Location: NW 7th-27th Avenue between 20-38th Streets near Miami Civic Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital
Brickell Avenue: the banking and business center of Miami. Upscale condos, hotels and dining establishments serve a growing residential population of bankers and executives who want to live near their place of work.
Location: South of the Miami River
Downtown Miami - the heart of Miami, centered at Flagler Street and Miami Avenue. Miami's streets are labeled according to their relation to this main intersection (eg NW, NE, SW and SE). For example, E 1st Avenue is one block east of Miami Avenue. (See Map)
Tip: Miami streets run east and west, while avenues run north and south. (exceptions: Hialeah and Coral Gables)
Downtown Miami is a highly commercial area with many electronics stores.
Location: between Little Haiti and Miami Shores
Older single-family homes with tree-lined streets. Large Haitian and Hispanic population. Over 1/3 of the residents are foreign-born. Three subdivisions: El Jardin, Sherwood Forest, El Portal. Contains the site of an ancient Sequesta Indian burial mound.
Location: west of Brickell Avenue
A vibrant latin neighborhood, home to residents from Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua. At its heart is Calle Ocho, lined with authentic Cuban businesses like cigar factories, fruit stands and cafeterias. Here you can find chicharones, merenguitos and other Cuban treats, plus memorabilia shops, galleries and theatres.
Location: NW 12-19th St, between 62-73rd Street.
Home of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, with a theatre, art gallery, dance and music studio.
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.miamishores.com/
Described as "the poor man's Coral Gables," Miami Shores is a small bedroom community of 10,000 with a small-town feel. 14% Hispanic.
Nearby Grove Isle Schools and Universities:
Affluent condo and housing development community with large Jewish population. Growing population of young families.
quiet residential island near Bal Harbour. Mostly
retirees and working professionals.
Beaches nearby. Low crime rate.
Hispanic pop: 42%
Founded in 1925, Coral Gables was born into elegance and promptly nicknamed "The City Beautiful". Many Mediterranean-style fountains, plazas and buildings grace its boulevards. Mostly a manicured, upscale Miami suburb, it is home to a booming Hispanic population in North Gables.
Sights: the historic Biltmore Hotel, many chic restaurants and cafes, "Miracle Mile" (the upscale shopping district), the Venetian Pool, Fairchild Tropical Gardens and the University of Miami. Also historical villages: Chinese Village and French Normandy Village.
A former bohemian village, "the Grove" is a trendy upscale neighborhood with shops, cafes and a carnival-like nightlife atmosphere. The city is a mix of condo communities (Grove Isle) and expensive single-family homes.
A small exclusive island enclave with many foreigners and retirees. Condo communities and single-family homes. Connected to Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Location: 43rd to 96th Street on the Ocean.
(not to be confused with North Miami Beach on the mainland)
An older neighborhood with a large population of retirees. High rise condos and luxury hotels in the east, single family homes in the west.
Small island community linked to Miami Beach via the 79th Street Causeway
Over 1/3 Hispanic
Location: I-95 and the Intracoastal Waterway between North Miami (NE 151st St) and Miami-Dade County
A city of eighteen neighborhoods in NE Miami-Dade county. Originally a haven for Jewish retirees from the Northeast US, now experiencing growing Chinese and Caribbean populations. Many Jewish synagogues and bagel shops. Local library has extensive Spanish and Chinese collections.
South Beach is the world-famous tourist and style mecca immortalized in film and modeling shoots. Chic beach clubs, nightclubs, boutiques and fancy eateries. In the Art Deco district over 800 vintage hotels have been renovated to the their original pastel palette of pinks, corals and blues and embellished with neon. Residents are an eclectic mix of subcultures. Upscale neighborhood.
Location: 5th - 21st st. on the Atlantic Ocean
A small community of condos and housing developments populated by retirees and winter residents.
Housing developments: Atlantic Isles, Golden Shores
NY style deli: Rascals
Pop: 4100 small but growing oceanside community between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour. Retirees and young professional families. Elementary school, movie theater, parks, Bal Harbour shops and the ocean all within walking distance.
North and West
Location: NW 17th-57th betw. Palmetto Expy and County Line Rd.
An ethnically diverse lower-middle class community with a growing Hispanic presence.
A manicured suburban enclave with a growing population. Headquarters for large US companies like Univision, Carnival Cruise Lines and Ryder.
Location: NW of Miami near Miami International Airport
A densely populated Spanish-speaking community of Cubans and other Latin Americans. Street signs and billboards are in Spanish. The commercial district contains many Latin cafeterias, tabacco shops and supermarkets. Home to Hialeah Park Race Track and the Westlands Mall.
Latino community west of Hialeah.
International airport anchors this area with hotels and office complexes quickly dotting the landscape.
Nearby communities include Doral and Miami Springs.
Location: bounded by the Palmetto Expressway on N and W, betw. NW 57th and 138th streets
A quiet planned community with lots of lakes, parks and golf courses. Mostly white and Hispanic middle-class. Main Street is a quaint downtown shopping district with old-fashioned charm.
Location: between Hialeah and Miami International Airport
A quiet family community which enjoys an old-fashioned small town Americana feel. Fourth of July parades, a scenic gazebo, Olympic-sized public swimming pool.
Racially diverse suburban community with a booming population of young families. Growing Hispanic contingent. NE 125th Street downtown area is undergoing redevelopment.
Westside: Caribbean neighborhood.
One of the poorest communities in Miami-Dade County, opa-locka is known for its airport and for housing the largest collection of Moorish architecture in the Western Hemisphere. A program to revitalize the downtown area is currently underway.
Club of Miami
Between Miami Lakes and Broward County line
A partially-gated planned community of single-family homes. A mix of year-round residents and winter retirees. Features two 18-hole golf courses, lakes, a swimming pool and a clubhouse/restaurant.
Former agricultural area with growing population of young families. Main commercial sub for S. Dade centered at 168th St. and Biscayne Bay. Favored for its gated housing developments and proximity to Biscayne Bay. Cons: Located near the S. Miami-Dade landfill "Mt. Trashmore."
Southernmost municipality in Dade County. Businesses and homes are being rebuilt after Hurricane Andrew damaged the area. Home to the Florida Keys Outlet Mall, hotels and businesses. Large agricultural presence and wholesale Farmer's Market.
Everglades National Park - a vast 1.5 million-acre wetlands preserve and wildlife conservation area. Largest wilderness in the US east of the Mississippi River. Mangrove forests and cypress swamps shelter alligators, storks and other wading birds as well as a great variety of marine life.
Less than an hour's drive from Miami.
A rural community at the south end of Dade County 30 miles south of Miami. Destroyed in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew, this is a community in recovery. Former Air Force Base may become a commercial airport but is opposed by environmental groups due to its proximity to the Everglades National Park, Florida's largest wilderness preserve.
Location: Dixie Highway to the Florida Turnpike betw. Sunset Drive and 104th Avenue
A large bustling suburban middle-class community that has experienced explosive growth in recent years.
A popular place to raise a family. Traffic and schools are overcrowded.
Leisure City - Planned community of single-family homes 24 miles south of Miami. Originally a retirement community, it sustained severe damage during Hurricane Andrew. Agricultural workers are now moving into this area.
A well-heeled residential community with relatively low crime rate. Location: SW 136th St betw Old Dixie Highway and Cutler Rd.