Describing Miami requires the description of a dozen very different neighborhoods. Our magic city is quite diverse and the atmosphere changes from area to area.
South Beach- The Art deco District (from 1 St Street to 27th Street)
This is the older part of Miami and the heart of the Art deco district, beaches are wonderful, and it is a young hip and very lively area. This is place to be for visitors wishing to party and to go out the Miami way. It is a small district where every place of interest is within walking distance, the shopping varies with Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue and the dining experience is fantastic. The best way to "commute" within South Beach is by bicycle. The area is filled with the best of Miami hotels, boutique hotels as well as large establishments. Miami Vacation rentals apartments are also readily available. Visitors will walk in an open air museum in the middle of the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world.
Miami Beach (from 27th to 87th street)
Miami Beach became popular in the 50's with the construction of Iconic hotels such as the Fountainebleau hotel and the Eden Roc. The Miami Modern architecture also called MIMO was born in the 50's in this district with great architects such as Morris Lapidus. Miami Beach gave the name of the American Riviera to Miami. This area is also known as the Millionaire's row because it attracted the celebrities of the 50's. From Collins going north, visitors attention will be attracted by the beautiful Miami homes of Pine tree Drive. This portion of Miami Beach is quiet.
Miami Beach from 40th to 65th and Collins is quiet and residential. It’s just a hop away in a taxi (10min to South Beach) to get to all the places of interests.
Miami Beach from 65th to 96th and Collins, this portion becomes more popular with more affordable hotels and lot of small restaurants. This area is changing quickly and becomes more luxurious with dynamic real estate developments including buildings such as the Canyon Ranch coming up.
10 minutes from South Beach
Surfside and Bal Harbour (from 96th to 140th)
Bal Harbour is one of the most affluent areas of Miami with its exclusive buildings and incredible Miami waterfront homes. Bal Harbour is mostly a residential area with almost no hotels. The Sheraton Bal Harbour is scheduled to be destroyed by the summer of 2007 to be replaced by an upscale development called the Saint Regis. Bal Harbour got is worldwide reputation for his famous Mall. The Bal Harbour Mall offers the most luxurious shopping with designers from all over the world. The mall includes all major international brands within just a few feet from each other, Gucci, Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuiton, Escada etc. Bal Harbour offers also a few restaurants to "revive" its guests.
20 minutes from South Beach
Sunny Isles and Aventura from ( 140th to 200th)
Sunny Isles and Aventura, incorporated at the end of the 90's, are the newest cities of Miami. Sunny Isles used to be the home of kitschy motels until it went through an unprecedented real estate development. New ultra luxurious ocean front buildings came to replace older motels such as Trump, Jade, Turnberry Ocean colony and the Millenium. New luxurious 4 star hotels were built like the Acqualina, Trump Sonesta, Le Meridien (le M). This Miami neighborhood offers plenty of restaurants and features a great shopping experience with probably one of the busiest shopping centers in the US, the Aventura Mall. This residential area is family oriented and offers tranquility to its guests and residents. The small area just provides everything for all members of the family.
20 minutes from South Beach.
The wonderful tropical Island is a very quiet and mostly residential. Key Biscayne Island, located south of South Beach, is technically the first island of the Florida Keys. Beaches are spectacular, the landscaping is lush and waterfront activities are plenty. It is the best area to feel like you are in the Islands while being in Miami. Upscale hotels such as the Ritz Carlton are also present on the island. Relax during the day and party in South Beach at night. A car is definitely required to do things in Miami.
15 min to South Beach.
Historically it was the business and most commercialized district of Miami and alive mainly during the day. Since 2005 this area went through an unprecedented real estate development bring up new luxurious buildings. Visitors will go to this area in order to visit the Bayside Market place or attend a concert or event at the American Airline Arena. We do not recommend at this time to stay in a hotel in Downtown, the area becomes deserted at night and visitors cannot enjoy the beach.
8 minutes from South Beach.
Located just south of Brickell is this charming district with a very European flair. Coconut Grove features great shopping with Coco walk and its numerous chic and good restaurants. This neighborhood is very dynamic offering numerous fairs and exhibitions. There are a few quality hotels like The Mutiny, The Windham and the Mayfair. It is a good spot to practice sailing on the Biscayne Bay, however there are no beaches.
12 min to south from South Beach
Coral Gables one of the first comprehensive planned communities in Florida was incorporated in 1926 and brings a definite Mediterranean and Latin influence. Coral Gables is a large neighborhood that includes a busy business district called the Miracle Miles. Downtown features plenty of restaurants, shopping and art galleries. The Biltmore hotel is a superb historical landmark with a great pool and a legendary Sunday brunch. Spending half a day is sufficient to explore the city. The residential district is breathtaking with gorgeous Miami homes located in secluded gated communities.
20 min south from South Beach
This very Cuban part of the city has a lot of charm and interest. If you have never visited Cuba which is probably the case, it is as close as it gets. Sounds, tastes and rhythms are Cubans; speaking Spanish is a definite plus. Having a "deadly" strong coffee in a Cuban coffee shop after a rich lunch or dinner in inexpensive but good quality restaurants is a must as well. We suggest the "Versailles". The people watching scene is exceptional with old Cubans playing Dominos and smoking cigars. Calle Ocho as it is called is not to be missed.
15 min south from South Beach