Contemporary Living Space at Aviva Coral Gables

Miami is known as the “Gateway to the Americas,” thanks to its cultural diversity and proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean. The economy is booming as the city has diversified from tourism to international banking, import and export. It’s one of the country’s most visited, cosmopolitan cities, offering a variety of architecture in classic and contemporary styles, a strong arts scene and plenty of cultural activities.

Those who call Miami home are lucky to live and work in a tropical paradise. The weather is warm and sunny year round, and the beaches can be enjoyed even in January thanks to the warm waters, making Miami a great place for those who love the sun, the beach and the outdoors. Public transportation is well-planned and fairly extensive, with many communities providing free shuttles to complement the city’s bus service and rail lines.

We spent more than 25 hours conducting extensive research on Miami’s apartments, neighborhoods and residential options. We looked at more than 60 apartment complexes in the Miami area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of criteria. Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities.

We delved into the interior design, looking for features such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and other modern features. We also placed strong consideration on Walk Scores and accessibility to their respective neighborhoods, all to make confident decisions to determine the best of the best.

From bay-view units in South Beach to the oceanfront properties of Sunny Isles Beach, we explored nine of the most popular Miami neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking to move to the city or just checking out the hot spots, we hope this apartment guide helps steer you to your next home.

Neighborhoods Covered In This Guide to Miami Apartments:

South Beach

South Beach and its Art Deco district is the first place most visitors think of when planning a trip to Miami. South Beach is the southern part of the barrier island of Miami Beach. Mainland Miami is reached by a short and scenic drive on one of several causeways. Driving the main MacArthur Causeway presents views of gorgeous waterfront estates and massive docked cruise ships.

South Beach has a mix of sexy restaurants, legendary nightlife, world-class hotels and the best shopping. But 20 years ago, dilapidated Art Deco hotels housed nursing homes, while the crime scene kept most beachgoers away.

The influx of European photo shoots and models in the ’90s changed “Scary South Beach” into “Supermodel South Beach” almost overnight. Living here offers a vibrant, active lifestyle that can range from affordable to ultra-upscale, depending on the restaurants, neighborhoods and shopping you choose.

Things To Do

South Beach is Miami’s hub of nightlife, bars and restaurants. Some of the best nightclubs in the country are here, including Liv, Nikki Beach and Story. Mac’s Club Deuce is a favorite dive bar, while many of the cool hotels — such as the W, Delano and The Betsy — offer trendy and upscale bars.

Joe’s Stone Crab is a South Beach tradition, offering stone crab (in season) and fantastic side dishes. For old-school, cheap and delicious Cuban food, Puerto Sagua Restaurant is the place.

Daytime activities revolve around the beaches, which are easily accessed for swimming or soaking up the sun. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian-only street that runs several blocks and serves as an open-air mall with great boutiques, outdoor cafes with a European vibe and a farmers market on Sunday.

Art Basel, an international event showcasing contemporary and modern art, brings collectors and artists from around the world to South Beach every December.


Parking in South Beach is expensive, limited and difficult to find. Many of the residential streets require permits to park. If you plan on living and working in South Beach, invest in a bike or rollerblades to get around as the locals do. A good alternative, especially on rainy days, is the South Beach local; the small bus service runs from 8 a.m. through 1 a.m. daily for only 25 cents.

South Beach Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,800

Living area and deck space at Southgate Towers

Southgate Towers Apartments

  • Year Built: 1958
  • Number of Units: 550
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: A waterfront location means sweeping bay views from these revamped apartments in desirable South Beach. Units have gourmet kitchens and fully tiled baths, while community features (under construction as of October 2015) soon will include a private marina, several swimming pools and a waterfront restaurant.

Open floor plan at Flamingo South Beach Center Tower

Flamingo South Beach Center Tower

  • Year Built: 2003
  • Number of Units: 512
  • Number of Layouts: 28
  • Rent: $1,759-$4,365
  • Highlights: Shoot hoops on the rooftop court or soak up the sun from the sandy beach pool or infinity pool at Flamingo South Beach. This property includes an on-site convenience store, a deli and The Local restaurant. Inside, residents take in bay views from contemporary kitchens with premium finishes.

Modern interior design at Edwards Apartments

Edwards Apartments

  • Year Built: 1935
  • Number of Units: 112
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: A stark contrast from the building’s historic exterior, apartments at Edwards have been renovated to reflect a modern Miami vibe, with sleek, shiny finishes and bright whites throughout. Light pours in through shutter-style windows, but residents can also catch rays at the swimming pool and outdoor lounge.

The Runner Up

Little Havana

It’s easy to forget you’re in the U.S. when you’re in Little Havana. This neighborhood west of Downtown Miami is filled with typical Cuban businesses, including panaderias selling baked goods and breads.

There are coffee stands on every corner, where afternoon cortaditos (made with strong espresso) are a daily routine and elderly men in white dress shirts called guayaberas play dominos loudly at the park.

This was the center of the Cuban community in Miami from the 1970s to the ’90s; it’s now more diverse, with a variety of Central and South American countries represented. Calle Ocho is the main boulevard, filled with mom-and-pop businesses that are cheap and friendly.

Things To Do

Don’t miss the annual Calle Ocho festival and parade, the largest (and probably loudest) street festival in the world. Stop at Maximo Gomez Park to watch the old men play dominoes. Versailles is the most famous of the Cuban restaurants in Little Havana, but locals also love 2B Asian Bistro at lunchtime for good, inexpensive Asian food.

Shopping in Little Havana is fun, as the area is devoid of larger chain stores. There’s a wide variety of record stores, clothing boutiques and touristy spots that sell Cuban souvenirs.

On the last Friday of every month, Little Havana’s art galleries stay open late to host visitors. Head to the Ball & Chain for drinks after the art stroll. The bar is a replica of the original 1930s hot spot that once occupied the same space and hosted jazz superstars such as Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Chet Baker on its stage.


Parking is inexpensive and plentiful in Little Havana, and there are plenty of bus options. You can take the 6, 7, 8, 11, 207 or 208 to Downtown Miami, the 11, 207 or 208 to the Government Center’s Metrorail/Metromover station, and the 6 or 8 to the Brickell Metrorail/Metromover station. The combination of the 207 and C will get you to South Beach, while the 7, 37 and 42 travel to Miami International Airport.

Little Havana Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,250

Breakfast bar at River Oaks

River Oaks Marina and Tower

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 199
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Situated on the marina, this modern high-rise offers European kitchens, large deck space and loft-style units, some with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Both the pool and entertainment deck are right on the marina, where private boat slips are available.

Kitchen and dining space at Gables 37 Grand

Gables 37 Grand

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 120
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: These bright apartments feature contemporary woodgrain kitchen cabinets and Italian granite countertops. Tile flooring throughout leads to private balconies, where residents overlook the water and community amenities below, from an oversized pool to a landscaped entertainment patio.

Living room and patio view at Stadium Tower

Stadium Tower

  • Year Built: 2011
  • Number of Units: 81
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: With a large outdoor space that includes daybeds and BBQ pits, Stadium Tower is an amenity-rich community minutes from downtown Miami. Units here include large kitchens with full-size pantries and breakfast bars, as well as city and water views beyond the full-length balconies.

The Runner Up


The Brickell corridor, between Downtown and Coconut Grove, is a collection of some of the most architecturally interesting high-rises. The views from many of the apartments and condos are spectacular, featuring water views of Key Biscayne to South Beach and Downtown skylines.

Brickell is known as Miami’s financial district, with most international bank and financial firms represented somewhere on Brickell Avenue. It also houses the most embassies in Florida.

The residential community known as The Roads lies behind the high-rises, while charming Coconut Grove is farther south on US 1. The island of Brickell Key, just off Brickell Avenue, is even more exclusive than the high-end living available on Brickell.

Things To Do

Downtown is minutes away, as is the Miami River, along which you can enjoy some of the best seafood in Miami in a funky, local setting. Two restaurants worth trying are The River Seafood & Oyster Bar and Garcia’s Seafood Grille and Fish Market, right on the river. Garcia’s has been a Miami seafood destination for almost 50 years.

Spend the day in Key Biscayne, a set of barrier islands consisting of crystal-clear waters and stretches of white sandy beaches, connected to Brickell by the Rickenbacker Causeway. Key Biscayne is home to Miami’s Seaquarium and Crandon Park’s pristine two-mile beach, one of the top 10 beaches in the United States. On the way back to Brickell, you get the best views of Brickell’s and Downtown’s high-rises.


This urban neighborhood is pedestrian-friendly and offers one of the best public transit networks in Miami. A car-free lifestyle is commonplace. Brickellites get around by foot, bike or free Metromover, with stations and stops every two blocks in the area.

The Miami Metrorail at Brickell station gives residents access to Coral Gables and other destinations. The city’s bicycle initiative is adding citywide bike parking and bike lanes in Brickell and Downtown, making bicycling more popular.

Brickell Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,100

Kitchen at SOMA at Brickell

SOMA at Brickell

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 400
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: $1,660-$2,445
  • Highlights: Newly completed and stocked with amenities such as a rooftop pool and yoga studio, SOMA at Brickell is a premiere housing option two blocks from Brickell Avenue. Modern interiors are finished with espresso-stained cabinetry, granite countertops and modern lighting fixtures.

Living room at Camden Brickell

Camden Brickell

  • Year Built: 2003
  • Number of Units: 405
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Many units in this urban high-rise have been upgraded to include sleek kitchens, modern bathrooms and designer lighting fixtures. In addition to the building’s swimming pool and fitness center, residents here enjoy easy access to Brickell’s shopping and dining, as well as the famous beaches.

Kitchen at Brickell 1st

Brickell 1st

  • Year Built: 2011
  • Number of Units: 131
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Offering master suites and high-end finishes throughout, these apartments are centrally located to the entertainment and creature comforts of Brickell. Without leaving home, residents can enjoy a pool and sundeck, spa facilities and a swanky clubhouse for community and private events.

The Runner Up

Downtown Miami

Downtown is the fastest-growing area in Miami and the third-most-populated downtown area in the U.S., after New York and Chicago. It’s home to a vibrant jewelry district, museums, schools, colleges, parks, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and many of the oldest buildings in the city.

Along with the neighborhood of Coconut Grove, Downtown is the oldest settled part of Miami. It’s home to Miami International University of Art & Design and Miami Culinary Institute.

The majority of residents here are renters. The area is still relatively affordable, especially since public transportation offsets the need and expense of a car. But prices are rising as more and more people choose to move Downtown to enjoy the ever-expanding services, activities and amenities available.

Things To Do

Downtown has three major parks: Bayfront Park, Bicentennial Park and Pace Park. Bayfront Park hosts weekly concerts in the amphitheater, while Bicentennial Park is in the process of an overhaul that will include new buildings for the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Miami Science Museum.

Bayside Marketplace is a beautiful waterfront outdoor mall next to Bayfront Park. The mall has a marina, restaurants and shops. Mary Brickell Village is another good shopping area and home to most of Downtown’s best nightlife.

Downtown Miami has several cultural facilities, including the city’s main library branch, the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Miami Children’s Museum. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is Florida’s largest performing-arts center and the place to catch a performance by the Miami Ballet, Florida Grand Opera or the New World Symphony.

Venturing north to the funky, hip and up-and-coming Miami Design District is worth the five-minute rail trip. Take the Metrorail from Government Center to the Allapattah stop. Miami’s best art galleries and home/interior design businesses are located at the Design District.


Downtown is one of the few areas in Miami where a car isn’t necessary. The free Metromover connects with the Metrorail and the Tri-Rail transfer station, which takes commuters to and from northern counties Broward and Palm Beach. You can easily bike from Downtown to South Beach along the quiet Venetian Causeway. The city is in the process of adding bike lanes to create a bike-friendly experience for all.

Downtown Miami Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,000

Double-height living space at Ten Museum Park

Ten Museum Park

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 204
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: These homes are ground level to the waterfront, and feature double-height living rooms with modern kitchens and premium appliances. These units, available as both condos and apartments, also come with balconies and master suites, and are located between AA Arena and Performing Arts Center.

Main living space at The Atrium

The Atrium

  • Year Built: 1951
  • Number of Units: 107
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: This classic mid-century building has seen some renovation on the inside, leaving residents with modern eat-in kitchens, designer finishes and top-of-the-line appliances. Starbucks, a CVS pharmacy and several restaurants are also located on-site.

The Runner Up

Coral Gables

Take Coral Way southwest from Brickell into the Miracle Mile shopping district, which is the gateway to upscale Coral Gables. Built in the 1920s by George Merrick as the first planned neighborhood in Miami, Coral Gables is probably the most beautiful section of Miami.

Banyan-tree-lined streets and stately architecture inspired by a hybrid of Spanish and Venetian architecture known as Mediterranean Revival are the area’s signature. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami and the corporate headquarters for Bacardi, Fresh Del Monte Produce and ExxonMobil’s marine fuels division.

Things To Do

The Miracle Mile is a several-block business area with great boutiques, European-inspired restaurants and some of the top international retailers. There are a variety of great interior design and home furnishings boutiques, including Artefacto, which specializes in modern, tropical-inspired home furnishings; Victoria’s Armoire, offering modern-rustic furnishings; and Luminaire, a 15,000-square-foot flagship store filled with the best in contemporary furnishings.

Besides retail therapy, enjoy the local landmarks such as the Venetian Pool. Designed as an architectural replica of Venice complete with bridges, the clear and crisp spring waters of the Venetian Pool are refreshing. There’s even a sandy spot for basking in the sun.

The historic Biltmore Hotel is a great spot for Sunday brunch. Several pubs and bars that cater to the college crowd are clustered around the university. Head east toward the bay to quaint Coconut Grove if you’re looking for a more intimate and sophisticated shopping and dining experience. A free shuttle runs to the Grove from Douglas Station in Coral Gables.


Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly destination. Owning a car is best, but there are plenty of public transport options. The city has a free trolley service up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the day. The Metrobus J, 24, 40, 42, 48, 56, 57, 249 or 500 covers travel to Downtown, Coconut Grove, the airport and other areas. The faster Miami Metrorail has two stops in Coral Gables, at the University and Douglas Road.

Coral Way/Coral Gables Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,808

Modern living and dining at AVIVA Coral Gables

AVIVA Coral Gables

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 276
  • Number of Layouts: 25
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Offering a collection of high-style amenities, AVIVA compromises nothing for residents, from design details including Italian cabinetry and quartz countertops to community features such as a saltwater pool, outdoor entertainment space and expansive fitness options.

Kitchen at Milagro Coral Gables

Milagro Coral Gables

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 237
  • Number of Layouts: 33
  • Rent: $1,716-$2,864
  • Highlights: Steps from the famous Miracle Mile at Coral Gables, Milagro’s exceptional location is matched with great amenities and modern design. The property includes both a swimming pool and fitness center, and though there are many interior styles to choose from, all include hardwood flooring and balconies.  

Kitchen at Gables Ponce

Gables Ponce

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 367
  • Number of Layouts: 49
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Sophisticated design trumps at Gables Ponce, immersed in the culture of Merrick Park — one of Miami’s most desirable areas. The shopping, dining and entertainment options surrounding Gables Ponce is reflected in its own offerings: a resort-style heated pool, Zen garden, 24-hour gym and plenty of lounge space.

The Runners Up


Aventura comes from the word “adventure” in Spanish. Located in North Miami, it was developed as a high-rise condominium and golf destination in the 1970s. It’s home to luxury resort Turnberry Isle and the Aventura Mall, the fifth-largest shopping mall in the U.S. Aventura is an established area whose demographic consists primarily of upscale families and retirees.

Things To Do

Aventura is ideal for golfers and shoppers. Besides the extensive Aventura Mall, there are five additional outdoor malls. Two fantastic contemporary home stores are Anima Domus, featuring minimalist, contemporary furnishings, and Addison Kids for colorful, fun, mod furnishings.

The famed Turnberry Golf Course lies in the center of Aventura and is surrounded by Country Club Drive Circle. This lush, three-mile promenade, designed for walking and jogging, winds through lakes, the marina and spots with good ocean views. Sports bars and the Cheesecake Factory at the Aventura Mall are popular dining and drinking destinations.


Aventura’s streets are congested, and driving and public transportation are slow. The city runs a free citywide shuttle-bus service for residents called the Aventura Express. Metrobus lines S, E and 120 also serve Aventura. Catch the Metrobus from Aventura to Government Center, where you can connect to Downtown’s Metromover and Metrorail to South Miami.

Aventura Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,700

Living room at Lincoln Pointe

Lincoln Pointe

  • Year Built: 1991
  • Number of Units: 285
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $1,513-$1,762
  • Highlights: These updated apartments on the bayfront feature bright, spacious layouts and a modern nautical design. Vaulted ceilings and screened-in patios also make these homes special. Enjoy the water view from your private patio, the swimming pool or a lounge chair on the marina deck.

Open living space at Waterways Village

Waterways Village

  • Year Built: 1994
  • Number of Units: 180
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,409-$2,769
  • Highlights: Situated between extensive shopping and pristine beaches, Waterways Village’s location goes beyond its waterfront real estate. Apartment interiors feature wood flooring, high ceilings and private patios. This community also has a swimming pool, a fitness center and a clubhouse that hosts social events.

Exterior of Promenade at Aventura

Promenade at Aventura

  • Year Built: 1994
  • Number of Units: 296
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,705-$2,510
  • Highlights: Overlooking the Turnberry Country Club and minutes from both shopping and boating, the recently renovated Promenade at Aventura features several relaxing community amenities and lush landscaping surrounding the pool area. Units are outfitted with private balconies off the master bedroom, individual garages and walk-in closets.


Doral is located just northwest of Miami International Airport. Its first development, the Doral Hotel and Country Club, became the area’s hot spot and home to the Doral Open Invitational, Florida’s major PGA event.

It may be a small city, but it is home to more than 10,000 businesses. In 2008, CNN Money ranked Doral 51st on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Carnival Corporation, Marriott International, Univision, Perry Ellis International and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Miami Branch Office are some of Doral’s largest employers.

Things To Do

Doral is a golfer’s paradise, with plenty of links to choose from. Two popular parks are the three-acre Downtown Doral Park and the 82-acre Doral Central Park. Miami International Mall is the community shopping hub.

There’s a large Venezuelan community in Doral; a favorite hangout is La Covacha at the Trump National Doral Resort. The nightclub is a popular place to dance to Latin music.


The Doral Trolley is free around town from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Two routes connect to Metrorail. Metrobus lines include the 36, 87, 95, 96, 132 and 238 to Miami International Airport.

Doral Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,475

Kitchen and dining area at Manor CityPlace

The Manor CityPlace Doral

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 398
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: This certified Green community is a brand-new addition to Doral, offering resort-quality amenities such as a movie theater, putting green, 24-hour fitness and outdoor lounge space surrounding the beach-entry pool. Apartments here have premium materials and a modern coastal vibe.

Open living space at AMLI Doral

AMLI Doral

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 352
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $1,722-$2,423
  • Highlights: Looking out toward the lake and fountain at the center of the property, AMLI Doral offers comfortable contemporary living with luxury amenities. Residents have access to a two-story fitness center, large swimming pool and plenty of entertainment space both inside and out. There’s also a lakeside outdoor living room and fire pit.

Kitchen at Gran Vista at Doral

Gran Vista at Doral

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 146
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,500-$2,251
  • Highlights: With one-, two- and three-bedroom options, these new apartments come with entertainment-friendly chef’s kitchens, spacious closets and pool-view balconies. The property also maintains an expansive fitness center, outdoor grilling area and clubhouse available to residents.

The Runners Up


Kendall is a middle-class suburb located in the south of Miami, spread out over 16 square miles. Florida International University (FIU) is nearby. The area’s homes and businesses slowly rebuilt after Hurricane Andrew leveled much of Kendall in 1992.

The Dadeland area was rebuilt with many modern condos and apartments, and is now considered downtown Kendall. There’s not much of a vibrant cultural or nightlife community here, but it’s relatively affordable and a good option if you work in the area and want to avoid long, slow commutes.

Things To Do

Most activities in Kendall are centered around its two large malls, Dadeland Mall (an indoor mall) and Town and Country Mall, a more upscale, attractive outdoor mall. Sushi Corner, Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill and Off the Grille are local favorites; Off the Grille is Latin American-inspired but offers a paleo menu.

Blue Martini is the favorite local spot for drinks and live music. The iconic Arango, the oldest operating design store in the United States, moved recently from its Dadeland Mall location.


A car is essential here, as it’s the most convenient way to get around the spread-out community or reach other areas of Miami. This means that commutes, especially to Downtown or South Beach, can take more than 40 minutes. If you enjoy cultural activities and a vibrant nightlife, you might feel isolated in Kendall.

Kendall is served by the Miami Metrorail at Dadeland North and Dadeland South stations in its northeastern end, which is the fastest way to get to Coral Gables and Downtown Miami. Both stations also provide service to Miami International Airport.

Kendall Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,318

Living room at Downtown Dadeland

Downtown Dadeland

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 465
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Surrounded by a variety of walkable shopping and dining options, the Downtown Dadeland apartment homes include gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and private balconies. Additionally, residents can check out the panoramic views from the fitness center or rooftop pool deck.

Kitchen at Sunset Gardens

Sunset Gardens

  • Year Built: 1997
  • Number of Units: 208
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Recently renovated to reflect a contemporary style through dark wood kitchen cabinets and a tranquil color scheme throughout, these apartments are stacked with amenities and thoughtful design. Active residents enjoy access to racquetball and tennis courts in addition to the fitness center.

Sunny Isles Beach

Located on a barrier island in northeast Miami, southeast of Aventura and north of upscale Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach is nicknamed “Little Moscow” because of its growing Russian population. It is considered an up and coming neighborhood due to a large number of high-rise developments in the area. Most of the business concentrates on tourism and hospitality to serve the local hotels and their visitors.

Things To Do

Most of the activities here are beach-oriented. Sunny Isles beaches are much quieter and less crowded than those in South Beach. Days at the beach here should start early, since the high-rise hotels and condos that line the coast cast shadows on the beach after 3 p.m. or so.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the main strip of Collins Avenue, including Rice Asian and Sushi Bar and Basil Park. Beachfront spots such as Gili’s Beach Club and Fresh American Bistro offer beautiful ocean views. The annual Jazz Fest in November is a favorite among residents and visitors.


The city offers free, daily local shuttle-bus service. Metrobus lines E, H, K, S, V and 120 also serve Sunny Isles Beach. This is a fairly small area, and the combination of public transit, walking and biking are good alternatives if a car isn’t an option.

Sunny Isles Beach Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,000

Lounge area at Intracoastal Yacht Club

Intracoastal Yacht Club

  • Year Built: 2001
  • Number of Units: 795
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: starting at $1,550
  • Highlights: This full-service marina has features such as a waterfront clubhouse and boardwalk, as well as other amenities including a swimming pool, fitness area and on-site convenience store. Bright white kitchens and large master suites are standout features in these apartments, which have private balconies with breathtaking views.

Living area at Beach Place

Beach Place

  • Year Built: 1974
  • Number of Units: 308
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: This four-building complex is clustered around a swimming pool and outdoor lounge area; other amenities include a fitness center and beach access. Renovated interiors include modern dark wood kitchens, large windows and private terraces.

Kitchen at Marina del Mar

Marina del Mar

  • Year Built: 1962
  • Number of Units: 336
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,360-$1,975
  • Highlights: With beachfront access to Miami Beach, residents don’t have to leave home to enjoy the ocean waves. Those who aren’t fans of the sand can hit the pool and its surrounding cozy lounge space. These refurbished contemporary apartments are near several public transit, retail and dining options.