Walk in the footsteps of Desi Arnaz along Espanola Way between Washington Avenue and Drexel in South Beach to see Mediterranean Rivival Style architecture. Desi loved to party in this part of South Beach during the 1940s. He played his bongos and sang his Cuban songs along this charming street. This is where Desi Arnaz created the sultry rumba craze!
Barbara Capitman and her buddies at the Miami Design Preservaton League saved the structures on this alluring street. “The Historic Spanish Village” is modeled after the romantic Mediterranean villages found in France and Spain.
Today it consists of art galleries, restaurants, and quirky shops. See a flamengo dance performance or tour the art galleries and little boutique shops.
Check out Havana 1957 for Cuban Cuisine; or the “Tapas & Tintos” Tapas Bar while you are in the neighborhood. Look into their Flamengo Schedule to see a live performance. Get a refreshing Mojito at the Mojito Lounge. Española Way runs from Collins Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Notorious mafia don Al Capone located his gambling ring at The Clay Hotel in the 1930’s. The Clay Hotel’s Old World ambiance is well-suited to the tropical magic of South Beach.
The hotel dominates the corner of quaint Española Way. The Clay Hotel is nestled in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach characterized by the distinctive 1930’s architecture.
Don Johnson, Sylvester Stallone and Elton John have all contributed to experienced the special atmosphere of The Clay Hotel. Movies and music videos have been shot at this hotel; including the pilot for Miami Vice and many episodes of the television show.
Spend the day at the beach or play tennis and racquetball at nearby Flamingo Park’s well maintained courts. Cool off in the olympic size swimming pool.
Over the past few years, the bars and restaurants in this area have increasingly become a gathering place for the large Italian community in Miami. There’s an excellent Italian Restaurant next to the Cameo Theater called Osteria del Teatro.
Try some of their authentic Italian Cuisine
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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