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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) South Beach vs. (12) Fort Lauderdale Beach

Battle of the beaches

The 2016 Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida’s neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Note: The full bracket will be unveiled on Friday. Keep track of everything Curbed Cup here.

(5) South Beach

Making South Beach one of the most unique neighborhoods in South Florida is its diversity across a multitude of categories.

West Avenue provides incredible contrast to Ocean Drive just as Lincoln Road opposes South of Fifth. Great restaurants saturate the area, both costly (Prime 112, Joe’s) and reasonable (Huahua's, Shake Shack), in addition to a wide array of activities, from clubbing to paddleboarding.

You won’t get much bang for your buck in housing but that’s the price residents pay for lifestyle and vicinity to the sand. The arrival of Faena District was among the island’s biggest highlights of 2016 -- and Zika.

(12) Fort Lauderdale Beach

No doubt Fort Lauderale Beach offers better value than its bigger, bolder cousin to the south in the form of real estate. One could argue this beach is a more pleasurable experience as well. It’s cleaner, quieter, and much closer to the boardwalk.

Among 2016’s housing highlights is this $25.9 million listing, built on five lots with over 600 feet of water frontage.

Can the under appreciated No. 12 seed deliver a major upset in Round 1?