An Art Deco oceanfront paradise.
The Art Deco architecture, glittering nightlife, international vibe, and arresting ocean views of South Beach are most commonly what comes to mind when visitors picture Miami, and in many ways, the area delivers on its reputation. After all, this dynamic neighborhood boasts many of the city’s iconic restaurants and clubs, all within a stone’s throw of the world’s most famous beach. But look closer and you’ll find a diverse community of locals drawn together by their love of the water and Miami Beach’s unique culture.
Originally an avocado farm, southern Miami Beach began its transformation into resort capital in 1915 and is now one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. You can recognize it right away by its distinctive architecture, diverse international population, and colorful culture.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Art Deco beachside hotels, sunrise walks along the Atlantic Ocean and no shortage of late nights.
While this neighborhood has some options for a more quiet residential life, this party capital never truly sleeps. The locals, however, are anchored by the beach itself, considering the urban congestion a small price to pay for one living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Miami Beach offers flagship restaurants and ultra-exclusive nightclubs—but the locals have a vibrant daily culture of their own.
Many of Miami Beach’s flagship restaurants and ultra-exclusive nightclubs are located in the central areas around Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road, and Ocean Drive. There, you’ll find the South Beach experience, complete with lavish dining and nightclubs like LIV at the Fontainebleau. However, most locals eschew this in favor of sunrise jogs along the boardwalk at South Pointe Park, a day on the beach, and dinner at one of the smaller (yet more imaginative) joints. South Beach is also home to some major cultural institutions, such as The Fillmore live music venue on 17th and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
WHAT NOT TO EXPECT
Peace and quiet are scarce in the main areas of South Beach, but the residential areas are much more tranquil.
Miami Beach also has only three main access roads to the mainland, which makes it difficult to leave the island.
South Beach property is some of the most exclusive in the county.
South Beach property is some of the most exclusive in the county. A concentration of condos are situated around the central island; most of the buildings in this section are older mid-rises and they have the notable Art Deco architecture to show for it. The area’s pricier single-family homes can be found on the northern part of South Beach as well as along the golf course and Biscayne Bay, while the surrounding private islands represent some of the most expensive properties in the world.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Quirky culture, non-stop excitement, and incredible access to the water.
Hectic as it can be, Miami Beach offers residents the distinct luxury of living directly on the ocean.