Sunny Isles Beach
What To Know Before You Go
Travel 20 miles north of Miami then head for the coast and you’ll discover the idyllic seaside community of Sunny Isles Beach. Nestled in the heart of what’s known as Florida’s French Riviera, Sunny Isles Beach covers a 2.5-mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. But Sunny Isles Beach isn’t all oceans.
Rather, the beach is sandwiched by the Atlantic to the east and the Intracoastal Waterways to the west, making for a unique and peaceful archipelago. Though this community does sit just 20 miles from Miami, its atmosphere is more laid back than you’d expect. Like most beach communities, Sunny Isles keeps things casual, and that’s the way most locals like it.
But casual doesn’t eclipse compelling. Rather, the lackadaisical beachfront attitude is balanced by an electric food and entertainment scene. Sunny Isles and the attractions that surround it are almost as alluring as the Atlantic itself, from Aventura Mall to Bal Harbour. Discover four things you need to know before you go to this seaside paradise.
Not All Beaches Are Made Equal
Sunny Isles may be home to some of Florida’s best beaches, but that doesn’t mean that each beach is as good as the last. Accommodations like Marenas Beach Resort open up onto the sand, and these resorts have often laid claim to the most pristine stretch of beach. Before you spread your swings and explore beaches elsewhere, you’ll want to know what to expect.
For example, popular Haulover Park includes a public beach and popular marina. The lifeguarded swimming areas and undeveloped beachfront land are draws for locals and tourists alike, but a portion of the park is also set aside as “clothing optional.” Though this certainly isn’t a beach day deal breaker, it’s also not something you’ll want to stumble on unaware.
Pick the Right View For You
Sunny Isles diverse landscapes mean the views are varied, too. And just like you’ll want to put some thought into which beach you choose, you’ll also want to deliberate over your views. Though vacationing by the beach almost screams ocean view, that may not be the vista that’s right for you.
In Sunny Isles, bay view rooms are actually just as common. These are the rooms overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. And while it seems like a room looking inland wouldn’t have much to offer, the reality is that the waterways are interspersed with city skylines and the bustle of boats. It doesn’t get much more dynamic than that.
There Are Dining Options Aplenty
Imagine a food and you’ll likely find it in Sunny Isles. The community’s proximity to Miami mean it’s home to some of the region’s most mouthwatering Latin cuisine. But those aren’t the only flavors you’ll find in Sunny Isles. Here, dining out is as much about the experience as it is about the sustenance, and many restaurants are set up in that spirit.
Overlook the ocean at Caracol, where fresh, local ingredients are the perfect pair to the restaurant’s panoramic Atlantic views. Sip on a pre-dinner cocktail at M Bar & Lounge, with a cherry wood bar that exudes rich ambiance. Or slip into a Caribbean state of mind at Pool & Beach Bar, serving up refreshing drinks and snacks beneath the South Florida sun.
And Events Almost Every Night of the Week
Event venues abound in Sunny Isles, and this is to the benefit of visitors and residents alike. The many event centers and nightlife venues make for a packed local events calendar. Events are on deck nearly every day of the week, meaning that no matter when you visit, you’ll likely to find things to do in Sunny Isles Beach that are nothing short of extraordinary.
Big name bands like the Rolling Stones often command the nearby Hard Rock Stadium. Watch the Miami Heat take the court at American Airlines Arena, though global music acts often take over this venue, too. Be in the crowd for anything from a UFC fight to a country music concert at BB&T Center. Or attend a smaller event at one of Sunny Isles’s many local haunts, like those in downtown Hollywood or along the broadwalk.
Sunny Isles is as dynamic a destination as any. The pristine beaches are only the first of many reasons why Sunny Isles is worth a visit, and only the first of many things to consider once you’ve actually booked your trip. Though you could visit better known locales like Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale, a Sunny Isles Beach vacation is what happens when you choose the beach less traveled. Take it from us: with the proper knowledge, that choice will make all the difference the second you dig your toes into the pristine white sand.