Miami stands resolutely on the Atlantic coast, overlooking the blue-green cyan of the Biscayne Bay. Perpetually on the brink between tropical beach town and urban metropolis, Miami shirks from the conventional and dances with the eccentric. Hints to a sleepier past lie in the fine 1930s architecture and the celebrated Art Deco stylings of the Venetian Pool.
Miami: Difficult to define, easy to love
Flagler’s famous railroad was the spur that brought development and progression to Florida. This expansion continued throughout the war and into the 1920s, bringing one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world. Despite a catastrophic hurricane in 1926 halting Miami’s growth and lurching the city into recession, the support gleaned from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal helped the city regain its impetus. Miami’s subtropical savanna climate attracts water sport enthusiasts, with the warmest ocean surf, after Honolulu, in the entire United States. South Beach or ‘SoBe’ is famous for people-watching. Today the city brims with life and food, art, and nightlife thrive. More than half of the population speak Spanish and Cuban culture plays a key role in everything from politics to the local street food.