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THE ISLE OF PLENTY: SUNNY ISLES BEACH
 
(2012 - Winter Issue)

Writer: DARIEN ARDEN



Situated between the cosmopolitan cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Sunny Isles Beach is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets.

Set on a pristine sandy white beach, this diverse community is a melting pot of culture and exclusive shopping and dining venues.

TripAdvisor ranked Sunny Isles Beach the No. 1 U.S. destination in 2008 and it’s easy to see why. Countless activities on this barrier island include relaxing on the beach in your own cabana or renting a paddleboard, Jet Ski and snorkelling gear to explore the ocean. Other activities, such as boating, fishing, golfing, tennis, hiking and biking, make this an ideal island destination for honeymooners, vacationers, families and adventure-seekers alike.

A Unique Haven

Sunny Isles Beach is a small 5.9-square-kilometre tract of land brimming with galleries, museums, historic architecture and more parks than most major cities.

Heritage Park is home to a walking path, playground and entertainment centre, and hosts the annual Jazz Fest featuring renowned acts and notable local jazz artists.

The historic Newport Fishing Pier, a kilometre-long walkway stretching over the turquoise blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, has been a destination for vacationers since the mid-1930s. Renovations are scheduled for completion in early 2013, with the restaurant expected to open in the summer of 2013.

A short drive from Sunny Isles Beach lands you in the shopping districts of Lincoln Road, Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops, where you can find everything from antique to chic.

Dining and Accommodation

You don’t have to travel far when everything from beachfront bars to five-star hotel restaurants and casual delis are packed within a few kilometres.

Bella Beach Club is the newest addition to the Trump International Beach Resort. A dining hot spot on the sand during the day best enjoyed with a signature Bella Sunrise cocktail, it’s also popular for live music, fashion shows and pétanque competitions on the weekends.

The Sunny Isles Beach strip is riddled with luxury hotels, beach resorts and small inns, where you’re guaranteed a perfect getaway destination. For instance, the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach espouses the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with an oceanfront landscape. Overlooking the Atlantic, the 390-room Trump International Beach Resort is a lavish oasis, complete with its own private and pristine beach and a delightful grotto-style pool complex.

It’s all about convenience. Don’t fret if you’re without transportation because a free community shuttle service runs seven days a week. Also, city parks are Wi-Fi spots, as is most of the beach, so Internet access is possible whether you’re on the go or relaxing.

Travel Planner

For more information on Sunny Isles Beach, visit sunnyislesbeachmiami.com.

 
 
 
 
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