Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Ocean Drive Street Scenes, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
The prime section of Ocean Drive stretches almost a mile with a succession of open air restaurants all clamoring for your business. They are not bashful as you walk by. They aggressively attempt to entice you with their pleas to sit down and eat.
A just before sunset view from a second story deck on Ocean Drive. This is Lummus Park - basically the front yard for everyone in South Beach. The Atlantic Ocean is visible peeking through the trees.
As evening closed in, the game was on to find a dinner spot. The presence of live acoustic music is usually my first choice.
The Avalon had a wonderful acoustic trio playing by the tables in a prominent spot on the veranda but the menu didn't grab us (nothing wrong with it but, it's not always easy to find vegan selections in much variety at many restaurants).
We preferred the ambiance (more light) and menu at the nearby Majestic.......
....which also had wonderful live music: in this case Tony Cruz. Delightful fingers on the strings.
Ocean Drive seems to be the heart of Miami's South Beach Area. It is all-in-one: the main restaurant area, hotel area, park, beach, promenade, freak show, tourist show, whatever you're looking for it seems to be here. Vibrant and alive.
I like this piece of the world - a lot. This is my last blog post from South Beach but, stay tuned for more observations around other parts of Miami.