Surfside for the Holidays and Beyond: Family-Friendly Travel just north of Miami Beach!

It’s been a few years since we lived in the Miami Beach area, but we still travel down frequently. In fact, we will be visiting again next month. When we lived there, we actually lived closer to an area called Surfside, which we spent a lot of time frequenting on the weekends. Now we are partnering with Bloggin’ Mamas & JLPR to share what a gem it truly is. Miami’s Uptown Beachtown Surfside is home to chic hotels, a charming downtown and family-friendly beaches, all set in the perfect oceanfront location between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour.


When you travel with kids, you have to pay attention to more than just the lure of mojitos on the balcony, and the colorful lights and sounds of the late night clubs. In Surfside, you don’t have to worry about tons of noisy traffic and crowded beaches. With hotels offering in-room kitchenettes that make it easier to stay in and cook with little ones; a kid-friendly splash pool; quiet pedestrian-friendly streets and monthly family events; Surfside is a perfect spot to stay with the whole family.

We recommend you seeking out reservations at the newly opened Marriott Residence Inn. RI is one of our fave hotel brands, as they truly understand families; right down to the free food shopping services so that you can have your food ready for you when you get back from a long day at the beach. Plus, they offer free breakfast and internet, at a very affordable nightly rate. When rates in South Beach can jump into the thousands during peak times, you can find family accommodations for less than $300/ night at this location!

Surfside for Families

The Town of Surfside hosts a number of family-friendly events throughout the year. Third Thursdays is a monthly downtown street festival that runs from February through April on the third Thursday of each month. Each event includes live entertainment, music, food trucks, and special deals from participating restaurants and stores. At the Community Center, tourists and residents alike can enjoy tennis, playgrounds, dog parks, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a children’s plunge slide and an outdoor café. It also offers fitness classes ranging from Aqua Zumba to Beach Yoga.

People have long flocked to Surfside for its family-friendly atmosphere, and while this still endures, today the town has evolved into an exciting global destination, with properties like Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club and FENDI Château. With these new additions, Surfside is blending uptown luxury with a classic beach town.


Beyond its wonderful hotels and white-sand beaches, there’s a bit of Deco history to Surfside, which was incorporated in 1935, most of it centering on the prestigious Surf Club. The posh members-only enclave is now being redeveloped into The Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences designed by architect Richard Meier. Opened in 1930, the Surf Club was situated on more than six acres of prime beachfront property. The Mediterranean-revival-style villa, designed by Russell Pancoast, was the spot of many a gilded party with glitterati guests like Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill. (I’ve always enjoyed the Art Deco designs of the area, and I love being able to tell my kids about the history behind the locations we visit).


“Surfside offers the best of all worlds,” says Duncan Tavares, the town’s Director of Tourism, Economic Development & Community Services. “It’s the perfect bridge between the excitement of Miami Beach and the quiet luxury of Bal Harbour. Couples and families looking for the ideal mix of laid-back and high-end should strongly consider a visit to Surfside.”

Surfside, Florida boasts a mile of pristine beaches, luxury oceanfront hotels, world-class shopping and culturally diverse restaurants. The downtown district offers a variety of shops, restaurants and stylish boutiques. Standouts include Le Beau Maroc, with exotic kaftans and jewelry imported from Morocco and Nikki’s Beach House with trendy resort wear and designer swimsuits.

With all of these offerings, it’s no wonder we spent so many weekends there. If your family is in search of a place to spend your holidays or the perfect beachfront town for your annual vacation, Surfside offers the best of all worlds. From high-end to laid-back, the perfect escape awaits in Miami’s Uptown Beachtown. For more information, please visit:

Disclosure: We partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas and JLPR for this post. The images were made available to us for use on this blog and social media. All opinions expressed are our own.