“Locals, and not many others, realize that Miami Beach isn’t the oceanfront neighborhood of Miami proper; it’s a century-old, separate city,” says Marco Tiné, principal of Casa Collection Realty.
The main part of Miami Beach, set on a barrier island, is located across Biscayne Bay from Miami proper, and is connected to it by various causeways. Various exclusive islands dot the bay—they are filled with jaw-dropping mansions—are also considered part of Miami Beach.
Leafy South Beach, the most illustrious neighborhood in Miami Beach, contains the picturesque
Art Deco Historic District; to the south lies the serene and tony South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood. To the north are Mid-Beach and North Beach, which are characterized by various pockets of ongoing gentrification and ultra-luxury. Beyond its fabled hotels, Miami Beach boasts numerous lush parks, a spectacular stretch of white sand, turquoise waters, and a wealth of entertainment, cultural and dining options.