What it looks like in glamorous South Beach Miami


The district is home to the historic Art Deco district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Art Deco buildings in the South Beach district of Miami

Scenes from the South Beach neighborhood of Miami.

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Source: insider

I recently made my first visit to South Beach and can’t wait to go back.

The author poses for a photo outside Miami's South Beach neighborhood

The author poses on the roof of a building in South Beach.

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Lonely Planet has called South Beach one of the most colorful destinations in America, and after my visit, I certainly agree.

Shops and restaurants in Miami's South Beach neighborhood

Colorful streets of the Miami neighborhood.

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Source: Planet alone

The bustling buildings are even more alluring at night with neon lights adding a saturated glow to the streets.

South Beach in Miami during the day (L) and at night (R)

A South Beach hotel by day or by night.

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But it wasn’t always like that. South Beach was once a coconut plantation, the Miami Herald reported. Around 1900, the Quakers converted it into an avocado orchard, according to the same source.

A shady park filled with palm trees between the beach and Ocean Drive in Miami

A view of Ocean Drive from the beach in the Miami neighborhood.

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Source: Miami Herald

After World War I, the area became a beach destination, which led to the construction of hundreds of sleek Art Deco apartments and hotels, according to the Miami Herald.

A street in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami

A street in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami.

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Source: Miami Herald

The Art Deco look is so integral to Miami that new building owners can’t change or remove this distinct architectural style, according to previous reports on Insider.

A courtyard between two art-deco buildings in South Beach, Miami

Colorful facades in South Beach.

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The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau suggests that the best way to appreciate all of the preserved history is to take an architectural tour of the neighborhood starting at the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive.

An art center in Miami's South Beach neighborhood

The Art Deco Visitor Center in Miami.

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