The Castaways

Miami Beach, FL
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On the Ocean at 163rd St.
Miami Beach, FL
Opened in 1958
Closed in 1981
No longer in operation.

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The Castaways resort complex was in the Sunny Isles part of North Miami Beach, just a short distance from another hotel/restaurant/bar complex, Hawaiian Isle
Hawaiian Isle
Miami Beach, FL
Bar, Hotel/Motel & Restaurant
. It was advertised as being at "the ocean at 163rd," in reality it was on the inland side of a thin land strip, and was just south of 163rd, occupying a small jetty of land. It opened in 1958, and closed in 1981.
The Castaways had just over 300 guest rooms in a series of buildings with Asian-Polynesian peaked roof details. The main attraction was a dramatic structure designed by Charles Foster McKirahanóa square glass building with a pointed, A-frame roof at each corner. The building was up on stilts, and each of the four corners held a different establishment: the Wreck Bar, the Tahitian Cocktail Lounge (featuring mixologist "Stanley the Entertainer"), the Shinto Temple Room, and possibly a coffee shop or indoor swimming pool. Many people have shared memories of a talking parrot in the dining room with sometimes salty language. The Beatles reportedly stayed at The Castaways, and an ad in the 1969 AAA travel guide promoted nude sunbathing on site.
The jetty of land that used to hold The Castaways is now the site of two tall condominium towers.


October 3, 2019, 10:43 AM
My father took us to the Castaways late March of 1969. It was my parents me at 11 years old brother 9 and my sister was 5. The biggest memory by far was all of us being in the inside pool. My mother was sick with cancer and she was to die on July 6, 1970. Anyway the inside pool had a jukebox. My mother started to give us dimes to play some songs. We started to like Jay Black and the Americans This Magic Moment and Time of a Season by the Zombies. Magic Moment became my all time favorite song but when it comes on the radio or satellite I canít listen to it. I start to cry even in despite the fact it will be 50 years July 2020
Anyway I almost drowned in the inside pool and my brother had to save me. Later on he was diving off the outside pool and scraped his nose.
Finally I remember playing shuffleboard in the living room and my father from the vending machine Hires Root Beer! This was a wonderful memory of my life. I miss everything from my past but at least Iím happy. Thanks for reading this.
April 3, 2019, 7:32 AM
When I was there in 1965 I found a body at the bottom of the indoor pool. I was looking for quarters near the drain at the bottom when I noticed a bathing suit. Then I realized there was someone in it! It was the body of an undertaker who - they assume - was in the steam room and then hit the pool to cool off and had a heart attack! I remember smelling Gin when I first went into the pool so maybe he was drunk as well. We lived in Lynn MA at the time and the next day I was back in the pool where I met a classmate from my elementary school 1800 miles away. TRUE STORIES!
March 29, 2019, 1:38 PM
moved from s.phila to fort lauderdale lauderdale early sixtes,my buddy was the bouncer at the wreck bar i 1962-63.loved the place ,great time
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