Sands less traveled
Built in 1940, Ocean Surf Hotel is steps from the Atlantic. It provides a quieter beach experience than vibrant South Beach, over 5 miles away by car. You can also drive just over 2 miles south to the tropical-themed Bal Harbour Shops, home to designer giants like Neiman Marcus.
Walk or drive
The surrounding area is filled with shops and eateries all within walking distance, including several Cuban and Brazilian restaurants. Before or after your stroll, you can take a taxi to the 18-hole Normandy Shores Golf Course, a little less than 3 miles east.
Designed by Anton Skislewicz, the hotel is a prime example of Art Deco design, especially the front facade with its signature porthole windows. Free WiFi is accessible in the lobby, and a continental breakfast is available.
Just the basics
All 49 guestrooms offer compact refrigerators and TVs with premium cable channels, and some rooms have windows that open to let in the ocean breeze. Basics like hair dryers mean more room in your suitcase for souvenirs.