A mile off the Florida coast lies 7 pastel-hued stilt houses that remain inhabited. However, these houses have become a good spot for photoshoot and exploration. Stiltsville is a collection of seven houses isolated from the South Florida community and one of Florida's best kept secret.
These houses were built during the 1930 and 1940s, and used to be a residence for rum runners and a place for debauchery. According to The Atlantic, this venue used to be joined by gamblers and those who wanted freedom from mainland laws.
Stiltsville used to feature The Quarterdeck - an off-the-coast gentleman's club and invitation-only bar for the rich and well-connected.
Unfortunately, there are only few of the stilt houses remaining from the original twenty-seven structures. This place has become popular among photographers and sailors looking for some privacy.
The venue is only accessible by boat but if you have a chance to visit it, this would be the place for the perfect summer pictures. This subtropical haven remains one of South Florida's best venues to escape the city.
According to urban legend, this place was a haven for celebrities and other well-known personalities. Of course, there was a lot of illegal drinking and gambling going on in the heyday. Stiltsville remains an aura of mystery and a popular spot for swimmers and divers.
Several hurricanes throughout the years have decreased the number of stilt houses in the area. Stiltsville is located one mile south of Cape Florida on sandbanks of the Safety Valve on the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County.
Do note that public access to the structures themselves is by permit only. You can contact the Stiltsville Trust for permit details.
Where: one mile south of Cape Florida
Why you need to go: This is a group of floating houses with a sand-bar perfect for summer pictures and adventure. The place remains as one of South Florida's best kept secrets.