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Now that Jessica has opened her truly primo ice cream shop, called Serendipity, Jessica is spot-on when she says Surfside has it all, and it’s all within walking distance of the beach. Home to a genuine small community vibe, Surfside is an ideal blend of old and new. Timeless barbershops and nouveau cuisine, alongside restaurants that have been here so long they double as permanent landmarks. Surfside is also uniquely known for its sea turtles. Just ask the Ranger Bill – it’s really something special to watch the hatchlings make their way ocean-ward, even if they sometimes need a little guidance.

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Multi-purpose, recently constructed, open to the public, and designed with the community’s input in mind, the Surfside Community Center is convenient to all of Surfside at 9301 Collins Avenue, and built with extensive amenities: a recreational pool, complete with lap lanes, plunge pool and slide, children’s activity pool, and Jacuzzi. Beyond the refreshing fun of the water, the Surfside Community Center features a flexible green space, snack bar, locker rooms, family restrooms, meeting rooms, and convenient access to the ocean and beach.

Do yourself a delicious favor, and dip into some local goodness – homemade ice cream and yogurt goodness. Don’t depend on serendipity to end up here, make it a point to find yourself at 9457 Harding Avenue, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Beyond the homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and the owner’s must-try experimental flavors, the refreshment includes sorbets and ices, frappes, non-dairy ice cream, milkshakes, coffees, bottled drinks – and meeting the proprietress, Jessica.

Next time it’s time to update your look, we recommend driving down Harding Avenue and looking both ways. Surfside is such a small town, the barber shops are across the street from each other. Surfside Barber Shop is at 9431 Harding Avenue; Carousel Barber Shop is at 9504 Harding Avenue. Both shops offer old-school barbering at its finest. Classic in every way, the barbers (not stylists), offer meticulous, detail-oriented cuts, with perfectly straight edges. Precision never looked so good on you.

For over 15 years now, Café Ragazzi has been one of Surfside’s hot spots. Owned by world-renowned singer Ricardo Montaner and his wife Marlene, and home to a coal-fired brick oven, their menu features both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, and an extensive wine list. Also, be sure and try some of the owner-selected wines from their Bodega del Patron wine list.

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