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Get to know Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour occupies the northern tip of the island of Miami Beach and centers around a refined stretch of the famous thoroughfare Collins Avenue. Incorporated in 1946 despite a relatively sparse population, today Bal Harbour is the kind of beachy-urban community that no place in the world does better than the Miami area. Beaches are uncrowded—mainly due to an intentional scarcity of parking—parks are lovely with the amenities to match, and the neighborhood itself feels like a vital community. Whoever invented the word “tony” may as well have done so for this place. Elegant high-rise resorts border the beaches, and the palm-lined streets lead to architectural masterpieces of significant square footage. The lifestyle is luxury all the way, with world-famous restaurants, extravagant spas, and a shopping experience that makes “Bal Harbour” synonymous with much sought-after designer goods.

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Bal Harbour History & Culture

The “Bal” in Bal Harbour is a mashup honoring the two blue attractions at the end of the island: Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Bal Harbour was developed in the 1950s as a tiny village built on reclaimed swampland to lure vacationers to beachfront hotels. Nowadays, resorts and residential palaces bound the fringes of the area’s sandy shores. Meanwhile, the community has developed into a seaside urban paradise—all the amenities of the Upper West Side but with better weather. Sitting at the end of an island, Bal Harbour enjoys more seclusion than the Miami Beach neighborhoods to its south. However, the Bal crowd isn’t afraid to sample the best of that world-class destination at the other end of Collins Avenue. But on nights they choose to stay in their stately homes above white sand beaches on the edge of the world, you can certainly understand why.

Bal Harbour Dining & Shopping

Appropriately, Bal Harbour Shops is the center around which Bal Harbour shopping revolves. Opened during the 1960s, the open-air mall feels like a botanical garden, is home to tons of familiar and exotic brands, and carries a reputation that rivals Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The shopping areas of Bal Harbour also shelter fantastic eateries and cafés serving up delicacies and stores brimming with treasures. Exceptional restaurants live throughout the village, but the presence of prestigious hotels means that you’re sure to find someone’s signature restaurant, as well as stylish cocktail lounges, rotating art exhibits, and a high concentration of fantastic spa experiences. And, of course, those hotels contain their own galleries and designer showrooms, making the best of everything available just about everywhere in Bal Harbour.