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Collins Avenue
Florida A1A.svg
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway
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Aerial view of South Beach and part of Collins Avenue
Type SR
Maintained by FDOT
Length 13.1 mi (21.1 km)
Location Miami-Dade
South end South Pointe Drive in Miami Beach
North end SR 856 (William Lehman Causeway) / SR A1A in Sunny Isles Beach
Construction
Inauguration 1945 renumbering (definition)

Collins Avenue, partly co-signed State Road A1A, is a major thoroughfare in southern Florida. The road runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean in Miami Beach, Florida, one block west. Collins Avenue was named for John S. Collins, a developer who, in 1913, completed Miami’s first bridge, Collins Bridge, connecting Miami Beach to the mainland across Biscayne Bay.

Background

Collins Bridge Miami FL
Opening of the Collins Bridge in 1913 connecting Miami Beach and the mainland

Collins Avenue is home to many historic Art Deco hotels, and several nightclubs to the north.

North of 41st Street this boulevard lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Creek, lined by palm trees, and famous hotels from the 1950s and 1960s such as the Eden Roc and the Morris Lapidus-designed Fontainebleau Hotel, built in the curvy, flamboyant Neo-baroque fashion that defined the 1950s 'Miami Beach' resort hotel style.

Events

The annual Miami International Boat Show occurs on Collins Avenue.

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  • Kleinberg, Howard, Miami Beach : a history, Miami, FL : Centennial Press, 1994.
  • Lejeune, Jean-François, et al., The making of Miami Beach, 1933-1942: the architecture of Lawrence Murray Dixon, Miami : Bass Museum of Art, 2000
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