MIAMI-DADE COUNTY


City/County Offices
111 NW First Street
Miami 305-375-5311
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce
Omni International Complex
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami 305-350-7700
http://miamichamber.com


Distinguished as the largest, most cosmopolitan, and well known of Florida’s metropolitan areas, Miami and surrounding Dade County have formed an efficient joint city/county government. This region stands out as the major international trading hub of the Americas, anchored by premier facilities and world-class transportation centers like the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. Hospitality has long been the number one industry in this region so highly regarded for its natural beauty and advantageous climate. Record numbers of domestic and international visitors arrive daily seeking bright sun, warn sand, fine shopping, business opportunities, and a truly international flavor. In fact, more than one-third of Dade County’s workforce is employed within the tourist industry.

Services
Transportation facilities and efficiencies in Dade County are outstanding, serving residents and visitors alike. Miami International Airport ranks among the nation’s busiest international airports, welcoming hosts of international visitors and serving as the gateway to the Caribbean. On the ground, two of the finest elevated rail systems in the nation serve Dade County residents. Metrorail is a 21-mile rapid transit system that links Kendall, downtown Miami and Hialeah. Metromover loops around downtown Miami’s business district and attractions, while Metrobus and the Tri-Rail System interconnect Dade County to the entire region.

Nearly 40 first-rate general and specialized hospitals provide state-of-the-art healthcare service to county residents. Jackson Memorial Hospital consistently ranks among the top 25 hospitals in the nation, serving as the primary teaching hospital of the University of Miami School of Medicine. The Miami Children’s Hospital is distinguished as the largest freestanding pediatric teaching hospital in the southeastern United States. Dade County Public School District is also highly regarded as a national leader in educational reform. Pioneers of the “school-based management” system, the county incorporates the vision and talents of classroom teachers, staff, and parents in its decision-making process. Even businessmen in the community become directly involved in education through a nationally celebrated program. A large number of magnet schools enhance the public curriculum by offering specialized study in fields from advanced computer technology to the fine arts. Those interested in pursuing higher education will be pleased to find some of the nations finest colleges and universities within easy commute.

Lifestyle
Newcomers are attracted to world-renowned recreation, culture, entertainment, and shopping in a cosmopolitan environment that manages to be Florida friendly at the same time. World-class dining reflects a passion for good food that rivals that of New York City, while the cultural arts are well represented in fine galleries, fascinating museums, and first-rate performances. Unparalleled shopping opportunities combine with a pulsating nightlife for which Miami is famous throughout the world. Swaying palms, verdant fairways, magnificent native trees, and Atlantic Ocean beachfront combines with Florida’s architectural styling and the colorful Art Deco District in South Beach for a kaleidoscope of natural and crafted beauty.

Plentiful green space and 84 miles of spectacular coastline are constant reminders that South Florida is nature’s finest playground. Situated along Dade County’s southeastern shoreline is Biscayne National Park, an 181,500-acre marine area that includes Biscayne Bay and 44 keys or islands. Everglades National Park, located within the Dade County’s southwestern quadrant, is one of the largest and most fascinating wilderness preserves in the nation. The park occupies 695,310 acres of marshes, mangroves, and hammocks. Fairchild Tropical Garden is located in Coral Gables and is the largest botanical garden in the continental United States. Miami Seaquarium is the Southeast’s largest tropical marine aquarium with more than 10,000 sea creatures and tropical birds.

For more than 25 years, Miami’s internationally recognized public art program has been bringing artistic vision and talent from the galleries and museums into the Miami community. Crowning the active cultural community will be the new Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami, a magnificent venue that includes Carnival Symphony Hall, the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, a studio theatre, and the Plaza of the Arts. Throughout Dade County, newcomers will discover an amazing array of home styles and settings. Whether you prefer a tree-shaded urban neighborhood, a country estate, or a waterfront mansion, Dade County and Miami cater to every lifestyle. From its world-class cultural and recreational amenities to some of the nation’s most exciting cities and communities, Dade County is a wonderful place to live, work, and play.


Aventura
Municipal Offices
305-466-8900
www.cityofaventura.com

Chamber of Commerce

305-932-5334
www.aventuramarketingcouncil.com

Aventura began as a master-planned community located just a few miles from the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Offering all the amenities of its neighboring areas, it is one of the most desirable and fastest-growing communities in South Florida, known as “the jewel of the Gold Coast.” Don Soffer founded the area in 1968 when he purchased 800 acres of land in northeast Dade and constructed what is now known as the splendid and exclusive Turnberry Isle Resort and Club. Since then, Aventura has become renowned for maintaining its quality of life while encouraging a mix of commercial and residential development. Excellent healthcare is available minutes from home at Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. New construction in Aventura is extremely limited, although the community remains a place of intrigue and enviable addresses. Second-time homebuyers, growing families, young professionals, and retirees enjoy the luxurious homes or condominiums—all convenient to the nearby shopping, sporting, and recreational attractions. Tennis courts, a fitness trail/bike path and lush parks are close to home. The Waterways development boasts a 21-acre deepwater marina, shopping, and entertainment complex.

Bal Harbour Village
Municipal Offices
305-866-4633
www.balharbourgov.com

Chamber of Commerce

305-866-6020

Located 12 miles from Miami and 20 minutes from Miami International Airport, Bal Harbour Village began as 250 acres of land owned by three Detroit industrialists named Fisher, Briggs, and Graham. Though part of the area was leased to the government during World War II and covered in barracks, Bal Harbour is proud of its reputation as one of Florida’s most exclusive communities. In addition to a sunny and temperate year-round climate, luxury housing, and shopping are two major allures of this small town: the Bal Harbour Shops offer some of the finest, most elite boutiques in the region. A mile-long beach complete with vita course provides a chance for basking in the sun or a variety of water sports. Bal Harbour’s modest year-round population increases dramatically during the winter months as visitors flock to this panoramic town situated along the banks of the South Florida Golden Coast. Luxury homes and exclusive apartments and condominiums house residents and visitors alike.

Bay Harbor Islands
Municipal Offices
305-866-6241
www.bayharborislands-fl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-866-6020

Comprised of two islands, the distinctive town of Bay Harbor is conveniently located in Biscayne Bay between Harbor Village and the city of North Miami. Connected to neighboring communities by the 2.5-mile Broad Causeway, the area remains accessible to Miami’s expansive variety of cultural and recreational amenities. However, Bay Harbor has established its own proud heritage as a self-contained community marked by luxurious, high-quality housing, goods and services—all in picturesque, beautiful surroundings. The islands themselves are divided into two distinct entities. The west island is home to waterfront estates on perfectly manicured lots. The eastern part of the island is referred to as the business district with fashionable shops, superb dining establishments, and a multitude of art galleries. The latter island’s architecture has won several national accolades. Youngsters and adults utilize local tennis courts and the fishing pier located within town boundaries.

Biscayne Park
Municipal Offices
305-893-7490
www.biscayneparkfl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-891-7811
www.northmiamichamber.com

Incorporated in 1933, Biscayne Park was once a sleepy little hamlet virtually unknown to many. Today, because of its close proximity to many high-profile towns and cities, the village Biscayne Park is a maturing community that offers tremendous appeal to newcomers. One of the many reasons this town’s popularity has increased in the past three decades is the extensive list of assets available for everyday living. Members of the community are able to reach medical institutions and shopping facilities within a few minutes. The Miami Airport is less than hour from home, and students can ride the bus or take their bicycles to school. Another appealing aspect of the community is its implementation of modern facilities while maintaining the area’s older neighborhoods. In fact, city hall is located in a log cabin that was built in 1933. The breathtaking surroundings create a scenic backdrop for an already desirable town. A lush park and sports facilities are close to home, as well as the swimming pool and golf courses in North Miami Beach.

Coconut Grove
City/County Offices
305-375-5071
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-444-7270
www.coconutgrovechamber.com

A mix of yesterday’s charm with modern architecture is the magnet that draws many newcomers to the distinctive community of Coconut Grove within the city limits of Miami. Historic architecture such as the Barnacle State Historic Site, the former home of early settler Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, blends with contemporary, extravagant housing to produce a quaint yet sophisticated environment. Adding to Coconut Grove’s diverse lifestyle, residents of The Grove are an eclectic mix of the rich and famous—writers, artists, executives, stockbrokers and wealthy socialites. Shopping and sipping cappuccinos are favorite pastimes, though many frequent the Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium or the Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Endless recreational opportunities include lush parks, sports fields, bike trails, marinas, picnic facilities, and a vita course. An exceptional variety of educational opportunities supplement the quality public schools, since a number of prestigious private schools and preschools are located near the University of Miami.

Coral Gables
Municipal Offices
305-446-6800
www.coralgables.com
Chamber of Commerce
305-446-1657
http://coralgableschamber.org/

Founded in the 1920s, Coral Gables is known as “The City Beautiful,” harmonizing European elegance with the excitement and energy of the Americas. Residents are instantly transported to another place and time on these quiet streets where lush, tropical flowers and plants frame the Mediterranean Revival architecture. Nestled along Biscayne Bay with its serene, tropical waters, Coral Gables is an exquisite tourist attraction as well as a stable residential community. Home to multinational corporations, the area is known for its outstanding financial climate. The powerfully diverse University of Miami is also the area’s largest employer. Renowned as the fine dining capital South Florida, Coral Gables also features the “Miracle Mile” shopping area with specialty shops, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. One of the region’s most popular tourist destinations, the Venetian Pool, is included in the National Registry of Historic Places. Although single-family homes in Mediterranean style dominate many of the tree-lined streets, housing is available in a myriad of styles. Playgrounds, a community pool, public golf courses, tennis courts, beach parks and community centers ensure abundant opportunities for recreation.

El Portal
City/County Offices
305-375-5071
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-891-7811
www.northmiamichamber.com

This strictly residential area of Miami is a haven for families looking for a small-town atmosphere and a community that adheres to old-fashioned traditions. El Portal is also known for the tranquility of its residential neighborhoods. However, “safe and quiet” are not the only characteristics of El Portal. It is also an energetic, economically sound community. Quality shopping is close at hand along the ever-popular Biscayne Boulevard, as are high-tech medical institutes and a top-notch transportation system. North Shore Medical Center anchors a network of healthcare services. Little commercial activity is located directly in El Portal, but residents can easily commute to a myriad of nearby metropolitan centers for world-class dining and entertainment, as well as goods and services. El Portal offers a local park and numerous recreational facilities and programs for all ages are located nearby. This intimate community is the answer for those who seek a serene lifestyle within the comfortable reach of urban advantages.

Hialeah
Municipal Offices
305-883-5800
www.hialeahfl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-891-7811
www.northmiamichamber.com

Families easily drawn to this thriving community, where conveniences and amenities from parks to a wide variety of housing and excellent school systems are all in abundance. In spite of the fact that it now ranks among the largest cities in Florida and Dade County, Hialeah remains a traditional community. Residents have integrated the traditions of their cultural heritages into a cohesive, hard-working community that demonstrates pride in its diversity and family-oriented neighborhoods. Strategically positioned in the heart of northwest Dade County and convenient to every major thoroughfare, residents enjoy a proliferation of excellent transportation choices that include mass transit. Two major parks serve residents with a variety of facilities including an auditorium and 10,000-seat football stadium. Recreation centers totaling more than 100 acres with parks, playgrounds, public swimming pools, and tennis courts are located in the community.

Homestead
Municipal Offices
305-224-4400
www.cityofhomestead.com

Chamber of Commerce

305-247-2332

Originally called Homestead Pineland, Homestead has become a community known for its perseverance and unity in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1993. Through the combined efforts of government, residents and businesses, Homestead has re-emerged as a primary agricultural area. Local farms supply a significant portion of the winter fruit and vegetable market to the eastern part of the United States. Often referred to as one of the “Gateway Cities” along with Florida City, Homestead is in close proximity to Miami, the Florida Keys, and the Everglades National Park. Accessibility to more urban areas allows residents to enjoy the amenities of a sophisticated metropolis without actually living in one. A blend of single-family homes, condominiums, and farm homes enjoy a lush and scenic backdrop of Persian limes, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. Recreational opportunities are excellent. Residents enjoy easy access to the Florida Keys and Everglades, although outdoor activities and facilities are available in Homestead.

Kendall
City/County Offices
305-375-5071
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-666-0508
www.chambersouth.com

Situated in northwestern Dade County, this progressive community boasts a diversity of architecture that harmonizes old and new, lavish and comfortable. The tropical landscape further enhances the already picturesque neighborhoods. Kendall is home to attractive residential neighborhoods, shopping centers, professional offices, and light industry. The region has ample room for further growth as agriculture continues to give way to residential and commercial development. Housing options vary from estates and larger homes to townhouses. In spite of all its growth, Kendall still offers a desirable environment for thousands of people who are seeking a more tranquil family atmosphere. Lakes and canals attract anglers and swimmers, and neighborhood parks and playgrounds are scattered conveniently throughout the area. Public and private golf and tennis courts are also available. Residents enjoy access to a full array of local retail outlets, schools, libraries, and parks. The bright lights of Miami are just a few minutes away by Metrorail.

Key Biscayne
Municipal Offices
305-365-5511
http://keybiscayne.fl.gov/

Chamber of Commerce

305-361-5207
www.keybiscaynechamber.org

The breathtakingly beautiful island of Key Biscayne, which was only accessible by boat and largely uninhabited until the late 1940s, has undergone tremendous growth since the construction of the four-mile long Rickenbacker Causeway. The island community of Key Biscayne is divided into several distinct parts, each section offering its own exclusive lifestyle. The central section, comprised solely of residential development, features apartments and townhouses; the bay side contains single-family homes; and lavish waterfront condominiums and villas dot the oceanfront. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Key Biscayne Golf Course, rated the number one public golf course in Florida. The island is also home to the Lipton International Players Championship, one of only five two-week tournaments in the world. Residents of all ages enjoy year-round recreation at Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park.

Miami
City/County Offices
305-375-5071
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-350-7700
www.miamichamber.com

Miami is known as one of the world’s most glamorous vacation spots—a place where people come to play at Art Deco hotels, dance to sizzling music and worship the sun on warm, sandy beaches. As an international giant, Miami is considered the second largest financial district in the United States. Approximately 120 multinational companies have set up headquarters in Greater Miami, a staggering trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Known as “Wall Street South,” the downtown skyscrapers mix American and international names. Intimate neighborhoods and family proprietorships mirror the melting pot that has become the trademark of Miami, with its diverse and cosmopolitan flavor is reflected in every quarter. Outdoor cafes, shopping centers, charming historic districts, and popular waterfront nightspots combine with professional sports teams and world-class recreational opportunities. The favorable coastal climate opens the door to a host of sports and activities including golf, tennis, boating, windsurfing, and saltwater fishing. Considering the 84 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline and more than 670 parks, it is little wonder that outdoor living has become synonymous with Miami. Lovers of the arts will not be disappointed in Miami’s state-of-the-art entertainment venues and world-class arts community.

Miami Beach
Municipal Offices
305-604-CITY
www.miamibeachfl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-674-1300
www.miamibeachchamber.com

World-renowned Miami Beach is a collection of connected islands stretching along the Atlantic Ocean coastline for ten miles. Situated three miles east of downtown Miami, residents of the city and financial investors have combined efforts and resources in a rare harmony of purpose that has resulted in positive, explosive changes in the area’s economics and demography. Global investors have re-ignited tourism in the historically-designated Art Deco District, illuminating Ocean Drive with outdoor cafes, night clubs, and balmy hotels in pastel hues. With a boost from the film, fashion and print industries, the regenerated beachfront has attracted worldwide production companies. Numerous parks offer tennis facilities, swimming pools, community centers, and teen centers. Prime real estate continues to be extremely popular, since South Beach has emerged as an elite area of choice for fashion designers, artists, and celebrities. Spanish Mediterranean and Art Deco architecture grace the spectacular estates, while luxury condominium and apartment complexes offer easy access to popular tourist spots.

Miami Lakes
City/County Offices
305-375-5071
www.miamidade.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-891-7811
www.northmiamichamber.com

What was once a 3,000-acre pasture for dairy cows, the planned community of Miami Lakes has grown and matured into an attractive and tranquil residential community with a country atmosphere. Newcomers are attracted to Miami Lakes for many reasons. Professionals and families appreciate the comprehensive combination of shopping, educational institutions, recreational facilities, thriving businesses and housing provide residents with every imaginable commodity and service. Situated among a cluster of lakes, this area offers excellent recreational opportunities. Lake beach parks, community parks, picnic shelters, and pavilions, “tot lot” neighborhood parks, sports fields, tennis courts, basketball and racquetball courts, bicycle paths, fishing areas, and water sports are all available. For nearly four decades, the community of Miami Lakes has undergone a transformation under the guidance of visionary developers. The implementation of curving streets, man-made lakes, neighborhood parks, and panoramic neighborhoods make this self-contained community an idyllic place to call home. In addition, more than 300 companies refer to the region as home, including beautiful resort destinations and private clubs.

Miami Shores
Municipal Offices
305-795-2207
www.miamishoresvillage.com

Chamber of Commerce

305-754-5466
http://miamishores.com

Often referred to as “The Village Beautiful,” Miami Shores is a peaceful community that offers residents the appeal of a rural resort town while staying in close proximity to business and cultural activities in the greater Miami area. The village is conveniently located only 20 minutes from both Miami International Airport and downtown Miami. Established in 1932, old-world charm is still apparent in many of the original, stately homes that reflect styles popular in the 1920s. Unspoiled beauty is just one of the many assets alluring home seekers to this serene village, bordered on the east by picturesque Biscayne Bay. Stability plays a large part in the family-oriented community life, and residents have ample opportunity to become involved in clubs and activities throughout the year. The village maintains lush parks, a swimming pool, community center, playground, tennis courts, and sports facilities. A luxurious country club, championship golf course, library, churches, and a number of excellent schools further enhance the privileged lifestyle at Miami Shores.

North Miami Beach
Municipal Offices
305-787-6001
https://www.citynmb.com/

Chamber of Commerce

305-891-7811
www.northmiamichamber.com

Located directly between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale on the northeastern shore of Biscayne Bay, North Miami Beach offers a full view of the Atlantic Ocean with just a short drive east across the William Lehman Causeway. Enjoying a reputation as a city with the vision and resources to “re-invent” its resources to meet modern competitive demands, North Miami Beach features a host of recently developed and revitalized economic and cultural activity. The basic foundation for this surge of development has been the cluster of major hospitals located within a three-mile radius, as well as the strengthening of an already impressive retail presence. Everything from starter homes to prestigious waterfront estates appeal to a wide cross-section of buyers. In some areas, Mediterranean revival homes and mansions dating back to the 1920s are available. The city offers a long list of activities and services for residents of all age groups, from the younger set to seniors. New programs and elaborate facilities for the performing arts have sprung up along with the new economic activity. In terms of recreational amenities, North Miami Beach excels. It not only features the country’s only “Urban Wilderness River,” but beaches and bays abound. Opportunities for water sports are abundant, while golfers and tennis enthusiasts will find first-class facilities in private and public clubs.

Pine Crest
Municipal Offices
305-234-2121
www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-666-0508
www.chambersouth.com

Incorporated in 1996, the village of Pinecrest is conveniently located just 20 minutes south of downtown Miami and the Miami International Airport. Covering approximately eight square miles, the community is considered to be one of the most desirable residential areas in South Florida. The appeal of the village as a family-oriented community is enhanced by the excellent reputation of local schools. Newcomers will discover in Pinecrest a unique, hometown rural setting that offers an enviable quality of life in close proximity to the world-class amenities of Greater Miami. In addition to community college opportunities, higher education is available close to home at Florida International University and the University of Miami. Nearby communities in the Pinecrest area that expand the available amenities include South Miami and Kendall.

South Miami
Municipal Offices
305-663-6338
http://www.southmiamifl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-661-1621
www.chambersouth.com

Proud of its designation as an All-America City, the city of South Miami received national recognition for successfully assisting its children in innovative ways, redeveloping neighborhoods, improving the city center, and retaining a small-town atmosphere. Renovation along the Dorn Avenue district and Sunset Drive has infused new life into the downtown area. Residents of South Miami enjoy a close-knit community spirit and friendly neighborhoods in close proximity to some of the metropolitan region’s finest amenities. Complementing the regional parks and recreation program are attractions like Biscayne National Park, the Everglades Miccosukee Indian Village, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Everglades National Park, and the Fruit and Space Park.

Surfside
Municipal Offices
305-861-4863
www.townofsurfsidefl.gov

Chamber of Commerce

305-350-7700
http://www.miamichamber.com/

While located just 15 minutes from the heart of Miami, Surfside’s small size and intimate community spirit keep the community one of the best-hidden secrets in Dade County. Over the years residents in the town have managed to enjoy the advantages of metropolitan living without the associated crowds and traffic. Commuters enjoy easy access to most major thoroughfares in the vicinity, and the Miami International Airport is only minutes away. Recreational amenities include tot lots, mini-parks, a waterfront park, tennis courts, a community center, and a swimming pool. Children and teenagers receive a quality education, and parents can select from a variety of public and private schools in bordering towns and cities. The close proximity to some of Florida’s finest cities allows residents a diverse lifestyle year-round, as well as opportunities for the finest in educational, economic, and cultural facilities and activities.

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