On South Beach, Fifth Street is the dividing line. To its north growls swarms of crowds, reveling in the sun and cutthroat sand-castle construction. To the south, however, rests a tranquil and charming neighborhood that exudes art-deco style and sophistication. Inside the Marriott Hotel's Deco Blue Restaurant & Bar the chaos recedes further, while the beach draws even nearer.
From the restaurant's patio, diners sip the pineapple-infused rum of the Captain's Punch cocktail while drinking in an unobstructed view of the ocean. At sunset, cruise ships sneak in and out of port by slicing through the sun's pink-and-yellow aura. When the sun dips below the horizon, Cuban sandwiches and grilled mahi mahi illume curvy high-backed booths inside. Bartenders crush mint into Mojitos near the side terrace, where pergolas and palm trees sway with the ocean breezes and fire pits keep the cold and grizzly bears at bay.