Suburban Miami, Miami Travel Guide

Suburban Miami Summary

Pros

Cons

  • Limited nightlife
  • Few restaurants within walking distance of the hotels
  • Most Miami cabbies unfamiliar with the neighborhoods
  • Hotels in Doral and Miami Lakes are 30-45 minutes from the nearest beach
  • Occasional chilly days Dec.-Feb.
  • Sweltering humidity in the summer, especially Aug.-Sep.
  • Slight hurricane potential from June 1 to Nov. 30

What It's Like

Suburban Miami refers to several landlocked areas orbiting Miami proper, each with their own prestigious golf courses. Doral, home of the championship Blue Monster golf course, among others, is on the border of Coral Gables, close to the Miami International Airport. Miami Lakes, further north, has even more greens, including the widely acclaimed Senator Golf Course. Even further north, about a 10-minute drive from the Northern Beaches, is Aventura, home to the upscale Aventura Mall and the nearby Turnberry Isle Golf Club. Each of these areas is a safe, primarily residential neighborhood with a single notable resort at its center. Visitors who want to find a good restaurant outside most resorts or see any of Miami's most notable attractions should plan to rent a car.

Where to Stay

Resorts that are in the suburbs, like the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, Shula's Hotel and Golf Club, and the Marriott Doral Golf Resort and Club, are spread out over acres of land, dwarfing most resorts in SoBe, Mid-Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. Except for airport hotels like the Hampton Inn & Suites, these suburban resorts are famous for their championship golf courses, plentiful pools, and exclusive, enclosed grounds.  

Facts

Languages:

English, Spanish

Airports:

Miami International

Ft. Lauderdale International

Peak:

January-April

Off-Peak:

June-September

Hurricanes:

June-November

Visa:

No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

U.S. Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% at restaurants

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