South Miami Beach, Florida
December 13 & 14, 2001



We had heard so much about South Miami Beach that we finally decided to drive over and check it out for ourselves.  We put the top down on the Miata and took off early in the morning.  Along the way we drove across Florida's famed "Alligator Alley", and actually saw a couple of dozen 'gators in water beside the road.  Fortunately there was a chain link fence the entire length of the highway so we weren't having to dodge the critters!  Wouldn't you know it but we got caught in a 5-minute downpour on an interstate just outside of Miami.  We were soaked, but that's part of what makes driving in a convertible interesting!

The weather in Miami was partly cloudy during our visit, but fortunately there was no more rain.  It was a bit chilly and the winter tourist season had not gotten underway yet, so it was not crowded.  The sights of "art deco" south Miami Beach were very interesting and the food was great!  The following are the best of the pictures we took during our two day visit.


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The birds aren't shy!

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View along the beach looking south.

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View north.

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Bonnie in a park across from the beach.

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Our hotel.

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South Miami Beach was built in the 1930's & 40's, when art deco was the rage.

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Mango's street cafe ~ great food!

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Chinese restaurant ~ clever name.

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Ocean Drive.

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Washington Avenue.

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Park Central Hotel, well known South Beach location.
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A 1937 Nash in front of the Park Central Hotel, the car was built the same year as the hotel.

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Sculpture at the Park Central Hotel.

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The next 19 pictures are of various art deco buildings in South Beach.

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The "Leaning Tower of South Beach"?

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The next 11 pictures were taken as the sun went down.

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Our hotel after dark.

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The next 8 pictures were taken at Loew's Miami Beach Hotel ~ a spectacular place!

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Miami hibiscus.



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