North Bay Village

Made popular by Frankie, Deanie, and Judy, North Bay Village's stunning location and stellar seafood still make it legendary.

Once a Rat Pack respite, this three-island destination has gracefully evolved into a refined Floridian refuge. Embraced by Biscayne Bay and a 20 minute drive to Miami's most acclaimed hotspots, North Bay Village is a convivial neighborhood comprised of retro facades, breathtaking vistas, and champagne lunches, brunches, and dinners. Cars drive slow and the pace moves slower in North Bay Village, so grab a spot on the patio, pop the cork, and enjoy the view.

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On the Map

North Bay Village is bordered by Miami Beach

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Miami Airport: 23 minutes by car or 1 hour & 15 minutes by public transit
South Beach (5th and Ocean): 25 minutes by car
American Airlines Arena: 20 minutes by car
Bal Harbour Shops: 15 minutes by car

Understatedly Cool and Collected on an Island In the Bay

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A collection of three petite islands floating between the mainland and Miami Beach, North Bay Village is an unpretentiously stylish retreat surrounded by water on all sides.

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Before 1940, most of what is now North Bay Village was submerged beneath the surface of Biscayne Bay.

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Thanks to Miamians with a vision, North Bay Village became an above-water destination throughout the decade.

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Celebrities like Dean Martin, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra sailed south for the winter and dropped anchor in North Bay Village during the 60s and 70s and popularized the islands' nighttime entertainment scene.

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Now, North Bay Village has a more permanent residential population.

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Apartment complexes, boat homes, and modest bungalows shape the area's residential landscape.

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Local restaurants and small businesses populate North Bay Village, a picturesque island divide between mainland Miami to the west and Miami Beach to the east.

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The west is nice. The east is nice.

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Right here is mighty nice, too.

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Since North Bay Village is a centrally located island, we're a 5 minute drive away from the beach and a 10-15 minute drive away from some great local spots: Miami Beach, Midtown, Downtown, Wynwood Arts District, Design District, Bay Harbor Islands, and Aventura."

Seafood from All Sides In North Bay Village

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North Bay Village began attracting culinary denizens in the 1940s and its reputation for fresh food never abated.

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From nationwide names and casual Floridian flavors to white tablecloth dinners, North Bay Village celebrates its relationship with the sea.

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Surrounded by Biscayne Bay on all sides, the area boasts straight-from-the-water seafood.

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It also boasts straight-to-the-sea views from elevated patios.

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Yes it's true, Frank Sinatra and his boys loved to vacation here."

North Bay Village's Residential Style: A Sea of Color

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North Bay Village grew steadily during the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

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Art Deco details, Spanish sensibilities, and modern aesthetics influenced its architectural styles.

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Clay-tiled rooftops and brights colors cover many of North Bay Village's residences.

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Garages, pools, and docks are common accouterments.

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More recently, apartment complexes have sprouted in North Bay Village.

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They provide more room for more people to embrace the area's island style.

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On the dock of the bay.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Graciela Cattarossi is a lifestyle/travel photographer based in Miami. She graduated from Parsons School Of Design in New York and her work is currently  published in magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Food and Wine. When she is not traveling, she enjoys shooting weddings or other intimate events in Miami or wherever it takes her.

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