Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour is a destination that can satisfy an array of interests. Found on the northern tip of the Florida island that is commonly referred to as Miami Beach, this rather affluent village is especially known for its world-class shopping. Many local storefronts bear the names of high-profile designers, and sought-after brands are in very good supply. For Bal Harbour visitors who aren’t planning on shopping until they drop, there are several other options for things to do. The village has restaurants and a wonderful beach, for example, and everything that Miami Beach and Miami proper have to offer is within easy reach.

Bal Harbour Hotels

Bal Harbour Hotels
Bal Harbour Hotels

One of the first things that travelers might opt to do when planning a trip to Bal Harbour Florida is secure their accommodations. The village, due in part to its small size, isn’t home to many hotels. In fact, there are only four Bal Harbour hotels to choose from. What these hotels lack in number, however, they more than make up for in quality. Luxury and sophistication is the name of the game at the One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, and the waterfront Quarzo Bal Harbour offers plenty of boutique bliss. Over at the Sea View Hotel Bal Harbour, enduring elegance and family-friendly oceanfront service are at the heart of things. Bal Harbour’s newest hotel, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, offers what it likes to call "oceanfront elegance, quiet unwavering taste, anticipatory service and seductive amenities."

Bal Harbour Shopping

Bal Harbour Shopping
Bal Harbour Shopping  Image: Bal Harbour and Terry Vine

A wealthy suburb of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour certainly isn’t lacking in the luxury retail department. The village’s most renowned shops are located at Bal Harbour Shops. Found along the major Bal Harbour and Miami Beach thoroughfare that is Collins Avenue, this upscale, open-air shopping mall opened in 1965 and has operated at full occupancy for decades on end. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Chanel are just some of the luxury brands that have a presence at Bal Harbour Shops. Couple these brands with the mall’s full occupancy, and it is little wonder that it is one of the world’s most productive shopping centers. In fact, Bal Harbor Shops ranked number one in the world in terms of productivity in 2012, according to Shopping Centers Today magazine. This magazine is produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers and certainly has its pulse on the industry.

Bal Harbour Beach

Bal Harbour Beach
Bal Harbour Beach

The eastern edge of Bal Harbour is basically one long beach. Clean and full of beautiful white sand, Bal Harbour Beach is a great place to soak up some Florida sun or go swimming in the emerald waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Parts of the beach in Bal Harbour are private, or at least semi-private. These parts are associated with the village’s beach hotels. There is a general public area for those who wish to take advantage, and there is also a walking and jogging path that runs along the sand. Generally speaking, Bal Harbour Beach is a relaxed strip of sand that offers a nice alternative to the busier, bustling beaches of South Beach.

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