North Beach Miami Holidays 2017/2018
North Beach is where most of Miami’s classy beachfront hotels can be found. Definitely a place for people who prefer a quieter, more laid-back holiday, if you love having the beach to yourself, or amazing views when you wake up each morning, North Beach is a good choice.
Named after the extensive stretch of sand that runs along the neighbourhood’s coastline, it's perfect if you want a Floridian holiday that offers plenty of sun bathing, sandcastle building and splashing around in the surf. A little less frequented than the beach to the South, it’s great for families who want to stake their own patch of sand for the day.
Then there’s loads of great eateries that focus on the more affordable, but no less delicious, end of the culinary spectrum, as well. You’ll find lots of Latin American cuisines in this area of town, but don’t arrive thinking you’ll find Michelin-starred food here – these are authentic, family-run joints!
There’s shopping to enjoy too, as well as a smattering of nightlife, although given its character, if you’re looking for a night on the tiles, South Beach is the place to go.
Things to do in North Beach Miami
Whether you’re travelling as a large family group or couple, there’s all sorts to do in and around North Beach, although to explore the best that greater Miami and the surrounding country has to offer, we’d recommend you hire a car.
The obvious draw of the area is – you guessed it – the beaches! All along the shore is a massive stretch of sand, divided up into different beaches, parks and more. There’s Bal Harbour Beach, known for its soft sand and quiet nature; Haulover Beach Park and its flowing dunes; the white-sanded North Shore Open Space Park (where you can get a great view of space launches at the Space Centre); and the clean, natural Surfside Beach. Yep, there are lot to choose from!
For a day out that doesn’t involve sand, head over to St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church (also known as The Ancient Spanish Monastery), a 12th-century monastery that existed in Sacramenia, Spain, until 1925, when it was carefully disassembled and brought to the USA by William Randolf Hearst, who intended on rebuilding it at his estate in California. However, due to his financial difficulties it stayed on the East Coast, and is now one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.
Avid golfers will enjoy North Beach’s Normandy Shores Golf Club, while the Oleta River State Park is just a short drive north, offering nature-lovers the chance to enjoy mangrove forests, fishing, water sports and camping – all a short distance from the hustle and bustle of central Miami.
Where to eat in North Beach Miami
North Miami Beach has all sorts of delicious restaurants to tempt your taste buds, and whether you’re looking for an independent or chain eatery, you’re sure to be satisfied. What’s more, there are loads of fine dining opportunities in South Beach too!
If you’re hunting for hearty American food, look no further than Houston’s, home to delicious grilled meat and fish, and sporting a menu that’s sure to please every member of the family. Pizza fans will love the excellent pies served up at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, while affordable home cooking that doesn’t at all scrimp on flavour can be found at Café Charlotte, where the Italian and Argentinian dishes are very well regarded.
For a fine dining steak experience in warm, well-appointed surroundings, be sure to book a table at Bourbon Steak, or head for a meal packed with delicious Lebanese flavours at Kaboji. For Peruvian haute cuisine that’s heavy on the seafood, check out Aji Carbon, and for Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines, you should spend evenings at Old Lisbon and Little Brazil, respectively.
Where to shop in North Beach Miami
Want to hunt for some great deals or presents for friends and family back home? In North Beach, surrendering to your inner retail lover is easy and enjoyable thanks to the huge number of malls, boutique stores and factory outlets in the surrounding area.
For luxury brands and beautiful surroundings while you shop, head over to Bal Harbour Shops, known for its koi ponds, art installations and upmarket shops such as Chanel, Oxygene and Audemars Piguet. Then there’s the promenade of shops down Lincoln Road that features a range of excellent boutiques and fashion retailers, and Aventura Mall, which is home to around 300 retailers, the likes of which welcome some 28 million visitors each year.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for bargains to fill your suitcase, head on over to Sawgrass Mills, Dolphin Mall, Vero Beach Outlets and the Florida Keys Outlet Centre – just make sure you hire a car to easily transport your purchases!
Nightlife in North Beach Miami
North Beach has its fair share of evening and late-night haunts, perfect for those who want to kick back with a cocktail, have an exciting pub happy hour experience, or enjoy the best, classiest experience available.
Laid-back establishments including Norman’s Tavern and On the Rocks Sports Bar will give you the chance to enjoy a cool drink as you chat to the locals – plus the prices are well below what you’ll find elsewhere in Miami. Blue Beer Garden is also a great choice if you’re hunting for that ‘real’ Miami experience.
For live music, visit Miami LIVE, where all sorts of DJs and bands regularly play, and a short drive up the coast are bars such as Kitchen 305, Porterhouse Bar and Grill, and A Modo Mio Italian Eatery and Wine Bar.
If you’re willing to travel a little further, South Beach also has a huge amount going on after dark – more so than the slightly quieter North – click here to see our handy guide.
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