until
early in the morning (as late as 6 am) every night
of the week. In the 1990s explosion of South Beach
as a nighclub venue, its nightclub moguls included
Ingrid Cesares, whose investors included the singer
South Beach has a very active club and bar scene.
It is host to over 150 clubs and other destinations,
most of which close at 5 am. South Beach can be
expensive, and access to nightclubs is often difficult
for non-locals who do not have connections, or
do not plan their evenings in advance. Access
to the more popular nightspots can cost anywhere
from $20-60 for entry (depending on event and
venue) and sometimes comes with a wait of several
hours, in addition to evaluation by door staff.
Nightlife in South Beach is dynamic and ever-changing,
although some watering holes like The Clevelander
and "The Deuce" have remained steadfast tourist
destinations on Ocean Drive for well over a decade.
Clubs constantly change decor, name, and owner,
so it is difficult to state at any given time
which clubs are popular. The average club is only
open for about a season or less. Recently, the
local government has been taking steps to prevent
these short-lived venues from establishing themselves
South Beach is one of the world's foremost locations
for fashion shoots, making the Miami area the
model shoot capital of the United States. Approximately
live in the area, with many more arriving during
the prime fashion shooting season, running from
October to March. Ocean
Drive is the most popular place for shoots,
but back streets are often used as well.
A Taxicab from Miami
International Airport costs $32 flat rate
for up to five passengers. You can also reach
South Beach from MIA by using the Miami Dade Transit
System. The Bus route J will take you to Miami
Beach, and you can transfer to either bus routes
C or H to take you to South Beach.