South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is located due east of Miami city proper between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area encompasses all of the barrier islands of Miami Beach south of Indian Creek. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910s, thanks to the development efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers, and John S. Collins, the latter whose construction of the Collins Bridge provided the first vital land link between mainland Miami and the beaches.
The Betsy’s A Cappella Festival takes place on South Beach, right in the center of the nation’s largest 20th Century National Register Historic District. The area features more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s, 30s and 40s, and contains a variety of architectural styles. You can rent a bike right across the street from The Betsy to tour the area. You may also choose to check out the Visitors Center at the Miami Design Preservation League to enjoy a professional tour.