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If you were to envision paradise, what would it be?  Miles of sandy beach? Warm waves breaking over your feet? A deluxe spa just a short distance away?

All of these things can be found in one fabulous spot: Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Located on a two-mile expanse of white sand and glittering ocean, Sunny Isles is nestled between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. So grab the chance to escape from Miami’s crowded South Beach area and enjoy this ideally-located alternative instead. 

Choosing a place to stay is easy, with the destination offering some of the most luxurious accommodations available. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the beach is a serene Mediterranean-style villa that features sublime oceanfront dining areas, while Trump International Beach Resort offers oversized rooms with amazing sea views, and Turnberry Isle Miami is a soothing tropical retreat that boasts an 18-hole golf course. 

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The Everglades National Park is an easy day trip from the region, as is the Fairchild Tropical Garden and Jungle Island. If you want to take a break from the sunshine, check out the Dezer Collection Car Museum in north Miami or a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County. Alternatively, you can keep the kids happy at the Miami Children’s Museum or at the Miami Seaquarium.

For the outdoor adventurer, Florida’s largest urban park – Oleta River State Park – can be found at Sunny Isles Beach, and if you choose to stay overnight, a private, air-conditioned cabin awaits you after a day of outdoor exploration and activity. 

But what’s a vacation without shopping? Not only is the shopaholic haven of Miami close by, but the good mix of  shopping venues in Sunny Isles Beach will keep you entertained for hours.  The area is sprinkled with stylish malls and small boutiques, and you may even find yourself staying for a free concert or a sumptuous dinner on the waterfront.