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Everything You Need to Know About Living in North Miami

Jun 19, 2019

Can you imagine yourself living near beautiful beaches soaking in the sun all while enjoying everything a busy metropolis has to offer? Then The Shoreline at Solé Mia in North Miami is where you need to be!

A Little Bit of North Miami History

North Miami is a suburban city just northeast of Miami-Dade County. The area was initially known as Arch Creek and was first settled in the late 19th century. It was then incorporated into a town in 1926 and was called “Town of Miami Shores,” partly due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, in 1952 it was chartered into a city.

Why Living in North Miami is Totally Worth It

If you’ve always wanted to live in a culturally diverse community, then North Miami is for you. It has a high Latino population with Cubans comprising 4.43% of all residents and Jamaicans are also represented in the populace. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in Miami. If you’re planning to work here, the ability to speak in Spanish is advantageous, especially if you’ll be working in the service sector. Of course, it is not a requirement, but it is an important skill to have if you’re job hunting.

There is no shortage of places to see and things to do in North Miami. The following are just a few of the top places you should visit.

Things to See and Do in North Miami

1. Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park

It is Florida’s largest urban park and located just 30 minutes away from downtown Miami. It is a natural oasis of hardwood hammocks and mangroves encompassing 1,033 acres set on Biscayne Bay.

A day at the park is not enough as there’s a ton of fun activities to enjoy. Do you love to go on an adventure? There are opportunities like canoeing and kayaking, surfing, camping, scuba diving, and mountain biking, to name a few.

Perhaps you want to take in nature and relax? You can go picnicking, fishing, birding, boating, bicycling, swimming, and star gazing. This park can be your getaway.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: Only 2.4 miles away or a 15-minute drive

Best Time To Go: While it is a fantastic place to visit all year round, the best time to go would be from April to November because of the ideal weather. If you're planning to go on a weekend or holiday, make sure to come early to avoid any chances of a crowd in the afternoon.

Cost: $6 per vehicle and $2 per pedestrian.

2. Greynolds Park

Greynolds Park North Miami

Greynolds Park is another urban park that boasts intact hardwood hammocks and mangrove forest. This 249-acre park was once a rock quarry, and while it looks natural, parts of the park were man-made in the 1930s. Favorite activities here include biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bird watching, golfing, and nature tours.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: This beautiful park is just 2.2 miles or a 10-minute drive.

Best Time To Go: April to November are the ideal months to visit because of the low chances of rain. Since it is North Miami, always be prepared for a few unexpected raindrops.

Cost: Admission is free, parking is $7 per car and $15 per bus or RV.

3. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

he Enchanted Forest is a park that the whole family can enjoy. This 22-acre park has oak hammocks and scenic views. Kids will love feeding and petting the horses, donkeys, goats, and ducks. They can even go on a pony ride. For the rest of the family, they can share a nice walk in the park or have a picnic.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: This is the closest park on this list as it's merely 1.6 miles or a 5-minute drive from the apartments.

Best Time To Go: April to November are the best months to visit. However, if you want to see some alligators, then you should go during the wet months of June, August, and September.

Cost: Free admission.  Fees for Parking vary.

4. Fun Water Activities

Being near the ocean, North Miami is never short of things to do in the water. If you like fishing, you can hire a boat and go deep sea fishing or even freshwater fishing. Do you want to relax? Rent a luxury yacht and enjoy the sunset at the bay or join one of the dining cruises. If you want something more active, then paddle boarding, surfboarding, and water skiing are great choices.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: There are many beaches and waterways within a short driving distance from the apartments.

Best Time To Go: January to June are the best months for fishing, both fresh and saltwater.

Cost: Fishing tours can cost around $50 per person. As to renting a yacht, it depends if it's luxury or not. Expect to pay from $2,000 to $5,000 per day.

5. The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Ancient Spanish Monastery

Go on a historical journey and visit this monastery that was not built in North Miami, but in Sacramenia, Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the monastery’s outer buildings and had every stone dismantled and shipped to the United States. Time Magazine even described the rebuilding of the monastery as “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history.”

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: It is only 2.2 miles away or a 9-minute drive.

Best Time To Go: Tours are available from 10 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Cost: Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors.

6. Nightlife

North Miami Groove Cruise

Can you party until the sun comes up? North Miami has a lot to offer you where you can have your choice of clubs, bars, and live music spots. You can join an electronic music cruise with the Groove Cruise or if you want something more cultural you can watch a play, dance or music performance at the Miami Theater Center. From food to music, North Miami has a lot for you to enjoy.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: If you're planning to go to the Groove Cruise, it is 7.7 miles away or a 30-minute drive. The Miami Theater Center is 5.2 miles or a 16-minute drive.

Best Time To Go: As for the Groove Cruise and the Miami Theater Center, you'll have to check out their websites to see their schedule of events.

Cost: Groove Cruise rates are variable, check with www.MTCMiami.org

7. Dining and Shopping

North Miami Shopping and Restaurants

North Miami will excite your taste buds in so many ways. You’ll find Latin American cuisine all around, especially Cuban influences. If you want homestyle Cuban food, the Little Havana Restaurant is a good start. Does the bay make you want seafood? Captain Jim’s Seafood Market Restaurant is where you should go. Want some healthier eats? Visit Miami Juice for their smoothies, juices, salads, and sandwiches. Lastly, if you’re into beer, North Miami has an active craft beer community, and you’ll find small breweries and craft beer bars all around the city.

As for shopping, there are malls and shopping centers all around. The Aventura Mall is the largest in Florida and the third largest in the country. If you’re after luxury brands, then the Bal Harbour Shops is your destination. It has brands like Chanel, De Beers, Balenciaga, Prada, Versace, and more. And a bit further up north is The Village at Gulfstream Park with its trendy shops and modern restaurants.

Proximity to The Shoreline at Solé Mia: Dining: The Little Havana Restaurant is just 1.8 miles or 5 minutes away, Captain Jim’s Seafood Market Restaurant is 3 miles or about a 10-minute drive, and Miami Juice is 4.5 miles or 17 minutes. Shopping: Aventura Mall is 3.9 miles or 17 minutes, Bal Harbour Shops is 4.8 miles or 15 minutes, and The Village at Gulfstream Park is 4.9 miles or 19 minutes.

Best Time To Go: Most restaurants can get crowded at dinner time, so it's best to have a reservation. Shopping or mall hours are generally from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Cost: $20 should be more than enough to get you a delicious lunch.

The Shoreline At Sole Mia 7-acre Tropical Lagoon

There’s more to North Miami including an excellent public transportation system, but one of our favorite spots to hang is The Shoreline at Solé Mia's amazing 7-acre tropical lagoon.  If you want to be near the bay and also just within proximity from the happenings in North Miami, this is where you should be.