While each neighborhood of Miami Beach has yearround residents as well as tourist venues, Surfside is the place that really looks like a residential area, with quiet, attractive homes, personalized places of worship and mom-and-pop corner stores. The same delightful beach is here, too, but with a bit more serenity and elbow room. Here, too, is the North Shore State Recreation Area, a landscaped stretch of shoreline that is especially family friendly. A variety of shows and events are presented yearround on the Art Deco-style outdoor stage at the Surfside Community Center.
A small and stylish community farther north along Miami Beach, posh Bal Harbour boasts a distinguished beachfront, with high-rise hotels and condos to take full advantage of the ocean. Bal Harbour Shops offers upscale merchandise from top designers in a unique garden setting of tropical foliage and waterfalls. Shops include the largest Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in Florida, along with such names as Cartier, Versace, Gucci, Hérmès, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Chanel.
Just north of Bal Harbour is the seaside community of Sunny Isles, sharing a bit of elegance with its neighbor, but in an altogether less formal atmosphere. Many of the hotels here are designed with fanciful ’50s motifs, while glorious beaches, scenic bike paths, and golf and tennis facilities offer relaxing diversions. The popular Newport Fishing Pier at Collins Avenue and 170th Street also draws a lot of Miamians, who know from long years of living here that the big fish are waiting for their hooks just below the water.
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