What Is Art Basel in Miami Beach?

South Florida is widely recognized as a world-class hub for arts and culture, so it’s no wonder that Art Basel, one of Switzerland’s biggest art events, has made its American home in Miami Beach. Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about this iconic event. Start planning your trip to Art Basel in Miami Beach, then be sure to check out our complimentary Travel Guide to the Fort Lauderdale area! You’ll be thankful for our local restaurant, entertainment, and lodging recommendations.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Art Basel in Miami Beach

What Is Art Basel?

As its name suggests, Art Basel originated in Basel—Switzerland’s cultural capital. Since its inception in 1970, the Swiss art fair has become an international influence. There are now shows in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. Each location embodies unique sociocultural themes while maintaining the original show’s creative, contemporary spirit. Miami Beach’s Art Basel showcases galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. You’ll see paintings, sculptures, installations, and films from well-known contemporary artists as well as emerging artists.

Event and Admission Information

The 2019 show will take place between December 5 and 8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Drive). There are several ticket options available, but most choose the Day Ticket (valid for one day of the event). If you want to attend each day of the event, the best option is the Permanent Ticket (grants entry to the event for all days). Students and senior citizens (65+) enjoy reduced rates.

Where to Stay for Art Basel in Miami BeachSouthern Exposure

If you’re still looking for a place to stay for Art Basel this year, we know the perfect place! We recommend avoiding the crowds of Miami Beach and staying in nearby Fort Lauderdale. “The Venice of America” is just under 45 minutes away and offers a superior lodging experience (as well as a rich arts scene!). Instead of staying in a big-name hotel, experience the local side of South Florida in a private vacation rental! A Fort Lauderdale Stays home is the best place to stay in South Florida. Each of our hand-selected, beautifully decorated vacation rentals provides access to heated pools, tropical views, spacious patios, and fenced yards. Larger groups love our Palm Terrace home, which has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a huge backyard. You’ll want to return again and again! Our personalized service and premium amenities will make you feel right at home. In addition to a clean rental located in a safe, residential neighborhood like Poinsettia Heights, you’ll have unlimited access to beach essentials, complimentary Starbucks coffee, and everything you need for a successful cookout. Your furry family member is even welcome in our pet-friendly homes!

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