A boat zips through the sea off Surfside Beach
Small-town charm near big-city Miami
Surfside’s serene beaches run from Bal Harbour to North Beach, between 96th Street and 87th Terrace. A mile of uninterrupted Surfside shore and a picture-perfect backdrop of turquoise Blue Ocean can be enjoyed any day of the week.
To thoroughly enjoy this leisurely town, you can rent a bike at the designated Deco Bike Stations and take the beach route, which showcases waterfront residential buildings, the town’s community center, the chic Grand Beach Hotel as well as upcoming luxury condominiums: The Four Seasons’ Surf Club and FENDI’s Chateau Residences.
When the Town of Surfside was incorporated in 1935, it consisted of 50 residents. Currently, Surfside’s population is inching near the 6,000 mark, according to the US Census. Surfside is special because it still overflows with charm. The business district gives an air of a small town main street, as residential Art Deco-style houses are located on streets named after famous writers and poets: Abbott, Byron, Carlyle and Dickens.
Just steps away from the ocean, a brisk walk can be enjoyed on the palm tree-lined Harding Avenue, the town’s shopping and dining district. Here you will find unique and independently owned sidewalk cafes and delicious restaurants serving international to traditional American cuisine. In recent years, Surfside has grown to become well-known for its generous representation of Kosher food options. The selections vary from upscale Kosher Italian, BBQ and Sushi, to a Kosher/Cholov Yisroel-inspired pizzeria and ice cream/pastry shop, as well as a Kosher Supermarket that specializes in special Shabbat feasts.
Shopping on Harding Avenue is also diverse, ranging from flower shops, eyewear boutiques, high-end fashion and fabric stores to chain stores like Starbucks, Jean Beguine, Publix to banks and other convenient amenities and services.
While visiting Surfside during the winter months, you can catch Third Thursdays, which runs every Third Thursday of the month beginning in January and ending in April. This evening block party offers live entertainment and a variety of food trucks alongside 95th Street between Collins and Harding avenues, adjacent to Surfside’s main shopping and dining corridor.
A couple of blocks south on 93rd Street between Collins and Harding Avenues lies the Tales of the Surfside Turtle Art Walk, the town’s Art in Public Places initiative where local artists created turtle sculptures to bring awareness to the loggerhead turtles that come to nest in Surfside.
The town is steadily growing and becoming more inviting to the visitors that want to enjoy a town that provides easy accessibility for shopping, dining or just spending the day at the beach. It’s a safe family environment where one can reconnect to all that really matters. It just is – simply Surfside.