Miami Beach History & Culture
South Beach is the boisterous all-hours party that gives Miami Beach its reputation. That’s been true since the 1950s, even if the area was maybe less stylish then. Led by a few architectural preservationists, the city has protected its iconic Art Deco architecture — particularly the hotels on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. This celebration of urbanism creates a lively scene full of shops and cafés that spill onto the streets. Museums, galleries, and concert venues are everywhere you turn, and the area becomes a mecca of the art world during Art Basel. You’re bound to see Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis on its narrow streets, but cars are not mandatory to experience the best of Miami Beach. In fact, you’ll have a much better time experiencing this diverse cultural wonder from a pair of flip-flops or some six-inch platform wedges.