North Beach Is the Best Neighborhood in Miami, and Here's Why

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North Beach, you're it, baby. Lord knows I've wandered, slumming the Pubbelly restaurants of South Beach, trolling the art galleries of Wynwood, diving the waters of Key Biscayne. But listen, North Beach, I always come back to you. You're what I want. You're what I need. You're it.

North Beach: the least-recognized and most-misunderstood neighborhood in all of livable-Miami. (Sorry Hialeah, I love you for the Red White And Blue Thrift Shop, but I hate you for your traffic.) Whereas other neighborhoods got swag and pinanche, North Beach is subtle and understated. It's incredible not for what it has. But for what it doesn't.

It has Woody Allen charm: it creeps on you. At first you're all like, where the bars at? But then, you be like, I can drive down the streets here? I can live here for what amount? Then you realize North Beach is your destiny. You come to appreciate it for many reasons. But, specifically, for the following ten.

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10. North Beach has few tourists. This place isn't suffocated by droves of tourists, which chokes so many other parts of the city. This means you can stumble to the corner store for your morning cafecito without encountering some 65-year-old white dude wearing a safari hat, cargo shorts, and talking in an Australian accent.

9. There are places to park. Actual places. Not like those instances where you slam your car into a spot several feet too small and hope it goes unnoticed that your hood is sticking out like a jagged tooth. Indeed, there are spots to be found up here. Not only for your car, but your girlfriend's car, and her parents car when they come to visit. Best of all? You don't need to pay the city anything, and you don't need a pass.

8. All the $$$ you're saving. What's that? It costs $1,000 for a 900-square-foot apartment that comes with a pool? And you're a five-minute walk from the beach? This is not South Beach. When you're looking for an apartment, you don't need to lug around a cashier's check when looking at apartments because fifty people are waiting to take it if you don't. Living costs are way down, and so is the competition.


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26 comments
Urban Resource
Urban Resource

Hey, that's our home! And yes, we most definitely agree!

greenthumb88
greenthumb88

Between the commentators and the author, I don't know which is worse... The author sounds like some asshole who barely lived or knows someone in north beach and the commentators don't even sound like they know anything besides 71st through 75th and Collins. To KNOW to UNDERSTAND north beach one needs to really live here. Get on a bike, a kayak, hell even your car, but look at all of north beach. Those neighborhoods are like that because people walk and go outside. They don't read miami new times to find where to go and keep morons like this author employed.

stoli_darling
stoli_darling

I love that my hometown finally received some recognition. I'm 30 and our family has lived in N.Beach for 24 years.  That being said, I really hope this article doesn't make it so popular and "trendy" that the tourists do what they did to SoBe.

SoBe used to be a eclectic, fun place where misfits, artists and drag queens ruled the land. I love and miss those days. Again, great article, but don't get me wrong when I say I hope not too many people read this. 


martha.greenlee
martha.greenlee

Lous Beer Garden, Mixtura, Prima Pasta, that sushi place technically on normandy  thats always packed, no other place worth living in miami period. 

hillbillyshackpear
hillbillyshackpear

i live here and love this hood, but the library?  really? have you been inside, gazed at the selection?  It is the worst library I have ever seen by a considerable margin, and I grew up in a small town in hillbilly country that barely had a dozen literate citizens.  It is less a library and more of a drunk tank without cells.  And while I've decided, for some reason, that its worth my time to comment here, can you guys write an article without it being a top ten list?  Its like Letterman  up in here without the funny. 

Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

Don't forget On the Rocks! Oldest bar in the 'hood with the BEST craft cocktails

Yesenia Soto
Yesenia Soto

I've been living in North Beach for a few years and it's definitely grown on me. Love the serenity on the beach, Lou's Beer Garden, Katana, Mixtura, the late night happy hours at Norman's, the massive Publix and the list keeps growing.

pantera
pantera

awesome divided and fenced dog park on the beach, prima pasta, vacas fracas still there and still great, like to see a nice cool lounge/bar with pool tables and some different type menu.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

It's great as long as you're not a graffiti artist.

TheOrchidBoutique.com
TheOrchidBoutique.com

I am a resident of North Beach and I could not be happier. Indeed it's the best place to live in3 Miami.

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Fortunately, those who don't like it here can always relocate. After being a North Beach resident for many years, I agree it's the best part of Miami Beach. The beaches are spotless and have none of the crazyness of SOBE.

Katt Miles
Katt Miles

Miami has some of the rudest people I have ever met in the world. And being military I have lived all over the world literally.

Curt Notree
Curt Notree

Absolutely true! Good analysis... Love North Beach!

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