South Beach is everything the hype has lead you to believe. Its 10 miles/16 kilometers of beaches filled with a buzzing, carnival-like atmosphere, while hosting myriad characters, from celebrities and club kids to eccentric locals and curious visitors. And just as stunning as the beautiful people that flock here are the pastel-hued structures in the Art Deco District, where stands the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world.
With a trendy Caribbean-chic café culture and an impossibly hip and sexy nightlife scene, South Beach is a nonstop people-watching mecca, especially on Ocean Drive. Head to lovely Lincoln Road to shop, stroll the Art Deco canyons on Collins Avenue, or wander the beach Promenade between 5th and 15th streets.
Lummus Park Beach is the popular stretch of sand running along Ocean Drive from about 6th St to 14th St. This section of the beach is all about people-watching and getting some serious sun. You may even spot a photoshoot taking place here!
If you want to get out of the sun and away from the crowds, step inside the provocative World Erotic Art Museum or visit the polar opposite Bass Museum of Art for a peek at 16th-century religious art. By then, mojitos and people-watching will carry you into the evening.
Across the MacArthur Causeway from downtown Miami, South Beach stretches north from South Pointe Park all the way to 23rd Street. Between 1st and 15th streets is the quietly hip ‘hood that acts like a counter-weight to the over-the top carnival the upper end of South Beach.
From 15th to 23rd street, the upper end includes the pedestrian thoroughfare of Lincoln Road and its associated shopping, eating and nightlife, plus clusters of Art Deco buildings.
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