MoMI is pleased to present a photographic tour of a wintertime visit to Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Keys, and Miami in late January 2016:
24 January 2016: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
After a late morning arrival at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (http://www.broward.org/airport/Pages/Default.aspx), we proceeded to the rental car facility located next to Terminal 1, where we picked up the black Hyundai Santa Fe from the good people at Hertz. Next stop was our accommodation for that evening, the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport.
|The Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport, 2500 Stirling Road in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Amenities include flat screen TVs with HD channels, free WiFi, outdoor heated pool and patio, fitness room, and Hampton's classic free hot breakfast.|
|The hotel's free airport shuttle bus makes getting to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport a breeze. The bus departs the hotel at the top of every hour and takes between 10 and 15 minutes to reach the airport's Departures Level.|
|The comfortable lobby includes a pleasant sitting area where guests may relax while waiting for the airport or cruise terminal shuttles, or before departing for an exciting day of sightseeing in the Fort Lauderdale area.|
|The patio and outdoor pool, located just off the breakfast room and lobby.|
|The corridor on the third floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport. On the left, large windows permit natural light, while providing views overlooking the patio and pool below.|
|An overhead view of the pool and patio of the next-door Quality Inn, as seen from the fifth floor corridor in the Hampton Inn & Suites.|
|A selection of Hampton Inn & Suites electronic room keycards, featuring a variety of eclectic photos set to humorous slogans and puns. Why not collect the whole set?|
|Room 501, located on the hotel's top floor, featuring two Queen-sized beds. Along with the 32-inch flat screen TV, the room also contains a mini-fridge and microwave, ironing board and iron, clothes hangers, and writing desk and desk chair.|
|The clean and bright bathroom in Room 501.|
|Another view of Room 501's bathroom.|
Dinner on the evening of 24 January was at a Fort Lauderdale institution, the Rustic Inn Crabhouse, established as a roadhouse saloon in 1955 and serving its famous steamed garlic crabs, seafood, and linguini dishes ever since. Located at 4331 Anglers Avenue, alongside one of the many canals that criss-cross Fort Lauderdale, the Rustic Inn features an interior dining room, outdoor patio dining area, and a cocktail bar.
|The Rustic Inn's large illuminated sign.|
|An exterior view of the main entrance to the Rustic Inn Crabhouse.|
25 January 2016: En Route to the Florida Keys
|The terracotta-tiled towers of the Florida Keys Outlet Center located at 250 East Palm Drive, just off U.S. Highway 1, in Homestead, Florida. A Prime Outlets-owned mall, shoppers can browse merchandise in over 50 retailers.|
|Lunch was taken at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store across the street from the Florida Keys Outlet Center.|
25-28 January 2016: The Florida Keys
Originally inhabited by Calusa and Tequesta Indians, the Keys were discovered and charted by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. The founding of a U.S. naval base at Key West in 1823 began the development of the island into the most prosperous city per capita in the United States by the mid-1800s, with many residents earning fortunes in the wrecking industry (salvaging cargo from ships sunk on the many nearby reefs), fishing, sea sponge harvesting, cigar manufacturing and, later, tourism. Proximity to the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Caribbean, as well as their location astride shipping routes to the Panama Canal and New Orleans also boosted the economy of the Keys. The early 1900s saw the construction of Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad from the mainland to Key West, allowing for greater trade and tourism in the Keys. Though the railroad was destroyed by a major hurricane in 1935 and never rebuilt, a new highway, U.S. Route 1, was subsequently completed using the railroad bridges and still provides the sole road access between Miami and Key West.
Islamorada, from the Spanish islas moradas ('purple isles') today comprises 7.2 square miles spread out over the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key. It is thought that the name derives from either the species of purple-shelled snail that once lived on the islands, or from the orchid trees and bougainvillea flowers that thrive in the tropical climate. Islamorada is located in the Middle Keys, about a 90 minute drive south from Miami and a two hour drive northeast from Key West. The islands were badly devastated by the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which caused the death of 423 local residents, over 300 of whose ashes are contained in a memorial at Mile Marker 82 on U.S. Route 1/Overseas Highway. Islamorada is known as the 'Sport Fishing Capital of the World' and offers many deep sea and backwater fishing opportunities for anglers. Other attractions include Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, containing remnants of the coral formations on which the Florida Keys formed 100,000 years ago; and San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park, home to one of the 21 Spanish galleons that foundered in a hurricane in 1733. Notably, Lignumvitae State Botanical Site is the highest point in the Florida Keys, at 18 feet above sea level.
Below: Map of Islamorada.
|Exterior view of the Amara Cay Resort, 80001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida. The hotel was formerly a Hampton Inn & Suites.|
|Hanging basket chairs and tropical-themed decor in grace the lobby of the Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada.|
|Oltremare Ristorante's dining room overlooks the hotel's pool deck. The restaurant serves breakfast between 06:30 and 10:30 and dinner between 17:00 and 22:00. The bar is open between 17:00 and midnight.|
|The third-floor corridor.|
|The entrance to Room 317 at the Amara Cay Resort.|
|Left to right: room keycard envelope; envelope insert providing information on the resort's free shuttle bus service between Mile Markers 77 and 84; and the front and reverse sides of the room keycards.|
|Room 317, a standard Double guest room, featuring hardwood floors, two Queen-size beds, 32" flatscreen television, coffee machine, large wardrobe, furnished balcony, mini-fridge, and electronic safe.|
|The clean and comfortable, triple-sheeted Queen-size beds.|
|The expansive bathroom sink and counter.|
|The toilet and shower arrangement.|
|The balcony overlooks the pool and, off to the left, the Atlantic Ocean.|
|Views of the Atlantic Ocean and the hotel's lush landscaping, as seen from Room 317's balcony. The large thatched tiki hut in the centre houses a four-person hot tub.|
|The pool deck and poolside tiki bar.|
|A view of the pool deck and the hotel. Palms and other tropical plants provide a lush feel to the hotel's grounds.|
|Poolside view, looking toward the tiki bar and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.|
|The interior of the tiki hut housing the hot tub. The inviting hot water and powerful jets offer a reprieve from cool night breezes and the chilly January waters of the Atlantic.|
|The fenced-in deck of the Amara Cay's tiki bar, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.|
|The beach, with lounge chairs for sunbathers, tiki huts, and a couple of hammocks strung between accommodating coconut palms. The stairs leading down into the Atlantic Ocean can be seen on the far left.|
|The waning moon is still visible in the western sky as sunrise approaches over the Atlantic from the east.|
|Pre-dawn quiet reigns on the Amara Cay's beach.|
|The sun rises over the Atlantic, silhouetting the lounge chairs carefully arranged on the beach by resort staff.|
|Beams of brilliant orange light illuminate the eastern skies over the Atlantic, 26 January 2016.|
|Brown pelicans enjoy the Florida sunshine, perched on the docks of Bud n' Mary's Fishing Marina.|
|A history of the Pilar, a free handout available in the World Wide Sportsman store in Islamorada.|
|Steps leading up to the Pilar, which visitors to World Wide Sportsman may climb aboard.|
|The interior cabin of Pilar, featuring photos and artefacts from Ernest Hemingway's life.|
|A large tank inside World Wide Sportsman is home to various species of fish found in the Florida Keys and popular with the thousands of anglers that flock to Islamorada each year.|
Long Key State Park
Long Key State Park is situated at Mile Marker 67.5 of the Overseas Highway on the island that once accommodated railroad magnate Henry Flagler's Long Key Fishing Camp in the early 1900s. Flagler's fishing camp was a popular luxury destination on the route of his Overseas Railroad to Key West and, between 1907 and 1935, a miniature railroad took visitors to the fishing camp from the docks on the Gulf of Mexico side of Long Key to the bungalows and luxury hotel on the Atlantic side of the island. The great 1935 Labor Day Hurricane destroyed the fishing camp and it was never rebuilt.
Today, Long Key State Park offers both day-use recreational space and 60 oceanfront campsites, and visitors can enjoy quiet beaches, hiking trails, and picnic areas. The 1.1 mile long Golden Orb Trail takes visitors through five different environments, including a mangrove swamp, coastal berm, salt pan, and rockland hammock, Rare birds, including the white-crowned pigeon and the Key West Quail Dove have been spotted at the park.
|The sign marking the entrance to Long Key State Park, which opened in 1969.|
Below: The front and reverse sides of the photocopied pamphlet handed out to visitors by park rangers at the gatehouse of Long Key State Park.
|An American white ibis wades under mangrove trees along the shoreline of Long Key State Park.|
|An observation deck offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean on a bright sunny day at Long Key State Park.|
Below: A photocopied pamphlet on the Golden Orb Trail, available to hikers at the trailhead.
|The start of the Golden Orb Trail, named after the golden orb weaver spider that is resident in the park.|
|An elevated wooden boardwalk leads hikers through the mangrove swamp, the first of five separate environments found along the Golden Orb Trail.|
|Two of the pavilions available to visitors for 'primitive camping', located off the Golden Orb Trail.|
|A view of the brackish, brown waters of the mangrove swamp along the Golden Orb Trail.|
|A closeup view of the tendril-like roots of the mangrove trees.|
|A secluded, sandy beach in Long Key State Park along the coastal berm.|
|Indian Key State Historic Site, as seen from the Overseas Highway, heading northeast on 26 January 2016.|
|The Midway Café & Coffee Bar, located on Islamorada at Mile Marker 80.5 of the Overseas Highway. The small, colourful, family-run restaurant offers an all-day breakfast and a varied lunch menu, as well as self-serve urns of iced citrus water.|
Named Cayo Hueso by the Spanish who first discovered it in 1521, Key West became an early stopping point for mariners due to its advantageous location on the 90-mile wide Straits of Florida between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, its natural deepwater harbour (Key West Bight), and the availability of drinking water ashore. The abundant natural resources also proved useful to mariners, and a small community of fishermen and salvage workers, as well as a Spanish garrison, was established. British occupation of Florida from 1763 to 1783 resulted in the small settlement of Spanish and Native American residents being moved to Havana, Cuba. No official settlement was re-established after Florida was returned to Spain in 1783, and the United States subsequently acquired Florida in 1821. United States settlement of Key West commenced in early 1822, aided by the establishment of a U.S. Navy base the next year for the purposes of combatting the rampant piracy in the area.
Key West's early economy was based on fishing for sea turtles, commercial fish species, and shrimp, as well as harvesting sea sponges. The turtle fishery focused on the green turtle, a species well-liked for turtle soup and that grows up to 300 pounds in weight; green turtles were kept alive in shallow seawater pens until being butchered or, on long sea trips, could be flipped over on their backs to immobilise them. The turtle fishery was closed down in 1971 following the near-decimation of green turtle stocks and the enactment of protective legislation. The sea sponge fishery began around 1850 and, at its peak in the late-19th century, employed at least 119 vessels and nearly 1,000 people; however, with local waters depleted by the early 1900s, the sponge fishery declined and shifted north, to Tarpon Springs, Florida. In 1949, huge stocks of Tortugas pink shrimp were found in the waters around Key West, prompting a massive influx of trawlers which hauled in such huge quantities of the valuable seafood that it was called the Pink Gold Rush. Although the Pink Gold Rush led to major improvements to Key West's harbour, dwindling shrimp stocks in the 1980s led to the end of the fishery and the departure of the last Key West shrimp dealer by 1989. Other lucrative economic drivers in Key West over the years included salvaging cargo from ships wrecked on local reefs, cigar and salt manufacturing, and tourism, the latter now the principal source of revenue.
On 23 April 1982, Key West made headlines when its city council declared the city's independence from the United States following unaddressed complaints about a U.S. Border Patrol roadblock established along U.S. Route 1 on the mainland in order to search northbound cars for illegal drugs and immigrants coming from the Keys. The roadblock was damaging the Keys' tourist industry and inconveniencing Keys residents. Calling the city the 'Conch Republic' and himself as the 'Prime Minister', Key West's mayor surrendered himself to an officer at Naval Air Station Key West, requesting one billion dollars in foreign aid. The stunt had its intended effect, generating publicity and leading to the removal of the Border Patrol roadblock. The 'Conch Republic' is today a popular advertising hook for the Keys and features prominently on many souvenirs sold in Key West.
|The bright turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are seen stretching off to the horizon during the drive to Key West via the Overseas Highway/U.S. Route 1.|
|The current Seven Mile Bridge carrying U.S. Route 1 (the Overseas Highway) was built between 1978 and 1982 parallel with the Old Seven Mile Bridge, opening on 24 May 1982.|
Below: A tourist map of Key West.
Below The pamphlet provided to passengers on the Conch Tour Train which takes visitors through the most scenic neighbourhoods of Old Key West.
|The Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden, which contains numerous stone plinths atop which sit bronze busts of the men and women who made important contributions to the founding or growth of Key West.|
|A typical upscale Old Town Key West private residence, with an open veranda on the front of both floors, pastel colours, and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.|
|A towering banyan tree draped in vines obscures the view of a Key West house on Whitehead Street.|
|Bagatelle Key West, a restaurant at 115 Duval Street. Built in 1884 and occupied as a private residence for a century, today Bagatelle features three bars, including the open-air rooftop Moon Lounge. Open for brunch (9am-4pm) and dinner.|
|Looking southeast down Duval Street, near Southard Street in the heart of Key West's lively entertainment and shopping district.|
|Pedestrians and window shoppers stroll along a leafy section of Duval Street, between Angela and Southard Streets.|
|One of the more modest private homes in Old Town Key West, located at 1024 Southard Street. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built in 1932 and measuring 1,530 square feet, is listed (as of February 2016) for $1,199,000.|
|Located next door, at 1020 Southard Street, this private home shows off the wooden gingerbread style decoration common to many older Key West residences.|
|The Lopez House, part of the Southernmost House inn and located directly across the street, is the only five-room historic house in Key West and can be rented as a single vacation rental.|
|Atlantic waves wash ashore at South Beach, located at the southern end of Duval Street. The palm-fringed guest suites of the Southernmost Beach Resort can be seen in the background.|
29-31 January 2016: Miami, Florida
|An exterior view of the Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon.|
|The dining room of the Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon, located off the main lobby and featuring a flat screen television and large panoramic windows with views of the lagoon outside the hotel.|
|The self-serve buffet room, located off the dining room. A free hot breakfast is served daily for guests, with dinners (including free wine and beer) offered Mondays through Thursdays.|
|The third floor corridor of the Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon. Despite being a large hotel with 159 rooms, the two, rather slow elevators led to some congestion and delays, especially at breakfast time.|
|The door of Room 323, a two bedroom suite located at the western end of the building.|
|The keycard for Room 323 at the Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon.|
|The living room in Room 323, featuring a pull-out couch.|
|Homewood Suites rooms feature kitchenettes, outfitted with utensils and dishes, a dishwasher, microwave and cooktop, sink, and refrigerator.|
|The second bedroom in Rom 323.|
|The master bedroom in Room 323.|
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Miami
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park occupies the southern third of Key Biscayne, a barrier island located at the northern extremity of the reef-studded waters of the Florida Straits. The park is named after Bill Baggs, editor of the Miami News between 1957 and 1969, a noted civil rights activist and influential force behind the preservation of Cape Florida as a state park. The park opened to the public on 1 January 1967.
Key Biscayne was the home of the Tequesta Indians, coastal fishermen who paddled dugout canoes between the island and the mainland and who were labelled Vizcaynos by Spanish explorers and missionaries. During his 1513 voyage from Puerto Rico seeking the fabled cities of gold, Juan Ponce de Leon landed on Key Biscayne due to its prominent location and supply of fresh water and firewood. Subsequently, Key Biscayne became a well-known landmark for navigators and the waters around it were charted by the British, who ruled Key Biscayne between 1763 and 1783 before ceding the island back to Spain. In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States, and Florida attained statehood in 1845.
Cape Florida was a point of departure in the early 1820s for escaped African slaves, runaways, and 'Black Seminoles' fleeing from slave catchers and plantation masters. It was off Cape Florida that these fugitives could rendezvous with sloops from the British Bahamas to barter for passage to freedom in the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti and other islands in the Caribbean, or make the perilous journey in Seminole Indian dugout canoes. The 1825 construction of the Cape Florida Lighthouse by the U.S. government effectively blocked this escape route.
Since 1985, archaeologists have uncovered hundreds of artefacts on Key Biscayne, documenting human habitation on the island from the Tequesta Indians to the mid-nineteenth century; six of the ten recorded archaeological sites are contained within the state park.
Below: The brochure provided to park visitors.
|A view of the sea wall running along the western side of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Numerous fishermen stake out spots along the wall and spend the day casting their lines into the blue waters of Biscayne Bay.|
|A sign warns boaters of the gentle but vulnerable manatees that live close inshore in Biscayne Bay.|
|Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is home to the Cape Florida Lighthouse, constructed in 1825 and today open to the public as a historic site.|
|Looking down the cast iron circular staircase which spirals its way up 95 feet to the lantern room via 110 steps.|
|The current electric light installed in the lantern room at the top of the lighthouse.|
|Looking north from the top of the Cape Florida Lighthouse, providing a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean and the golden sands of the park's beach, which extends for more than a mile.|
|A carefully marked path leads through the fragile dunes to the Atlantic Ocean beaches which are a highlight of any visit to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.|
|The Cape Florida Lighthouse, as seen from the dunes.|
|The clear but chilly waters of Key Biscayne's Atlantic Ocean shoreline on a sunny, warm January day. This beach was rated by Forbes Magazine as the #7 best beach in America in 2013.|
|The Cape Florida Lighthouse recedes in the distance as one proceeds further north, along the Atlantic shoreline.|
|Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park also welcomes boaters to moor in its quiet lagoon, 'No Name Harbor'.|
|Pleasure craft moored in No Name Harbor.|
|Downtown Miami as seen from the Rickenbacker Causeway en route from Key Biscayne.|
Located on natural and man-made coastal barrier islands east of the city of Miami, Miami Beach is a popular resort city with a thriving nightlife and cultural scene, easily accessible from Miami by a number of causeways that cross Biscayne Bay. The city is best known as the home of the Miami Beach Architectural District, comprising over 900 historic buildings designed in the Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Miami Modern styles. The prolific number of buildings in these architectural styles was the consequence of the September 1926 hurricane which devastated Miami Beach, destroying most of the existing buildings. The reconstruction effort which lasted nearly 20 years, capitalised on the then-popular Art Deco movement which had made its debut at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Artes Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.
Today, Miami Beach has the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on 14 May 1979. Despite the prestige accorded by a national historic designation, it is through local designations that buildings are actually protected in the United States. As such, the historic designations made by the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board under the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Ordinance impose strict design guidelines for all restoration and new construction work and zoning rules to maintain roofline continuity in the district. The Ordinance also covers public interiors, such as hotel lobbies.
Having been renovated and restored since the 1980s, the district's chic and historic hotels built in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s now offer upscale accommodation to hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who come to bask on the sandy, Atlantic-facing South Beach during the day and revel in the vibrant, neon-illuminated bars, clubs, and restaurants by night. Of note, while south of 15th Street the hotels are generally low-rise structures of 3-5 storeys, north of 15th Street palatial, high-rise hotels dominate, the result of large oceanfront mansion properties of the 1920s being redeveloped for hotels in the 1930s.
As a primer for the photo collection below, here is a brief summary of the key characteristics of each of the four design styles seen in the Miami Beach Architectural District:
Mediterranean Revival: Evoking the old architecture of Spain, Italy, and the south of France, the Mediterranean Revival style made use of decorative columns, archways and arched windows, awnings, rough stucco walls, carved stonework, porches, bell towers, clay tile roofs, and wrought iron and spindle gates surrounding courtyards. As a whimsical interpretation of various Mediterranean styles, Mediterranean Revival was a fantasy architecture adopted in the early 1920s by developers in Miami Beach, elsewhere in Florida, and in California.
Art Deco: Classic Art Deco was used in the skyscrapers that began to dominate the skylines of major cities in the 1920s, making use of expensive materials, angular ornamentation with elaborate motifs featuring fountains, nude human figures, and flora. Key characteristics included overall symmetry, stepped rooflines, the use of glass blocks, decorative sculptural panels, eyebrows over windows, round porthole windows, terrazzo mosaic floors, curved edges and corners, elements in groups of three, and neon lighting.
Streamline Moderne: The second phase of Art Deco began with the 1929 Stock Market Crash and lasted until approximately the outbreak of the Second World War. Less decorative than Art Deco, reflecting the restrained era of the Great Depression, Streamline Moderne did demonstrate a belief in an optimistic future and the ideals of American industrial design as showcased at world's fairs, such as that held in New York in 1939. Miami Beach's building boom came during this second wave of Art Deco, and the city's architects made use of local imagery to create the Tropical Deco look, including such elements as relief ornamentation featuring plants, animals, and ocean-liner motifs to emphasise Miami Beach's oceanside resort character.
Miami Modern (MiMo): A post-Second World War style of design popular from the 1950s and heavily influenced by the International Style then fashionable. Common features of the Miami Modern style include open balconies and catwalks, tiled mosaic walls, sun shades, with buildings employing asymmetry and rakish angles, cheese hole cutouts, kidney and amoeba shapes, futuristic space age forms, and anodised aluminum in gold and copper colours.
|An Art Deco styled clock shows a comfortable 75 degree Fahrenheit (23.9 degrees Celcius) temperature on the morning of 31 January 2016.|
|The Hotel Drake at 1460 Ocean Drive, designed by architect David T. Ellis and completed in 1937. The three-storey building is clad in stucco.|
|Looking south on Ocean Drive from the street's northern end. While the western side of Ocean Drive is generally reserved for valet parking or service vehicles, metered car and motorcycle parking is available along the length of the eastern side.|
|The five-storey L-shaped addition on the south side of the Hotel Victor features additional guest rooms overlooking a pool deck, with retail space located underneath.|
|Another of the buildings comprising today's Congress Hotel, this one located at 1052B Ocean Drive. The four-storey building borrows heavily from ocean liner styling, with curved balconies and white metal railings and wall-mounted sconces.|
|The Waldorf Towers Hotel at 860 Ocean Drive, designed by architect Albert Anis and completed in 1937. The three-storey hotel features a pink, yellow, and cream facade, a terraced porch, and terrazzo floors.|
|The Beach Park Hotel at 600 Ocean Drive was designed by architect William F. Brown and built in 1933. The three-storey building is rendered in the Mediterranean Revival style and features 54 guest rooms.|
|The three-storey Barbizon Hotel at 530 Ocean Drive, designed by architects John and Coulton Skinner and completed in 1937.|
|The former Surf Hotel (c.1936) at 444 Ocean Drive is now a Pappa & Ciccia Wine Bar & Restaurant.|
|Lummus Park was redeveloped in the mid-1980s as part of the project to rehabilitate what became known as the Miami Beach Architectural District. It now features grassy areas and palm trees, along with a meandering Promenade pedestrian pathway.|
|Today, Lummus Park is a popular place for joggers, dog walkers, roller-bladers, cyclists, and volleyball players, as well as users of the park's open-air gyms.|
|South Beach, a surprisingly wide expanse of Atlantic shoreline, is popular with locals and visitors staying in the nearby hotels. Lifeguards are on duty and visitors may rent beach chairs and umbrellas from local entrepreneurs.|
|Beachgoers enjoy the sun and warm weather on South Beach, while some of the taller hotels along Ocean Drive and high-rise condominiums further away can be seen in the background.|
|South Beach by night I: The Hotel Victor is bathed in yellow and white light as night falls on Miami Beach.|
|South Beach by night II: The Claremont Hotel at 1700 Collins Avenue, originally built in 1947 and recently renovated as a Hampton Inn & Suites with 69 rooms.|
|South Beach by night III: Looking south on Ocean Drive at 11th Street.|
|South Beach by night IV: The brightly illuminated Tides hotel on a warm Miami evening.|