Apart from the constantly upbeat and party-filled agenda of any Miami local, December in South Beach brings a new vibe to the narrow land mass that sits a mere 10 miles away from the Miami mainland. Let’s take it back a month: In December, a friend and I travelled via redeye to Miami Beach for the infamous weekend known as Art Basel.
South Beach: known for it’s untouched beaches, seductive style, and unrelenting nightlife, it draws a crowd that doesn’t mind a bit of humidity for the high price of social status. Between the palm tree lines boardwalks and mid-century modern resorts like the Nobu Eden Roc, South Beach is the last place to lack an underwhelming central style. South Beach boasts both buildings oozing traditional Cuban accents and freshly waxed foreign cars protected by men in white gloves, proving that the influence of the early 1900’s is just as prevalent today.
With Basel tickets starting at just $120 for three days of unlimited entries to the venue and public art viewings around South Beach, the weekend consisted of lots of walking, water, and waiting in deceivingly short lines. There is no doubt that Art Basel was an unforgettable getaway but it does take a certain patience to not become overwhelmed with the crowd or temperature. As I already anticipate flying back to Miami in December of 2018, it’s worthwhile to look back at the amazing trip and appreciate the myriad of art on display.
Take a look at some of the incredible art we saw at both Art Basel and the Scope International Contemporary Art Show, along with a couple outfits and, of course, the most photogenic food around.