Overview of Miami
Glitz, glamor and history
Miami Beach has a pretty firmly entrenched reputation, thanks to movies and TV. A lot of the white sand, speedboats and over-the-top style you've seen on TV isn't an exaggeration - Miami Beach is unlike anywhere else you've ever lived. But beachside penthouses and partying aren't the whole story.
For instance, Miami's got its own Art Deco District, which happens to be the first 20th century neighborhood ever entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to National Geographic. Just touring these buildings along Lummus Park and down Lincoln Road, you'll get a startling sense of Miami's history, which extends well past the party atmosphere. Painted pastel colors, with novel characteristics like porthole windows and terrazzo tile floors, these buildings just north of South Beach are among the most beautiful in Miami-Dade County, and they're right in your neighborhood!
Want more culture? Miami Beach is packed with it. Head to the Bass Museum of Art, right off State Highway and across the way from Collins Park. Or take in a night of music at New World Symphony.
There are plenty of leisure activities as well: 18 holes at the Miami Beach Country Club, shopping at Lincoln Road Mall or a trip to the beach. In fact, if you're thinking of a condo rental in Miami Beach, you're probably a beach person already. It's an understatement to say that this neighborhood won't disappoint.
Beach life like no other city
Miami itself has amazing beach access, but Miami Beach, situated on a barrier island in the Atlantic, is the absolute best neighborhood for ocean access. Of course, the tropical climate means that you get plenty of lush greenery, alongside the opportunity for year-round outdoor fun. Any day in the year, you can head out boating, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing or sunbathing on any Miami beach. Biscayne Bay is also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, thanks to a number of beautiful coral reefs.
The neighborhood offers miles of sandy beaches on either side of the island. If you work nearby, you can literally take your lunch break and relax for a bit while watching the turquoise water break on the beach - not a bad lifestyle! On weekends, you can take parasailing lessons or rent windsurfing equipment. Plus there are the endless cafes, boutiques and restaurants in the neighborhood, serving some of the best seafood in the world.
And if you want to get away for a while, Miami Beach makes that just as easy. The neighborhood is close to Virginia Key, where the Miami International Dragon Boat Festival takes place each year - a fun and exciting mash-up of boat racing and Chinese folklore! You're also only a short drive - or boat ride - from Port of Miami, a great place to suntan or play some water sports. It's also home to a number of cruise lines, which will take you all around the Caribbean.
Renting a condo in Miami Beach is sure to be one of the biggest and best moves you'll ever make. Whether you're coming from another Miami neighborhood or a cold northern state, you'll fall in love on arrival with this island neighborhood.