Española Way South Beach is full of hidden architectural delights and Española Way is quite possibly the best-kept secret of the bunch.
A historic Spanish village modeled after the romantic Mediterranean villages in Spain and France. Española Way was initiated in 1925 by N.B.T. Rooney. The Spanish Village was intended to house artists, musicians, and entertainers. The Mediterranean revival buildings along this road were constructed in 1925 and frequented through the years by artists and writers. In the 1930s future bandleader Desi Arnaz strapped on a conga drum and started beating out a rumba rhythm at a nightclub that is now the Clay Hotel, a youth hostel that covers most of a block. Between Washington and Drexel avenues, the road has been narrowed to a single lane, and Miami Beach's trademark pink sidewalks have been widened to accommodate sidewalk cafés and shops.