There's more to Miami than the beaches and nightlife

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MIAMI, Fla. (WTHR) — It is a very small area of land, but South Beach is one of the world's most famous sites for fashion, music and wealth.

Basically a neighborhood in Miami Beach, South Beach is located just east of Miami between Biscayne Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Despite it's world wide popularity, South Beach only has 39,000 residents.

Back in the 1930's, the area burst on to the scene as an architectural headquarters and unique builds came to the Beach. South Beach claims to be the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne Art Deco architecture. Even today, guests can see an incredible collection of art deco buildings, lit up spectacularly at night giving an alluring look to visitors walking along Ocean Drive, the main drag of the island.

Since the '30s, at different times, the area has been a haven for retirees — an internationally know headquarters for drug trafficking and the site of NBC's Miami Vice in the '80s.

Today, South Beach is seeing a major renaissance in it's popularity. Expensive boutiques, nightclubs, hotels and restaurants are all flourishing. Sports and music celebrities frequent the area and wealthy Europeans and South Americans have second homes there.

Many visitors come to the area to see and be seen, to lie on the beautiful white sand beaches and to take in the variety of music from Cuban traditional to Flamenco to rap,

If you plan to visit South Beach a few important points to remember:

  • The average high temperatures ranges between 80 and 90 from April to October.
  • During that time, South Beach averages 7 to 9 hours of sunshine a day.
  • Visitors can see the area via Big Bus tours and speedboats that hug the coastline at breakneck speed.

Want to take advantage of all South Beach has to offer? Follow this Visit Florida link: visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/south-beach.html