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This district is roughly bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Alton Road on the west, Sixth Street to the south, and Dade Boulevard (along the Collins Canal) to the north. Most of the finest examples of the whimsical Art Deco style are concentrated along three parallel streets -- Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue -- from about 6th to 23rd streets. 

If you're touring this unique neighborhood on your own, start at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr. (tel. 305/531-3484), which is run by the Miami Design Preservation League. The center gives away lots of informational material, including maps and pamphlets, and runs guided tours around the neighborhood. Art Deco books, T-shirts, postcards, mugs, and other paraphernalia are for sale. It's open daily from 10am to 7:30pm.

Take a stroll along Ocean Drive for the best view of sidewalk cafes, bars, colorful hotels, and even more colorful people. Another great place for a walk is Lincoln Road, which is lined with boutiques, large chain stores, cafes, and funky art and antiques stores.