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Aventura Florida, City SealCalled by many the “City of Excellence”, known for its high-end shopping, and world-class gastronomy, Aventura is a city that belongs to Miami-Dade. Located in the northeast side of the County, Aventura has an estimated population of 35,762 (According to a 2010 US Census). It began developing in early 70’s, in an area known as “Turnberry”. It then became an official city around 1995.

It is semi-surrounded by water on its east side and part of north and south sides. Luxurious condos everywhere, and it marks the Aventura striking sky-line. It is a residential neighborhood, with breath-taking luxury homes (Total Real Estate Value: $7.3 billion). It is also where the luxury resort Turnberry Isle is located.

Aventura Mall InteriorIf you are a tourist you can spend quite some time at the Aventura Mall, which is the fifth largest in the US. One of the most popular destinations for visitors as well as locals, it houses many popular boutiques, stores and restaurants, such as: The Cheesecake Factory, Armani Exchange, Guess, Bebe, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Sears, Puma, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Limited, Victoria's Secret, Urban Outfitters, The Apple Store, The Sony Store, and many more. The Aventura mall is also home to one of the largest movie theaters in the area, as well as complete Sears Auto Service Center.

There are also other strip malls in Aventura, such as The Shoppes at the Waterways. Not far from Aventura, in the city of Hollywood, you will find one of the most luxurious Hotel & Casino Resorts in all of Florida, not to mention it being one of the best in the United States. I am talking about the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. If you’re searching for “things to do in Aventura”, chances are you will be directed almost exclusively to this Hotel & Casino. The best part about Aventura is that, geographically, you are in the middle of so many attractions. You can get on I-95 North and in no time you are in Fort Lauderdale – home of an immense amount of bars, restaurants, clubs, beaches, museums, exotic car stores, boat shows, air shows, and the list goes on and on. Truly a place to enjoy at whatever time of the day and night. Now, if you head west out of Aventura, that’s when you hit (again) the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, another place where you can find things to do day and night.

Traffic on US1, Aventura, FloridaHeading northwest you can also find, not far, the biggest mall in the United States, in the city of Sunrise. I am talking about the world famous Sawgrass Mills Mall. This is a great place for shopping, both bargain or luxury items, and also a great place for dining as well. For any mall lover or bargain shopper, this can be paradise. If you are a sports fan, then Sunrise is where you will find the home of the Florida Panthers, pretty much 30 seconds outside of the Sawgrass Mills Mall. Sunrise, just like Aventura, has its share of sports bars. If you choose to head south out of Aventura, using I-95, then in no time you are in Miami – World famous tourist destination, offering everything that Fort Lauderdale has to offer and oh so much more, especially in South Beach. One of the best parts about Aventura, and/or living in Aventura, is that you can enjoy the “craziness” of Miami, and then drive on home to a nice relaxing Aventura atmosphere. You can’t beat that.

IF you have the time, then a great suggestion is that you the time to drive down ocean drive all the way from Aventura to South Beach. Tourists have been doing this for years, and enjoying the great parts of south florida that one drives through.

Condo Apartment Building in Aventura FloridaIf you are someone moving to South Florida, then you will definitely want to give Aventura a closer look. Especially if you are going to be working somewhere in the Fort Lauderdale area. This is an extremely family oriented town, with plenty to do with just the spouse or with your kids. Now, just in case your work is in Miami somewhere, then you must be warned about the insane amount of time that you will be spending in traffic going back and forth from work. You will find some traffic in Aventura, especially at Ives Dairy Rd., and US-1 Biscayne Blvd., but it’s nothing compared to what you will be faced with in case you need to take I-95 home. Aventura is twelve miles north of Miami and twelve miles south of Fort Lauderdale. On average, you’d be better off driving to and from Fort Lauderdale than Miami. A little less traffic, even though now you’d be blessed with the Express Lane at I-95.

If you happen to be in Aventura, or planning on moving there, you might want to visit Oleta River State Park. Especially if you are the outdoor type. It is just such an amazing change of environment. It is truly an oasis in the middle of so much urban living. Miles of tracks for hiking or biking. Not to mention plenty of space for kayaking, canoeing, or just a simple outdoor brunch with the family, or some camping.

Just two miles north of Aventura, you will find an amazing racetrack and Casino called Gulfstream. There you will also find incredible dining for you and your spouse, with or without the little ones. If you’re a gambler, take a closer look at the horse races that happen every weekend between December and April. If you’re interested in shopping and dining, then you can visit The Village inside the Gulfstream complex.

Within a short distance from, well, anywhere in Aventura, is the new Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. No matter your age, you can find performances that best suits your tastes. An “elegant high-tech” performing arts and cultural center, set on a waterfront property, it is truly captivating.

Exploring Aventura by bus:

Exploring Aventura by bus is, indeed, an option. This is made possible by Aventura’s Express shuttle bus service. It is truly a great service, especially since it connects to other shuttle bus services that Miami-Dade and Broward Counties provide us with. This service takes you around the city of Aventura and its boundaries, going to such places like the Aventura Mall and the Aventura Arts & Cultural center. This shuttle service offers you five routes, helping you meet your transportation needs, not to mention extended hours to further help you move around Aventura inside an air conditioned bus. Did I mention its bike racks?

Here are the bus hours to help you schedule your day:
Monday through Friday:
7:45am – 6:30pm, blue, green, red and purple routes
8:45am – 9:30pm, all routes
*Blue serves northern Aventura, Green and Red serve central Aventura, Purple and Yellow serve southern Aventura
Here’s a link to its detailed schedule: http://www.cityofaventura.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=352

Are you the boating type? Aventura has one of the finest marinas in South Florida.

Aquamarina Hi-Lift
2890 NE 187th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: 786-288-0714

Aventura Automotive Resources:

DMV in Aventura, FL:
DMV Driver’s License Service Center
15555 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL
(305) 229-633

Tag Agency in Aventura, FL:
Aventura Tag Agency
1834 Miami Gardens Dr.
Aventura FL 33179
(305) 945-7698

Driving Schools in Aventura, FL and Region:

Juliano's Driving School:
100 Bayview Drive
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
(305) 944-5599

Driver Questions
20533 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL
(888) 964-1114

Miami & Broward Driving and Traffic School
3800 NE 168th St.
North Miami Beach, FL
(305) 305-3659

Zuluaga Driving School
17038 West Dixie Hwy.
North Miami, FL
(954) 839-4739

Carwashes in Aventura, FL:

Aventura Finest Hands Car Wash
18851 NE 29th Ave # 106
Aventura, FL
(305) 936-9929

San Lucas Car Wash
2691 NE 203rd St
Aventura, FL
(305) 778-1059

Mobil Gas Station and Carwash
19055 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL
(305) 935-6467

Mechanics Surrounding Aventura, FL

Fox Automotive
19226 W Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL, United States
(305) 932-6908

The Brake Authority
907 W Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL, United States
(754) 888-4812

Auto Star Co.
1010 S Dixie Hwy
Hallandale Beach, FL, United States
(954) 454-6020

Body Shops Surrounding Aventura, FL

Son's Auto Body Collision.
18400 W Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL
(305) 935-2248

Berky's Northeast Collision
18461 W Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL
(305) 931-1462

Frank's Auto Body
2655 NE 186th Ter
Miami, FL
(305) 932-5876