not in play.
“A small group of about 20 could play
during the off hours, which are weekdays
before three o’clock,” said courts manager
If you wanted to go full-on tournament
style with banners, music, food and drink,
permits from the city would be needed,
Recognized as the largest collection of Art
Deco buildings in the world, the Art Deco
District, filled with the tropical jewel boxes
sporting the geometric ornamentation of
the era, is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places and still one of Miami
Beach’s most popular attractions. Your
group can explore it on guided walking
tours offered by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) ( www.mdpl.org), a
nonprofit organization devoted to preserving the area’s architectural heritage.
In addition to the 90-minute walking
tours that depart daily from the Art Deco
Welcome Center on Ocean Drive, the
MDPL also offers private guided tours, or
visitors may go out on their own with a
self-guided audio tour. Meanwhile, the MD-
PL’s Art Deco Museum provides an in-depth
look at Miami Beach’s historic design styles.
Other facets of the area are explored on
the MDPL’s Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour,
the Jewish Miami Beach Tour and the
South Beach Food Tour.
Salsa and Spice
You may walk the walk in Miami Beach, but
can you dance the dance? If you want to
shimmy like a native Miamian, Salsa Mia
( www.salsamia.com) can have you shaking
your hips with the best of them.
Based in the Mojito Room upstairs at
Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Salsa Mia offers
classes every night of the week with expert
instructors and complimentary Lemon
Drop shots to set the mood.
“It’s definitely the best way to unwind after a day in meetings,” said Salsa Mia owner
Susan Fisher, who notes that up to 200 can
be accommodated for one-hour lessons. “Or
we can go to their chosen venue,” she said.
But if you take classes on-site, the group
can transition to a night of dancing at Mango’s, with live music, a VIP club entrance
included for participants, drink specials
and discounts on food.
“It’s a whole night of lessons, dancing,
drinks, food, live entertainment and spectacular shows,” Fisher said.
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architect Morris Lapidus. The hotel’s
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reimagined.com), where a $515 million
makeover will add 150,000 square feet
of new space that will include a new
ballroom, new meeting spaces and a
new kitchen. In addition, a 5.8-acre
parking lot will be converted into a public park complete with canopy trees, a
flexible lawn area, a food pavilion and a
veteran’s memorial. Interior renovations
are projected for completion in 2018,
after which the exterior transformation