Miami Beach is a municipality located in the Miami Dade County on the barrier islands of the peninsular east coast and it is known worldwide for its beaches.
On our bike, arriving at the 15th Street, Ocean Drive temporarily ends and we will have to head westward again to reach the next street and keep going north. This will be the Collins Avenue, where where other architectural styles are visible, such as a fusion of Art Deco with the Mediterranean Revival, that can’t be seen elsewhere, dating from the period between 1930 and 1940. On the 44th Street, repeat the same route to the next street, turning west and then north at the end of this section of road. Paradoxically, by doing this we will again end up at Collins. This route is also known as Highway A1A and runs through the entire east coast of Florida in different sections on the extensive barrier islands. Past the 58th Street, the avenue splits into two sides: the left is the Indian Creek Road while the right is Collins still.
To our left we can appreciate the large houses where many celebrities live. The broad canal is frequently visited by countless water bikes and all kinds of public and private recreational crafts. Additionally, there are several tours that sail across Biscayne Bay and around Miami Beach. The Miami port is very close, and so is the terminal of great ocean liners that offer cruises throughout the Caribbean and other parts of the world. These waters are inhabited by peaceful and unchanging manatees, they are protected by federal law because of their precarious expectation of survival as a species by the direct action of man in its original environment. Among the vast array of marine life, dolphins can be seen, and of course, from time to time, the threatening and feared sharks.
Along the route there are accesses to the beach on almost every street. Sometimes the road near the sea is made out of multicolored flagstones, sometimes it is more sober, or just sand. In other sections it’s a wooden platform with benches and viewpoints which usually must be accessed by stairs. From the 63rd Street on begins the North Beach, which is north of the island and includes the Normandy Island area, Normandy Shores and other islands such as La Gorce, Allison Island or Biscayne Point. In addition to the quiet neighborhoods and idyllic urban landscapes, maritime and coastal ones are not left behind. Mangroves, sea grapes, clean white sands, lifeguard booths, tall buildings, blue and green colors and other amazing details imbue us into the wonderful panorama. At the 77th street, near the point where the Biscayne House of Refuge was erected in 1876, we will once again get to the beach and then turn south, but before that we will pass the picturesque Normandy Isles with its striking shops and buildings.