4 iconic movies with scenes filmed in Miami Beach

For film aficionados, a stroll through South Beach means more than beautiful beaches, model-status patrons, and luxurious high-rise hotels.

In fact, there’s a good deal of television and cinematic history that takes place right here on the streets of SoBe. From cinematic masterpieces like Scarface to unforgettable comedies like There’s Something About Mary, South Beach serves as the backdrop for many a movie moment.

Below are a few iconic movies that were filmed, at least partially, right here in our own beautiful backyard.

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1. Scarface
We’d be remiss without mentioning one of the most iconic movies in all of cinematic history, a great deal of which was filmed right here on Miami Beach: Scarface.

Though, unsurprisingly and per Hollywood custom, many of the supposed “Miami” scenes were actually filmed in California, a number of iconic moments from the film were shot on the shores of Miami Beach. The notorious chainsaw scene was filmed on Ocean Drive, for example, and several key scenes from the film took place at the famed Fontainebleau Hotel, located in the heart of East of Collins.

2. Bad Boys 2
Perhaps not quite as renowned by film critics as Scarface, but still just as loved by fans, Bad Boys 2 was filmed primarily in Miami and around South Florida.

Production for the film actually caused closures on the MacArthur Causeway for several days, which caused major traffic delays around the city. A fun fact about the filming: At one point during filming on Cape Florida State Park, the film 2 Fast 2 Furious was being shot on the other side.

3. There’s Something About Mary
While much of the film takes place in Coral Gables, we see a number of scenes that were clearly filmed on the other side of the MacArthur. We meet the character Sully at Big Pink, the iconic breakfast and late-night joint located East of Collins in South Beach.

4. Marley and Me
Though a great deal of this much-beloved tearjerker was filmed in Hollywood, Florida as well as in Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, and Los Olas, a number of scenes and aerial shots take place throughout Miami Beach, including recognizable shots from the Rickenbacker Causeway, the MacArthur Causeway, Ocean Drive, and Washington Avenue.

Bonus: Miami Vice, Dexter, and Burn Notice
Though not movies, these series are filmed all over South Beach and the greater Miami area, including iconic locations such as Jose Marti Park and Crandon Park.

It’s interesting to note that many of the scenes, particularly in Dexter, which supposedly takes place almost exclusively in Miami Beach, are actually filmed in Los Angeles, California or on closed sets.

Stay tuned for our next article featuring classic movie moments filmed in the East of Collins community. Which of your favorite, iconic movie scenes were filmed on Miami’s beaches? Tell us in the comments.

The Transformation of Sunny Isles Beach

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The City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, located on a barrier Island in the Northeast corner of Miami-Dade has transformed from “Motel Row” into what is now known as “Florida’s Riviera.”
Occupying an area east of Collins Avenue between 157th Street and 195th Street, luxury real estate and hotel brands such as The Ritz Carlton, Aqualina Resort and Spa, Porsche Design, Regalia, Armani Casa, and The Jade properties have taken over the prime coastal real estate hot spot transforming the area into a world class destination for tourists and residents alike.

Up until the late 90s, developers were unable to tap in to this golden beach strip as it was famously occupied by tri-level waterfront vintage motels that kept the area quaint, deco and reminiscent of the golden age of the 50s and 60s. However, in 1997 a new vision for the 2.5 square mile area led to its incorporation as a formal entity and self-standing city, giving rise to new zoning laws and an insurgence of massive high rise development and real estate investment. Real Estate moguls slowly began to handsomely buy out the older motel owners’ oceanfront stake.

Today, driving through the Collins Avenue strip (also known as A1A) one is amazed by the level of high-rise construction bearing world class luxury names, one after the other, emanating an image of hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, residential, and tourism population. Some individual residences are listed for over $25 million.

In addition, this plethora of skyline development also led to the establishment of renowned pristine golf courses, 10 neighboring parks, luxury fitness centers and spas, A-rated schools, fine dining restaurants, cafes, retail stores and boutiques. A new high class prestigious office building also now invites world class businesses to rent office space in the area, extending the image of Sunny Isles beach beyond seasonal pleasure and skyline indulgence into one of year-round permanence. A Medical and Health Care facility is now also in development.

Ideally located in the Northeast corner of Miami-Dade County, The City of Sunny Isles Beach is easily accessible to Fort Lauderdale, Bal Harbour Shops, and Aventura Mall. It also houses the famous landmark Newport Fishing Pier, conveniently located at the end of 162nd Street (Sunny Isles Boulevard), which turns into State Road 826 on the West side. The Newport Pier, adjacent to the Newport Hotel, extends out into the ocean, and has been a home to locals for decades. While luxury dominates most of the 2.5 square mile area, remnants of vintage and eclectic memories are also still seen through this landmark fishing pier destination.

An area of cultural diversity with shops and restaurants lining Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach has become a magnet for sun seekers looking for a more quiet retreat than its famed South Beach southern counterpart.

Real Estate moguls invested both vision and mega-dollars into this Atlantic Riviera allowing the East of Collins destination to increase its’ glorious image, value, and reputation throughout the entire oceanfront Miami Beach strip from 1st street all the way up through 195th street.

Go beyond the beach at these 6 Miami hidden gems

For South Floridians looking to soak in the sun and sand in a more unique atmosphere than The Clevelander, there are options aplenty along or within walking distance from Collins Avenue, South Beach’s backbone.

Below are some hidden hot spots around town you won’t regret paying a visit.

Photo credit @jnpaul

Photo credit @jnpaul

1. The Broken Shaker at the freehand
Location
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sat-Sun: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Located within one of South Beach’s most unique and highly rated hostels, this craft cocktail spot is the definition of a hidden gem, known and cherished by locals as one of the best places on SoBe to grab an elixir unlike any drink you’ve tasted before. Pro tip: Tell the bartender your unique tastes and ask for a custom cocktail that fits your exact palate.

2. BASEMENT at the Miami Beach EDITION Hotel
Location
Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat: 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
The Edition hotel features a hot nightlife scene that you have to be in the know to experience. Calling itself a “new kind of multidimensional entertainment hub,” BASEMENT features not only a standard SoBe nightclub, but also a bowling alley, ice-skating rink, and incredible sound system – so you can dance away into the night in whatever venue you so choose.

Photo from www.qualitymeatsmiami.com

Photo from www.qualitymeatsmiami.com

3. Quality Meats
Location
Hours:
Sun & Mon: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Tues-Sat: 6 p.m.-12a.m.
Meat-lover’s paradise, Quality Meats is the best place to celebrate a special occasion over a steak – or a quintessential Miami seafood dish – in an atmosphere that can’t be beat. Ambiance is butcher-shop chic, and the cuisine comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.

Photo from www.sohobeachhouse.com

Photo from www.sohobeachhouse.com

4. SoHo Beach House Miami
Location
Hours: varies
For casual mingling with creative professionals, SoHo Beach House memberships are reserved for South Florida’s elite. Part of the SoHo House social club that originated in London, Miami’s version adds its own South Beach flair with a rooftop taqueria, a luxurious spa, a library, and multiple places to chit chat over delectable hors d’oeuvres.

5. La Sandwicherie
Location
Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-5 a.m.
Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.-6 a.m.
Delivery: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
This no-frills countertop sandwich spot, open late-night for party animals seeking a post-Liv snack, is a local go-to.  The sandwiches are simply to die for; make sure to request the signature sauce – or buy a bottle to take home.

6. Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports
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Hours: varies
For those seeking a more adventurous day or evening out on the glistening South Florida seas, Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports has it all. The company puts an added spin on paddle boarding or kayaking with races, full moon paddles, and island jams. The founders are locals, so they’ve got intimate knowledge of the best places to soak in the sun out on the water.

What are your favorite hidden gems in South Florida? Tell us in the comments.

Relax and kick back at these 6 South Florida beachfront parks

The South Beach lifestyle conjures images of glamour, glitz, and exotic evenings spent at luxurious soirées on the sand, cocktail in hand. While these are all quintessential aspects of life in paradise, sometimes it’s fitting to forego the throngs of visitors at the more touristy clubs for a taste of local leisure – and there’s no better way to do so than at one of South Florida’s many scenic parks.

Below are six parks worth visiting along or near Collins Avenue. Stop by on a weekend to squeeze in a quick game of sand volleyball or pack a cheese and wine picnic for a weekday lunchtime excursion.

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Photo from www.oliom.com/blog/3-best-kid-friendly-south-beach-parks/

1. South Pointe Park
Location
Hours: M-Sun: sunrise-10 p.m.
Watch the cruise ships glide in and out of the Miami Beach harbor from this scenic oasis, located at the southernmost point of South Beach. Views are simply exquisite, with Fisher Island visible across the cut. End the evening with an unforgettable dinner at Smith and Wollensky before a sunset stroll on the boardwalk.

2. Lummus Park
Location
Hours: M-Sun: sunrise-10 p.m.
Located on Ocean Drive, Lummus Park is a local favorite complete with volleyball courts, pull-up bars, fitness activates, and paved paths for cyclists, skaters, or joggers. This 74-acre beachfront spot is ideal for locals and visitors alike, easy walking distance from local shopping, restaurants, and the bustling South Beach scene.

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Photo from www.southfloridafinds.com/park/fl/miami-dade/miami-beach/haulover-beach-park.html

3. Haulover Park
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Hours:
M-Sun: sunrise-sunset
TripAdvisor ranks Haulover Park as the number one activity in the area of Bal Harbour, and it’s a can’t-miss experience that lives up to its reputation. The sands are pristine, parking is affordable, and friendly South Florida patrons abound. It’s the only park where you can enjoy both the ocean and the intercostal – rent day carter boats for leisure or fishing, enjoy kite flying festivities, or take a ride along the many bike trails. The hottest park in South Florida is the only (official) clothing-optional beach in Miami, so dress accordingly.

4. North Shore Park
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M-Sun: varies
Featuring a youth center, an amphitheater with a variety of shows and acts year-round, a dog park, picnic tables, and more, this park truly has something for everyone. Once a month, be sure to catch the Full Moon party that takes place on the beach, complete with dancing and drum circles.

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Photo from www.miamiinfocus.com/photo_gallery/coastal-projects/heritage-park.html

5. Heritage Park
Location
Hours:
M-W, 7:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
F-Sun: 7:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
On one of South Florida’s scorching days, cool off in the water play area with the kids, or enjoy the playgrounds, basketball court, or dog park. The south side of the park is leash-free for dog owners. Check the local Events Calendar for movie nights and local happenings taking place at this must-visit local hot spot.

6. Collins Park
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Hours:
M-Sun: varies
For the yoga enthusiast, Collins Park is an ideal place to get your daily Namaste on. Stroll through the botanic garden for a calming dose of greenery and nature, or take a casual walk through the local shops.

Where do you relax and kick back in the South Florida sunshine? Tell us in the comments.

5 Popular Restaurants on Collins Avenue

The East of Collins community is exploding with culinary excitement, playing host to the world’s most diverse restaurant options. One can almost be overwhelmed by all the choices. Here is a selection of a few of our favorite picks:

Photo from www.craftrestaurantsinc.com

Photo from www.craftrestaurantsinc.com

Beachcraft

2395 Collins Avenue, 1 Hotel and Homes, Miami Beach
Reservations: 305-604-6700   |   Website
Beachcraft brings celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s seasonal sensibility to Miami. Colicchio has collaborated with South Florida native and executive chef Michael Fiorello on a menu featuring locally caught fish, and pristine antibiotic-free meats along with vibrant produce. An open, expansive kitchen anchors Beachcraft, in which seafood entrees, succulent vegetables and fresh fish are center stage. A completely stocked raw bar, flatbreads, freshly made pastas and salads round out the experience. Reviewed by some as having “a roller coaster of flavor through every part of every dish,” Beachcraft is the perfect spot to soak in all that is East of Collins with their outdoor seating overlooking iconic Collins Avenue.

Deck Sixteen

1600 Collins Avenue, Hyatt Centric South Beach
Reservations: 305-695-7400   |   Website
Start your day off right at DECK Sixteen, located in the Hyatt Centric South Beach. A Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant with thoughtfully crafted and locally sourced, sustainable ingredients has tasty menu items like organic irish oatmeal with caramelized bananas and coconut flakes, a chorizo frittata, or smoked salmon toast. Add a little seasonal fresh fruit, cage-free eggs, or crispy smoked bacon from local smokehouse Miami Smokers to personalize your dish. If you don’t make it for breakfast, be sure to put this hot spot on your list for dinner or drinks. The DECK’s diverse menu of tapas is a gastronomical treat, and their variety of signature fresh sangrias are a unique twist.

Talde
4041 Collins Avenue, Thompson Hotel, Miami Beach
Coming in 2015   |   Website
It’s reported that Top Chef star Dale Talde is set to open an outpost of his Talde eatery in the East of Collins community by the end of this summer. This trendy Asian-American restaurant has two northeast locations already, with its third one set to open in the Thompson Hotel located at 40th and Collins Avenue. While its decor is going to be different, the signature menu is going to remain similar to its northern counterparts. The most popular items such as Pretzel Pork, Korean Fried Chicken, Chive Dumplings, and Moo Shu Pancakes are going to be making it on the Miami menu, but Talde has plans to “lighten up his menu” for the South Florida market.

Photo from www.byblosmiami.com

Photo from www.byblosmiami.com

Byblos
1535 Collins Avenue, Shorecrest Hotel, Miami Beach
Reservations: 305-508-5041  |   Website
Voted by Zagat as the #1 hottest restaurant, Byblos represents a marriage of Eastern Mediterranean fare with solid influences from both local and traditional ingredients. Utilizing classic, time-honored cooking methods and modern-day techniques the menu is a real cultural and coastal mosaic with items, such as: turkish manta dumplings, duck kibbeh, grass fed steak tartare, yogurt fluke, and braised Colorado lamb leg just to name a few. Served family style inside a vivacious atmosphere, you’re sure to have a complete culinary experience when dining at Byblos.

Photo from www.michaelmina.net

Photo from www.michaelmina.net

Stripsteak
4441 Collins Avenue, Fontainebleau, Miami Beach
Reservations: 877-326-7412   |   Website
Located inside the historic Fontainebleau, StripSteak offers a dynamic dining and bar scene completed by a menu of sophisticated cuisine and contemporary signature cocktails. Don’t be fooled by the traditional a la carte steakhouse menu – the signature specials, locally sourced raw bar, and vast menu of appetizers and sides are overflowing with options. And if the ocean-to-table live catch program doesn’t excite you, maybe the hotel’s on-site aging room and butcher shop will impress you.