STILTSVILLE / by Eric Monteiro

A familiar sight to weekend boaters enjoying the waters around Miami, Stiltsville is a collection of 7 surviving homes on stilts. The houses hover above the shallow, turquoise waters a mile off the coast of Key Biscayne. 

Even on the hottest days of summer, a gentle offshore breeze blows through these intriguing wooden structures that now sit in an area belonging to Biscayne National Park. On any weekend, you'll see kayakers paddling through the shallow sea grass beds beneath the structures or gatherings of people who have rented a house for the day or the weekend.

The houses, available for corporate and social functions, are the remaining structures of a community that dates back to the 1930s, for a more detailed history of Stiltsville, click here.