There are many unique neighborhoods in South Florida that are great for a tour. However, there is one that sits right in the heart of Biscayne Bay, waiting to be explored. This Florida tour takes you through Stiltsville in Miami, a place where time seems to have stood still, even as the area surrounding it has evolved.
It's an entire neighborhood of homes that seemingly floats on top of the bay, with the glittering skyline of Miami in the background. Ocean Force Adventures offers all those curious about this floating neighborhood a tour through it's structures.
The tour departs from the Miami Beach Marina on a personalized sightseeing expedition of the curious water neighborhood.
You'll also get an up-close and personal view of these homes, some of which have suffered damage by Hurricane Irma in 2017 and are currently being refurbished.
The area that would become Stiltisville started in the 1930s with just one shack, built by "Crawfish Eddie Walker, who built the first home on stilts right in the bay.
Over the years, more of these stilt houses would be built in Biscayne Bay, resembling a neighborhood built entirely on the water, complete with nightlife clubs. By the beginning of the 1960s, 27 homes were built in the Bay.
The structures that didn't succumb to the ravages of hurricanes were deeded to the State of Florida in 1985, and in the early 2000s, Stiltisville became part of Biscayne National Part, putting the remaining seven homes still standing in the hands of the Stiltsville Trust.
This tour is a trip to a rare neighborhood that has withstood the change of time, a stark contrast of the Miami of old and new that begs to be explored by visitors.
Tour of Stiltsville
Address: 300 Alton Rd., Pier E, Miami Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: See an abandoned Miami neighborhood built entirely on water. Private tours can be booked by phone at 305-903-4631. Online booking will resume after Labor Day.
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