Miami Beach, just a short 4 miles across Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami, is known worldwide for its beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, miles of high-rise hotels and trendy art deco neighborhoods. World travelers, jetsetters, celebrities as well as locals are drawn to this trend setting and entertainment wonder in the sun.
Miami Beach, made up of 25 individual islands each offering a different style and atmosphere, is located just a short distance from the city of Miami, often considered in the same breath as the city across Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is actually a separate city making up the Miami Metro Area. Home to 90 thousand full time residents, the city opens its beaches, shopping and cultural wonders to millions of world visitors annually.
A barrier island, Miami Beach was first connected to the city of Miami by the Collins Bridge in 1913; today there are several bridges and causeways connecting Miami Beach and the smaller islands to the mainland.
Miami Beach, said to have some of the finest beaches in the world has become an international playground, from tourist to jetsetters, they flock not only for the sun drenched white sand beaches but in search of a good time. The city has unique architecture, plenty of restaurants and night clubs to draw the attention of celebrities as well as locals. Miami Beach, often called the party capital of the world was built with partying in mind and entertaining travelers.
Visitors find the beaches of Miami Beach some of the best in the world, clear blue and turquoise waters breaking on some of the whitest and cleanest beaches to be found. Sun bathing and a multiple of water sports can be found along the miles of beachfront. All along the beaches are raised boardwalks traversing the sand dunes giving easy access to the miles of beaches, palm tree lined paths offering joggers and walkers excellent opportunities’ to enjoy the beach, numerous parks as well as cafes an restaurants’ draw all types of people not only for the sun but shopping and people watching.
Many travelers’ flock to Miami Beach for the city’s Art Deco District. Made up of 950 historic buildings, the area bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Lenox Court to the west, the Collins Canal to the north and 6th street to the south, became a United States historic district in 1979. The Art Deco District is made up of buildings, hotels and structures build during the years 1923 and 1943.
South Beach has become the most sought after location in Miami Beach; visitors are drawn to the area bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and from 1st street on the south end of the Island up to 25th street not only for the beaches, but the shops, nightclubs and restaurants’.
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A world apart from the city of Miami, yet a integral part of the Miami experience, Miami Beach is a must see for any traveler to the area.