SOUTH BEACH MIAMI BEACH FLORIDA
- AREA INFORMATION
Miami Beach's South Beach, or SoBe has been rated America's Best Beach by the Travel Channel for the last 4 years - 2000-2004, and one of the World's Best Beaches 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003. South Beach runs from Government Cut north to 21st Street and from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to Biscayne Bay on the west. The Art Deco District is the area from 5th to 15th streets.
Originally established in 1915, the city, located in the Miami-Dade County of Florida, changed its name to Miami Beach in 1917. It is a city known not only for the excitements that it offers as a seaside resort but also for its cultural and artistic heritage.
The city's Art-Deco style architecture won recognition in 1979 when the city's Art-Deco Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures built during the period 1923-43 provide the architectural basis for declaring the district a historic place of national importance. Besides Art-Deco, Mediterranean and Streamline Moderne are the other architectural styles that are well represented in the district.
The city's South Beach is one of the most popular areas. Being a great draw to European tourists and largely influenced by their preferences, South Beach is one of the few public beaches in the country that tolerate topless sunbathing. Today, this part of the city is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants and oceanfront hotels.
The city is also very well known for its nightlife, fine dining culture, bike riding and shopping. While the once down-trodden Lincoln Road in the South Beach area is today acknowledged throughout the US as the destination for quality food, adventure thrills and great shopping experiences, its real claim to fame is the fact that Lincoln Road and the South Beach area has today replaced Los Angeles and New York City as the country's top night life destination....read more »