Ocean Drive is a major thoroughfare in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, on the east or Atlantic coast of the state of Florida, in the United States. The road starts at South Pointe just south of 1st Street, near the southernmost end of the main barrier island of Miami Beach, about a quarter-mile west of the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean Drive continues north to 15th Street, immediately southeast of Lincoln Road.
Ocean Drive is known mostly for its Art Deco hotels and restaurants/bars, many of which have prominently featured in numerous movies and media. Among the most popular is the 1939 Colony Hotel, known as the most photographed art deco hotel. Renovated as a boutique hotel, it featured in cameos in scores of movies and TV shows, including the series Dexter. Another popular art deco hotel is the Clevelander Hotel; in addition to its standard hotel services, it has an indoor sports lounge, a dance floor and pool area on the ground floor, and a complementary roof-top bar. The exterior of the Carlyle Hotel was used for the Birdcage drag club in the 1996 comedy The Birdcage.
Ocean Drive (South Beach) Miami
The Sunray Apartments featured in the movie Scarface (1983). The 2002 video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, based the look of its eponymous city on Miami. It has a replica of Ocean Drive with the same name.
Ocean Drive is also the location of the famed Casa Casuarina, the residence of the late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. Since his death, the house was sold and adapted for use as a boutique hotel. It is one of the most photographed homes in North America.
One of the most famous restaurants on this strip is Mango’s Tropical Café, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant that also has live performances by dancers and singers.
Known for its cabaret and drag queen shows, the Palace Bar dedicated to the LGBTQ community.