With its glistening white sand beaches, incredible year-round weather and the thriving culture that is derived from its Cuban roots, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the “Magic City,” aka Miami. One of the best things about a large, robust metropolis like Miami is that the cities and communities surrounding the city have developed personalities of their own. We’re highlighting five surrounding cities that deserve some attention.
The best part about these cities? You can find Progress Residential® rental homes in each of these communities. Click here to see the homes currently available for rent in these areas.
For those with children, there is no better place than Boca Raton! Not only does the city have incredible schools, and a college (Florida Atlantic University), but there are also a myriad of family-friendly activities. The Children’s Science Explorium and the Boca Raton Children’s Museum are the most obvious options, but there is also Sugar Sand Park, which is a 132-acre park with a theater, recreational area and nature trails for the whole family to enjoy. Of course, Boca Raton is not only for families – there is also a thriving nightlife scene. Check out the Blue Martini Lounge and the Vino Wine Bar for adult beverages. For a day at the beach, it doesn’t get any better than South Inlet Park, South Beach Park and Red Reef Park, which spans 39-acres and is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and surfing.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach offers the amenities of a big city while maintaining a small-town charm and ambiance. The city is home to an impressive four entertainment and retail districts: Clematis Street, CityPlace, Northwood Village and Antique Row. You can also enjoy Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival SunFest in May. West Palm Beach is a beach town that also offers culture, dining, shopping and entertainment – the perfect combination! West Palm Beach is also home to Palm Beach Atlantic University and wonderful elementary, middle and high schools as well.
While the city shares its name with the movie making capital in California, the two cities are quite different. However, it does have a beach that rivals those on the West Coast. In fact, Hollywood Beach was just ranked #8 on TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.! Hollywood also offers awesome events such as weekly Line Dancing and Music at Charnow Park, Art Walks, free Family Movie Nights and Classic Car Shows, just to name a few.
Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with Coral Springs! The city is home to countless parks but our favorites are the Tall Cypress Natural Area, the Sandy Ridge Sanctuary and Cypress Park, which includes sports fields, playgrounds and an aquatic center and water park. You’ll also love the ArtWalk, which hosts events like Farmers Markets, concerts and more. Be sure to check out the free Movie in the Park and Family Concert events too. And if you have kids, you’ll be glad to know the schools in Coral Springs are top-rated.
Nestled between the Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park, Homestead allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy the parks, wildlife and nature preserves that make up these two stunning National Parks. Popular nearby attractions are the Coral Castle, an outdoor garden with hand-carved sculptures made from more than 1,000 tons of coral, and the Everglades Alligator Farm, which offers an airboat tour to see the gators, crocodiles and snakes of the Park up close and personal (if you dare). If you’re not one for interacting with alligators, check out the historic Homestead Town Hall, the Homestead Bayfront Park and the Fruit and Spice Park, which is a 37-acre garden with more than 500 varieties of fruit, vegetables and spices.
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