Another, more well known side of Miami is the unique art deco architecture of South Beach. Situated on Ocean Drive, facing... well.. the Ocean... it makes for the perfect afternoon stroll on a nice day. Being a lover of all things neon, I couldn't get over the crazy amounts of neon signage on nearly every building. Catch these buildings during the morning hours to see them in full light, then stick around through dusk to really see the neon shine.
After that lovely walk, head one block west to Collins Ave. This busy street is filled with a mix of classic luxury hotels like the Delano, and completely unknown or abandoned buildings that are just as charming. Some of the lucky ones have been restored again to fabulous hotels. Just opened, the Faena hotel is a great example. There is so much brass and white marble in this place that I nearly died. It's perfectly juxtaposed with modern artist Damien Hirst's two golden sculptures: a unicorn in one area and a mammoth skeleton in another. These are not to be missed!
Pro tip: Start your walk at the south end of Miami Beach and walk along the shore. The lifeguard stations (pictured at the top of this post) are the cutest structures ever built!