Venetian Islands in Florida

15 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Westernmost Venetian Islands © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Westernmost Venetian Islands © Averette/cc-by-3.0

The Venetian Islands are a chain of artificial islands in Biscayne Bay in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. The islands are, from west to east: Biscayne Island (Miami), San Marco Island (Miami), San Marino Island (Miami Beach), Di Lido Island (Miami Beach), Rivo Alto Island (Miami Beach), and Belle Isle (Miami Beach). Flagler Monument Island remains an uninhabited picnic island, originally built in 1920 as a memorial to railroad pioneer Henry Flagler. The islands are connected by bridges from the Miami mainland to Miami Beach.   read more…

Wynwood Art District in Miami

4 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

© flickr.com - Dan Lundberg/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Dan Lundberg/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Wynwood Art District is a district of the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Florida. It is home to over 70 galleries, museums and collections and is known for its street art. It is roughly bounded by North 36th Street (US 27) (north), North 20th Street (south), I-95 (west) and Northeast First Avenue (east). It is one of the largest open-air street art installations in the world.   read more…

Homestead in Florida

27 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Homestead Historic Downtown District © Smothert1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Homestead Historic Downtown District © Smothert1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Homestead is a city within Miami-Dade County in the U.S. state of Florida, between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Homestead is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.   read more…

FTX Arena in Miami

14 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Sport Reading Time:  5 minutes

backside © Averette/cc-by-3.0

backside © Averette/cc-by-3.0

The FTX Arena (formerly known as American Airlines Arena) is a sports and entertainment multi-purpose arena located in Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay. It was constructed beginning in 1998 as a replacement for the Miami Arena and designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture. The arena is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.   read more…

Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach

19 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  7 minutes

Morris Lapidus Fountain © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Morris Lapidus Fountain © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian road running east–west parallel between 16th Street and 17th Street in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Once completely open to vehicular traffic, it now hosts a pedestrian mall replete with shops, restaurants, galleries, and other businesses between Washington Avenue with a traffic accessible street extending east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to Alton Road with a traffic accessible street extending to Biscayne Bay.   read more…

Coral Gables in Florida

25 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Biltmore Hotel © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Biltmore Hotel © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0

Coral Gables, officially the City of Coral Gables, is a city in Miami-Dade County, located southwest of Downtown Miami, with a population of 50,000. Coral Gables is a Mediterranean-themed planned community known for its climate and historical character.   read more…

Hibiscus Island in the Biscayne Bay

4 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

Hibiscus Island entrance © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Hibiscus Island entrance © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Hibiscus Island is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach on a man-made island in Biscayne Bay, Florida, United States. Hibiscus Island lies just north of Palm Island. It is an exclusive residential neighborhood with relatively high property values. The island is accessible via the MacArthur Causeway.   read more…

Haulover Park in Florida

30 September 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

Haulover Beach at north Miami Beach © flickr.com - Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-2.0

Haulover Beach at north Miami Beach © flickr.com – Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-2.0

Haulover Park is a 177-acre (72 ha) urban park owned and operated by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department, located in metropolitan Miami, just north of Bal Harbour, Florida. The park is located on a shoal between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, just north of the Broad Causeway (SR 922) and Collins Avenue.   read more…

Stiltsville in Florida

13 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  25 minutes

Stiltsville as seen from Cape Florida Light © Mr3641

Stiltsville as seen from Cape Florida Light © Mr3641

Stiltsville is a group of wood stilt houses located one mile south of Cape Florida, on sand banks of the Safety Valve on the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The structures stand on wood or reinforced concrete pilings, generally ten feet above the shallow water, which varies from one to three feet deep at low tide. Most sources claim the first stilt shack was built in the early 1930s, but some Dade County historians say that there were a dozen shacks in “the flats” as early as 1922. Today there seven houses remaining. Stiltsville’s frontier era ended with Hurricane Betsy in 1965. Beginning in August 1965, the state of Florida required building owners to pay $100 annually to lease their quarter-acre circular “campsites.” No permits for new construction were issued, and structures that sustained more than 50-percent damage could not be rebuilt. Building codes were implemented and the state banned commercial operations after 1969.   read more…

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