Sunny Isles Beach
Lifelong Sunny Isles resident Justin shares the reasons he loves living there, which include being able to watch some of the most stunning sunrises in the world. In the 1950s, before the boom of high-rises, Sunny Isles was known as Motel Row and has since become a top international tourist destination. Fishing off the pier is a must, as is big-game fishing on a rented charter, and it’s a quick drive over the bridge to Oleta River State Park. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of excursions here.
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Part urban park, part oasis, Oleta River State Park is a favorite among South Floridians. Much of the park’s fame comes from the off-road biking it offers, with trails for both beginners and extreme thrill-seekers. The park lies along the beautiful Oleta River, which includes mangroves at the north end, and beaches and saltwater fishing. You can make a day of it, or go all out and stay overnight in an air-conditioned cabin.
Sunny Isles’ first park has direct access to the beach, fishing off of the Newport Fishing Pier, and is perfect for a leisurely stroll or jog. The pier itself is 776 feet long and features high-tech advancements like hurricane impact-rated windows and doors. If you’re looking for the perfect pier snack or meal, check out the Beach Bar for everything from fresh seafood to sandwiches.
One of two public beach parks operated by Miami-Dade County, Haulover Park is a cool 177 acres with 1.4 miles of smooth sands, making it the largest remaining stretch of undeveloped beach front in the county. There are opportunities for booking deep-sea fishing excursions and dives, or you can go minimal fuss with a relaxing afternoon of strolling and flying a kite.
Since 1992, Miami Juice has been serving up delicious, top-notch juices and fresh, healthy fare. Looking for seasonable vegetable or fruit juices? They have you covered, and also offer slightly less healthy (but just as delicious) options like pina coladas. If juice isn’t your thing, don’t miss out on the banging breakfast, smoothies, pizzas, and burgers. If you can’t get enough, don’t fret -- there’s a market for you to purchase and take goodies home.
Tatiana Restaurant & Night Club
There aren’t a lot of places in Miami (or, the world?) where you can get Russian food with a show and dancing. Tatiana Restaurant & Night Club opened its doors in 2006 and prides itself on bringing the best of traditional and modern European elements to its decor and food. Try the shish kebab, vareniki, Siberian pelmeni, and Smetannikov homemade cake, and settle in for a night of distinct entertainment from Moscow and beyond.
When you sit down for a meal at Il Mulino New York, odds are you’ll feel transported to Italy, if Italy had a Miami Art Deco scene. Located at the high-end Acqualina Resort and Spa, Il Mulino is a great spot for a romantic evening or for your next treat-yourself outing. Be sure to get a spot on the private terrace overlooking the beach and dig into authentic eats like fresh burrata, gnocchi porcini, and chocolate panna cotta.
When was the last time you had an Uzbeki meal, or even thought about what people in Uzbekistan eat? At Chayhana Oasis, not only do you get some fab food, you just might learn to love a whole new cuisine with influences from Persia, Russia, China, and more. The food is geographically diverse and the restaurant is currently run by Furkat Fayziev and his family, who serve up fare like cheburek (think an Uzbeki empanada), lamb dishes, beef tongue, and honey cake spiced with ginger.