South Beach is a wonderful beach, it's a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, located due east of Miami City between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, shops and hotels, but I love it for its close proximity to the Art Deco buildings Miami is famous for, and it’s Lomography friendly, brightly-colored lifeguard towers. Read on to find out more.
Last May I was very lucky to have a holiday in which we traveled around South Florida and Key West. The last place we stayed at was in Miami, so we had the chance to visit South Beach or SoBe as people like to call it.
This was by far the busiest beach we had visited in the whole two weeks and the most built up area next to it, but it does have its advantage with its art deco buildings.
One of my favorite parts of this beach is the fact that all the lifeguard towers are painted differently, but all in lovely bright colors, which is ideal for any lomographer! We made a point of trying to photograph as many of them as possible when we walked past. They came about after Hurricane Andrew, when architect William Lane donated his design services to the city and added new stops on design tours in the form of lifeguard towers. His towers instantly became symbols of the revived city of Miami Beach.
For me the best part of this beach is it is less than a 2-minute walk from Ocean Drive and some of the best examples of the art deco buildings Miami has to offer.
All these building can be found on the road that is next to the beach, separated by Lummus Park.
Another bonus of this beach is they must win an award for the nicest looking toilet block!
If you have the time I would really recommend trying to join the Art Deco guided walking tours. This was an excellent guided walk that ended up lasting about 2 hours, given by a local who has a wonderful knowledge of the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District, all for just $20, which goes towards preserving the buildings. Along with finding out so much information about the history of the buildings and the design details, you also get to go a bit further away from the beach and Ocean Drive. These are some of the buildings you may get to see.
It’s not the quiet peaceful beach you may dream of (we were there on a Saturday, and groups of people were listening to what seemed like a 90’s boombox still), but for me it definitely makes up for a lovely beach with the close proximity to those wonderful buildings.