Miami Beach is the Art Deco capital of the world. The Miami Beach Architectural Historic District boasts more than 800 contributing structures in the flamboyant style. Iconic hotels like the Savoy, Colony, Avalon, Pelican, and Beacon line Ocean Drive with scores of others vying for the same level of fame and popularity. The best place to start any exploration of Miami Beach Deco is the Art Deco Center, home of the Miami Design Preservation League.
The 7-story Wolfsonian Museum is a Mediterranean Revival landmark that once operated as a storage house for tourists’ valuables. Espanola Way is a bastion of Spanish colonial architecture crafted in the pedestrian-friendly European style. The Holocaust Memorial on Meridian Avenue is a permanent reminder of the millions of lives lost in Europe during World War II.
Condominium living is one of the most popular ways to experience life in Miami Beach -- there are 46,614 potential apartments for sale in the city’s housing market. Another 829 units are co-ops. There are 1,730 multi-family properties. Miami Beach real estate options also include 4,907 single–family properties, and townhouses account for 201 possible homes for sale. The bustling business area of Miami Beach contains 906 commercial properties with an emphasis on retail and office space; another 490 properties have been zoned as mixed-use.
There are just 19 industrial properties in the Miami Beach real estate market. Vacant lots in Miami Beach can range from undeveloped waterfront properties to residential tear-downs in gated communities.
The bus is the main mode of transportation on the island and across the causeway to Miami. There is no light rail link to the mainland. Tourists and locals alike can take advantage of a direct-route bus to Miami International Airport that runs 17 hours a day, 7 days a week. Decobike is a public bicycle sharing system with 1,000 bikes available in over 100 stations.
Miami Beach taps into the Miami-Dade County public school system. The community is also served by several private rabbinical and parochial schools. The South Beach campus of the Florida International University School of Architecture is the city’s most prominent institution of higher learning.
Miami Beach Community Health Care Centers and private offices on the island bear the brunt of primary care in Miami Beach. On the mainland, Baptist Health South Florida manages 7 hospitals in Greater Miami.
Miami Beach crime statistics are skewed upwards by the large influx of tourists and a high number of hotels – well over 400. The possibility of violent crime (1 in 92) and property crime (1 in 10) is smaller for the resident population.
The world comes to Miami Beach to party, but residents also join the nightlife, whether it’s salsa nights with dancing lessons or South Beach clubbing. Espanola Way is a two-block slice of Old World Florida brimming with opportunities for shopping, dining and people watching. For quieter moments, the New World Symphony offers full-orchestra concerts from September to May in its Frank Gehry-designed New World Center.
Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay, Lincoln Road is a pedestrian mall packed with outdoor eateries and galleries. The Bass Museum of Art exhibits contemporary art and a full range of artistic expression takes over the city during Art Basel Miami Beach, one of America’s largest art and design shows.
South Pointe Park in South Beach is a go-to beach hang-out spot, whether it’s lounging on palm-shaded grass or dropping a fishing line into the turquoise ocean waters off the pier. Finish the day with a table at the Smith and Wollensky steakhouse for some of the best views of the Miami skyline and sailboats slipping back into port.