Miami decelerated | Why North Miami Beach is not the worst place to be

Hot spot is where you are...
Hot spot is where you are…

When speaking of vacationing on the Atlantic coast of Southern Florida, every one of us has one blitz thought coming up instantly: Ah, Miami Beach.

But Miami Beach does not necessarily mean, that you will have to end up in SOBE every time. There is plenty of other places to unwind at: North Beach, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles, Golden or Hallandale Beach, for instance.

Beach life is calm on the Northern shores...
Beach life is calm on the Northern shores…

It might not be as glitz and glam as sauntering on Ocean Drive or strolling down fancy Lincoln Road Mall, there is no “Show-off” sunbathing on trendy pool terraces and no “Hot spot-traffic” of local and international hipsters. In exchange, these areas do have some advantages though, that should not be unregarded:

  1. Accommodation is available at way more competitive prices.
  2. You may actually sleep with your windows open. The nightlife noise is missing completely.
  3. Central location in between Miami and Fort Lauderdale allows good access to the region (Now that you have saved money on hotels, treat yourself with a nice rental car!).
  4. You do not have to feel fat at the beach. Average age is well above SOBE level and far away from plastic muscles. So it will be you to raise the barn!
  5. Also great for dog lovers. Most locals hold one and walk them constantly. Lots of hotels are pet friendly!
It might not be
It might not be “cool & trendy” up here, but it IS still beautiful…

The only thing that you will have to compromise on is location and diversity. South Beach offers an array of choices in  restaurants, bars, shopping and nightlife, all in walking distance. Up here, selection is available, but more spread out.

I have scouted a few noteworthy options for you to check out. To make your stay in northern Miami Beach a relaxed, but classy one:

HOTELS
Aventura – Turnberry Isle
Bal Harbor – Daddy O
Hollywood – The Diplomat
North Beach – M Boutique
Sunny Isles Beach – Aqualina

BARS & RESTAURANTS
American – Sunny Isles Beach
Burgers – Hallandale Beach
Deli & Groceries – Sunny Isles Beach
Japanese – Bal Harbour
Mediterranean – Miami Beach
Middle Eastern – North Miami Beach

So next time, you plan your trip to Miami and you are seeking less social obligations without completely being away from it, consider to escape a little north. Sunsets and ocean breeze decelerated!

I love watching the cruise ships departing Miami and Fort Lauderdale between 4:30 and 6pm. From here, you have the best views!
I love watching the cruise ships departing Miami and Fort Lauderdale between 4:30 and 6pm. From here, you have the best views!

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