I just returned from a 7-week mini snowbird vacation in sunny isles beach.. and that's it.. I'll be returning this april for 1 week and then annually every winter. Now I understand why it's deemed Florida's Riviera.. It really is. The ocean, scenery, shopping, eating, I could go on but won't. If you haven't been yet, go!!! I am sad to be back in Canada.
Just watch out for idiots talking on cell phones, eating, etc. They are allowed to do these stupid things, and many times I came quite close to being hit. I questioned the police re this issue, and they said til law is passesd, there is nothing they can do. Very frustrating.
Be sure to go to Intracoastal Mall, Aventura Mall, there are free shuttles to these malls.
You can find expensive and reasonable restaurants on the strip.
Can't wait to go back.