South of Fifth Neighborhood

South of Fifth Neighborhood (SoFi) Miami Beach

A New York-hip-inspired marketing campaign dubbed this southernmost South Beach neighborhood “SoFi” several years ago. The ultra-exclusive South of Fifth community also has an enduring, quiet charm that sets it apart from the rest of Miami Beach. An internationally acclaimed resort area, SoFi offers secluded luxury living in some of Miami's most distinctive condos and lofts.

South of Fifth is mostly residential, with some restaurants, a few hotels, the Miami Beach Marina complex and the expansive South Pointe Park. SoFi property owners relish panoramic views of the port, downtown Miami, Fisher Island, Government Cut and the Atlantic.

Residents are strategically cocooned from the hustle and bustle of the Art Deco District further north, yet are only steps away from South Beach’s stylish shops, award-winning restaurants and acclaimed nightlife.

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While buffered from the din of South Beach, the elite SoFi neighborhood’s compact size and close proximity to the MacArthur Causeway puts the rest of Miami and Miami Beach within easy reach.

South of Fifth’s triangular enclave at the tip of South Beach stretches from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to Biscayne Bay on the west. With South Pointe Park as the southern boundary, South of Fifth reaches north to 5th Street, the busy six-lane artery leading to the MacArthur Causeway, Miami and I-95. As the name suggests, it is 5th Street that clearly demarcates South of Fifth from the rest of South Beach.

Places To Go and Things To Do Around South of FifthSouth of Fifth Government, Police, Fire Rescue & MedicalSouth of Fifth is served by the city of Miami Beach’s police and fire rescue departments. See our main Miami Beach neighborhood page for more information.

South of Fifth Recreation

South of Fifth’s tree-lined streets invite walking, jogging and cycling in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

For more structured activities, the 17.5-acre South Pointe Park shows off a $22 million makeover, which revamped Miami Beach’s southernmost point into lush green space. A paved bay-walk and meandering pathways offer vantage points for observing cruise ships and other vessels gliding through Government Cut. The park boasts an interactive fountain equipped with sensors that distinguish changes in wind speed. There’s also a playground with additional water elements for creative fun and a rooftop observation deck set among tall palms. At night, 18 light towers glow in different colors, illuminating the area’s jewel of an open space.

Dog-walkers congregate in the neighborhood dog park in South Pointe Park or in the Washington Avenue Bark Park at Second Street and Collins Avenue.

South Beach's beautiful people gather at the Penrod’s complex at 1st Street and Collins Avenue for nightlife and Sunday afternoon parties at Nikki Beach’s St. Tropez-style club. The chic-unlimited scene plays out against a backdrop of teepees, hammocks, retro music and flowing champagne.

The upscale La Piaggia Beach Club at the west end of South Pointe Drive is a vision of pretty people parading in front of yellow and orange cabanas, relaxing on waterfront lounges and cooling off in the salt-water pool. French-Italian cuisine and colorful cocktails add to the attractions of the place dubbed "The South of France at South of Fifth." Keeping those tanned bodies in shape gets easier in South Beach with early-morning and evening yoga classes on the beach near the pink lifeguard stand at the Third Street Beach.

Boats of all sizes are docked at the Miami Beach Marina on the bay side of South of Fifth. Club Nautico rents speedboats and other watercraft, and their bar is a gathering place for relaxing with drink specials, seafood and the sound of live music emanating from the thatched-roof stage.

For more cerebral excitement, locals can chill out at the South Shore branch of the Miami Dade Public Library on Alton Road.

South of Fifth Shopping

Retail in the South of Fifth neighborhood once meant small convenience stores and local independent shops with a couple of brand-name drug stores in the immediate area. Now, just across the 5th Street divide (5th and Alton Road), a new vertical shopping center, with 180,000 square feet spread over three levels, has opened at the intersection with Alton Road. There are also six levels of parking with 1,080 spaces. The shopping complex features a Publix Super Market, Best Buy, Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Maxx, Staples, PETCO and Vitamin Shoppe.

Other shopping is located throughout South Beach and across the MacArthur Causeway in downtown and midtown Miami.

South of Fifth Dining

South of Fifth’s walkable community puts first-class restaurants a stroll away. Loyal locals, visitors and international celebrities head to see-and-be-seen dining rooms buzzing with excitement. The landmark Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant on Washington Avenue has been serving classic Miami Beach fare since 1913. Other South Beach hot spots include Smith & Wollensky in South Pointe Park, Prime 112, a chic steakhouse in the oldest hotel in the city on Ocean Drive, Kobe Club on Washington Avenue and the enduring China Grill, a haute cuisine Chinese restaurant also on Washington. For authentic Haitian home-cooking and a dazzling collection of cultural, interpretive art, Tap Tap on the north side of 5th Street is part restaurant and part art gallery.

South of Fifth Schools, Shuls & Churches

South Pointe Elementary School is within the neighborhood on 4th Street.

South of Fifth History

The southernmost section of Miami Beach, once known as South Pointe, has a varied history, which includes being the site of the long-gone Miami Beach Dog Track and the still-very-much-alive Joe’s Stone Crab.

Back in the 1930s, restrictions were in place for segments of the community. Jews were restricted from living north of 5th Street, so they established a vibrant community south of 5th Street centered on low-rise apartment buildings, synagogues, Yiddish theaters and neighborhood stores.

As Miami Beach developed in the 1940s and ‘50s, many of the original residents moved further north, but the area retained its quiet neighborhood atmosphere while other parts of the city boomed. Over the years, several costly redevelopment plans were presented, including one hatched in the 1970s that proposed flooding South Pointe and building canals to create a miniature Venice.

One of the grand redevelopment plans came to partial fruition in 1987, when South Pointe Tower opened. Later on, the Courts luxury low-rise condominium complex debuted.

As the original nucleus for what became Miami Beach, South of Fifth retains some of the oldest structures in the city. In 1994, its eastern portion became the Ocean Beach Historic District, protecting the area’s unique charm, while allowing vibrant new construction.

For nearly 90 years, Miami Beach maintained a curious connection with Alaskan Eskimos. When the Government Cut deep-water channel was created in 1906, a federal settlement ceded a portion of waterfront property in the enclave to the Inuit tribe of Alaskan natives. The land next to South Pointe Park lay dormant until the early 1990s, when Thomas Kramer, a commodities broker and head of the Portofino Group, purchased the Alaska parcel and sought to up-zone it. A complicated agreement was strongly opposed by Miami Beach residents, and a spree of lawsuits followed, resulting in new density laws that reduced the allowable square footage on the site. Kramer eventually pulled out of developing the property and sold the land.

A resurgent real estate market paved the way for other developers to construct luxury high-rises along the waterfront. The 45-story Portofino Tower was built in 1997, and the 34-story Yacht Club at Portofino went up in 1999. Continuum l opened in 2002 with the highest price per square foot in Miami Beach, taking luxury and South of Fifth’s prestige to a new level. Other waterfront towers followed, and the first new luxury hotel in the neighborhood opened. Restaurants and other businesses trickled back in, and the whole low-key, unpolished SoFi neighborhood took on a new, smart and relaxed image.

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