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Florida

Art Deco District,Ocean Drive & South Beach

Located at the southern end of Miami Beach, South Beach's Art Deco District, a whimsical collection of more than 800 architecturally protected buildings from the 1930s and 1940s has been anointed the American Riviera in a nod to the unmistakable air of casual chic that permeates the district.

The transformation of South Beach from a downtrodden slum into a pastel wonderland of painstakingly renovated architectural treasures has brought global fame for the historically protected Art Deco District and its glorious beaches and fabled nightlife. An international symbol for Miami, this popular visitor destination is home to a wondrous mix of luxury resorts, chic, boutique hotels, inexpensive hostels and moderately priced national chain hotels.

Ocean Drive is known worldwide for its see-and-be-seen cafes, bikini-clad in-line skaters and beaches packed with beautiful young sun seekers, while trendy Lincoln Road has emerged as a lively magnet for culture, entertainment, retail business and community activity, crowned by the new Ritz-Carlton South Beach, the latest luxury boutique hotel. Restaurants and chic boutiques line the ocean to bay promenade, which also is home to the Lincoln and Colony Theaters and Art Center South Florida, a 60,000 square foot campus of artists studios and exhibition spaces.

Residents of this eccentric, urban neighborhood are as varied as its visitors all ingredients in a spicy, multi-cultural stew. A visit to the neighborhood's retro-modern supermarket or a stroll on charming Espanola Way quickly reveals its diversity Hasidic Jews and Cuban immigrants, a strong gay and lesbian community, European businessman and ex-New Yorkers all are part of the fabric of daily life.

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