Sunny Isles refers to itself as "Florida's Riviera" -- which is a bit of an exaggeration. There are a few chichi standouts -- Lime Lounge at the Trump International Beach Resort, the Il Mulino Italian restaurant at the ultra-luxe Acqualina Resort, and yachting in the Biscayne Bay -- but most areas are really just safe, humble, residential communities about 30 minutes by car from Miami's major attractions.
Swapping South Beach's smaller Art Deco boutiques for high-rise resorts, the hotels in Sunny Isles trade glitzy parties and throbbing dance beats for more affordable, family-focused beachfront hotels. If you're taking the kids, the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort is probably your best, mid-range option -- you'll find jumbo-cookie decorating, poolside limbo contests, family movie nights, video game rooms, and more. But dazzling luxury spa resorts -- like the Acqualina Resort and Trump International Beach Resort -- have been cropping up in recent years, rivaling even the best, most stylish hotels in South Beach.
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