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Area Spotlight: North Beach

The locals’ Miami


The Location

North Beach is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, from 63rd Street to 87th Terrace.

The Gist

North Beach is a beautiful, less touristy and much quieter version of South Beach. It’s a picturesque location that boasts charming MiMo architecture, pristine (and not nearly as crowded) beaches, and is home to mostly locals and families.

The Highlights

North Beach / Boardwalk – The Beach features sweeping sands, a quiet disposition, and is loved by locals and visitors alike. It’s big enough to accommodate everyone as there’s plenty of space for you to spread out. The boardwalk is also a big draw. It’s a clean, flat path used by local runners, bikers, dog-walkers, and of course, beach-lovers.

The North Shore Open Space Park – A natural preserve, this park is decorated with picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, and gorgeous foliage. Check out the free, donation-based Yoga classes on Sunday mornings. And the best part about it, you guessed it: open space.

The Flavor

North Beach is filled with authentic (and reasonably priced!) Latin American food with a beach backdrop. Be sure not to miss the Brazilian and Argentinian spots; they are especially prominent here. We love the Picanha steak at Cypo Cafe. And coming-not-soon-enough is North Beach Yard, a second location for creative food, drink, and local flavor by the innovative minds behind Wynwood Yard.

The Look

The architecture here is generally more mid-century, MiMo (Miami Modern), than the Art-Deco buildings of South Beach.

The Market

High end high-rises line Collins Avenue as well as MiMo homes and mid-rises near the Intracoastal. Further from the shoreline are single-family homes and condominiums that are slightly older and have a lot of character and charm.

The Draw

You’ll love the area’s clean and copious beachfront, and a neighborhood that values golf, yachts, a nap on the beach with a good book, and an eclectic international vibe.

Jared Klein