World's Most Cultured Beach Cities

Make a stop in these cities that blend a beach-town vibe with cultural abundance.

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Miami, Florida

Nothing says Miami like the exposed skin of South Beach partygoers and the fluid lines of the city’s Art Deco design, which architects brought in in the 1930s for its sense of luxury and movement. The importance of this aesthetic has inspired walking tours along Collins and Ocean avenues, organized by the local preservation society (mdpl.org). Art has also helped put this beach town on the cultural map, particularly when the world’s most important artists, dealers and galleries descend for Art Basel Miami Beach (miamibeach.artbasel.com). Beachgoers who have had their fill of Deco, contemporary art and partying in the sun can find a Colonial-style respite at South Beach’s The Betsy hotel (rooms, from $206; 1440 Ocean Dr.; 305-538-2000; thebetsyhotel.com) and its zen-like wellness garden and spa.