Photo: Houses on Ocean Drive in South Beach

Bright hues help define Miami’s pervasive art deco style along Ocean Drive in South Beach.

Photograph by Catherine Karnow

A seaside paradise and the nation’s youngest big city (founded in 1896), Miami, Florida is America’s Casablanca—capital of the exotic, inhabited by a larger percentage of foreign-born than any other city, according to the United Nations. Called the “Gateway to Latin America” the area’s population is 60 percent Hispanic, made up of Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Puerto Ricans, and Venezuelans—all influencing the city’s rich cultural offerings. Considered an international hub, Miami has reached a sophistication to rival Manhattan’s with hip Miami Beach at its heart boasting a classic Art Deco District and North Beach’s Miami Modern architecture. In Miami itself, a melange of worthwhile neighborhoods welcome visitors including the Cuban-inspired Little Havana, the art-driven Design District, architecturally rich Coral Gables, and the laid-back beachfront community of Coconut Grove. The area’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination.

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