Enjoy year-round warm weather in South Miami. Thanks to its location adjacent to the University of Miami, the city buzzes with a youthful, energetic atmosphere that’s welcoming for travelers of all ages. Spend an afternoon soaking up the small-town feeling of the walkable downtown area, or shop in comfort at one of the many local malls. Of course, the stunning South Florida coastline lies less than five miles to the east, providing endless opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Vacation rentals give you the chance to fit right into the South Miami culture, so you can experience the city like a local. Find Coral Gables vacation rentals.

1. Downtown South Miami

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You’re never far from a restaurant or shop in Downtown South Miami. This vibrant, energetic area is populated with beautiful historic buildings, each packed with funky boutiques and unique eateries. If you prefer to walk around town, choose a vacation rental near the center of the action on SW 72nd and 73rd Streets. A large movie theater sits nearby, and the South Miami Metrorail station hosts trains heading to Dadeland in the south and Miami in the north.

2. Northern South Miami

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Feel like a South Florida native in the leafy residential areas that make up the northern end of South Miami. Here, comfortable vacation rentals sit on spacious lawns, and tall palm trees create ample shade for walking and biking. This family-friendly area is great for kids; catch a baseball game at Palmer Park, or take advantage of the playground and water views at Brewer Park. Downtown South Miami is a few minutes away by car, and the Atlantic Ocean sits four miles to the east.

3. Coral Gables

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Bring your kayak or motor boat to a vacation rental in Coral Gables. This friendly area features a variety of canals and 40 miles of waterfront, so it’s easy to find a property with a dock or boat slip. Start your trip with a ride on the free downtown trolley system, and give your credit card a workout at the Shops at Merrick Park. If you’re a golfer, don’t miss 18 holes at the beautiful Biltmore golf course. After your game, stop into the Biltmore Hotel for a luxurious lunch.

4. Coconut Grove

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With its casual atmosphere and bohemian vibe, Coconut Grove infuses your vacation with a sense of calm and relaxation. Explore the history of the area with a trip to the Barnacle Historic State Park, which features a restored seaside home. Watch the sunrise over the mangroves in lovely Peacock Park, and spend your afternoons trying out the many international cuisines in the charming downtown area. After dark, the CocoWalk area is a great place to listen to live music while you sip a cocktail.

5. University of Miami Area

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Immerse yourself in the buzzing student culture with a vacation rental near the University of Miami, which lies close to downtown South Miami. Leave your car at home, and enjoy long walks through the beautiful campus to picturesque Lake Osceola. Watch a performance at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, or lose yourself among the masterpieces at the Lowe Art Museum. During the school year, bring your little ones to a Hurricanes game for a fun evening out.

6. Tropical Park

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Large green spaces are never more than a few minutes’ walk away in the areas surrounding Tropical Park. This enormous park, which is located a short drive from downtown South Miami, offers a breath of fresh air in the center of the city. Pack your bike or running shoes and make use of the trail system, or stop by the Equestrian Center to watch a rodeo or riding competition. On Saturdays, pick up snacks and locally grown veggies at the Southwest Community Farmers Market.

7. Pinecrest

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Join the active community in Pinecrest, an affluent neighborhood situated south of downtown South Miami. With its regular schedule of events and festivals, this area is an excellent option for a family vacation. Make the most of the sunny weather with a visit to Pinecrest Gardens, where you can watch an outdoor jazz concert, shop the farmers market, or attend a kids’ educational program. If you’re visiting around the holidays, don’t miss the Live Like Bella Nights of Lights, when twinkling Christmas lights illuminate the park.

8. Southwest Coconut Grove

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Escape into a tropical retreat in Southwest Coconut Grove. Here, vacation rentals peek out from brilliant green foliage, and tall trees provide both shade and privacy. Book a property on the ocean for easy swimming and boating, or opt for an inland home to experience the South Florida lifestyle. When you’re ready to venture out, wander through the flowers at the Kampong Tropical Garden, or take the short drive north to downtown Coconut Grove for shopping and dining.

9. Sunrise Point

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Spend your vacation in a sleek water-front condo in Sunrise Point. This compact neighborhood is mostly residential, making it a comfortable option for active families. A variety of green spaces, including Sunrise Harbor Park and Merrie Christmas Park, provide walking paths and playground equipment, and Ingraham Park offers a beautiful view of the boats on the Yacht Basin canal. After dark, stroll through Sunrise Harbor for a beautiful view of luxury yachts and shimmering lights reflected in the water.

10. Tahiti

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Tucked onto a small piece of land 4 miles east of South Miami, the Tahiti neighborhood provides a luxurious seaside escape. Most vacation rentals in this area are large and private, so you can enjoy a relaxing trip away from the crowds. Oceanfront homes, many with private pools, abound, making the neighborhood a great choice for groups and families. If you’re planning to take your boat on vacation, check out rentals with docks along the Coral Gables Waterway for easy launching and fast ocean access.