Art Basel Miami 2015

I would be completely remiss not to mention and or feature information about the largest annual art show in the US hosted in Miami usually the first weekend of December every year.  This year is no exception.  While very exciting and lots to see and do expect hotels to be booked and restaurants tough to get reservations.  I have gone about 6 years ago and its a fun weekend for art buffs and scene makers. More info below.

Art Basel’s bucket list of activities takes place all over Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the most anticipated art event in North America and Miami Beach has hosted it for 14 years. Art Basel arrives on Miami Beach in December, officially opening on December 3rd and running through December 6th.  And while the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) will be home to the main event, dozens of satellite fairs as well as individual events will entertain the over 100,000 visitors who descend on the city over Art week. It is a testament to Miami Beach’s popularity and growing sophistication that whether its South, Mid or North Beach, a jam-packed array of exhibits, openings, and happenings will be available as everyone celebrates Art Basel in the Americas.

“When the Art Basel committee decided to make a home in the Americas, it was no surprise they chose Miami Beach as their permanent location,” notes Peggy Benua, Chair, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) “This city has the space, means and venues to host a wealth and range of events and as the number of activities and exhibits spread across the city duringBasel, we’re seeing what we’ve known all along: that Miami Beach is not only the perfect location for the depth and breadth of events like Art Basel but our residents and visitors are open-minded,  erudite and cultured and they come out in droves to support the arts.”

Last year Art Basel hosted 267 galleries and attracted around 70,000 visitors at the MBCC. This year, although the city expects those numbers to remain steady, increasingly the convention center is not the only show in town. In 2015, for instance, visitors and residents will be able to enjoy a wide range of art offerings and a plethora of lodging options in South, Mid and North Beach.

“Art Basel is a great time for visitors to really discover Miami Beach,” says Grisette Roque, Executive Director, MBVCA. “While the main fair takes place in South Beach, Mid and North Beach are bursting with fabulous bucket list worthy events and activities that tick every box.”

Art Basel is almost here. Let the fun begin with a comprehensive guide about what to do and where to stay in South, Mid and North Beach.

North Beach

From 63rd to 87th Streets, this northern stretch of Miami Beach includes an old fashioned bandshell, a community center and an adjoining park at the north end. With dozens of neighborhood restaurants and stores, North Beach is a quiet slice of Miami Beachfrequented by locals and visitors.


Miami Project: Miami Project returns in 2015 for its fourth edition, bringing the best in modern and contemporary art to the fair’s new waterfront location. More info:

  • Where: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $35 multi-day pass
  • When: Dec. 1-6, 2015

SATELLITE (new in 2015) SATELLITE is a new alternative exhibition that will be presented during Miami Art Week at several beachfront venues, each venue stewarded by renowned art curators and groundbreaking art organizations. More info:

  • Where: Four locations within a one block radius of the North Shore Amphitheater at 72nd Street on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: Admission is free
  • When: Dec. 1-6, 2015

Art on Paper (new in 2015) Art on Paper’s inaugural Miami Beach edition will launch during this year’s Miami Art Week, bringing the acclaimed fair to the epicenter of the international arts community. More info:

  • Where: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: TBD
  • When: Dec. 1-6, 2015

Where to Stay

  • Carillon Miami Beach: Discover casual luxury at Carillon Miami Beach; an elegantly comfortable all-suite escape on the footsteps of the ocean with luxurious amenities and options.
  • Deauville Beach Resort: Nicknamed “The Hotel to the Stars Since 1957”, the Deauville Beach Resort is rich in history and is a full-service resort with modern amenities, located in the heart of Miami Beach’s NoBe District.


From 30th to 63rd Streets, Mid Beach is popular for strolling, jogging and skating and partially includes the elevated boardwalk which runs from 21st Street to 46th Street. Rent an umbrella or beach chair and enjoy the day in the heart of Miami Beach.

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach NADA Miami Beach features some of the youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization. More info:

  • Where: Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: Admission is free
  • When: Dec. 3-5, 2015

Pulse Miami Beach PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. More info:

  • Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
  • When: Dec. 1-5, 2015.
  • Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 multi-day pass

Fridge Art Fair Fridge Art Fair’s philosophy is to make the art fair scene accessible to diverse exhibitors and visitors alike and celebrates creative freedom, encouraging exhibitors to explore all possibilities within their spaces. More info:

  • Where: Holiday Inn Miami Beach, 4333 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: $10 one-day pass
  • When: Dec. 3-6, 2015

Where to Stay

  • Grand Beach Hotel: Built in 2009, this super modern Miami hotel offers the highest levels of luxury and comfort. Leisure facilities include two heated Jacuzzi’s, a well-equipped gym, 3 swimming pools, including a tranquility pool. Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row.
  • Fontainebleau Miami Beach: A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has 1,504 guest rooms and suites located in two new luxury all-suite towers.  Twelve restaurants and lounges, a 40,000-square-foot spa and a dramatic oceanfront poolscape are among the hotel’s special features.
  • Metropolitan by COMO: Currently the #1 hotel in Miami Beach on TripAdvisor, Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach is one of the finest examples of Art Deco luxury on Miami Beach. The hotel combines its vintage 1930s roots with a contemporary spirit that runs through the whole property, including the sleek simplicity of in-room technology.

South Beach

At the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Beach is all you’ve read about in magazines and seen on TV. South Beach attracts a lively crowd of people who enjoy the energy, fun and sexiness of this area of the city.  Take a walk through Lummus Park while enjoying views of the ocean; tour the Art Deco buildings of South Beach (the Art Deco Welcome Center is located at 10th Street and Ocean Drive) and take  photos of the famous multi-colored South Beach lifeguard stands.

Art Basel Miami Beach Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and other works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. More info:

  • Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach
  • Tickets: $47 day ticket; $100 permanent pass
  • When: Dec. 3-6, 2015

UNTITLED. A curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces with a focus on emerging and midcareer contemporary art. The aim is to offer collectors an alternative viewing experience from the traditional art fair. It is about creating a conversation and offers collectors a sense of discovery, diversity and quality with an international perspective. The fourth edition of UNTITLED. will be held in Miami Beach from December 2-6, 2015.

More info:

  • Where: Ocean Drive and 12th Street on Miami Beach
  • When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
  • Tickets: $25 general admission

Scope Miami SCOPE taps into the cultural psyche to present only the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines. With over a decade of critically acclaimed art fairs and non-profit initiatives that extend beyond the ordinary in Contemporary art, design, music and fashion.

More info:

  • Where: Scope Pavilion, 801 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach
  • Tickets: $35 general admission; $100 VIP
  • When: Dec. 2-6, 2015

Where to Stay

  • The Setai: An oasis of tranquility amidst the vibrant energy of South Beach, The Setai, Miami Beach’s teak-accented, Asian-inspired suites – from studios to a 4-bedroom penthouse – feature Italian linens, free WiFi and rainfall showerheads. The hotel also has 3 outdoor pools and a private beach.
  • Delano South Beach: Designed by Philippe Starck, the iconic Delano South Beach provides guests with an exciting balance of elegance and playfulness.
  • The Tides South Beach: Located in the heart of South Beach at 12th and Ocean Drive, The Tides’ boasts 1930s-era Art Deco style and a collection of 45 stunning and ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites, each with interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler and guaranteed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

About Miami Beach

Recently awarded 2014 and 2015 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App” and “Overall Spa Destinations| U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat.   Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces its own branded sun care line, MB Miami Beach Suncare, but has been ranked by TripAdvisor as number one in 2011’s Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations and was also part of Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!