A Look at Miami’s Neighborhoods

HPIM1005.JPGMiami is so much more than just South Beach. It has 24 distinct neighborhoods that all contribute to the flavor that is the “The Magic City”. You will never get bored while you are on the Gold Coast. From the Airport to Surfside it is all about sunshine, crystal clear water and 24 hour a day entertainment.

Airport Area– Now where would we be without this area? Back home no doubt. The area is fast paced and is constantly growing. New hotels are going up all the time and new office building encourages business expansion.

Aventura– Anchored by Aventura Mall a very upscale world class shopping area this is a tropical paradise of sleek high-rises and upscale homes. The flowered medians add to the tropical appeal and Aventura Founders Park offers bay side paths, a children’s playground, athletic fields and tennis courts.

Bal Harbour– If you want to see the rich and famous this is where you hang out. Come to have dinner at one of their chic cafes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and you never know who you could see.

Bay Harbor Islands-A family community with both homes and apartments available for dwellers. It has that hometown feel in the midst of all the larger communities.

Brickell-Money, banks, wealthy clients and business define this neighhborhood. Located south of the Miami River you can come here to live but most likely it will just be to have a fine meal and dream.

Coconut Grove-Called a village with a rhythm all it’s own” you will enjoy all the musical entertainment that Coconut Grove has to offer. It is also one of the cutest downtowns I have ever seen. Fun shopping and dining define the area. It is just a happening kind of place.

Coral Gables-The “City beautiful” is all about tree lined streets and fine living. To find the hottest boutiques and the latest celebrity chef come on down this is where all hottest things are happening.

Downtown Miami-Skyscrapers dot the sky and it’s here that you realize what a truly large and cosmopolitan city Miami really is. Diversity is the name of the game and you will find loads of shopping and dining right here in the center of all that is Miami.

Hialeah– Hispanic in flavor, international in ambience, this area once hosted horseracing at historic Hialeah Park. The park is still a wildlife sanctuary but there is no longer horseracing. Today you will go to shop until you drop at Westland mall.

Key Biscayne– South of downtown this is an area with miles of golden beaches. You reach via a causeway and enjoy playing golf at Cradon Park Golf Course one of the premier clubs in Florida.

Liberty City-An active Afro-American neighborhood this area is known for it’s building murals depicting famous Afro-American heroes and events.

Little Haiti-If you are in the mood for some good Creole cooking this is where you come. Home to many of the areas Haitian immigrants it is a colorful and interesting neighborhood.

Little Havana-The scent Cuban coffee and the sound of Latin music fills the air. Cubans play a very big role in the daily life of Miami. You can feel the culture; it’s all about the Cuban culture that came here with the emigrants over 50 years ago.

-What could be better than Art Deco building and stunning beaches? Lots of sunshine is a very good thing. Miami Beach has it all nightlife, shopping and plenty of art spots.

Miami Lakes-When a community is planned, it can have the hometown feel with a real Main St and brick sidewalks. Home to two major sports venues Pro Players Stadium home to the Miami Dolphins and the Florida marlins and Calder Race Course, it is a great place to visit.

Miami Shores– This is a college town being the home of Johnson and Wales and 11 parks. It is home to MoCa and many film and television companies, it is also a good place to buy and home and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere.

North Bay Village-Think water, think Biscayne Bay and marinas and you have a good idea what North Bay Village is all about.

North Miami Beach-Golf, shopping and outdoor shorts like kayaking make this a great area to visit. You won’t want to miss the Ancient Spanish Monastery which William Randolph Hurst brought over from Spain and reconstructed on it’s current site. It dates from the 12th century which makes it the oldest building in the Western hemisphere.

Opa Locka– Can you say Moorish fantasy? It looks like you have landed on the set of Aladdin and it’s right here in the Miami area and it’s a very real city. It is unique in every way.

Overtown-One of the oldest cities in Florida it is also one of it’s poorest. It does have the Overtown Historic Village and the Lyric Theater to encourage tourist to visit. It is right on the edge of being revitalized; I might refer it as almost up and coming.

South Beach-The most familiar neighborhood in Miami with it colorful Art Deco buildings infamous Gianni Versace Mansion and hunks on the beach playing volleyball. Come for nightlife, shopping and just people watching.

South Miami Dade– This is rural Miami, away from all the glitz of the big city, this is where the real people live and work.

Sunny Isles Beach– This is Miami’s resort area. The beachfront is lined with deluxe apartments and hotels but you can still fish from Newport Pier or hire a charter fishing boat.

Surfside-There is still the old fashioned Florida feel in Surfside, at least for the moment. Plenty of updated rooms for the visitor and a casual atmosphere that makes families feel welcome. Shop, eat, enjoy the dunes and just relax without having to be a millionaire.

These are 24 of the best reasons you will ever find for making Miami your next vacation destination. What are you waiting for?

My photo of the Holocaust Memorial.

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