South Beach is home to the Art Deco District. This area is historic and beautiful, featuring eclectic architecture from the 1930s and 1940s. A person should take a stroll down Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue if they’re interested in checking out these unique and style on restaurants, boutiques, and hotels.
For those who want to learn more about this historic area, the Miami Design Preservation League offers an Art Deco District Walking Tour every day of the week. These 90-minute walking tours give visitors an introduction to Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles that are found in the district. The tour brings groups around hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures – outside and inside.
The tours cost $25 and $20 for seniors, veterans, and students. Tours happen on Fridays through Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. If you’d like to go on a tour, visit the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) about 10 to 15 minutes before the tour leaves. Tickets can be purchased online, as well.
Some South Beach Art Deco-designed buildings include: Senor Frogs, The Webster, and The Cavalier Hotel. The Cavalier Hotel, which was designed by architect Roy F. Franc in 1936. Recently, this beautiful building has undergone extensive restorations that have updated its Art Deco look with a modern twist. The outside façade is still the original architecture; it is bright pastel colors. The hotel rooms have been updated with new eclectic features like Chicago brick walls and soothing shades of wood. Rooms also include decorative chandeliers, lighting fixtures, full-length paintings, baroque-colored photos, chrome fixtures, Carrera marble, and more.
Visit South Beach’s Art Deco District
People come from all over to visit South Beach’s iconic Art Deco District. It’s something definitely worth seeing in real life. At the Cavalier Hotel, you can even stay in one of these historic buildings in the heart of South Beach. To book your stay at the Cavalier, call 305-673-1199 or click here.