The barrier islands north of Miami Beach are occupied mainly by smart residential areas and a few oceanfront resorts along Collins Avenue. The North Beach areas are quieter than South Beach, but the hotels are right on the sands, and are less expensive.
A strip of sand between 79th and 87th Streets separates Miami Beach from Surfside, a simple community popular with French Canadians. At 96th Street, Surfside merges with Bal Harbour, a stylish enclave with some flashy hotels and a swanky mall. Northward is Haulover Park, with dune-backed sands facing the ocean.