Long walks on the beach were practically invented in Surfside, Miami's Uptown Beachtown, which features a mile-long stretch of uninterrupted sand. You will find an escape from the busyness of life in this waterfront haven just south of Bal Harbour and north of Miami Beach. Visitors have luxurious and immaculate hotel accommodations to choose from, such as the Grand Beach Hotel, Marriott Residence Inn, Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel and Solara Resort. In next to no time, Surfside will also become home to the 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, which offers a recreation pool, children’s plunge slide and pool, walk-up café and Jacuzzi spa. In addition to these 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, playgrounds, and a well-manicured dog park for registered hotel guests to enjoy. Next to Surfside’s Community Center is an outdoor public art exhibition featuring one of Surfside’s natural attractions – The Florida Loggerhead Sea Turtle. “Turtle Walk”, located on 93rd Street between Collins Ave and Harding Ave, features 18 turtle sculptures each painted by a renowned South Florida artist. The exhibition was commissioned to bring awareness to Sea Turtle Conservation, a cause near and dear to the heart of Surfside. 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. You can shop at Le Beau Maroc, known for fashionable couture hand-crafted kaftans from top Moroccan designers, enjoy exquisite dining fare and wine offering at Sushi 26, before finishing the day with a delicious hand-made treat from Serendipity Yogurt Cafe. 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, family-owned and operated for 20 years, 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 Surfside’s beloved event series called Third Thursdays. The evening block parties, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month between January and April, take 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 add to this unforgettable destination. Book your vacation or take a short drive and discover the secret charm that is Surfside.