The long, skinny island of Miami Beach – and specifically image-conscious South Miami Beach (that's South Beach or SoBe to you), with its charming Art Deco District and sizzling dining and club scenes, has for the past decade reigned as one of America's capitals of cool (so cool, in fact, that designer Roberto Cavalli recently launched a $60-a-bottle vodka to be sold only in Miami, along with New York and Los Angeles). It's the kind of place where you might spot Cuban boat people washed up on Ocean Drive or a guy walking a leashed mountain lion on Lincoln Road.
Design DistrictThink South Beach with a hint of New York’s SoHo. Tour the galleries of upscale furnishings and objets d'art, and the restaurants and bars popping up in between them.
South Beach/Art Deco DistrictSouth Beach, or SoBe, with its charming Art Deco District and sizzling dining/club scenes, has reigned as one of America's capitals of cool for the past decade.
Miami BeachThis land of designer boutiques, hot nightlife, public beaches, and large convention-harboring hotels has an international vibe.
Little HavanaNo longer a primarily Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana hosts immigrants from all over Latin America. Come for salsa and merengue clubs, hand-rolled cigars, and fresh Cuban coffee.
Coral GablesYou’ll find upscale shopping and restaurants in this magical, banyan-tree-lined neighborhood full of palatial, Spanish-colonial-style homes. It’s also home to the landmark Biltmore Hotel.
Key BiscayneThis exclusive island community is home to the Seaquarium, upscale resorts, and public beaches.
Coconut GroveThe once-charming '20s harbor-front town, with its cottages and cobblestone lanes, has since morphed from boho, hippie-haven to pricey bourgeois retreat with brand-name shops and ritzy homes.
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