Miami Beach is situated on an artificial barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. It was founded in 1915 and has been known for its world-renowned beaches, art deco and cuban culture.
There are three distinct neighborhoods that make up Miami Beach, each with their own unique features and attractions. These neighborhoods are South Beach, Mid-Beach, and North Beach. To the uninitiated, these neighborhoods may seem quite similar, however, there are significant differences between them that set them apart.
South Beach, also known as “SoBe”, is the most famous of the three neighborhoods. SoBe is known for its Art Deco architecture and vibrant pastel-colored buildings that date back to the 1930s. Within SoBe, the South of Fifth Street, Sofi, area is quieter and more residential while North of Fifth Street is famous for its lively nightlife and entertainment scene, with a plethora of clubs, bars, and restaurants lining its streets. South Beach stretches from South Pointe to 23rd Street.
Mid-Beach, sometimes referred to as “Millionaire's Row”, is located between 23rd St and 63rd St. This neighborhood was developed in the 1950s and is characterized by its luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, and high-end stores. This area is the perfect spot for visitors who want to enjoy the beach at their leisure without the hustle and bustle of SoBe life. It is also a popular spot for joggers and bikers who enjoy the long beach trail that runs through Miami Beach.
Finally, North Beach is the quieter and more family-friendly neighborhood of the three. Located beyond 63rd Street and up to 87th Terrace, it is where you will find more residential areas, parks, and less crowded beaches. The North Shore Open Space Park in North Beach is regarded as the largest park in Miami Beach, offering lush palm trees, scenic walking paths, and picnic areas. Locals and tourists alike flock to the North Beaches' calming waters, outdoor recreational activities including fishing, and its genuine laid-back beach atmosphere.
Families looking for schools in the area will want to visit Miami-Dade Schools or Miami Country Day, The Cushman School, Lehrman Community Day School