Surfside Condos + Neighborhood
Welcome to Surfside
Moving to Surfside: Neighborhood Info
Chic, chilled out family and tourist friendly beach town with simple pleasures and fun events at the community center
Life in Surfside
A pocket-sized beachtown, Surfside comes sandwiched between North Beach (Miami Beach) and Bal Harbour to offer both suburban bliss and big-beach-city delights. Packing in an irresistible combination of pristine beachside and a strong civic sense, it has long been a popular choice for second homes and tourists. Pedestrian-friendly, culturally rich and committed to the well-being of its residents and visitors, Surfside makes it easy to call home.
Begin your day at the tranquil beach with a refreshing jog along its elevated dunes, pedaling down scenic paths or with a calming yoga session. Catch a free shuttle to Harding Avenue for a blow dry as you run errands, fetch groceries or shop for exotic finds. Walk over to one of the many cafés or restaurants for an unforgettable meal. Catch a quick dip or event at the lively Community Center. And, unwind with a breathtaking sunset enjoyed at the beach minus the crowd or commercial intrusions. Each season brings new events and life with beach and block parties open to residents and visitors alike - there’s truly something for everyone in Surfside.
Surfside comes sliced up into distinct residential, business and tourism sections. Its diverse landscape is made up of multi-family condos and apartments, single-family homes, a hometown business and shopping district, luxury beachfront hotels and recreational facilities. The two blocks between 94th and 96th Streets along Harding Avenue contain a variety of unique boutiques and shops, fine eateries and professional offices. Most resorts and luxury hotels come lined along Collins Avenue. Old and new condominiums, apartments and single-family homes dot the entire landscape. With an emphasis on community welfare and civic services, Surfside creates a safe, walkable, efficient and eventful beachtown.
The adage ‘good things come in small packages’ comes to life in this cozy beachtown, where just two blocks of the neighborhood house a great variety of simple pleasures
Shop – Find most locals at the shoppers’ paradise nestled between 94th and 96th Street on Harding Avenue. Besides housing most local businesses and banks, these two blocks are also home to a fine collection of clothing boutiques, salons, jewelers, unique stores and a Publix super market.
Eat – Josh’s Deli is one of the most popular haunts in Surfside known for its in-house cured meats and gourmet eats. Locals swear by the duck fat matzo ball soup, corned beef, pastrami and spicy tuna latkes. Right behind in popularity and location is Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill with its traditional seafood and sports bar experience. However, breakfast is best had at the Kosher French Café Vert or old-school Pin Rolling-Pin Kosher Pareve Bakery.
Sushi Republic is a lunchtime favorite for its reasonably priced bento boxes and maki rolls. 26 Sushi & Tapas follows in closely with its variety of kosher and tapas treats as well as happy hours. Villa Castelli is a top pick for scrumptious Southern Italian, seafood and wine served in an upscale setting. Another Italian hotspot is Café Ragazzi that boasts of indoor-outdoor dining, flavorful pizzas and a great wine menu. And, while Barbacoa is for top Mexican tacos, The Greek Place is for mouthwatering gyros and grilled octopus.
Drink – Party options are rather limited in family-friendly Surfside. Flanigan’s and Araxi Burger are your only sports bar options. For a fancy nightcap, head to the Grand Beach Hotel or Residence Inn’s rooftop pool and bar.
Play – Physical, social and cultural well-being is taken quite seriously in this cozy beach town. The Surfside Community Center is where you’ll find locals to tourists taking a dip and catching up over snacks or sunbathing. The Center is home to a recreational pool with lap lanes, plunge pool and slide, children’s activity pool, Jacuzzi and two multipurpose rooms plus adjoining green space to host events and activities for every taste and budget.
Tourists aren’t the only visitors Surfside gets. The Florida Loggerhead Sea Turtle is a regular visitor, nesting and taking its first stroll on the pristine shoreline. The Sea Turtle Awareness Program allows participants to learn about different sea turtle species, their life cycle and even watch permitted staff release the endangered hatchlings to safety. You can even take a “Turtle Walk” through whimsical turtle art installations along 93rd Street, painted by prominent artists commemorating these seasonal visitors.
Surfside’s beach may just be a mile long, but packs in a much bigger punch. One of the most serene, gorgeous, clean and crowd-free beaches in Miami, Surfside Beach is a waterfront haven. Joggers, cyclists, paddle-board aficionados, kite surfers and picnickers frequent this immaculate stretch of beach.
Surfside is bound by 87 Terrace, 96th Street, the Bay and Ocean. Its neighbors are Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour Islands, Indian Creek and North Beach.
- India Creek Country Club – 10 minutes by car
- Bal Harbour Shops/Bal Harbour – 5 minutes by car/ 10 minutes by public transit
- North Beach - 5 minutes by car/ 10 minutes by public transit
- Haulover Beach – 10 minutes by car
- Museum of Contemporary Art – 15 minutes by car/25 minutes by public transit
- South Beach (Lincoln Road Mall) – 25 minutes by car
- Palm Springs Hospital and St. Catherine’s Rehab Hospital – 20 minutes away by car
- North Shore Medical Center – 25 minutes away by car
- Miami International Airport - 35-minute car drive
- Collins Avenue – Instant access
- Kane Concourse-Broad Causeway – 5 minutes away
- Public Transit Options – A free bus shuttle connects Surfside to Bal Harbour and Bay Harbour Islands. Easy bike rentals and special cycling routes encourage a pedaled commute
A Brief History of Surfside and Where It’s Headed
Previously known as Normandy Beach, Surfside was established by the signatures of only 35 members of the private Surf Club on May 18, 1935. Spearman Lewis was its co-founder and first mayor. A quaint little town, this chilled out neighborhood gained steam only post World War II.
Soon after incorporation, Surfside got its Town Hall. Originally home to an 11-man police department, 3-man fire department, Commission Chamber and a jail, it soon outgrew its initial quarters by 1957. With public welfare being top priority, the Hall received renovations again in 2001. Today, the Town Hall makes up the core of municipal operations and is a widely acclaimed and respected public facility housing a full spectrum of public works to police departments.
The wildly popular, waterfront Community Center on 93rd Street came into being in 1962. It has been the hub of fun and entertainment ever since. Today, the multi-purpose facility is home to the Surf-Bal-Bay Library, the Tourist Bureau and the Recreation Department. It also boasts of an Olympic-size swimming pool, toddlers' pool, public beach access, a snack bar, meeting rooms and an auditorium for special events and receptions. The Town recently went ahead and purchased a plot next door in order to ensure an additional oceanfront open space for the community.
Surfside’s consistent commitment to the well-being of its residents along with constant renovations and upgrades has always made it a favored home away from home and popular tourist destination. Even today, appropriate zoning policies, growth management and traffic control measures help protect the delightfully distinct character of this Oceanside community. Whether a long-time resident or new, it’s easy to call Surfside home as it combines immense natural beauty with some of the best local services in the country.