Relax in Sobe & Enjoy the Deco

Miami, the vibrant mix of business and pleasure: SoBe, art deco buildings, Key West, and vibrant party scenes making it a popular spring break and vacation destination in Florida!


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The modern Miami Downtown and metro

Miami, to me, is a vibrant yet weird combo of business and pleasure. Miami is the second-most populous metropolis and one of the busiest ports in the southeastern United States, and the third tallest skyline and the largest hub of international banks in the country. It is also known as a popular vacation and retirement tropical destination. The city enjoys a long coastline along Biscayne Bay which contains several hundred natural and artificially created barrier islands. It’s pleasant weather and miles of beaches allows for year-round outdoor activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing.

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Historic architecture, big or small, could be found anywhere in the urban area of Miami Beach or Downtown area among the modern apartment buildings – and how I love those modern apartments with big windows, balconies, and a view of the Biscayne Bay!
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Freedom Tower: Ex-newspaper office & immigration facility in 1920s tower housing art exhibits of Cuban immigrants.
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Expensive celebrity homes on manmade barrier islands, could you find J Lo’s, Phil Collins, Matt Damon’s, Calvin Klein’s or Ricky Martin’s House?

Weird enough, the city is incredibly close with Cuba. Lots of Cuban and Caribbean migrated to Miami and settled down, while the Little Havana district displays Cuban art and a vibrant mix of western and Latin culture. The connection with the Caribbean somehow felt special to me.

Visit Key West, the southernmost tip of the United States which is a very iconic people to many traveler’s hearts. The small island is at the very tip of Florida Keys yet it’s famous for its vibrant party scene, key lime pie, southernmost of everything and sunset at the Mallory Square!

Miami - BusI used the Go Miami Card to get around the city for 3 days and it’s a really good deal. Merely joining two day-tours (like Key West Day Trip + Everglades Tours), it already covered the costs of the card. Not to mention a Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus tour 24-hour pass, and free admission to lots of attractions in downtown and Miami Beach, including Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise, Water Taxi, Jungle Island, Perez Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, World Erotic Art Museum, Art Deco Walking Tour, and much more! It is even applicable to places in Orlando including the Kennedy Space Center (not sure if it’s worth to travel that far with this card, though).

I visited the South Beach and explored the area with a bike the day before, and then I hopped on the Big Bus Tour to travel through the Art Deco Historic District while the on-bus tour guide gave us funny and informative commentary!

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Breathtaking sunset of Miami Harbor


South Beach or people in the know would call it “SoBe”, is, in fact, the first section of Miami Beach to be developed since the 1910s. South Beach had experienced ups and downs from the booming economy and tourism to destructive hurricanes. While what I appreciated the most was the surging of Art Deco architectural style along the beach in the 1930s. South Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is one of the largest manifestos of Art Deco building group in the world! The area contains more than 800 buildings built between 1923 to 1943, and today they are well-preserved and cannot be torn down.

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What is Art Deco?

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Art Deco District - 1The Art Deco architectural style was brought in from Paris and at its prime from the early 1920s to 30s. The style is a modern take on neoclassical, historic, and retro – the buildings feature simple shapes, clean lines, and are painted with romantic pastel colors. Yet they also put on the most whimsical and flamboyant, over-the-top embellishment possible: from porthole windows, chrome accents, glass blocks, neon signboard, to terrazzo floors, as if they coexist peacefully and competing silently for attention at the same time.
I just love the bold and striking contrast of these buildings while they have the modern elements and still embrace the historic beauty. Inside of the buildings, they have exotic flora and fauna motifs, prominent structural gems, fountains or statues.

Art Deco District - Building (Construction)

The Art Deco Historic District is located on Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street, along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue. It is a popular Spring Break and tourist area, a district that people can show off their expensive cars, and where many famous nightspots, bars, and restaurants are located! SoBe is also home to several famous sites, including Gianni Versace’s former ocean front mansion, where he was murdered and it’s now turned into a hotel. The Fontainebleau hotel, a cultural and architectural icon where the James Bond Movie “Goldfinger” was shot.

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Holocaust memorial Sobe
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World Erotic Art Museum exhibits a lot of erotic art collected from all over the world: Like this one, a painting by Mexican artist, Dulce Maria Rivas, in 2000

22 comments on “Relax in Sobe & Enjoy the Deco”

  1. I have never been to Miami, but I could see how it is a great place to visit/live! The weather seems to be always nice. And so many outdoor activities you can do! I’d love to try surfing there someday.

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  2. Crocket and Tubbs i so remember first seeing Miami in the iconic 80’s series Miami Vice. It has that Spanish feel about I always thought it was the American version of Barcelona with its beaches and harbour area. Would certainly be on my American bucket list

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    1. Yes, it’s a fun place to be at SoBe; and the surrounding areas are fun, too! City, Everglades, Key West, Fort Lauderdle … to a cruise trip to the Bahamas


  3. I think those Art Deco is a great thing many cities are struggling to keep those, to make a special feature for the city. I say struggling because such city like Miami is growing with highrises and the demand of building should have attacked the Art Deco building. Hope the city is strong enough to maintain these beautiful features.

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    1. That’s true. Highrise are popping up in the city, and luckily the Art Deco District is protected. There are a lot of new condos in around it though 😰


  4. Miami for us is the stuff that dreams are made of and yes Hollywood has fueled these dreams. The coastline of Miami is really irresistible. Sobe looks gorgeous and I am fascinated by the Art Deco District. There is such a lot to see and experience in Miami.

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    1. The coastline and habor of Miami is unique but it could also be a problem with traffic 😅 I feel relaxed just wandering in Sobe already 👏🏻👌🏻😊👍🏻


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