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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
A Cosmopolitan Resort Town on a Barrier Island, Sunny Isles Beach Has a Gorgeous Beach, Sparkling Blue/Green Waters and Gleaming Buildings
On Florida's southeastern coast, balmy Sunny Isles Beach is a stylish, cosmopolitan resort on a barrier island east of North Miami Beach. With the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this is a place where the sand, surf and sun never end.
Most residents live in the towering white condominiums that line the beach. Single family homes are few, except in a handful of very expensive gated communities, including the original Golden Shores. The city's department of Cultural and Communities Services sponsors cultural trips around South Florida, and its popular seniors' and adult programs include bingo games, exercise classes on the beach, health classes, a classic film series, a writers' forum, CPR classes and more. There are nearly two dozen public points of access to the beach, a beautiful white strip of sand kissed by blue/green waters. Lifeguards are on duty, and one beach section is clothing optional.
Busy Collins Avenue, also known as State Road A1A, is the main drag through town and is bordered by lush tropical vegetation, sleek high rises and beach-oriented retailers. Shopping and dining options are eclectic and easy to find. For the healthy eater, the farmers' market happens on Saturdays. Residents also enjoy nine city parks, some along the ICW and some along the Atlantic. Many are served by the community shuttle and are dog-friendly.
Population: 22,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 52%
Cost of Living: 95% above the national average
Median Home Price: $800,000
Climate: Sunny Isles has a tropical monsoon climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 58 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Adventura Hospital is three miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Adventura Hospital is three miles away and is accredited. It is also award-winning for stroke care.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Education: 43%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The city is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. In 2017, Hurricane Irma flooded streets, snapped utility poles and overturned park benches.
Notes: Not too long ago, Sunny Isles was kind of sleepy, with a lot of roadside motels. The developers arrived in the early-2000s, and luxury condos are now the norm, although some reasonably priced homes remain. The city has maintained its population during the last decade and home prices have increased 10% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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