10 Secret Facts About Miami Beach

Hello Girls! During my stay in Miami Beach I learnt incredible stuffs that I bet almost no one that went there know about! I’m going to share on this post 10 incredible facts about this place that will blow minds away!

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Hello Girls! During my stay in Miami Beach I learnt incredbile stuffs that I bet almost no one that went there know about! I’m going to share on this post 10 incredible facts about this place that will blow minds away!

Imagine that you come back from Miami Beach and during a lunch with your family and friends you can show off some culture and historic knowledge about the famous coast that they had no idea about. How does it sound?! Be ready for the “Wow!” effect!

But first, let’s recap what Everyone already knows about Miami Beach (or at least everyone that went there) here are the 10 OBVIOUS FACTS:

1. Very reputed for its Art Deco District;
2. It’s one of the hottest place to party in the US;
3. One of the biggest Spanish community after LA;
4. One of the favourite destination for Movie Stars and Singers such as Beyonce, J-Lo, Rihanna, Leonardo Di Caprio, etc.;
5. Very bling bling city;
6. Big Ostentation of luxurious cars;
7. Miami Beach and mainly South Beach are the most touristic places in Florida and way more expensive than Miami City.;
8. Beyonce and Jay-Z staid on the Versace Villa for the NYE 2014;
9. Delano is Leonardio Di Caprio hotel destionation;
10. LIV is the Club where you can earn a $50,000 tip to serve 1 table as a waitress (who said that waitresses couldn’t afford a Bentley or Ferrari?).

Ok, so the 10 facts above are OBVIOUS! And let’s face it: it doesn’t really require any particular culture or historic knoweldge to know about them. You can know them only by reading the gossips right? And to be honest, it’s not that kind of facts that will blow minds away during a lunch with your friends or parents. If you want to impress then try this:

10 SECRET FACTS ABOUT MIAMI BEACH YOU HAD NO IDEA ABOUT

SECRET 1
THERE ARE 2 PLACES CALLED MIAMI BEACH IN THE WORLD

Indeed we all know about Miami Beach located in Flordia, USA but there is another Miami Beach located in the Caribbean Island of Barbados where Rihanna is from. Actually it’s a very popular sandy beach between the locals. However the Beach suffered erosion in 2004 which led to be less visited by tourists.

SECRET 2
SOUTH BEACH, THE MOST UPPER SIDE OF MIAMI BEACH STARTED AS…A FARM!

And yes, South Beach started precisely as a Coconut farm! In 1870, 165 acres (66 hectares) of South Beach was purchased by Henry and Charles Lum and they built the first house in 1886 at the site of the present Tides Hotel!

Ladies from Miami Beach, 50s

SECRET 3
AFTER THE FARM, A PROJECT FOR MODEST FAMILY RESIDENCES

If today Miami Beach (and specially South Beach) is a very expensive place to live and with top Hotels and Resorts, in 1912 the Lummus Brothers acquired 400 acres to build a city fronting the ocean made up of modest single family residences.

SECRET 4
THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN MIAMI BEACH HAS OVER 100 YEARS!

Joe’s Stone Crab (1913) is the oldest restaurant in Miami Beach still in business nowadays. The Restaurant serves the best seafood and crab in Miami county or at least this is what they say. And unlike you may think, beside their history, they are not the most expensive ones.

Joe's Stone Crab (30s) and nowadays.

SECRET 5
COLLINS BRIDGE: THE LONGEST WAGON BRIDGE IN THE WORLD

In 1913, the bridge that connects Miami City to the Beach is finally finished and is awarded the title of being “the longest wagon bridge in the world”.

SECRET 6
ATLANTIC BEACH HOTEL: FIRST HOTEL IN MIAMI BEACH

The first hotel in the beach coast opens for business in 1915. Built on the northwest corner of Ocean Drive and First Street by William J. Brown, it became later only known as Brown’s Hotel and it’s one of the few building still remaining intact in Miami Beach.

Brown’s Hotel (30s) and nowadays.

SECRET 7
MIAMI BEACH IS OFFICALY INCORPORATED AS A TOWN IN 1915

26th March 1915 Miami Beach is officially incorporated as a Town thanks to its founders John Collins, Lummus Brothers and Carl Fisher. It will become a city 2 years later.

SECRET 8
LUMMUS PARK: THE LAND SOLD BY JONH LUMMUS, FIRST MAYOR OF THE TOWN

When Miami Beach was officially incorporated as a Town, one of the Lummus Brother, John became the first Mayor and sold his land for public use known as Lummus Park. In 1992, the Park is listed in the US national register as an historic landmark.

SECRET 9
1920-40s: THE BOOM OF THE ULTRAMODERN ART DECO

Without a doubt, Miami Beach hosts the most popular Art Deco buildings in the World. In fact, they were considered ultramodern architecture for the 20-30s. But only in 1979, under the leadership of Barbara Baer Capitman, a dedicated crusader for the Art Deco region, and the Miami Design Preservation League, an area made up of an estimated 800 buildings was granted a listing on the National Register of Historic Places avoiding to be demolished.

SECRET 10
1997, OCEAN DRIVE : VERSACE IS MURDERED ON HIS VILLA

Gianni Versace’s is murdered on the steps of his Ocean Drive estate, Casa Casuarina (built in 1930). The Versace Mansion is sold at action for $41.5 million and is nowadaways, thanks to restaurateur Barton G. Weiss, one of the most luxurious boutique hotel in Miami Beach. With only 10 Suites, rates start from US$ 850-3,000 per night.

Did you know about any of them? Will you add any other? Let me know!

See you very very soon!

XOXO

Melanie

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