Welcome to Miami Beach
Vibrant metropolitan amenities meet resort-style beach living
Miami Beach is known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and an affluent lifestyle. Many come to its shores to bask in the sun and party like rockstars and even more call this exclusive city their home. Living in Miami Beach is like being on vacation every day.
Outsiders are often surprised that Miami and Miami Beach are different places. The city of Miami is on the mainland, and Miami Beach is on a barrier island off its coast, with the Biscayne Bay lying between the two. Miami Beach is about nine miles long and one mile wide, and most people get to the island by driving over one of the causeways.
Miami Beach has four sections, South Pointe, South Beach, Mid Beach, and North Beach. They each have distinct characters and features. No matter what part of the city you live in, you are never too far from premier restaurants, upscale boutiques, and numerous activities.
South Pointe is on the southern tip of the island. Locals call it South of Fifth because it is south of Fifth Street. This small neighborhood is near South Pointe Park and South Pointe Pier and just a short distance from the action of South Beach. Prominent executives and celebrities live in this area.
North of Fifth Street lies the famous South Beach (or SoBe). The pastel-colored Art Deco buildings from television and movies are located on Ocean Drive. Another must-see is the famed Lincoln Road, where everyone goes to dine, shop, and people-watch. Of course, South Beach is also legendary for its late-night club scene.
Mid Beach is the narrow strip of land in the middle of the island. It is an eclectic mix of old and new Art Deco and Miami Modern (MiMo) styled condominiums and hotels. Mid Beach is a happy medium between the north and south sections of the island. It has chic hotels and nightclubs like South Beach and an easygoing atmosphere like North Beach.
North Beach has fewer tourists. It is more walkable and less crowded than the rest of the city, and residents like it that way. Lavish high-rise hotels and condominiums dot the beach, while older condominiums and single-family homes are found inland. Mid-rise condominiums and houses, some in the Miami Modern style, line the Intracoastal Waterway along the island.
What to Love
- Unique lifestyle
- Scenic vistas and luxury housing
- Year-round tropical climate
- Fun and vibrant community
- Extremely walkable
Miami Beach is a multicultural city with Latin influences. People come from all over to move here or visit, and many residents speak more than one language. The city is full of energy and an exciting place to be.
Miami Beach has a ballet company, several museums, and parks. It hosts popular events such as outdoor concerts and movie nights. Miami Beach is pedestrian friendly. Many locals walk or ride bicycles instead of driving. The city recently completed the Beachwalk project — a lighted, paved path for residents to use. People can also use the free trolley system that stops at most hotspots in town.
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Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Many come to South Pointe Park for exercise or to walk their dogs. Some fish off the pier or watch cruise ships come into port. The exclusive Italian eatery, Carbone, is a few blocks away, and the steakhouse Prime 112 in the historic Brown’s hotel building is also nearby.
South Beach has blocks of shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road. You can easily spend all day there without getting bored. Mila is a trendy restaurant in the area that serves Asian and Mediterranean cuisine from its rooftop space.
If you are heading towards North Beach, make sure to stop by Fontainebleau. This renowned resort has multiple bars, restaurants, and posh boutiques like Ida and Harry’s that carry designer brands.
Things to Do
The hotels in Miami Beach are for more than just tourists. Many locals dine, shop, and go to events at these grand resorts. Gianni’s at the Former Versace Mansion serves a mix of Italian and Mediterranean fare. The only way to get a peak inside this famed mansion-turned-boutique-hotel is to book a stay or dine at its restaurant.
Dining at Jaya at the Setai is an event. Jaya’s Asian fusion cuisine, incredible ambiance, and live performances make for one unforgettable experience. Mondrian is a luxe hotel in South Beach with a beautiful infinity pool and views of Biscayne Bay. Meanwhile, Faena is a luxury hotel in Mid Beach that draws many guests with its signature gold and red decor, fine dining restaurants, and top-tier events.
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