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1960s - the Castaways Hotel in Sunny Isles at night, home of the world famous Wreck Bar
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1960's - the Castaways Hotel in Sunny Isles at night, home of the world famous Wreck Bar

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Don Boyd19-Aug-2016 05:26
Thank you everyone for posting your comments and memories because they tell more of a story about a place than just the photos and I'm sure everyone appreciates them.

Sandy of 18-AUG-2016, the value is only what a collector is willing to pay for the item you have. You could put it on eBay with a minimum price and you might get that or you might get two or three collectors get into a bidding war because they each really want the item for their collection and the price could really escalate. No one knows because it all depends on the luck of the auction. I would love to have a scan, or cell phone photo, of your menu to add to the site and I will emblazon your name across it and thank you under the photo and in the comments under the photo for contributing it. If you agree please send the scan or photo to me at and give me your name as you want it to appear. Someday a serious collector might see it and make you an offer you can't refuse. Thanks!

Sandy 18-Aug-2016 16:32
Hi my names is Sandy came to miami beach as a kid and have a fan menu from the castaways just wondering if anyone would know the value not that I want to seel it just wondering. Was nothing on ebay. Has to be from the 50s according to the prices. :-)
Guest 23-May-2016 13:59
Saw Ike and Tina Turner there -I will always remember Tina singing Proud Mary"
sandy13-Jun-2011 05:08
put myself through grad school at FAU with money earned as bar maid at Castaways' many bars ! anyone remember Judy at the Ginza bar? Ah. . . the days of the over endowed Miami Dolphins' players sunning in their speedos and drinking at the oceanside outdoor bars
Jack Edgar 28-Feb-2011 03:27
We use to stay at a motel down the street from the Castaways called the Golden Arrow motel. I have cousins who use to live in Hialeah and worked for Eastern Airlines back in the 60's. I remember my dad and mom along with my cousins would go over to the Castaways and Wreck Bar and drink a couple of Singa Por Slings. They would bring us back the umbrellas from the drinks. I remember getting my butt beat at Remo's Itallion rest because I did not like the food. I also remember eating at the "Hot Shops". One fond memory I have also is walking under the road at Haulover beach. My daughter and I were in Miami last April 2010 and went by that area, the tunnel is still there but Haulover Beach is now a nude beach. What great memories I have also of Crandon Park Zoo with the train and animals. The Sequarium was also fun. Getting back to the Golden Arrow motel, I remember crossing Collins Ave and going over to a Hotel on the Atlantic side and eating Danish pastries at a coffee shop. I am so glad I found this site it has brought back many special memories of my childhood years vacationing in Miami. Thank you for taking us down memory lane. I am lucky that my dad took quite a few 8mm home movies that I can go back and watch. Thanks, Jack from Tampa, Florida, keep up the good work.
tony 18-Feb-2011 14:07
Born and raised in Hialeah (1956). The wreck bar is where I purchased my first cocktail...they had the little tamborenes and sticks with little balls on the end to bang on the table...great memories...thanks!
Don Boyd09-Jul-2010 21:27
Joy, welcome to the site and thank you for posting. I'm sending you an e-mail about your photos. Only the site owner can add photos and I'll be glad to add yours but they'll have to be in the Individuals & Small Groups gallery with the other individuals and small groups.

Joy 09-Jul-2010 03:47
I've got photos of me and my friends here in 1966 - or maybe it was 1965. It was fantastic. Let me know if I can post the photos and I will. Great memories.
JC 19-Apr-2010 20:04
What a great picture, stayed here in the 60's and went to the wreck bar evey night
what a blast. Thanks for bringing back a great memory.
Leighton 02-Jan-2010 19:13
Seeing what's there now, just makes you sick. The significance of Mid-Century commercial architecture is reaching Miami too late - by 20 years, I guess. Other cities are rushing to save it - Palm Springs, the New Jersey coast - by I suppose that beachfront property is just too important.