By Deborah B Woods
SoBe as it is called by its residents, or South Beach Miami for the rest of us, sits between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and includes all of the islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek. South Beach Miami's transformation from farmland into the vacation paradise it is today started in the 1910's with the construction of the Collins Bridge making the first land link between mainland Miami and the beaches. In 1926, a hurricane destroyed most of the new area but now there are around 40,000 residents living in South Beach, and many more residences are second vacation homes.
While Miami has a reputation for being a pretty wild town, it is also family friendly destination with plenty of things to see and do for visitors of all ages. Here are some of the sights to see in Miami that you and your family definitely do not want to miss.
By: Hannah Rollmaker
Having been formed less than a hundred years ago, in 1915, Miami Beach is far younger than many equally popular tourist spots like Athens or Nice. Despite this, Miami has certainly carved out its own niche in history in its relatively brief tenure and the city is now known the world over for its incredible beaches, amazing nightlife, and questionable underbelly.
By: Mark Andersen
The better question here is what is not cool about South Beach? If you are looking for a hot vacation spot that has a taste of something for everyone, South Beach in Florida is exactly the place for you. Crystal clear ocean water that never goes below 70 degrees, perfect beaches, incredible food and a great nightlife sounds like the perfect spot, doesn’t it? You would have to be a fool to go anywhere else.
I sweat for days waiting for the singular ugly colored blue Cadillac to drive up the driveway.
She scared me, and then I glimpsed her face. Tanned, lips painted with “Orange Flip” lipstick, her one and only, and the dreaded be-hive up-do. Oh God! My mother was going to kill me.
By: Robert Murgatroyd
If you've been to South Beach in Miami, you ve probably walked past the famous Versace mansion on Ocean Drive. If you re not sure whether or not you ve seen it, just look for a really big mansion with an observatory on its roof, nestled between the cafes, restaurants and hotels of Ocean Drive. You ll know you re getting close when you see the crowd outside its famous doorsteps snapping pictures (it s the third most photographed house in America behind the White House and Graceland).
In fact it’s barely in the USA. Walking down Ocean Drive is like walking in Nice, only safer, and almost everyone speaks English here… as their second language. I eavesdrop on conversations while buying Italian Roast for my French Press from a Cuban barista who spoke German. On my way to a tapas dinner I saw a tourist give five Euros to a baffled homeless man.