The South Beach Tour: Living History by the Sea

Sunday, October 20
Tour 11 am - 4 pm & Reception 3-5 pm
Barnard Way & Ocean Park Boulevard

Discover the eclectic charms of the vintage South Beach neighborhood on this self-guided tour. The route will cover approximately 4 blocks and take 1.5-2 hours. If you are attending the reception, please check-in by 2 pm.

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The streets leading to the shimmering Pacific in Ocean Park’s South Beach section offer a window to the early days of coastal development at the turn of the 20th century. Learn how the Santa Fe Railroad, the first beach lot sales and early developers shaped this neighborhood— and see first-hand how the area has transformed over the last 150 years.

The tour will feature the eclectic architectural styles of South Beach, including American Foursquare, Craftsman, Dutch Colonial Revival, Italian Revival, Mission Revival and more. Docents will welcome guests into select residences for a closer look at how these homes retain their historic roots while being updated for modern life.

View of South Beach. Photos: Steve Loeper


The self-guided tour will cover approximately four blocks and take 1.5-2 hours to complete. Guests will be provided with detailed brochure about the historic properties at check-in. A separately ticketed reception will be hosted from 3-5 pm at Horatio West Court, a modernist masterpiece by Irving Gill that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Proceeds will support the Conservancy's educational programs.

Note: For guests checking in during the 11 am – 1 pm window who also want to attend the reception, we encourage arriving toward 1 pm to start the tour so that the reception will be a contiguous experience. For guests arriving during the 1-3 pm window and also attending the reception, we suggest you arrive by 2 pm so you can complete the tour and fully enjoy the reception.


158 Wadsworth Avenue.


Horatio West Court.