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Curbed Cup Round 1: (4) South Beach vs. (13) Venetian Islands

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the trophy of all trophies. This week we'll have two matchups per day, with the results and full tournament bracket reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the friendly madness begin!

South Beach differs from other parts of South Florida in that there's no other place offering such a versatile platter of dining, entertainment and living options. Despite the constant shredding of roads and events at times causing mind-numbing traffic, residents put up with it because despite some chaos, it's worth it in the end. 2015 has been a massive year of luxury hotel and condo development, from 1 Hotel to Faena. And not everything on the island is exorbitantly priced, you just need to know where to look. Take Soundscape Cinema, for example. The weekly wall-projection movie experience on 17th Street and Washington is free. Bring pillows, a bottle of wine and a blanket, grab nearby takeout and boom - the ultimate date night. Then there's the over-the-counter Huahua's off Lincoln Road - home of the best tacos in South Florida. Now we just need to figure out how to save South Beach from rising sea levels...

The drive through the Venetian Islands is a soothing experience. Unfortunately, it hasn't been possible for months due to the construction on the Venetian Causeway. There have been some unbelievable homes for sale this year. Like that sexy contemporary-Bali home with a pagoda asking $14 million, which has since been removed and listed for rent at $48,000 a month.

Poll results

· South Beach [Curbed Miami]
· Venetian Islands [Curbed Miami]