In the early 1920s, Española Way emerged as Miami Beach’s first commercial development. It was envisioned as a vibrant artists’ colony, inspired by Mediterranean villages in France and Spain. With its signature peach-colored paint, this cultural gem still radiates a bohemian atmosphere. But, fast forward to May 2017, and the City of Miami Beach invested $2.5 million in a revitalization project. They transformed Española Way into a pedestrian-only street. Today, this street has undergone a renaissance, embracing its founders’ original vision from nearly a century ago. It’s a place where locals and travelers can gather, create, and celebrate.
Española Way is a historic street located between 14th and 15th street on Miami Beach, spanning from Washington Avenue to the western corners of Drexel Avenue. With its charming design inspired by Spanish architecture in the Mediterranean Revival style, it resembles a picturesque village.
As I sit savoring a cappuccino at a French café, my view encompasses the enchanting scenery of Española Way—pink stucco buildings, adorned with striped awnings, and adorned with wrought iron balconies. Despite palm trees sway gently in the breeze, the ambiance is serene, and conversations are hushed. However, the previous night on Española Way was an entirely different affair. Outdoor tables stretched along the street, illuminated by twinkling lights, filled with diners engaged in lively chatter that extended into the late hours. It felt as if I had stumbled upon a summer night in Paris, Rome, or Madrid—an experience I cherished.
An artist colony
Española Way was conceived as an artists’ colony just a century ago. It mirrors the charm of Mediterranean villages. Despite enduring storms and economic fluctuations over the years, this two-block area has remarkably maintained its distinctive character. Today, the resurgence of Española Way owes much to the revitalization of a row of buildings.
Strolling along the village’s buildings, I am treated to a delightful paseo adorned with vibrant tables and chairs, meticulous landscaping, overhead lights, and a tiled floor. Within the stylish El Salón, patrons can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails, while just a few steps away, Bar Pintxo tantalizes with its selection of Basque-style pintxos, perfect accompaniments to cocktails. On the rooftop, a walkway seamlessly connects two buildings, featuring a pool, plush cabanas, and a bar. Additionally Española Way’s allure is as captivating today as it was in the past. An immersive and transporting experience that should not be missed. Have a memorable visit by staying at the Cavalier’s South Beach Art Deco hotel that is located on Ocean Drive in front of the beach.For reservations call (305) 673 1199.