In an area once the home of Tequestra Indians and claimed by the Spanish in the 16th century, two men, John Collins and Carl Fisher, began an agricultural venture in 1913 that included a parcel of oceanfront property that brought a bridge across Biscayne Bay in southern Florida. Miami Beach, the vacation Mecca, was born.
Claiming the title of America’s Riviera, the city offers over seven miles of beaches, three golf courses, 20 parks and numerous art, culture, dining and nightlife options. Just over seven square miles make up the island city, home to a refurbished Art Deco Historic District with over 800 Art Deco buildings within one square mile; ample shopping along Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue; and of course, South Beach or SoBe, North Beach, Miami Beach and more oceanfront fun.
Other points of interest include a Holocaust Memorial designed by Kenneth Treister and featuring the Sculpture of Love and Anguish; Miami Beach Botanical Garden with a collection of subtropical flora; and Flagler Monument Island with a 110-foot high obelisk honoring developer Henry M. Flagler.