Miami Beach: Art Deco Walking Tour
In preparation for our Caribbean cruise, we decided to spend two nights in Miami Beach. Neither of us had been there before and we wanted to do two things: 1) see the Art Deco architecture, and 2) spend a day at the beach. After all, we wanted some sun n’ fun and escape Wisconsin in December for a week! We opted to base ourselves in the South Beach area.
The weather was perfect – low to mid 80’s Fahrenheit. There was a bit of mix up with the hotel though. I had booked The Kent Hotel through booking.com. We got to the hotel, but our room wasn’t ready, so we dropped of our bags and went to go find lunch on Ocean Drive. While at lunch, the hotel called and said they were overbooked! Wow…what a way to start a vacation. However, they said they had a room at a sister property (that was more expensive) and only three blocks away on the same street. The hotel would pay the difference and deliver our luggage–so luckily, everything worked out!
So we checked in to our new hotel – the Chesterfield Hotel & Suites on Collins Avenue. The room was nice and the bed was comfy…that’s all we really ask for. Oh, and it was one block from the beach…a definite plus!
We had dinner that night at Larios on the Beach, a great Cuban restaurant owned by the Estefans. Make sure and get a mojito!
After dinner, we did a self-guided art deco walking tour along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue taking in the historic buildings and hotel, all lit up in the nighttime neon. Free Tours by Foot has a nice map and historical overview to do it on your own.
Here are some pics from the walking tour:
For more photos, check out my Flickr album.