If you’re looking to be close to the Miami Beach buzz but want something on the quieter side, North Beach is a residential, family-friendly option. The neighborhood is much more laid-back than the rest of Miami Beach, and even the architecture is distinctly different. Here, Miami’s defining Art Deco buildings are replaced by Miami Modernism (MiMo) architecture. One of the main draws to the area is the nine-block North Beach Oceanside Park, which stretches from 78th Street to 86th Street, and features grills, picnic tables, and pavilions. There are also dog runs and a beachfront with lifeguards that is much less crowded than other stretches of sand on Miami Beach. Just outside the park, you’ll find a Citi Bike stand, if you want to rent a bike and take a spin for an eight-mile ride down to South Beach. You can also stroll along the paved, oceanfront Beach Walk that connects North Beach with Mid and South Beach.
Another perk of the neighborhood and Miami's good weather are golf and tennis clubs like the Normandy Shores Golf Club, where legend Arnold Palmer has played, and a tennis center that sits across from the centerpiece North Beach Bandshell amphitheater, which hosts everything from music festivals to drag brunches and performances by the likes of Ben Folds and Diplo. The culinary hotspots are centered around South and Mid Beach, but North Beach is rich in international cuisine that nods to the many communities who have lived here. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is one of the best spas in the country and is perfect for those seeking a health retreat. Plus, the hotel’s ocean-facing eatery, The Strand, is popular both for its views and Florida-fresh Mediterranean fare. Around the historic Normandy Fountain, you’ll find Jewish delis and Italian eateries, as well as nearly every type of Latin American fare. One top pick for pastries while working: Buenos Aires Bakery & Café.
Since the neighborhood is on the residential side, you’ll find fewer amenities catering to remote working, but with a higher safety factor and more affordable price points, North Beach is an attractive place to reside or visit for the day to enjoy the natural beauty and beaches without having to struggle to find a stretch of sand to lay out on.
Splitting her time between Miami and Paris, Lane covers travel, lifestyle, wine, and food for publications such as Travel + Leisure and Vogue.com.
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