Just to the north of Miami and just south of Delray Beach and Boca Raton sits a small city, sticking out on a strip of land into the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the city of Sunny Isles Beach, this smaller city might be tiny in size but is big on summer fun. At first glance, this narrow beach doesn't look like much aside from its condominiums and resorts. However, there's plenty to do here - especially for those seeking a quiet alternative to Greater Miami.
It's a popular spot for those looking to enjoy waterfront recreation, and the city of Sunny Isles Beach is a small, but entertaining, location for casual beachside ambiance.
What To Do On Sunny Isles Beach
These sparkling, tranquil waters are perfect for indulging in any and all types of seaside recreation. Starting with the beach itself, visitors can take advantage of its many beachy bungalows, which feature public beach chairs and some even have shaded awnings.
Covering a sandy distance of two miles, Sunny Isles Beach ends just after the Ritz-Carlton Residences. From this end, visitors will have a fantastic view of the Miami city skyline, as well as gorgeous views over the Atlantic. The calmer waters on this beach make for a great family-friendly destination, as well.
Newport Fishing Pier
The Newport Fishing Pier was designated a historical site and dates back to 1982 when it was first constructed. Despite its name, it's not only a destination for those interested in fishing (although it is a great place to do so!).
Those looking to get scenic views of the beach and the surrounding area, as well as photographers, find this to be one of the best vantage points along the coast. It's also home to the Beach Bar restaurant and a lifeguard observation area, restrooms, showers, bike racks, and a community shuttle service.
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7 AM - 7:30 AM / Tuesday & Friday 10:30 AM - 7:30 AM
When a beach day is in order, then taking advantage of the ocean is a must, right? If that's the case, then Sunny Isles Beach is the perfect place to get involved in some water recreation. With various rentals available in Sunny Isles, it's easy to find something that suits one's individual tastes.
- Beach Volleyball. Samson Oceanfront Park, bring your own ball.
- Boat Rentals. Haulover Rentals, wave-runners and boats by the hour or day.
- Fishing. Newport Fishing Pier.
- Bike Rentals. Electribike or Buddy Bike, both in Miami Beach.
- Sport Fishing. Free Spool Too, half & full-day trips available.
- Water Sport Rentals. River Nautica - jet skis, ocean kayaks, paddleboards. Jet Ski King - jet ski rentals, guided tours.
Best Resorts & Hotels In Sunny Isles Beach
There's a whole slew of hotels and resorts available in Sunny Isles Beach and it can be a challenge to choose which one is best. With a variety of costs, amenities, and services, Sunny Isles really does cater to nearly every traveler, depending on what they're looking for. And, of course, all of this comes with a prime beachside spot and even an oceanfront view, for some resorts.
* All costs are during the peak (summer) season.
For the best vantage point between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Acqualina Resort is the best choice. This resort also gives guests a prime spot on the beach with a waterfront view of the Atlantic; it doesn't get much closer to Sunny Isles Beach than this! The style of the resort is a Mediterranean Villa which only adds to its elegance. The resort is home to 4.5 acres of waterfront and has luxury rooms, an oceanfront spa, and three oceanfront pools
- Cost: $700/night
Ocean Point Resort offers luxury at an affordable price considering it's right on the beach and offers oceanfront views. It's also within close proximity of shopping, incredible dining, and the Art Deco District. It's easily reached by two airports and offers plenty to do without ever leaving the immediate area - including Sunny Isles Beach.
- Cost: $260-$297/night
Those craving the quiet simplicity of Sunny Isles Beach with the proximity to Miami's South Beach will be happy to know that Thunderbird Beach Resort offers just that. This resort offers penthouse suites, a heated swimming pool, a kiddy pool, a jacuzzi, a beauty salon, and a gift shop. It's also a family-friendly resort with plenty to do for young kids. It's also one of the more budget-friendly options on the beach and has a resort cafe for anyone wanting a quick bite to eat.
- Cost: $149/night