Bal Harbour Miami is a luxury neighborhood that shares borders with Sunny Isles Beach. Together these two neighborhoods make up one of the most elegant communities in Miami.
Bal Harbour is home to about 3,000 residents, with one square mile of area. Conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale International and Miami International airports, as well as close to the Miami and Everglades ports, Bal Harbour has warm weather year-round, with temperatures that range from a maximum of 90°F(32°C) in the summer and a minimum of 60°F (15°C) in the winter.
Many luxury brands partnered with local developers in the recent years to build luxury real estate projects in the region. No wonder Porsche Design Tower was built in Sunny Isles, just next to Bal Harbour.
The neighborhood radiates with its faultless, modern style, with luxurious oceanfront hotels, swanky resorts, sumptuous residences. Staying in Bal Harbour, temporarily or permanently, means to have a delectable selection of dinner options, and access to the most elegant fashion brands at the Bal Harbour Shops.
On the other hand, the village maintains a serene spirit, with taintless white sand beaches. The community celebrated its 70 th anniversary in 2016, and it remains a carefully designed haven for the very best in residential living and upscale tourism; the getaway for the rich and famous, who appreciate only the finest.
Things to do in Bal Harbour FL
The Beach is amazing! Imagine yourself unfurling your towel on pristine white sands, listening to the whispering surf while sunbathing or people watching. If you are in for a stroll, the delightfully landscaped Beach Walk runs parallel to the mile-long beach, covering the entire length of Bal Harbour, all the way into Surfside.
You can see kids fishing with their parents at the jetty, and many water sports options in the blue ocean waters: windsurfing, parasailing, even surfing when the conditions are right. Normally, the waters are smooth and serene, which is ideal for stand up paddling or snorkelling.
Arts and Culture
The neighborhood welcomes all art lovers with innovative art programmes, such as the art access card, that give residents and guests complimentary access to some of the most striking, creative and intriguing visual arts in the United States. Bal Harbour is an active supporter of all Miami art museums.
Relaxing at Bal Harbour Miami
It is also possible to relax away from the sun and sand. Bal Harbour’s hotels and resorts feature many charming SPAs where you can close your eyes and relax, or even have a yoga lesson at the Exhale SPA, at the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour.
Eating out in the neighborhood
Between Bal Harbour Shops and the hotels and resorts, the region covers all tastes, from chic dining to soothing cafes where you can unwind immersed in the aroma of and baked goods.
If you are looking for Asian classic dishes, you might want to make a visit to the Makoto, with its remarkable sushi bar. You might want to try one of their unique sake drinks.
The French brasserie Le Zoo, at Bal Harbour Shops, is one of restaurant entrepreneur Stephen Starr’s prestige restaurants. Innovative hospitality, lofty design, and sublime cuisine are all part of his trademark.
The Grill at Bal Harbour is also located within Bal Harbour Shops, featuring American classic cuisine in a beautiful environment enveloped with windows, with a view of the beautiful palm trees outside.
If you are looking for Italian cuisine, look no further than the center of the mall, where the Carpaccio is located. For many years Carpaccio has been a favourite spot for celebrities, sports stars, socialites, and artists, who come back for more of their pizza Margherita or salmon carpaccio.
Also inside the the mall is the Santa Fé, whose menu boasts full breakfast options, as well as gelato, burgers and dessert choices.
There are more than a few fine dining options outside the mall, such as the Zodiac Cafe, at Neiman Marcus. An elegant environment to make any occasion special.
St Regis Bal Harbour Resort
At the S. Regis Bal Harbour Resort you will find a few more options of highly refined cuisine and stylish environments. The Atlantikós, for example, is a lovely dining spot, with an indoor area filled with sunlight, and a terrace with snug niches where you can enjoy excellent sea-to- table flavours while looking out at the ocean.
Bal Harbour Burger Bar at the Lobby Level is all you can ask for in a burger restaurant, with signature sides, lush milkshakes, choice craft brews, and build-your- own burgers.
The St. Regis also has an option for lovers of Asian cuisine at the St.
Regis Bar and Sushi, with live music every night. The exquisite sushi and other Asian-inspired dishes are only an excuse for you to explore a unique selection of rare vintage wines, first-class champagne, and outstanding cocktails.
This is only a sample of the taste range Bal Harbour has to offer.
Bal Harbour Shops
Known worldwide as an upscale, luxury place, featuring only the fanciest brands, such as Gucci, Luis Vuitton, and Armani, Bal Harbour Shops is one of the few remaining malls in the United States still owned by a family, the Whitmans. Anchored by upscale department store Saks Fifth Avenue and Marcus Neiman, this Bal Harbour mall was designed unlike any other shopping mall, without the usual kiosks and enclosed walking paths. It was designed as an open area, with lush palm trees and tropical flowers, carp ponds, marble fountains, all lined with dazzling boutique windows like Prada, Rolex, and Chanel. Bal Harbour Shops is the perfect place for window shopping and for power shopping.
History of Bal Harbour Fl
Bal Harbour Village’s area was bought by a Detroit-based Miami Beach Heights Corporation headed by industrialists Robert C. Graham, Walter O. Briggs, and Carl G. Fisher. Its original name was Bay Harbour. When World War II began, Robert C. Graham rented the land to the government, charging only $1 a year. The area was converted into a training zone and a Prisoner of War camp. When the war ended, the Air Corps left the barracks to the owners, who converted the buildings into apartments in 1946.