Miami Beach is a dream vacation destination where you can find any kind of vacation rental you want, with enough family activities and adventures for the vacation of a lifetime. Do you want a vacation rental where the sound of the ocean breaking on the shore lulls you to sleep at night? Or, would your family be happier in a vacation rental in the heart of the city where you’re close to dining and shopping? How about a vacation rental along with a riverbank where it’s quiet, private, and peaceful? To help you make some decisions, here’s a list of 12 of the best Miami Beach vacation rental locations.

1. Miami Beach, Florida

Dolphins and Miami come together in more areas than just the NFL; the Miami Seaquarium is where the magic happens. Kids and adults alike thrill to the big aquatic shows, and love getting up close and personal with some of the marine animals. When it’s time to slow down, you can stop by Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. It’s 83 acres of beautiful sunken gardens, a rain forest, palms, ferns, and orchids.

2. North Miami Beach, Florida

North Miami Beach is home to the historical Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux. It was built in Spain between 1133-1141 AD and was dedicated to the Blessed Mother. William Randolph Heart bought the buildings in 1925, had them dismantled, and shipped to America. In 1952, the Monastery was reassembled.

3. Miami, Florida

Miami is a big city with big attractions to keep your family entertained and excited. The Children’s Museum gives kids a hands-on experience with interactive activities and crafts. They can discover a two-story sandcastle, board a life-size cruise ship, or explore a child-size vet clinic or television studio. The kids of all ages in your family will love the zoo, where you can help feed the giraffes. If you’re interested in Latin culture and cuisine, you can visit Little Havana where the cafes, restaurants, and markets invite you to sample their goods with the sounds of Cuban music in the background.

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4. North Miami, Florida

Active families can get lots of water time and air time in North Miami. When you need to feed the adrenaline junkie in the family, you can try a parasailing adventure. If that isn’t enough, take it up another notch on a fly board, which is powered by jets of water generated by a jet ski craft. The adventure can include tandem jet packs for kids to ride with their parents.

5. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Sunny Isles Beach beckons visitors out into the sun to enjoy the beach and the ocean, but there are some interesting family events at night. One way to get a new perspective of the lovely beach is a stand-up paddleboard night tour. The guide leads paddleboarders through the waterways to hear the night sounds and see the lights. Glow sticks and lights are provided for the adventure.

6. Miami Gardens, Florida

Sports enthusiasts flock to Miami Gardens to get a look at the Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. The stadium is set to be the destination for games of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl, international soccer, and other world-class events.

7. Hialeah, Florida

If you ask anyone what made Hialeah famous, it’s horse racing. It started in 1920 when two men donated the land and began raising funds to build the racetrack. If you stay in Hialeah, you can take your family for an exciting afternoon to watch the horses run. A great family spot is Amelia Earhart Park, a 515-acre park with five lakes. The five-acre Bark Park is fenced with sections for large dogs and small dogs where your pets can kick up their paws and run off-leash.

8. City of Coral Gables, Florida

The City of Coral Gables offers some unusual and quirky attractions, including the Venetian Pool. It was created in 1924 from an old coral rock quarry and features swimming depths of four feet to eight feet. The pool is drained every night and refilled with fresh water every day, with water being recycled through the aquifer system. Children must be age three to enter.

9. Key Biscayne, Florida

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park takes up the southern end of the island adjacent to Key Biscayne. Visitors enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking along the park’s beachfront. The park is also home to the 1825 Cape Florida Lighthouse. You can go on a guided tour of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. For some Cuban cuisine, the Lighthouse Cafe and Boater’s Grill are inside the park. If you prefer a picnic, just reserve a shelter and bring your grill.

10. South Beach, Miami, Florida

Beautiful people and celebrities made South Beach famous, but anyone can go there for a great vacation. The two-mile stretch of sugar-white beach attracts the sun worshippers, surfers, and swimmers. The town has a lot to offer, too, including the Art Deco historical district filled with beautiful, colorful buildings. You can learn about the various artistic styles on a 90-minutes walking tour that allows you to explore the interiors hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures.

11. Surfside, Florida

When you’re ready for some therapy fishing, Surfside’s Therapy-IV and Captain Stan are ready to take you deep sea angling. Sunny Isles Beach Water Sports can help you step up the pace a lot with windsurfing, paddle boarding lessons, surfing, and kayaking. Landlubbers can try out their ninja skills at Ninja Lounge Trampolines and Obstacles. You and the kids can just bounce around or try the ropes and obstacles. If you make a mistake, falling into a pit of foam chunks can be fun too.

12. Bal Harbour, Florida

Bal Harbour is a stretch of white sand and crystal blue ocean that offers peace and quiet for people who want an uncrowded beach experience. It’s so simple to spread out your beach towel or sink into your chaise beach chairs to begin a perfect day in this tropical paradise. At your leisure, you can enjoy a stroll, jog, or bike ride along the exquisitely landscaped Beach Walk that runs parallel to the beach.

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