Long walks on the beach were practically invented in Surfside, Miami's Uptown Beachtown, which features a mile-long stretch of sand uninterrupted by any commercial intrusion. You will find an escape from the busyness of life in this waterfront haven set just south of Bal Harbour and north of Miami Beach.
Visitors have luxurious and immaculate hotel accommodations to choose from, such as the new Grand Beach Hotel, Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel and Solara Resort. In next to no time, Surfside will be the new home to Marriott Residence Inn and Four Seasons at the historic Surf Club, the only oceanfront Four Seasons in Greater Miami.
When you are ready to join the fun after check-in, a wealth of recreation options await. Anyone staying in Surfside – whether at a hotel, weekly time-share or licensed condo vacation rental – can take full advantage of the Surfside Community Center, home to a recreation pool, children’s plunge pool and slide, walk-up café and a Jacuzzi spa. In addition to the amenities, the Community Center hosts over 90 health and wellness programs, including Aqua Zumba, Beach Yoga, Pilates and more. Surfside also has a world-class tennis facility, fun playgrounds, and a new dog park for registered hotel guests to enjoy.
Next to Surfside’s Community Center is a public art exhibition featuring one of Surfside’s residents – The Florida Loggerhead Sea Turtle. “Turtle Walk”, located on 93rd Street between Collins Ave and Harding Ave, is home to 18 turtle sculptures each pained by a renowned South Florida artist. The exhibition was commissioned to bring awareness of Sea Turtle Conservation, a cause near and dear to Surfside residents.
Steps away from the ocean, Surfside’s downtown, located on Harding Avenue between 94th and 96th street, will satisfy your retail cravings with its variety of unique stores and stylish boutiques. In two blocks, you will encounter a collection of fine jewelers, salons, clothing boutiques, restaurants, and much more. Le Beau Maroc aims to spark a fashion revolution with their couture hand-crafted kaftans from top Moroccan designers. The Scarlet Letter Store carries exclusive invitation, stationary and gifts to Surfside’s residents, visitors and celebrity clients.
Downtown Harding Avenue is also where you will find many of Surfside’s acclaimed dining restaurants, many reflecting the eclectic international visitor mix of Europeans, French, Canadians, and South Americans. Where else can you taste cuisines from around the world in two blocks?
Kosh, for one, offers French cuisine with an exceptional flair, while Cine Citta Café offers a variety of kosher Italian specialties. Another option, inspired by a totally different part of the world, Sushi Republic boasts fresh sushi and authentic Japanese entrees. If you are in the mood for Mediterranean food – and plenty of it – The Greek Place has been family-owned and operated for 20 years and serves up some of the best gyro wraps, souvlaki and Greek salads in Miami.
For a night out in Surfside, Flannigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill features a full sports bar and all-night happy hour starting at 9 p.m. Café Ragazzi has an elegant yet cozy scene with a modern bar featuring international wines. Looking for the locals’ favorite? Check out Josh’s Deli, which transforms itself into a lively taqueria every night.
If you are visiting Surfside between January and April you will catch Third Thursdays. The evening block party, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month between January and April, takes over downtown Harding Avenue. Third Thursday is filled with live entertainment, music, food trucks and special deals from participating restaurants and stores for the whole family.
All in all, Surfside is about simple pleasures with a mile of pristine beach, luxury beachfront hotels, distinctive world-class shopping, and culturally diverse restaurants. A variety of family friendly activities and yearly events adds to this unforgettable destination. Book your vacation or take a short drive to discover the secret charm of Surfside.