The city of Miami Beach has its own government, services, distinct geography and vibe as many locals will argue.
Primarily a swath of barrier island bordered by the azure blue Atlantic Ocean, dolphin-filled Biscayne Bay, Government Cut and the town of Surfside at the island’s northern end, Miami Beach’s domain and real estate extends west to exclusive bay islands such as Star, Palm and Hibiscus off MacArthur Causeway; the Venetian Causeway islands from Belle to San Marino, and the string of Sunset islands that runs parallel to North Bay Road, one of the city’s toniest residential streets.
The city’s compact, walkable grid is flush with commerce and culture such as Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony, Lincoln Road pedestrian mall, the Wolfsonian and Bass museums, the famed Epicure market, Miami Beach Cinematheque and Art Basel Miami Beach, the nation’s top annual art fair.
Natural beauty highlights are the masterfully renovated Miami Beach Botanical Garden by landscape architect Raymond Jungles and South Pointe Park, the place to be for a Sunday stroll as cruise ships glide out to sea. Residents enjoy Miami Beach Golf Club’s challenging, 18-hole course designed by Arthur Hills, as well as private country clubs and beach clubs, and a well-maintained park system including dog parks, playgrounds and Flamingo Park, the island’s version of Central Park with clay tennis courts.
Sun-kissed from a day of boating or beach, locals dine at one of the island’s internationally renowned restaurants and end at a hot nightclub. It’s the ultimate South Florida life style that turned Miami Beach and its famed real estate and condominiums into a brand.
Surfside offers a quaint, beach town vibe with its mile-long, pristine beach, luxury beachfront hotels, distinctive world-class shopping and culturally diverse restaurants. An abundance of family-friendly activities and yearly events in the area establish a sort of special charm in Surfside.
Small bistros welcome strollers for a casual meal, the North Shore State Recreation Area offers an unspoiled beachfront nature preserve and picnic area, and a lovely oceanfront community center are part of what make this area so special.
Incorporated in 1935, Surfside boasts many homes built in the Art Deco style and streets named after famous writers and poets, including Abbott, Byron, Carlyle and Dickens.
The area of Surfside is north of 87th Street and south of 96th Street ranging from the western side of the Miami Beach peninsula on Bay Drive to the beach along the east side just off of Collins Avenue.