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Districts and Accommodation in Miami

Will you be moving to Miami soon? This city in Florida’s south may be vulnerable to hurricanes, but it is a breathtaking sunny paradise nonetheless. Before settling down in this warm climate, have a look at our guide on moving to Miami and learn about districts, housing, visas, and safety.
Finding an affordable apartment in a nice neighborhood is tough in Miami.

Life in the Different Neighborhoods of Miami

Miami is a city of many faces: it is simultaneously an all-day party, a laid-back beach town, and a refugee camp. The city bursts with cultural diversity and you can’t help but notice the myriad languages, ethnicities, and cultures as soon as you arrive. To help you decide where in Miami to settle, the following descriptions will give you a brief idea of some of the most notable districts in Miami.

South Beach

Once the home of retired citizens and starving artists, South Beach is now a popular vacation spot located on the barrier island Miami Beach between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you may enjoy taking a stroll down Ocean Drive or Lincoln Road and spend your time observing Miami’s rich and beautiful. The district is packed with glamorous bars, clubs, and shops, giving you something to do at any hour of the day.

Bal Harbour

Expats with a large budget who don’t want to miss out on the luxurious life in Miami should move to Bal Harbour, located at the northern tip of Miami Beach. Luxury resorts and palatial homes coexist with exclusive eateries and shops, so Bal Habour is likely only for the richest of expats.

Downtown Miami

If you feel like you belong in the city’s business district, you should go downtown. Aside from office buildings, however, downtown Miami also boasts an abundance of museums, retail shops, and markets. This neighborhood is also home to Miami’s port. In recent years, this has been among the fastest-growing districts in Miami.

Coral Gables

Although just minutes southwest of downtown Miami, this gated community gives off a bit of small town flair. Amidst the trees and canals, you can find fantastic restaurants, high-end residencies, and the University of Miami. The “City Beautiful”, as its nickname implies, is one of the most desired and old-fashioned neighborhoods.

Key Biscayne

South of downtown across the Rickenbacker Causeway, you’ll find Key Biscayne. Here, it feels like you have entered a different world, and life on this tiny tropical island is characterized by peace and quiet, a more leisurely pace, and friendly people. If a secluded life away from the hustle and bustle of the big city is to your liking, and if you have a hefty savings account, Key Biscayne could be the place for you.

Little Havana

Just west of the city center, many Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, and Guatemalans have settled in Little Havana, their unique cultures leaving their mark on the district. Little Havana is the place to be if you are a fan of salsa music, extremely strong coffee, and authentic Cuban cuisine. Additionally, the neighborhood is among the cheaper ones with one-bedroom apartments starting from 1,400 USD.

Broward County

Less than half an hour away from Miami, Broward County is one of three that make up the Miami metropolitan area. With the city of Fort Lauderdale, nicknamed the “Venice of America,” and the immense Sawgrass Mills shopping mall, Broward is a major destination for anybody living in or visiting Miami.

Better Safe Than Sorry: Accommodation in Miami

Finding an available apartment in Miami is not necessarily hard to do. The real trick is finding an affordable apartment located in a safe neighborhood. The process is essentially the same as in any other major city around the world: browse online listings for apartments or houses that meet your preferences. You should, however, remain flexible in terms of size, number of rooms, and rent.

If you are looking for short-term leases, Craigslist Miami can be a valuable source as long as you are careful not to fall prey to any scams. Other online databases, such as, can be rather helpful as well.  

If you are searching for apartments from afar, and you won’t be able to visit them to take a closer look, always ask for pictures of the place. Also make sure to check the crime rates of the neighborhood. After all, even though the overall district may be rather safe, crime rates naturally vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Neighborhood Scout provides an overview of crime levels in Miami’s neighborhoods.

If you want to learn more about renting a home in the USA, read our corresponding guide article for advice on the housing search, the rental agreement, and more.


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