When it comes to Miami to actually understand the city with its many diverse cultural influences, it’s first necessary to consider the Greater Miami which contains several distinctive cities each of which will lead you to discover a different culture that you will learn to love during your stay: predominant are the different South American and the Caribbean cultures, from Cuba to Argentina. It’s not hard to understand why Miami was named the capital of the north of the Latin world.
Index: Neighborhoods in Miami – What you need to know
The City of Miami Beach, located on the island in front of Miami and connected to the mainland by several bridges, is divided in North Miami Beach and South Miami Beach, also known as SoBe.
The North Miami
North Miami Beach extends from 63th Street to the residential center of Bal Harbour (around 89th street). Further north, along the Atlantic Ocean, you will find Sunny Isles and Aventura, two luxury residential cities, where you also find exclusive beach resorts ideal for those seeking peace and privacy. You also have excellent restaurants and great shopping centers around this area. Both private and public transports make it easy to reach both North and South Beach. Between North Miami Beach and South Beach, we find Miami Beach that occupies the island from 63th Street to 23th street, even here you have many ocean-front resorts.
The South Beach
South Beach is famous for its Art Deco District that stretches from 23th Street to southern-most tip of the island. It became the city where Hollywood celebrities came to party in the thirties, and is now considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world, ideal for those looking to have fun and relax, and an international jet-set destination. Shopping, entertainment, restaurants, nightclubs, and beautiful beaches are all at your disposal. Do not miss: the Botanical Garden, Holocaust Memorial, Lincoln Road, Row Hotel, Ocean Drive, Art Deco District Tours, Casa Casuarina, Espanola Way, Miami Beach Marina, and South Pointe Park. South Beach also offers four small but important museums, The Bass Museum, the World Erotic Art Museum, The Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida. More on South Beach Aka SoBe
Leaving the island of Miami Beach we head towards the mainland, part of the city of Miami where we can explore Downtown Miami, and the cities of Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables
Miami Downtown extends southeast and overlooks the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The Miami River divides Downtown into north and south which are connected by the Brickell Ave Bridge. Here we find the Adrienne Arsht Center, Bayfront Park, the Museum of Art, the Freedom Tower, and Gusman Center.
With Miami Downtown don't miss Little Havana
, Coral Gable and Coconut Grove
Hallandale and Hollywood Beach
Technically, they are not part of the Greater Miami, but we want to recommend the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Dania Beach found north of Aventura on the way towards Fort Lauderdale. They have beautiful beaches that are much less crowded. The vegetation is “wilder” and the whole area offer many natural parks with nature trials along the intracoastal. In Hollywood there is also a beautiful seafront promenade, called Hollywood Boardwalk that features many local bars, restaurants and now the brand-new Margaritaville with free live entertainment and live music on most week nights.
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