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For oceanfront sophistication and small-town friendliness, look no further than the Miami-Dade County town of Surfside. Located along the Atlantic Ocean on Miami's barrier island in Southeast Florida, the town of Surfside encompasses the area from 87th terrace to 96th Street between the city of Miami Beach (to the south) and the city of Bal Harbor (to the north). The community prides itself on maintaining a vibrant mix of modern luxury and know-your-neighbor charm.

Since its incorporation in 1935, Surfside, with about 5,000 residents, has grown into a shopping, dining, and beachside vacation destination. Lifeguards dot a brilliant mile of white sand, chairs and umbrellas are up for rent, and a scenic, uninterrupted walking/jogging path follows the surf as far as the eye can see. Surfside's Collins Avenue and the area immediately around it are also among the Miami region's favorite boutique shopping strips, with plenty of clothing shops, art galleries and salons. Surfside is home to residents representing a wide range of ethnicities, so its restaurants are bursting with spin-the-compass flavors from traditional to cutting-edge in addition to well-loved Italian, Greek, Japanese and steakhouse dining. The town's restaurant district often hosts outdoor culinary events, and the local business association's famed Miami Spice (in this case Surfside Spice) discount nights encourage diners to expand their culinary horizons.

Surfside is a town where people live, work and raise families. Residents are proud of the community center they helped finance. The Surf-Bal-Bay Farmers Market comes to town every other week, so organic produce and small-batch locally-made crafts are always in supply. The town abuts some very exclusive communities including Indian Creek in Biscayne Bay with its large, elegant estates and private country club though Surfside itself extends a welcome to a broad range of residents. If you live or stay in Surfside, the most desirable parts of Florida become your backyards. To the north is the resort village of Bal Harbor; one bridge over is Haulover Beach State Park with its kite-making events and fine tennis courts. To the south is the sizzling strip of South Beach, where some of the world's most fabulous faces summer in style. The city of Miami, with its arenas, music venues and events, theater and cosmopolitan shopping, is just over the Broad Causeway.

Gorgeous, pleasant, safe and convenient, with all of the amenities that you would expect in a tropical paradise, Surfside is the perfect community for your permanent residence, seasonal retreat, family vacation or relaxing getaway.

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