At only 2.5-mile long, and located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, it might be easy to overlook Sunny Isles Beach
(also know as “Florida’s Rivera”) as a vacation destination. However, if you do, you are missing out on a lot.
“It’s a great destination, not far from anything,” says Ibis Romero, executive director, Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council.
She adds Sunny Isles Beach is the perfect getaway for both families and those who are seeking a quieter, more laid back South Florida experience. Romero further points out with its prime location, the destination fares well as a pre- or post-beach visit from either cruise port, too.
But why should you
visit? The question isn’t “why,” but “why not.” Here are four quick (and good
) reasons why Sunny Isles Beach should be on the top of your vacation/getaway list.
… “I walk the beach every day and think how pretty it is out here,” she comments. In additional to being “just beautiful” as she
says, the beaches are more intimate as well. Make it a point to be awake 9 a.m. one morning during your stay to watch the “lifeguard parade” as they make their way to the beach and their assigned towers (Inquire at the Sunny Isles Beach Visitors Center for complete details.)
… Even with the high-rises, Romero points out how Sunny Isles Beach has a lot of green space. Check out the fitness trail at Town Center Park
. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Oceania Park’s
walkway. Take the kids to the playground at Heritage Park
and/or your furry-four legged kids to the dog park. The newly renovated Pier Park offers fishing opportunities (small fee) as well as beach access.
… Did you know that Oleta River State Park
offers 10 miles of challenging mountain bike trails? Didn’t bring a bike? Not a problem, you can rent one through Blue Moon Outdoor Center
. In addition to biking throughout the trails in Florida’s largest urban state park, you can also go canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP).
…Romero says on Sunny Isles Beach you can enjoy “everything from hamburgers to caviar.” In addition to pleasing your palate (and craving), you can turn your meal into an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy the views of the ocean at the Beach Bar at Newport Pier
. The menu features everything from sushi to sandwiches to entrees and
more. Living up to its name, "The View
,” you can dine al fresco at the restaurant located in the DoubleTree Ocean Point Resort & Spa. Dine one contemporary American Bistro cuisine or fresh seafood while taking in your surroundings. You won’t mind the sand on your feet or in your shoes (or the view for that matter) when you sit down to lunch at Gili's Beach Club
at Trump International. Their menu has a Mediterranean-slant.
As far as hotels goes, there is something for every budget on Sunny Isles Beach. For families and those needing a quick getaway, there is Days Hotel Thunderbird Beach Resort and the Travelodge Monaco Beach Resort. For those celebrating or want a little more during their getaway, consider the Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach and the Trump International Beach Resort.
photo courtesy: photos courtesy of Sunny Isles Beach Tourism & Marketing Council; top left and bottom right, photographer Sylvie Leidi, and middle right, photographer Luke Erickson