I met with some people while we were applying for Home loans in New Braunfels. Those people were from Miami. I asked him about how is this place and he told me that Miami can feel at times like a never-ending feast for the senses. Glamour is part of everyday life here – celebrities, mansions, and public displays of consumption and wealth are the order of the day – and nowhere is this exhibited more than in South Beach, the most iconic neighborhood of the Greater Miami area.
From the classic swooping facades and meticulous neon of the city’s signature deco designs to its nonstop beach life and vibrant party scenes, South Beach exemplifies a unique brand of Floridian oceanside chic. What’s more, the best of this nook of Miami can be enjoyed without a car – to get around quickly, utilize the excellent DecoBike sharing program, or your own two feet.
South Beach, also known as ‘SoBe,’ is perhaps known best for its sunny take on art deco architecture. Only in South Beach does this smooth Modernist style take on a particular hybrid of pastel palettes and sleek curves, buttresses and contours, meant to evoke early 20th century train and ocean travel.
Miami’s forward momentum is astonishing. The rate at which change occurs is faster than the speed of Maserati coupes racing across the MacArthur Causeway, a picturesque highway that connects Miami proper to Miami Beach over a glistening bay. It is, and always has been, a glamorous destination. Visitors come looking for an escape, willing to be seduced by the charm of their surroundings. It’s as if the environment is systematically manufactured to excite all of our senses.
Miami grew exponentially during a series of booms in the 20th century—until each period’s bubble burst. Now, the city has expanded once again and is truly in the best shape it’s ever been. The indicator? Countless cranes crowding the skyline both near the water and inland making way for the next chic cocktail bar or chef-driven restaurant. That “out with the old, in with the new” mentality governs the lives of those who live here, and as such, Miamians are an adaptable bunch with a strong affinity for the ambitious and adventurous. Recently, though, understanding the past has become more of a priority, as more and more people call Miami a permanent home instead of a fantasy getaway.