Aventura is the last and final stop before the heat and flavor of Miami begins to really turn up. While neighbor to southern Broward county and all the business and city-life that are Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the sheer elegance and commercial quality of Aventura makes it more like Boca Raton or Palm Beach, with a taste of the exotic quality associated more with Miami. Aventura is truly the best of both worlds.
The city is comprised of just over 3 square miles. It is located twelve miles north of Miami and twelve miles south of Fort Lauderdale, with a population slightly over 27,000. Aventura is a planned, suburban city located in northeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida. The city name arises from the Spanish word for "adventure", and was named Aventura after the developers of the original group of condominiums in the area remarked how exciting it was to be to develop the area.
There is much to see and do in Aventura, but the Aventura Mall is certainly a place to start! The Aventura Mall is an upscale, regional shopping mall in Aventura, Florida. It is the largest conventional shopping mall in Florida, having a total area of 2,700,000 square feet, and is the third largest shopping center in the United States. The mall has three floors of retail space, comprising more than 300 retailers. In addition, there is a food court with eighteen fast food eateries, as well as several chains and other restaurants at the mall's entrance. The mall is currently anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, J.C. Penney, Macy's, Sears, and AMC Aventura 24 Theatres. The mall also serves as a transit hub between Miami-Dade Transit and Broward County Transit, as each has several routes that meet there.
Several communities are available in Aventura to offer residence. The following are only a small sample. Aventura Bay Townhomes is a unique, gated community of only 65 luxurious Mediterranean townhomes. Special features include top-of-line European design and finishes, clubhouse, pool, exercise room and outdoor spa. Residence starts from the high $300’s. Bellamare is an ultra-luxury residential property, developed by WCI Communities, one of the state’s largest and most established developers, featuring 210 “Sky Home” residences ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet. Residents enjoy a host of amenities including a European-style spa and health club, championship golf course, deep water marinas and tennis center. Home prices range from the $500’s to over $3.8 million. Williams Island is a private 84 acre luxury condominium enclave of the Intracoastal, featuring high-rise towers and a Mediterranean village. Residents enjoy an amenity-rich lifestyle that encompasses a spa and fitness center, Grand Slam-inspired tennis center, an inviting café, a magnificent marina worthy of the Rivieras, and fine dining. This private community features its own children’s playground area, along with Doggie Hill for the island’s pups. This world-class 27,000 square foot spa debuted its seconds major renovation in 2013.
Aventura is served by the Miami–Ft. Luderdale market for local radio and television. It has its own newspaper, Aventura News, which is published weekly and is part of Miami's community newspapers, "The Voice of the Community". The city has a magazine named Aventura Magazine and is served by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. The most famous shopping attraction is certainly Aventura Mall, as an indoor shopping center, yet outdoor malls include Loehmann's Fashion Island, Aventura Shopping Center, Aventura Commons, The Promenade Shops, and The Shoppes at the Waterways. The city also has its own exclusive parks and recreation department which operates Founders Park, Founders Park Bayside, Waterways Park, Waterways Dog Park, Veterans Park, The Community Recreation Center, and the new Liberal Arts theater. In the center of the heart of Aventura is the Turnberry Golf Course encapsulated by Aventura's Country Club Drive Circle, a multimillion dollar horticultural three-mile walking/jogging paved promenade which overlooks lakes, opulent residential high-rises, yachts and the Atlantic Ocean.