Style and elegance define the northernmost Miami neighborhood of Aventura, where high-price highrise condos look out over the water, and luxurious homes and estates cluster in this newest of the area’s small cities, incorporated in 1995.
The area’s largest shopping center is Aventura Mall, with free motorcoach service from downtown and Miami Beach. More than 250 shops cluster around six major anchors: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Burdines, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney and Sears. There is an equally lavish choice of restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and Wolfie’s deli.
North Miami Beach
This mostly residential area boasts some spectacular sights and lush tropical parks. Greynolds Park has been named a historic site, and is one of Miami’s
oldest parks. Here, scenic pathways meander through meadows and marshland, and labyrinthine waterways lead to a beautiful blue lake, where colorful boats are available for rental. A golf course tempts 20 Orientation the sportsmen, and an ersatz castle crowning the
highest hill lends the park a touch of whimsy.
The nearby Ancient Spanish Monastery demonstrates authentic Old World grandeur; it is an actual 10th-century structure from Spain, dismantled and reassembled here. Now surrounded by gardens and open to the public, the quiet cloisters are a corner of medieval calm in the midst of modern Miami.
North Miami & Miami Shores
One of Miami’s original wonders was a natural stone bridge that once formed part of an important Tequesta Indian trail. It came to be known as Arch Creek Bridge and was a popular tourist site at North Miami’s
Arch Creek Park. Although the original span collapsed in 1973, it was re-created in 1987 by Lewis Van Dercar, a local artist, and the site is surrounded by a host of activities at the park, including a nature center and museum, and a bird and animal sanctuary.
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