The sunshine. The shoreline. The chic poolside cabanas and cocktails topped with tiny paper umbrellas. Everything about South Beach says, “Hey, you can sleep on the plane.”
Our newest hotel, The Hall, echoes the sentiment, a 1940s Art Deco classic transformed into a bohemian spot with a break-the-rules vibe. Set to open later this year, it’ll feature a 5,000-square-foot backyard playground (bocce ball under the Banyan, anyone?) and casual eats from Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn… all one block from the ocean and steps from Ocean Drive.
With so much to look forward to, we joined Miami photographer and Instagram phenom @shootershane for a get-to-know-you tour of the neighborhood.
How long have you lived in Miami? What brought you here?
I’ve been here for 11 years. Some friends of mine from high school got jobs in Miami, and I visited for vacation a couple times before deciding to make the move. Coming from York, a small town in Pennsylvania, I wanted something different, and I got that in Miami Beach.
An ice cream stand on the beach at 15th Street
What does your perfect day look like? Any favorite spots?
Sometimes, it’s as easy as beach, party, repeat. My happy place is anywhere on the sand that isn’t crowded, or just a rooftop with a good view. Miami is still growing. You can tell by its ever-changing skyline. A lot of things are in development, like the new arts center, downtown Brickell, and the Wynwood area, which is becoming bit of a new tourist destination.
A vintage car parked on Ocean Drive
The view of South Beach from South Pointe Pier
Giveaway on Washington Ave.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I always struggle with this question because I like to shoot everything from landscapes to people to architecture. I’d love to be a travel photographer. I think it’s important to showcase location, to think about sense of place. I also like linear photos because they make the eye travel through the picture.
An alleyway in the heart of South Beach
Pastel colors seen on buildings throughout the area
What’s the most daring thing you’ve done to get the perfect shot?
Funny you should ask! I banged my leg up pretty bad trying to get a shot for this project. I climbed the whole way out on the South Pointe Jetty to catch sunset. When I realized the sky wasn’t going to be quite right, I headed back in. Over that hour, the tide had risen, which made the rocks really slippery. Luckily, I didn’t damage the camera. I’ve been climbing things since I was a kid. I recently went up a bridge in the Keys. No risk, no reward!
The view of South Beach from above
Best Cuban sandwich in Miami Beach… Give us the deets.
A heart-shaped lock near the beach
The lifeguard stand on 10th Street