Located west of Biscayne Bay, Palmetto Bay is a vibrant community known for its family-oriented atmosphere. Palmetto Bay is about 9.5 miles away from Coral Gables and about 15 miles to Downtown Miami.
The community goes south to the centerline of southwest 184 Street, extends from the centerline of southwest 136 Street, east to Biscayne Bay, and expands to the west to the centerline of South Dixie Highway.
South Dixie Highway commercial corridor gives its residents convenient access within the village.
Most of the commercial complexes including shopping venues, retail options, lodging, and restaurants are family-owned. Some of the highly rated restaurants in the neighborhood include Asian Fusion Café, Bistro Foly, and Gold China Restaurant.
Palmetto Bay is increasing its community identity by installing their own unique street signs and developing green areas with beautiful landscaping. Palmetto Bay also initiated green programs including the LEED-certified Coral Reef Park building and Village Hall.
Living in Palmetto Bay is all about convenience. The neighborhood has a dedicated bus that brings its residents to major destinations within the community. The bus also has a drop off at Dadeland South Metrorail where residents can commute going to the Jackson Hospital System, University of Miami, and nearby neighborhoods of Downtown Miami and Brickell.
Palmetto Bay has its own newspaper, The Palmetto Bay News, which published Miami’s Community Newspapers twice a week. The neighborhood also gets featured in The Miami Herald’s South Dade edition of its supplement, “Neighbors.”
Since most of the homes in Palmetto Bay were made of wood frame, the neighborhood was one of those severely affected by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Due to this, newly constructed homes now have concrete walls and durable materials.
Shopping in Palmetto Bay stays true to the neighborhood’s open, calm atmosphere.
The Falls is one of Florida’s biggest open air shopping center that offers a wide variety of specialty shops, boutiques, and more dining options. The neighborhood is also close to Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
Residents of Palmetto Bay enjoy an extensive park system that has five village parks that provides an avenue for passive and active recreational activities and a neighborhood library. The community also has two county facilities. Continuous improvement of parks earned the Palmetto Bay the nickname of “Village of Parks.”
One of the notable tourist spots in the area includes Charles Deering Estate on Old Cutler Road. The estate is often used as a venue for cultural arts specials and other private events. Thalatta Estate Park is a Mediterranean Revival house built in 1926 and now serves as a village park.
Other local attractions near the neighborhood include Adrienne Arsht Center (Performing Arts), Frost Art Museum-FIU, Lowe Art Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Children’s Museum, and Goldcoast Railroad Museum.