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Day of the Dead–It’s a Celebration!

          Around Halloween, an image we see with more frequency in the U.S. are of people with intricately, colorful painted skulls on their face and vibrant costumes. It is related to a Mexican tradition, a celebration called Dia de los Muertos, “The Day of the Dead”. Each year the images grow in popularity and this year…

The Versace Mansion Secrets and Surprises, 20 Years Later

  Gianni Versace in his mansion in South Beach The morning of July 15, 1997 would rock the fashion world and the history of Miami Beach. Italian designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the front steps of his villa formally known as “Casa Casuarina” on Ocean Drive, part of the Art Deco historic district,  in South Beach, Florida. This may be a somber note to start with for this fabulous blog, but Versace was influential in the transformation of South Beach. “Versace propelled South Beach to a whole new stratosphere, one that attracted artists, celebrities and the super wealthy,” shares Christine Michaels resident and founder/owner of the Art Deco Tours. Versace moved to Miami in 1992 and purchased the dilapidated villa, originally built in 1930, and added his flair of design in every single room. This was his third…

Helpful Tips

PARKING SOUTH BEACH For South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour or Cocktail Tour below are parking options. City parking lots and garages cost $2.00/hour. If you park on the street with meter the rate is $4.00/hour. There are private garages which can range $10-$50 depending on season. Peak holidays and festival weekends are up to $40-$50. Weekdays are lower priced at $10-$20. City Parking Lot Miami Beach, FL 33139 10th St. & Washington Ave. 1000 Washington avenue (close to where walking tour begins and cocktail tour ends) 37 spots 12th St. & Collins Ave. 1262 Collins Avenue (closer to where cocktail tour begins and ends) 50 spots City Garage Miami Beach, FL 33139 13th St. & Collins Ave. 1301 Collins Avenue; Miami Beach (closer to where cocktail tour begins; or where walking tour ends) 293 spots 12th street in between…