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Miami At A Glance - The Miami Tutorial

How to drive in
Miami, Miami Beach, South Florida

Special Considerations in Miami Dade County
Cities with their own numbering system

The Beaches: Miami Beach - South Beach  - Surfside beach - Sunny Isles Beach - Aventura Beach - Coconut Grove  - Coral Gables - Hialeah - Miami International Airport - The Florida Keys - North Florida

The Beaches include different communities along the Atlantic Ocean. The numbering of the streets is different from Miami-Dade County, though consistent throughout the Beaches. The Beaches start at South Point Drive, the equivalent of Street "# 0" and stretch north to 215th Street. Technically, the Beaches do not belong to any quadrant: there is no North-East, South-West, or other. However, the Beaches are located East of Miami (the main land).

The rule is simple: The Streets go East and West; they are numbered - with few exceptions. The Avenues go North and South; they are named.

The main road is Collins Avenue (A1A). In certain areas, Collins Ave is the only road. It is almost always the first street from the East, by the ocean., except between 73rd and 75th streets, 21st and 22nd streets and, south of 15 Street in South Beach.

Most streets are accessible from Collins Avenue.

In some areas, Collins Ave travels North only. Then, the southbound direction of A1A is assumed either by Harding Ave, Abbott Ave or Indian Creek drive. Collins Avenue (A1A) is the way for North-South traveling.

Besides Collins Avenue, the important roads to remember are the East-West travel streets that connect to the causeways. Refer to Causeways, Section 4.

The name of the communities are not necessary for finding an address. If your address is on an Avenue, remove the last two digits of the house address; what remains is the number of the street.

Ex: 2011 Collins Avenue.

Remove the last two digits: 11. 20 is the number of the closest street south of the address.

If the address is on a Street, go to the street and look for the house number. If you cannot get to the house because of a park or other construction, just go around it. Hotels, restaurants and clubs, in general, are easily accessible from Collins avenue. Most of them are located on Ocean Drive, 1 block east of Collins Ave, or Washington Ave, 1 block west of Collins Ave.

PRACTICAL NOTE:

Street Addresses: Numbers 100 to 199 are east of Collins Avenue;
Numbers 200 to 299 are west of Collins Avenue;
The numbers increase westbound.

SOUTH BEACH

South Beach requires more elaboration because it is the "hottest", largest and most populated area of the Beaches. South Beach offers such an array of restaurants, clubs, bars and hotels that you will end up there sooner or later,... whether you planned to or not.

South Beach is the ART DECO DISTRICT, with the completely renovated buildings from the 30’s and 40’s. ART DECO ARCHITECTURE offers an unusual visual experience where lines of buildings flash their mix of sculptured facades, pastel-colored fronts and neon signs.

South Beach is the area of Miami Beach located between the south end of the Beaches and 23rd St. It can be accessed in different ways.

  • From I-95 north or south and, from SR-836 eastbound: follow directions toward Miami Beach and take I-395 to the Mac Arthur Causeway.
    Enter South Beach at 5th Street and Alton Road. Continue East, on 5th Street to Washington Ave, Collins Ave and Ocean Drive.

  • From US1 (Biscayne Blvd) at 13th Street in Miami: Take the Mac Arthur Causeway eastbound and. Follow directions above.

  • From A1A (Collins Avenue): go south toward 23rd Street and beyond.

Ocean drive, Collins avenue and Washington avenue are the three avenues on the East Side of South Beach. Lincoln Road Mall is located between 16 and 17 Streets and west of Washington Avenue. There is no vehicle traffic in that section of Lincoln Road. However, Lincoln Road can be crossed at different points.

PRACTICAL NOTE:

  • Streets that cross South Beach east-west without interruption: 17 St, 16 St, 11 St, 5 St and South Point Drive.

  • Espanola Way is located between 14 and 15 Streets.

SOUTH BEACH PARKING

Parking is scarce and regulated in South Beach. Some areas are reserved for residents. If you are a visitor, there are 3 ways to park your car:

1- Use one of the paid municipal parking lots:

  • On 7th Street between Collins and Washington Avenues;

  • On 13 Street between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenues;

  • On 17th Street west of Washington Avenue;

2- Park at a parking meter and make sure you put enough change to last until you return.

3- Use the valet parking service at the establishment you are visiting for a fee.

 

A good rule of thumb when you are visiting South Beach:
If you did not pay for parking, your car is parked at the wrong location.

 

COCONUT GROVE

The center and main attraction of the City stretches along Grand Avenue and is bordered by SW 27th Avenue to the east and SW 32nd Avenue to the West.

From the North:
From SW 27th Avenue, South of US-1, make a right on Tiger Tail Avenue; make a left on Mary Street; make a right on Grand Avenue.

            From  the East Side, take Biscayne Blvd or I-95 to US-1 and make a left on SW 27 Avenue.

An alternative:

On SW 37th Avenue; travel 6 blocks South of US1 to Grand Avenue; make a left on Grand avenue to the business center.

From the South:

Take US 1 North; make a right onto Grand Avenue and follow Grand Avenue to the business Center. Grand Avenue is the next right after you pass SW 42nd Avenue, Le Jeune Road.

 

CORAL GABLES

Coral Gables is bordered by SW 37 Avenue (Douglas Road) to the East, SW 57 Avenue (Red Road) to the West, SW 8 Street (Tamiami Trail) to the North and, SW 72 Street (Sunset Drive) to the South. Also, US-1 provides a convenient access to the Eastern and Southern parts by going through the City. While this is a very simplistic description of Coral Gables, it is sufficient for a visitor to travel to and from the City.

In Coral Gables, all streets and avenues are named. Also, their direction is the opposite of the Miami-Dade County System.

While County Streets run East and West, the Coral Gables Streets run North and South.
While County Avenues run North and South, The Coral Gables Avenues run East and West.
SW 8 Street is the equivalent of Avenue "0" in Coral Gables.
SW 37 Avenue is the equivalent of Street "0" in Coral Gables.

The numbering of Coral Gables start at these two points, increasing toward the West on the Avenues and toward the South on the Streets. The main roads from the County keep their County numbers and their direction, in addition to their Coral Gables names. These main roads must be used as your guides.

For East-West travel, use: 

For North-South travel, use:

PRACTICAL NOTE:

Do not hesitate to ask for directions before you leave the hotel or place of stay. Call your destination and ask for the Main Road closest to your target address. Allow the residents you are visiting to take you by the hand.

 

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