Buying in the Winter? It’s Easier than You Think!

Many people believe that have to buy or sell their homes during the peak real estate season—but this is a common myth that you shouldn’t fall for! When you live in sunny South Florida, buying a home in the winter can be a breeze. It may come as a surprise, but here’s why you shouldn’t let the season stop you from buying.

Less Competition

Person with keys buying in the winter

When it comes to real estate, supply and demand is the name of the game. Most people are looking to buy a home from May to August, but don’t fall prey to all the hype. In Florida’s hot market, it’s easy to be swept away by the competition. If you want to move during peak season, be prepared to be outbid and go against thousands of other buyers.

Want to take things at your own pace? Buying in the winter allows you to peruse the market without rushing. Homes sit on the market for much longer, so you won’t have to schedule a showing the day the home lists (unless you want to!). Less competition also means less stress, which will make the process that much simpler.

Prices Are Lower

Money, check book, and wooden house

As I mentioned before, lower demand means a higher supply. When it comes to real estate, that means buyers have more room to negotiate a lower price with motivated sellers. This is definitely the case in the winter—although you’ll have fewer homes to choose from, you could get a great deal that you wouldn’t find during the summer.

On average, home prices take the biggest dive in January, with November and December close behind. You can save tens of thousands of dollars if you time your move right—and sellers are often eager to work with a motivated buyer.

More Flexibility

Agent and client looking over a contract

Imagine not having to compete with hundreds of other people to book a moving company, find a lawyer to handle the closing, and handle all the other details of buying a home. Buying in the winter means you can avoid all of these hassles, which will make a stressful process a whole lot smoother.

Because fewer people are making a move during the colder months, you might even get a deal on a moving service. And because you’re in the South Florida area, you won’t have to deal with inclement weather or tons of snow! Even real estate agents are less swamped during his time of year, so there’s a good chance that your home search will be a breeze.

Thinking About Buying in the Winter?

There are so many reason to consider buying your next South Florida home during the colder months. Ready to take your next steps? Give me, Scott Patterson, a call. I’m here to be your all-in-one South Florida resource, and I have tons of buyer info to help you navigate the process. Just give me a call with any questions—I’d love to chat!

The Top South Florida Fall Events You Can’t Miss

As we gear up for the holiday season, fall is still in full swing in South Florida. It might not seem to be getting much colder, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with a little autumn spirit. Ready to get out and enjoy some of the best South Florida fall events? We’ve got a list of activities you won’t want to miss, and they’re fun for the entire family!

South Dade Seafood Festival

Seafood and wine at South Florida fall events

Living so close to the coast means that Floridians get access to some of the country’s best seafood. The South Dade Seafood Festival is a celebration of the area’s finest cuisine, and you’re invited to join in on the fun!

Wondering what’s in store? On November 2nd, BrandsMart USA will be hosting one of the most mouthwatering seafood events in the Miami area. Now is the time to try some delicious fish, conch, crab, shrimp, and more. There will also be plenty of live music and drinks to go around!

Camelot Days Medieval Festival

Knight and squire on horse

Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all fair Floridians! The Camelot Days Medieval Festival is heading to Hollywood, and it’s going to be a jolly good time! All jokes aside, this festival is going to be one you won’t want to miss, especially if you love some knights, jousting, and checking out local artisans.

From November 3rd to the 17th, TY Park will come alive with medieval spirit. Come enjoy live combat, magic, and all kinds of family fun. Locals love cheering on their favorite side during the live chess game and feasting like a king at traditional-style eateries.

Fall Art on the Square 2019

Artisan painting pots

Want to support local artisans while taking in the lovely landscape of West Palm Beach? Mark your calendars for November 9th! Fall Art on the Square is just a short drive from Miami, and it’s perfect for a day trip. It’s also the great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Curious about what you’ll find? This combination market and competition features some of the best artisans from around the country. Come browse the entries and pick up some one-of-a-kind finds, all while enjoying gourmet bites and a good drink.

Don’t Miss Out on These Top South Florida Fall Events!

Think it’s too late to enjoy some of the best South Florida fall events? Believe it or not, autumn is the perfect time to buy a home, and I’m here to make the process easy.

Trust the Scott Patterson Group to get the job done right. We’ll be there with you every step of the way, from setting up showings to handing you the keys to your dream home. Our buyer resources and handy search tool will keep you in tune with the South Florida market, too. Ready to get started? We’re just a phone call away!

Stock Up at South Florida’s Top Farmer’s Markets!

Although it’s getting chillier, one of the perks of living in South Florida is having year-round access to fresh produce! Here, you’ll find plenty of farmers markets all along the coast that are fully stocked with some of the best organic fruits and veggies. Here’s my list of South Florida’s top farmers markets—I know you’ll find a spot you’ll love!

Yellow Green Farmers Market

Woman looking at art

Want to check out South Florida’s largest farmers market? Yellow Green is the top spot for locals looking for fresh produce and artisanal goods. This 100,000 square foot warehouse is home to over 300 vendors, and it’s open all year round.

One of the best parts about this market is its open-air atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to enjoy Florida’s stunning weather while also shopping for locally sourced products. Be sure to check out the Amish butter and organic pet treats for your furry friends—they’re some of my favorite products.

Laurenzo’s Farmers Market

Peaches at Florida's top farmer's markets

Looking for a market with a unique Italian twist? Laurenzo’s is the place to go. This local hotspot has all the delicious eats you’ve been searching for, along with some one-of-a-kind imports you won’t find anywhere else. This family-owned business has been serving North Miami Beach for over 45 years, so you can trust their quality and expertise.

You can enjoy Laurenzo’s market 7 days a week, and you’ll always find something new and exciting to try. You can’t miss out on their tomato sauce and homestyle meals—they’re just like how grandma used to make them!

The Aventura Market

Interior of Florida's top farmer's markets

Do you have an appreciation for organic produce, Miami-based artisans, and top-notch quality goods? Then the Aventura Market is the place for you! This small-scale farmers market features over 35 vendors, and you can’t beat its convenient Aventura Mall location.

Wondering what you’ll find at the Aventura Market? The options are endless! Be sure to stop by—the market is open every weekend and features a wide variety of locally-sourced goods. I personally love their custom tea blends, fresh cut flowers and succulents, and international cuisine.

Coconut Grove Organic Market

Vendors at Florida's top farmer's markets

Whether you’ve been eating organic for years or are looking to start, the Coconut Grove Organic Market should be your go-to spot for Miami’s freshest produce. Every Saturday, Grand Avenue comes alive with farmers and fans of this decades-old market.

There’s something truly special about meeting the person who grew your food. Here, farmers are always on hand to talk about the growing process, and they’d love to give you some recommendations! It’s also a great place to grab some pre-made goodies, including picks for vegans and vegetarians.

Florida’s Top farmers Markets Are Waiting for You!

Ready to explore Florida’s top farmers markets for yourself? Then it’s time to consider making your move to South Florida! Whether you’re relocating from across the country or down the street, we’ve got you covered. The Scott Patterson Group is ready to go the extra mile to find your South Florida dream home. Feel free to reach out to us—we’re excited to team up and help you take your next steps.

Halloween in South Florida: The Top Events Happening in the Next Week

Happy Halloween, South Florida! With October 31st just around the corner, the next few days promise to be filled with tricks, treats, spooks, and scares.

Whether you’re taking the kids out for candy or looking for an evening of fun, here are the top Halloween events around South Florida.

Halloween Night of the Haunted Carnival

A stack of small pumpkins in someone's hand at a haunted carnival.

When: October 25th, 6pm

Where: Back Yard Concert Lawn & Plaza

What: A haunted house, a costume parade, carnival games, live performances, and more—the Haunted Carnival has a little something for ghost and ghouls of every age. Stick around until 10pm for a screening of Beetlejuice!

A Nightmare in Leah

A face painted on a pumpkin.

When: October 26th

Where: Leah Arts District

What: Come out for an all-out, family-friendly block party in the Leah Arts District! You can enjoy live music, painting demonstrations, trick-or-treating, and a few special surprises.

Spooky Symphony

People playing the cello in a symphony.

When: October 27th

Where: Miami-Dade County Auditorium

What: The Alhambra Orchestra and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony will be putting on their annual Spooky Symphony this Saturday, featuring music from Frozen, Wonder Woman, and more. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes!

Ghosts in the Garden

A young girl in a princess costume.

When: October 27th

Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

What: Carve your own jack-o-lantern, take in some spooky art, and enjoy the creative costumes on display during the garden parade.

Not-so-Spooky Halloween Festival

Candy corn in a pumpkin shaped bowl.

When: October 31st

Where: Westwood Park

What: If you have a few kiddos, this is the event to check out. Come gather goodies at the trunk-or-treat, then stick around for a showing of Hocus Pocus.

Hallowave

Young kids in Halloween costumes.

When: October 31st

Where: Washington Avenue Business Improvement District

What: The Hallowave is a full mile of Halloween festivities, including trick-or-treating, games, iconic characters, and more. Don’t miss out on the dog costume contest!

Monster Mash Bash

Jack-o-lanterns.

When: October 31st

Where: City Hall

What: The Monster Mash Bash is sure to be a graveyard smash. A haunted house, live music, costume contest, carnival rides and games, vendors, prizes, and more—it’s the place to be on Halloween night!

Explore Life in South Florida

If you’re curious about all that life in South Florida has to offer, I’m more than happy to show you around. Check out a few of my in-depth guides to area, browse my buying resources, and give me a call when you’re ready to start your real estate journey!

Get in the Fall Spirit with These Seasonal South Florida Celebrations

Although we may not have autumn’s quintessential crisp temperatures and changing leaves, we still have plenty of fall fun in South Florida.

From Oktoberfest celebrations to food festivals to book fairs, you’ll find something happening pretty much every weekend! Check out a few of the top upcoming highlights, and add them to your schedule!

Miami Carnival

Feathers.

When: October 11th – 15th

Where: Locations vary

What: A celebration of Brazilian and Trinidadian culture, the Miami Carnival is one of the most lively and colorful events in the region. You can expect parades, live music, dancing, arts and crafts, and tons of food and drinks. The most popular parts of the carnival include the Junior Carnival and J’Ouvert!

Oktoberfest Miami

Oktoberfest.

When: October 11th – 13th, 18th – 20th

Where: German American Social Club on Miller Drive

What: Celebrating its 62nd year, Oktoberfest Miami is the longest continuously-running Oktoberfest in the country! Come one of the two weekends for authentic German beer food, music, and more.

Grovetoberfest

Beer.

When: October 12th

Where: Regatta Park

What: If you’re a fan of craft beer, then you won’t want to miss Grovetoberfest. With over 500 craft beers, tons of tastings, and live music, it’s one of the largest celebrations of its kind!

Cardboard Boat Race

Paper boat.

When: October 12th

Where: City of Hollywood Marina

What: Grab a team, assemble a boat, and see if you have what it takes to stay afloat for the Cardboard Boat Race! Boats can be built on or off site, and cardboard will be provided. The winners of the race get trophies and bragging rights! Check out some of the designs from last year, and get to building.

South Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood.

When: October 22nd – 26th

Where: South Beach

What: Named by USAToday as one of the Top 5 Specialty Festivals in the country and rated as the Best Seafood Festival in the US by the Travel Channel, the South Beach Seafood Festival is a can’t-miss. In addition to some of the best flavors in the country, you can also expect live music, games, demos, and plenty of drinks.

Miami Beach Pop Festival

A concert.

When: November 8th – 10th

Where: South Beach

What: Jack Johnson, Chance the Rapper, T-Pain, The Roots, Maggie Rogers—this three-day music festival is bringing in some big names. No matter what your favorite genre is—from dance and hip hop to pop and rock—you’ll probably find a familiar name on the lineup.

Miami Book Fair

Books.

When: November 17th – 24th

Where: Locations vary

What: Close out the season by curling up with a perfect book at the Miami Book Fair. For eight days, you can explore vendors, authors, and all things literature.

Explore Life in South Florida

Whether you hail from Hollywood or Miami, you’ll find that our area of South Florida is always busy with things to do. The best way to explore it all? Find your new home in one of our unique communities!

Take some time to get to know more about the South Florida area, and browse my buying resources for more information. Ready to get started? Just give me a call!

Moving to Aventura? Don’t Miss these Top Communities!

Aventura, located less than a half-hour north of Miami, is full of vibrant amenities and is also experiencing rapid growth. Now is the time to move to this burgeoning suburb—after your first visit, you’ll see why it’s known as “The City of Excellence.”

Here’s my list for the best communities in Aventura. Whether you’re looking for a beachfront condo or a golf community, I’ve got the top picks that you need to see for yourself.

Aventura Estates

A home in one of the best communities in Aventura

Picture a stunning golf community with rolling fairways, meticulously designed homes, and prestigious amenities. This is exactly what you’ll get when you call Aventura Estates home. You won’t find a neighborhood like this anywhere else, and it’s truly the pinnacle of South Florida luxury.

This community is a rare find on the Turnberry Golf Course and boasts the best luxury features. Homes here can range from 2,000 to 5,000+ square feet and often include private pools, custom designs, chef-style kitchens, and so much more. You’ll be swept off your feet by the amenities—don’t miss the gated entrance, miles of exercise trails, and the marina.

Hidden Bay

Condo in one of the best communities in Aventura.

Have you always dreamed of a waterfront home? When you call Hidden Bay home, you’ll be able to experience coastal views and the grandeur of a premiere community. Hidden Bay condominiums range in price from $300,000 – $3,000,000, and these units are packed with unique features that you won’t find anywhere else.

Take a peek at a Hidden Bay condo and you’ll understand why it’s one of the best communities in Aventura. Most units feature views of Dumfoundling Bay, and you’ll also notice the stunning kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, and open floor plans. Looking for amenities? Hidden Bay has plenty of them, including pools, a marina, and a fitness center.

Golden Pointe

High rises in the best communities in Aventura.

Golden Pointe is the perfect mixture of privacy and convenience. Its proximity to the best South Florida amenities and its location on the Intracoastal Waterway make it an opulent place to call home. This gated island community features 1,750 – 2,750 square feet townhomes that are fully appointed with all the features you’re looking for.

When you step inside a Golden Pointe condo, you’ll be transported to your own slice of paradise. These townhomes come fully loaded—expect open floor plans, stunning master suites, and much more. The amenities will allow you to fully embrace the South Florida lifestyle. Residents also have access to a heated pool, tennis courts, a spa, and much more!

Porto Vita

Balcony on one of the best communities in Aventura.

Life on the Intracoastal Waterway is truly a breeze, and if you’re looking for the best spot to call home, I recommend Porto Vita. Situated on the water, Porto Vita is a sprawling community of luxury high-rises and townhomes. Here, expect jaw-dropping waterfront and golf course views. The homes themselves are also something to behold and come with fantastic amenities.

Homes in Porto Vita range from 2,250 – 6,000 square feet and start at $1,500,000, which make it a truly extravagant community. You’ll find features such as sprawling balconies, master suites with prestigious waterfront views, and open-concept floor plans for entertaining. Amenities include multiple pools, a fitness center, a spa, and so much more.

Ready to Discover the Best Communities in Aventura?

If it’s time for you to discover the best communities in Aventura for yourself, I’ve got the resources you’ve been looking for. Just call me, Scott Patterson, for all of your Aventura real estate needs. I’m a South Florida expert, and even if you just want to learn more about the area, I can’t wait to be your guide.

Ready to jumpstart your real estate journey? Give me a call so we can chat—I’d love to introduce you to the stunning Aventura area. Looking to sell? I can help with that, too!

Scott’s Picks: Your Exclusive Guide to South Florida’s Best Parks

Did you know that Florida has some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world? It’s true! When you call the Sunshine State home, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the stunning serenity of nature.

These are my top picks for South Florida’s best parks — they’re the perfect spots to unwind in the great outdoors.

Biscayne National Park

Light house at one of South Florida's best parks.

Get ready to explore Florida’s most interesting ecosystems. From coral reefs to islands, you’ll find it all at Biscayne National Park. This coastal preserve features its own mangrove forest, a campground, four marinas, and so much more.

Planning a visit? Don’t miss out on the amazing snorkeling opportunities. Here, you’ll be able to see dolphins, sharks, manatees, and even tropical fish. If you’re lucky, you can even schedule a private tour of the park, which includes access to the bay and keys. Another can’t-miss spot is the Boca Chita Lighthouse, which features stunning waterfront views.

C.B. Smith Park

Water park at one of South Florida's best parks.

If you’re looking for a spot that’s fun for the entire family, there’s a reason why C.B. Smith Park was rated as one of South Florida’s best parks. Hidden away in Pembroke Pines, it’s hard to believe that this park is less than a half-hour from Miami’s city center!

Here, you’ll find a plethora of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Kids will love the water park, batting cages, and more. Don’t worry, though—there’s plenty of fun for the adults, too. This park also has a driving range, tennis courts, and fishing spots. Full RV hookups are also available for camping year-round, so come and enjoy what C.B. Smith Park has to offer.

Everglades National Park

The Everglades at one of South Florida's best parks.

We’ve all heard of the Florida Everglades—it’s a kind of place you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Luckily, you can enjoy this unique part of the state just a stone’s throw away from Miami.

The Everglades National Park offers plenty of activities for visitors. Whether you want to explore nearly 30 miles of trails or enjoy the starry sky with a telescope, you’re bound to find something you’ll love. This is also a fantastic spot to learn about conservation, as park rangers are eager to educate visitors on the area’s one-of-a-kind features.

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Beach at one of South Florida's best parks.

Everyone knows about Florida’s stunning beaches, but if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the spot. You’ll find John U. Lloyd Park in secluded Dania Beach, and there’s no shortage of fun things to enjoy.

This park is the perfect spot to enjoy a dip in the ocean and collect shells on the shore. Best of all, you can enjoy all your favorite activities without large high-rises or tourists. I recommend the kayaking or sailboating—it’s a great way to take in the Florida coast, and you can rent all of the equipment you’ll need.

Ready to Call South Florida Home?

It’s not too late to come enjoy South Florida’s best parks. If you’re considering a move to the Miami area, I’ve got the resources you need to make the right decision.

Want info from an area expert? Just call me, Scott Patterson. I’m a Miami local and have years of experience in South Florida real estate. I’d love to answer any questions you might have. Just give me a call so we can chat—I can’t wait to help jumpstart your real estate journey!

Find a Home for Fido: The Top Pet-Friendly Properties in South Florida

Pets play a pretty important role in our lives. In fact, 68% of households in the country own a pet! Since so many people have a four-legged family member, it makes sense that you’d want to move somewhere that works for them, too.

Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful South Florida homes and condos that are not only pet-friendly, but also surrounded by resources like dog parks, pet stores, and groomers. Take a look at a few of the top pet-friendly communities in the area, and let me know when you’d like to see a few listings in person!

Diplomat Oceanfront

A dog on a beach.

The Diplomat is a high-rise, oceanfront building in Hollywood, filled with resort-style amenities and stunning views. The building is pet-friendly, so you’ll be able to enjoy it all with Fido by your side!

Just north of the building, you’ll find the Hollywood Dog Beach, which is open on the weekends and features some pretty prime beachfront, all for your four-legged friend. An added bonus: on your way home from the beach, you can also swing by the nearby Pet Supermarket and pick up a few treats!

Trump Royale

Dogs at a dog park.

A 55-story condo tower that juts out above the rest of Collins Avenue, the Trump Royale building offers a lifestyle like no other, including luxurious amenities, oceanfront views, and pet-friendly units.

You won’t have to wander far from home to find some green space for your pup. Heritage Park is just a stone’s throw away and features a leash-free dog zone, perfect for making a few new friends. If your pet needs a little style boost, Le Chien’s grooming services are just down the road!

Golden Pointe

A dog with a toy.

Located in Aventura, Golden Pointe is a gated townhome community perched along the Intracoastal Waterway. Not only do these homes offer plenty of space for your pet to roam around in, but you’ll also have a slice of outdoor patio space, as well!

When it comes to location, pet owners won’t find a much better option than the townhomes at Golden Pointe. Just down the road from the neighborhood is the Waterways Dog Park, which features 1.5 acres of off-leash space, doggie water fountains, and a shaded patio. Take a two-minute trip north of the park, and you’ll find all of the supplies you need at Petco!

For a local shopping option, Aventura Pups is a few extra minutes away.

Harbourwood Villas

A dog in a park.

A laid-back, townhome-style village, Harbourwood Villas is home to beautiful properties, coveted amenities, and either canal-front or garden-front views. It’s the perfect place to raise up your four-legged friend!

Just minutes away from your front door, you’ll find ample wide-open green space at Joseph Scavo Park, including a dog park area for both large and small dogs, and Petco is just down the road!

Find Your Home in South Florida

Whether you’re moving with your four-legged friend or not, you’ll find plenty of top-notch home options in South Florida, from luxurious condos to expansive townhomes. Take some time to explore the area and neighborhoods, and narrow down your search.

Ready to get started or need a few recommendations? Just give me a call!

Scott’s Picks: Your Personal Guide to Luxurious Beach Living in Bal Harbour

Luxurious Beach Living in Bal Harbour includes gorgeous beachfront condos.

Bal Harbour is one of South Florida’s premiere destinations for upscale waterfront living. With plenty of communities to choose from, there are a wide variety of options to explore.

Each area has its own lifestyle and perks, so it may seem hard to find the perfect place. Don’t worry, though—I’ve got extensive guides to the ins and outs of all of the top communities. Let’s check them out!

Balmoral

Luxurious beach living in Bal Harbour involves living in buildings on the coast.

Looking for a waterfront condo with 360 degree views of the ocean? Then Balmoral may be the spot for you. Towering 21 stories above Collins Avenue is Balmoral, a tight-knit condo community that faces sandy beaches and is close to amazing shopping and dining opportunities.

Units in Balmoral range from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet, so you’ll be able to find a layout that best suits you. You’ll also find fantastic amenities, such as multiple parking spaces, marble flooring in every unit, swimming pools, a library, and a fitness center.

Looking for things to do near Balmoral? I recommend the Bal Harbour Shops, situated a stone’s throw away from the community. You’ll find stores like Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch, as well as restaurants like Makoto and Carpaccio.

Bellini

The beach.

If you’re looking for an expansive, high end condo with beachfront views and proximity to some of Bal Harbour’s best amenities, the Bellini community is a perfect fit.

Situated on Collins Avenue, you’ll find yourself immersed in the best that Bal Harbour has to offer. With units varying from 2,918 – 9,000 square feet, Bellini has a floor plan for everyone. These condos offer more space than most, so if you’re looking to spread out and relax by the beach, you have to explore these units.

Amenities include a fitness center and custom-designed spa, a residents-only cafe, Italian gardens, concierge and valet services, and a heated pool.

One Bal Harbour

High rise condos on the coast.

Searching for some of the highest standards of luxury living in Bal Harbour? Look no further than One Bal Harbour, a master-planned condo community that commands gorgeous beachfront views.

This 26-story luxury condo building on Collins Avenue is truly made for those with the most discerning taste. Units here range from 510 – 8,000 square feet, which means you’ll find some of the most diverse options. Bal Harbour One offers its residents room service, valet parking, concierge, pet care, and a 10,000 square foot Guerlain spa.

One of the biggest perks of One Bal Harbour is its five-star restaurant. That’s right—to experience Bal Harbour’s best cuisine, you won’t even have to leave the community! Check out Artisan Beach House’s locally sourced cuisine today—and if you live there, you can eat it any time you want!

St. Regis

Luxurious beach living in Bal Harbour means having access to the beach whenever you want.

New construction, gleaming towers, beachside views, and enviable amenities: all of these things can be found at St. Regis. This newer condo community offers access to both the Atlantic and Intercoastal Waterways.

There are plenty of different units to choose from in St. Regis. This condo community has units from 1,310 – 14,100 square feet, so from penthouse to one bedroom, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been dreaming of. Amenities include a full health and fitness center, stunning beachfront views, fully landscaped grounds, concierge and security services, and massive balconies.

One of the unique perks of the St. Regis is its Bar and Wine Vault. If you’re seeking an experienced sommelier to introduce you to some of the best wines, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more.

Ready to find your next dream beachfront condo?

Real estate agents finding clients the best deal.

If you’re looking to kickstart your luxurious beach lifestyle, it’s time to contact a Bal Harbour area expert. I’m Scott Patterson, and I have the tools you need to find your dream condo. Beachfront living is only a phone call away, so contact me now with any questions you may have. Don’t wait—the sun and sand is only a few clicks away!

Need more advice on buying or selling your home in South Florida? Explore my website to get started!

Sun, Sand, and Serenity: South Florida’s Top Beaches

Florida’s expansive coastline makes it perfect for ocean-lovers looking to live near the sun and sand. With so many different spots to choose from, it may seem overwhelming, but one part of the state stands out from the rest—right here in South Florida.

In our opinion, you can find some of Florida’s best beaches on the southern coast. Next time you’re planning a beach day, here are some of the top spots to check out!

South Beach

People enjoying one of South Florida's top beaches.

Sometimes it’s hard to choose between a beach that’s buzzing with things to do or one that’s more private. In South Beach, you get the best of both worlds! With crystal-clear waters and bright sand, you’ll never want to leave South Beach’s gorgeous shores. Well, maybe you will when you discover the awesome dining and shopping options that are right nearby in Miami!

This beach is perhaps one of the most popular Miami spots for both locals and tourists. After spending the day on the shore, we recommend exploring Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a farm-to-table favorite. Looking to shop? Hit up Fifth and Alton, a cool indoor shopping mall that has all your favorite stores.

Hallandale Beach

Umbrellas on a shoreline.

Just south of Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach is a fantastic community with gorgeous shorelines for you to explore. If you ask locals, the best way to experience this beach is on a high-rise condo right next to the shore. Take some time to soak up the sun and relax, and enjoy some of the most pristine water in South Florida.

When you’re ready for more fun, why not test your luck at one of the local casinos? Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino features both games and a horse racing venue that hosts the Florida Derby and Pegasus World Cup. The Big Easy Casino is another fun spot to check out—let’s hope the odds are in your favor!

Hollywood Beach

A beach.

If you’re looking for more than just sun and sand, you’ll find it here—one of Hollywood Beach’s coolest features is a 2.5 mile boardwalk! Stroll along the boardwalk and explore some of the coolest shops and restaurants just a stone’s throw away from the shore. Want to try your hand at some sports? The historic Garfield Street paddleball courts are open to all who want to give it a shot!

Of course, don’t forget to actually check out the beach. One of Florida’s highest-rated beaches, Hollywood Beach features both a charming town and a well-kept coastline that’s kept visitors coming back for one hundred years! With plenty of events going on year-round, you’ll want to become a Hollywood local!

Sunny Isles Beach

Coastline at one of South Florida's top beaches.

Located on a barrier island, Sunny Isles Beach allows you to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intercoastal Waterway on the west. With plenty of beach access, you could spend all day relaxing in the sun or taking a dip in the sea. However, there are plenty of other things to do, too!

The newly built Newport Fishing Pier is just off the beach and is the perfect spot to take in the water or go fishing. If you’re more into shopping, there are plenty of spots to explore nearby. The Aventura Mall is only a short drive away and has a movie theater, over 50 restaurants, and countless luxury shops for your perusal. The mall also has a free guided art tour, which showcases the mall’s private contemporary art collection.

Ready to Become a South Florida Native?

With so many gorgeous beaches to explore, it’s no wonder so many people want to call South Florida home. Now that you’ve read about South Florida’s top beaches, are you ready to call this phenomenal place home?

If it’s time for you to make your move, contact the Scott Patterson Group today. We’d love to help you find your dream home on the Florida coast! Looking for info on buying or selling your home in South Florida? Explore our website and give us a call—we’d love to chat about the real estate process!