While many visit Miami Beach for the surf and sand, undoubtedly one of the most unique features you will not find anywhere else is the Art Deco Historic District. After a hurricane destroyed many of the buildings in Miami Beach in 1926, many of the new properties that were being built in the area were created to emulate the fashionable Art Deco architecture of the period. As a result, the area is now one of the best places to see Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world.
Although some of the Art Deco treasures have been altered or destroyed over the years, many of them exist as they were. Today, over 800 examples of Art Deco architecture exist, a remarkable number considering that it has been nearly a century since many of these buildings were constructed. Moreover, Miami Beach has more Art Deco buildings in one city than anywhere else in the world.
Among the most iconic of these buildings are the hotels that line the street of Ocean Drive, a famous street right before the sands of South Beach. In this area, there’s an entire row of Art Deco hotels among which include some of the most famous examples including the Colony Hotel and the Breakwater hotels.
In addition, you will also find you can also find residential properties throughout the city. Among these include many low-rise residential condo buildings that you will find throughout the Flamingo Park area of South Beach. While many of the Art Deco details of these condos are subtle, they are undoubtedly from the period. In addition, you will also find private residences in the style further north on the beach including Miami Beach Waterfront Homes