The sweet scent of coconut tanning oil combined with the aromas of grilled cuisine and cigar smoke travelled through the salty ocean breeze in Miami. Live music played at many outdoor venues and salsa everywhere else. Even 25 years ago when SoBe was undergoing its retransformation, there was a magical element about the area. From the architecture to it's colorful residents, SoBe's energy filters through every visitor. Of course, the mojitos help too!
As I walked around Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, Collins and Washington Avenues, I tried to capture the energy, bright lights and deco aesthetic which can only be found in South Beach at night:
More than 25 years ago, I sat with a friend, on the Carlyle's patio over beers. A bright light in the sky caught our attention. It looked like the brightest shooting star I'd ever seen. Or maybe it was a meteor? The next day, we learned it wasn't a shooting star or a meteor, but a Russian satellite that fell to earth!
An icon of South Beach, the former Versace Mansion. It now operates as a boutique hotel known as The Villa by Barton G.
The holidays have already gotten a hold of South Beach's Lincoln Road Mall.
Holy Hooters Batman!! Even the mannequins have implants in South Beach.
A larger than life Menorah & Dradle made completely of sea shells, Lincoln Road Mall.
Apple, Gap, JCrew, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic and Starbucks have commercialized South Beach.