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Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach

The city of Sunny Isles Beach is located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade CountyFlorida, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. Centrally located, this growing resort area of high-rise hotels and condominiums is minutes from the popular upscale South Florida communities of Bal Harbour to the south and Aventura to the north and west. If your idea of Florida is a luxurious strip of white sand and high-rise condominium and resort living that caters to your every whim, Sunny Isles Beach is the Florida for you. Two-and-a-half miles of sun-baked waterfront await, with plenty of big-city amenities. Sunny Isles Beach was first developed in the development boom of the early 20th century, but the growth explosion that made it what it is today came in the 1950s. Both vacationers and year-round residents have been growing in number. To the east of Collins Avenue, the city's main strip, you'll find a collection of newly-converted luxury residential condominiums. To the west, new parks offer green space between the streets. Today the city is rich in many ways; families and the fabulous alike come to sun, dine, shop, and play. The city is home to some 15,000 people, many of whom hail from Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba as well as Israel and Peru; the city has earned the nickname "Little Russia" for its high percentage of Russian-speaking residents. 

The city's 11 beach-access locations are always the main attraction, but there's plenty to do beyond the beach. Diving is one activity that Sunny Isles Beach can call its own. No less than four artificial reefs await in offshore waters: In the 1980s and early 90s, the community placed wrecks there to promote reef cultivation. If you'd rather stay above water, check out the annual Offshore Challenge Powerboat Race. 

The arts and music abound in the Sunny Isles Beach experience, with concerts and piano series, kids' camps and more. For shopping, high-end designer finds await at the nearby Aventura Mall and The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Local stores line Collins Avenue, the main thoroughfare through the city. When it comes to food, the city's Russian delicatessens are a must-try, but fine dining is in no short supply. Beyond the city's many local offerings, Sunny Isles Boulevard will take you right over the Intracoastal Waterway into the northern Miami area and Miami itself is just minutes away.

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