SURFSIDE, FLORIDA

By  Mike Miller  Updated April 24, 2024

Surfside, Florida Things To Do, Lodging, Dining, & Real Estate At End Of Article

Surfside, Florida is a small town on the Atlantic Ocean in the Miami metropolitan area. 

Its population is about 6,000 and its land area is 361 acres.

View of the Four Seasons Surf Club on Collins AvenueView of the Four Seasons Surf Club on Collins Avenue

It is tucked in between the town of Bal Harbour on the north and the North Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach on the south.

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA HISTORY

The history of Surfside, Florida began with a private club on the beach that was founded in 1930.

The Surf Club began its storied existence on New Year's Eve in 1930.  

The Surf ClubThe Surf Club

It was the brainchild of tire tycoon Harvey Firestone and Carl Fisher, the developer of Miami Beach.  They and some of their friends hatched the idea of creating an exclusive club.

Membership was open only to men, and the charter members were composed of prominent businessmen from around the United States.

Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill at his EaselWinston Churchill Painting at the Surf Club

The club was visited by hundreds of famous business people and celebrities in its heyday.  Many had their own beachfront cabanas that were lavishly decorated.

Painting Titled "The Surf Club" by Winston Churchill, 1946Painting Titled "The Surf Club" by Winston Churchill, 1946

Guests included former Prime Minister of the U.K. Winston Churchill, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthurFrank SinatraGary CooperElizabeth Taylor, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The club hosted many parties, balls, automobile shows, and other events involving high society over the years.

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA AND THE NUMBER 35

The number 35 has significance in Surfside because in 1935 the town was founded by 35 members of The Surf Club.

Like much of South Florida, Surfside really began to take off in the years after World War Two.  The beach hotels of South Florida had been housing for Army soldiers during training for the war.

Many of them came back to Florida and the population began its steady growth.

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer

One of Surfside's most famous residents was Isaac Bashevis Singer.  

He was a Nobel Prize winning author who focused on Jewish and Yiddish culture.

Singer lived in Surfside Towers Ocean Condominium from 1977 until his death on July 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

The building at 9511 Collins Avenue is now a Literary Landmark, and the Town of Surfside also renamed 95th Street "Isaac Singer Boulevard." 

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA TODAY

The Surf Club at 9011 Collins Avenue is still a prominent factor in the life of Surfside.

The Entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf ClubThe Entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club

It was modernized and expanded with condominiums and hotel buildings in the mid 2000s, but much of the original ambience was preserved.

Downtown Surfside, FloridaDowntown Surfside, Florida

Surfside is a very walkable town.  It is only about one mile long (8 blocks) and a half mile wide.

The town has six public parking lots that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and have parking meters.

This is a great town to park your car and spend the day on your feet.

The parking lots are located at:

  • 9500 block of Abbott Avenue
  • 200 block of 95th Street – North side
  • 200 block of 95th Street – South side
  • 94th Street and Harding Avenue
  • 200 block of 93rd Street
  • 93rd Street and Collins Avenue
Publix on Harding Avenue in SurfsidePublix on Harding Avenue in Surfside

There are two main north-south thoroughfares in Surfside: Collins Avenue which is State Road A1A along the ocean, and Harding Avenue one block west. 

View of The Surf Club from the Atlantic OceanView of The Surf Club from the Atlantic Ocean

Almost all of the high rise condominiums and hotels are on Collins Avenue and the east side of Harding Avenue.

The neighborhoods west of Harding Avenue are single family residential.

The far western side of Surfside fronts on Indian Creek, an arm of Biscayne Bay.  Most if not all of these homes are single family residential, with no condominiums.

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA TURTLE WALK

Surfside is very protective of the Florida Loggerhead Sea Turtle. They have come up with a unique way of making people aware of the cause of Sea Turtle conservation.

Surfside Turtle WalkSurfside Turtle Walk

The "Turtle Walk" is on 93rd Street between Collins Avenue and Harding Avenue.  There are 18 turtle sculptures along the walk.  Each has been painted by South Florida artists.

Surfside Community CenterSurfside Community Center

The Surfside Community center is open to the residents of the town as well as hotel guests.

The center includes a swimming pool, plunge pool and slide, children's pool, and a Jacuzzi.

There is also a snack bar and grill.

SURFSIDE, FLORIDA HAS GREAT BEACHES

The beaches have white soft sand and are not as crowded as beaches to the north and south of the town.

Beach in Surfside, FloridaBeach in Surfside, Florida

There are double paths along the ocean in front of the condos and hotels where you can walk or ride your bike.

One of them is the Surfside Walking Path.  The paths parallel the beach for the entire 8 block long length of the town.

BAL HARBOUR SHOPS NEXT TO SURFSIDE

Although not in Surfside, the upscale Bal Harbour Shops touch the northern city limit. 

Some of the shops include Audemars Piguet,  Books & Books, Chanel,  Fendi,  Gucci,  Prada,  Ralph Lauren, and dozens more of similar quality.

The shopping mall also has a host of good restaurants including Carpaccio,  Hillstone,  Makoto, and Cafe' en 3. 

COLLAPSE OF CHAMPLAIN TOWERS SOUTH IN SURFSIDE

Champlain Towers South at 8777 Collins Avenue partially collapsed on June 24, 2021.  The collapse caused 98 deaths, making it one of the worst structural building failures in the history of the United States.

INDIAN CREEK IS SURFSIDE'S WEALTHIER NEIGHBOR

There is a bridge on the southwest corner of Surfside on 91st Street that leads to the very exclusive island community of Indian Creek.

The Town of Indian CreekThe Town of Indian Creek

Indian Creek has only 35 homes, all of them on the shoreline of the island with views of Biscayne Bay.  The interior of the island is a country club and 18 hole golf course.

According to Zillow, the average value of a home in Indian Creek is $21.48 million.  This is why the town has the nickname of "Billionaire Bunker."

Enjoy the interesting video below about Indian Creek.


THINGS TO DO IN SURFSIDE, FLORIDA

Surfside Beach
Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

Surfside Beach is a pristine stretch of sandy shoreline perfect for relaxation and fun. We enjoy the clear blue waters and the calm, family-friendly atmosphere. Visitors appreciate the clean beach and the availability of amenities like showers and restrooms.

It's a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. The beach's peaceful environment makes it a favorite for both locals and tourists.

Surfside Community Center
9301 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 866-3635

The Surfside Community Center, discussed earlier, is a hub of activity and fun for all ages. We enjoy the variety of recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, splash pad, and fitness center.

Visitors appreciate the range of programs and classes offered, from yoga to art workshops. The center is great for families, with activities designed for kids and adults alike. The friendly staff and well-maintained facilities make every visit enjoyable.

Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154 | (305) 866-0311

Bal Harbour Shops, discussed earlier, is a luxury shopping destination just a short drive from Surfside. We enjoy browsing the high-end boutiques and designer stores. Visitors appreciate the beautiful outdoor setting and the variety of dining options.

The shops are perfect for finding unique fashion pieces and gifts. The elegant atmosphere and top-notch service make it a favorite for shopping enthusiasts.

The Surf Club Restaurant
9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 768-9440

The Surf Club Restaurant is located in the Four Seasons Hotel. It’s a dining gem known for exquisite cuisine and elegant ambiance. We enjoy the delicious dishes crafted by renowned chefs.

Visitors appreciate the impeccable service and the stunning ocean views. The restaurant is great for special occasions or a memorable meal with friends and family. The stylish decor and refined atmosphere add to the experience.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
9011 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 381-3333

The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is a luxurious retreat offering world-class amenities and service. We enjoy the elegant rooms and the serene beachfront location. Visitors appreciate the spa, fine dining, and beautiful pool area.

The hotel is perfect for a relaxing getaway or a special celebration. The attentive staff and luxurious surroundings make every stay unforgettable.

Surfside Farmers Market
Atlantic Way at 96th St, Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 861-4863

The Surfside Farmers Market is a delightful spot to find fresh produce and unique local goods. We enjoy browsing the variety of stalls and sampling delicious foods. Visitors appreciate the friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to support local vendors.

The market is great for picking up fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisanal products. It's a perfect place to spend a leisurely morning. Open weekly on Sunday through Jan 05, 2025, from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Turtle Walk
9293 Florida A1A, Surfside, FL 33154

Turtle Walk was discussed in detail earlier. Here is their contact information for your use.

Normandy Shores Golf Club
2401 Biarritz Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141 | (305) 868-6502

Normandy Shores Golf Club is a scenic golf course located nearby in Miami Beach. Guests enjoy the well-maintained greens and the challenging layout. We appreciate the beautiful views and the friendly atmosphere. The course is great for golfers of all skill levels. The club also offers a pro shop and a restaurant.

Surfside Tennis Center
8750 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 993-0063

The Surfside Tennis Center, located in Veterans Park, is a top spot for tennis enthusiasts. We enjoy the well-kept courts and the variety of programs available. Visitors appreciate the friendly staff and the opportunity to play in a beautiful setting.

The center is great for both casual and competitive players. It offers lessons and clinics for all ages.

North Shore Open Space Park
8328 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141 | (305) 861-3616

North Shore Open Space Park is a spacious and tranquil park located near Surfside. We enjoy the expansive green spaces and the shaded picnic areas. Visitors appreciate the beautiful beach access and the peaceful walking trails.

The park is great for a family outing or a relaxing day in nature. The clean facilities, dog park and friendly atmosphere make it a popular spot.

Surfside Tourist Bureau
9301 Collins Ave., Surfside, FL 33154 | (305) 864-0722

For visitor information and local services, you really can’t go wrong stopping by the local tourist bureau.



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