Discovering Miami, Off Ocean Drive
In the hip new Mid-Beach area, which is coined as the “miracle mile” of Miami Beach and just minutes from the heart of South Beach’s entertainment areas, Circa 39 is an eclectic and worldly gem. Located just steps from the white sands and the mild waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel offers travelers the option of enjoying private loungers on the beach across the street or simply relaxing by the pool.
Originally built in 1939 as the Copley Plaza Hotel and Sherwood Apartments by renowned architect Albert Anis, the Circa 39 Hotel (Circa39.com) was part of the Art Deco boom in Miami Beach. It was thoroughly renovated and modernized in 2013-2014.
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Circa 39 showcases its new facilities and invites guests to enjoy colorful décor, refined service and eclectic beach style in a chic and historic boutique hotel. The Miami Beach hotel features an eclectic design that blends beach simplicity with tropical vibrancy, vintage charm, and old-world comfort. Custom-made furniture in teak and white optics as well as solid wood floors give the rooms an informal island feeling.
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Business or pleasure, Circa 39 is a happy home away from home, with easy access to South Beach, Miami’s Arts District, and other cultural attractions. Just a few miles up the street, city-goers can enjoy the Wynwood Arts District, a year-round attraction for street and graffiti art lovers. Wynwood is Miami’s most colorful neighborhood and attracts both well-known and emerging graffiti artists. The facades of the buildings are covered with murals. Guided tours allow visitors to absorb the art and learn more about the artists and their place in street art history, as well as the messages behind their work.
End a hot day with a cold beer at Concrete Beach Brewery (ConcreteBeachBrewery.com). With an artistic selection of classically brewed ales and lagers like rosé ale and mussels from Brussels, this locally owned and operated brewery also offers free tours and hosts a full weekly calendar of events like Monday Night Trivia and Tuesday Game Night, just steps from Midtown away and the famous Wynwood Walls. While exploring the neighborhood attractions, you can easily ride a Citi Bike to Lincoln Road or Sunset Harbor, take a bus to the Fillmore, or take an Uber to the Gallery District.
Above: Little Havana and a food bar
No visit to Miami is complete without experiencing Little Havana. Miami’s Cubans (and pretty much every local) take great pride in the neighborhood west of downtown Miami, where the famous Calle Ocho strip is testament to the American dream pursued by the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who populated it. Little Havana is more than just the best place to find incredible Cuban restaurants in Miami. It’s full of culture and places to discover art and enjoy a few cocktails at some of the best bars in Miami.
In Little Havana, sample authentic Cuban cuisine and enjoy a picadillo-filled empanada while listening to the stories behind the stoves. Tourists can learn about spiritual beliefs of the community (including Santeria), visit a cigar factory, and explore Domino Park and the Cuba Ocho Art Museum.
Come round Ball chain For a more authentic Cuban experience with a few Cuban-inspired cocktails: the Mojito Criollo (made with mint leaves that are not confused for an enhanced aroma – and more sugar), the Canita (white rum, lime, homemade honey syrup, guarapo or sugar cane juice), Sugar cane stick) and pastelito daiquiri (pastelito infused, aged rum, lime, simple syrup and a side dish of pastelitos or guava pastries).
Even without all the beautiful sights of the city, guests in Circa 39 can experience a comprehensive experience. In the hotel’s WunderBar, guests can enjoy well-made spirits with an emphasis on rum – the essence of the tropics. With fresh ingredients and passion, flavors from all over the world and a lively presentation, Jules kitchen prides itself on creating global comfort foods for the basic needs of globetrotters.
Above: Wynwood Arts District mural
Another highlight of the hotel is the WunderGarden, an enchanting, hidden courtyard that connects the buildings to the east and west with tropical plants, exotic birds and relaxing seating, while the lavishly designed pool deck invites guests to long after a day of sightseeing cool drink to linger to come to an end. Across Collins Avenue, comfortable beach lounges provide a base from which to relax and soak up the glorious Miami sun.
With smiles all over the world, an intangible positive vibe and the music of laughter, the feeling of having discovered a hidden gem is a takeaway for the guests of Circa 39. Go with warm memories, new friends and the feeling of being too to which you now belong the magical city.