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Ocean Drive (South Beach)

Ocean Drive
Length 1.3 mi (2.1 km)
South end South Pointe Drive in South Beach, Miami Beach
North end 15th Street in South Beach, Miami Beach
Construction
Inauguration 1915

Ocean Drive is a major thoroughfare in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach.

Contents

  • Route description 1
  • Attractions 2
  • Culture 3
  • Restaurants and Cabaret 4
  • Gallery 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Route description

The road starts at South Pointe just south of 1st Street, near the southernmost end of the main barrier island of Miami Beach, about a quarter mile west of the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean Drive continues north to 15th Street, immediately southeast of Lincoln Road.

Attractions

It is known for its Art Deco hotels. Among the most popular hotels there's the Colony Hotel Known as the most photographed art deco hotels, which is a 1939 boutique-inspired hotel and has made numerous cameo appearances in scores of movies, TV shows including Dexter. Ocean Drive is the location of the famed Casa Casuarina, the residence of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (now a boutique hotel), one of the most photographed houses in North American. Another popular art deco hotel is Clevelander hotel, aside from its hotel services, it consists of an indoor sports lounge as well a dance floor and pool area on the ground floor and a complimentary roof-top lounge.

Culture

The street is the center of the Miami Art Deco District, which is home to about 900 preserved buildings. Streamline Moderne evolved from the Art Deco style, and dominates the street. The street has a magazine named after it, Ocean Drive magazine. British easy-listening duo The Lighthouse Family released a single entitled "Ocean Drive", which reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City also based the setting on Miami and has a replica of Ocean Drive with the exact same name.

Restaurants and Cabaret

One of the most famous restaurants on this strip is Mango’s Tropical Café, a Cuban inspired restaurant where there are live performances by dancers and singers.

Known for its cabaret and drag queen shows, Palace Bar dedicates itself to the LGBTQ community.


Gallery

References

  • Florida, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, 2004, pgs. 58 & 59

External links

  • Google historical timeline of Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami

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