Collins Avenue

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Collins Avenue
Florida A1A.svg
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway
Type SR
Maintained by FDOT
Length 13.1 mi[1] (21.1 km)
Location Miami-Dade
South end South Pointe Drive in Miami Beach
North end SR 856 (William Lehman Causeway) / SR A1A in Sunny Isles Beach
Construction
Inauguration 1945 renumbering (definition)

Collins Avenue, partly co-signed State Road A1A, runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean in Miami Beach, Florida, one block west. Collins Avenue was named for John S. Collins a developer who in 1913 completed the first bridge, Collins Bridge, connecting Miami Beach to the mainland across Biscayne Bay.

Background[edit]

Aerial view of South Beach and part of Collins Avenue

Collins Avenue is home to many historic Art Deco hotels, and several nightclubs to the north.

North of 41st Street this boulevard lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Creek, lined by palm trees, and famous hotels from the 50s and 60s such as the Eden Roc and the Morris Lapidus-designed Fontainebleau Hotel, built in the curvy, flamboyant Neo-baroque fashion that defined the 1950s 'Miami Beach' resort hotel style.

Coined as "Millionaires Row," Collins Avenue boasts many of the most famous and trendy hotels along on the famous avenue including Alexander, Aqua, Beachcomber, Blue Moon, Carlton, Circa39, Claridge, Delano, Dorchester, EdenRoc, Essex House, Fontainebleau, Gansevoort, Haddon Hall, Kent, Loews, Lorraine, Marseilles, Mercury, Metropole, National, Ocean Spray Hotel, The Palms, Parisian, President, Raleigh, Richmond, Royal Palm, Sadigo, Sagamore, Setai, Shelborne, Sherbrooke, Shore Club, South Seas, Sovereign, Surfcomber, W South Beach, Whitelaw, The Miami Beach Resort and Spa (formerly the Doral Hotel), and many others.[2][3]

From the intersection of 9th Street to the intersection of 6th Street, Collins Avenue contains several top clothing stores. They are Barneys New York, Levi's, Puma, Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole New York, AX Armani Exchange, Quiksilver, Aldo, Victoria's Secret, Guess?, Sephora, Gap, United Colors of Benetton, Sunglass Hut, Nine West, Sisley, Vidal Sassoon, Urban Outfitters, MAC, Surf Style, True Religion, UGG Australia, Kidrobot, Intermix, Steve Madden, Club Monaco, Tommy Hilfiger, Shoe Freak, The Athlete's Foot, Arden B., adidas Originals, and Zara.

Opening of the Collins Bridge in 1913 connecting Miami Beach and the mainland

Events[edit]

The annual Miami International Boat Show occurs on Collins Avenue.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kleinberg, Howard, Woggles and cheese holes : the story of Miami Beach hotels, Miami Beach, FL : Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, 2005. ISBN 0-9771340-0-8
  • Kleinberg, Howard, Miami Beach : a history, Miami, FL : Centennial Press, 1994.
  • Lejeune, Jean-François, et al., The making of Miami Beach, 1933-1942: the architecture of Lawrence Murray Dixon, Miami : Bass Museum of Art, 2000

Coordinates: 25°51′44″N 80°07′16″W / 25.8622148°N 80.1210712°W / 25.8622148; -80.1210712