Make your escape to Miami, the elegant Art Deco city of electric neon and picturesque beach life where all crowds are catered for. The Ocean Drive North Area has both the Art Deco architecture and the picturesque beach to offer. Expect your hotel to have free internet access, be pet friendly, be near the beach, have smoke free rooms, a state of the art fitness centre, a swimming pool, a fine dining restaurant and excellent business facilities.
The first thing to do in South Beach, Miami is to sign up for one of the fantastic Art Deco District walking tours that is on offer. There are so many fabulous eye catching big block buildings with smooth curves and rich in colour. Check out the Art Deco Welcome Center where you can find more information on the tours.
The first opulent building to check out on the tour is the Casa Casaurina, a brilliant piece of decadent design which was built in 1930. Unfortunately it is infamous for one prime reason – it used to be home to the Italian fashion kingpin Gianni Versace who was killed at the house in 1997. Other magnificent buildings to marvel at include the superb trendy Delano hotel, which was built in 1947, and the sleek and slender Cardozo Hotel which is truly a unique and chic Art Deco gem.
The Cardozo Hotel is a great place to stop by for dinner where you can taste mouthwatering food that is out of this world. Try their ceviche, which is a raw fresh fish sprinkled with lemon and lime and spiced with chilli peppers – you will not want to eat anything else for the rest of your stay in South Beach!
If you fancy a late night romantic stroll with your significant other then head to the Miami Beach boardwalk. You will be able to find the perfect cocktail at any of the beachfront bars that all have music booming out of the speakers to get you in the mood for a night on the tiles.
The final thing you should do in the South Beach area is visit the Holocaust Memorial, a very powerful monument, designed by Kenneth Treister, that pays tribute to those that died in the Holocaust. It is a 40 foot widely spread high hand that points to the sky. It is well looked after and the staff that work there will be able to provide you with great historical insight about the sculpture.