Some of the most popular cities in the United States are packed to the brim with residents, commuters and visitors. Places like New York City, Los Angeles and Miami never sleep. They're each chock-full of things to do, but not everyone wants to be right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Don't worry. It's completely possible to live outside of the city, yet still close enough to enjoy all of its benefits. Read on and explore this list of 10 smaller communities near Miami that you may just love.
Smack dab in between Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale lies Hollywood. With an average rental price of only $1,254 for a one-bedroom, Hollywood is a known destination for travel, leisure and beaches.
Hollywood brings a small-town vibe to the South Florida coast. This city is the recipient winner of Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Award, which speaks for itself! If you're a sun-lover, this is a great place to consider living because the summertime weather is year-round.
As one of the most family-friendly places in all of South Florida, Plantation is a city that boasts healthy foliage, great academic institutions and a plethora of options for buyers and renters.
It's a great place to live because it's quiet at night and the citizens are known for being friendly. Major business institutions call Plantation “home," which are nestled among safe neighborhoods and impressive shopping plazas. You can find a one-bedroom apartment in Plantation for $1,391 a month.
Small, quiet and typically unnoticed, Pembroke Pines is a low-key city filled with friendly patrons and only about 20 miles northwest of downtown Miami.
Dozens of lushly landscaped parks scatter the city, boasting a leisure atmosphere with a very integrated community. It's a great place to consider living if you enjoy the quiet of a well-groomed city. You can expect to pay an average of $1,536 for a one-bedroom apartment in Pembroke Pines.
Located about 20 miles Northwest of Miami International Airport, Davie is a well-known, education-oriented suburban city. It's a very popular place for students to start their education because of the highly rated schools and affordable housing prices. Broward College, NovaSoutheastern University and even branches of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida are located in Davie.
Families may have to pay slightly more to live in Davie than some of the other towns on our list — $1,628 a month for a one-bedroom apartment — but the community amenities are worth it.
Coconut Creek was recently ranked one of the safest cities in Florida by Safewise.
This city has a unique environmental consciousness, as it's home to an impressively large sanctuary for butterflies. It's also well known among adults for its casino presence and finely manicured landscapes. And the best part is, it's not that expensive. You can rent a one-bedroom apartment in Coconut Creek for approximately $1,406 a month.
Boca Raton is known across the country for being one of the best places to live or retire. A beach town with exceptional dining experiences, Boca Raton is full of daytime and nighttime activities. The beaches are kept pristinely clean and the Town Center mall is home to some of the best shopping in all of South Florida.
Check out Mizner Park, a hub of beautifully landscaped architecture, restaurants, theaters and dessert shops. This city is nearly perfect to call home, but it comes with a price. Boca is one of the most expensive places to live in South Florida and you can expect to pay upwards of $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.
Located about 50 miles north of Miami, Delray Beach is a relaxing town just steps from the ocean. Delray is culturally diverse and a very art-involved city.
This city has a bustling nightlife along “Atlantic Avenue," filled to the brim with restaurants, shops and bars. Whether it's a Monday at 5 p.m. or a Saturday at 11 p.m., Atlantic Avenue will entertain you for hours on end!
Similarly to Boca, Delray is another city that comes with a price. Apartments average around $1,670 a month for a one-bedroom in Delray Beach.
Home to A-rated schools, a growing business community and plenty of renovated parks, Coral Springs is a fabulous option as a place to live outside the Miami area. Stay entertained by the Center for the Performing Arts or by visiting the ice skating rink, and get back into wiggling your green thumb at the Sawgrass Nature Center.
Coral Springs rests against the great Florida Everglades, home to protected landscape and wildlife. Rental prices are average here, and you can usually find something nice for around $1,450 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Nestled along the coast just south of Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach is known for its surf town attitude and water-adoring locals. The pier at the beach is full of young children on the lookout for sea life, and avid fishers are baiting their lines in the hopes of catching a hefty-sized snapper.
If you're a seafood fan, here's the place to be! Whales Rib has been featured on multiple Food Channel specials for having some of the best seafood in Florida. Deerfield is known for being a more affordable city to live in, which is another perk. You can expect to pay around $1,300 for a one-bedroom apartment in Deerfield Beach.
Sunrise names itself as a “growing cosmopolitan city with the heart and soul of a small town." Situated in western Broward County, which is right in the heart of the tri-county region (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade), Sunrise is home to one of the most popular outlet malls in South Florida — the Sawgrass Mills Mall.
Sunrise is also home to the NHL's Florida Panthers, whose games take place at the BB&T Center. The city has about 90,000 residents and a bustling economy, yet with a more suburban feel. Another affordable city, rental prices in Sunrise average around $1,323 a month for one-bedroom apartments.
As you can tell, there are numerous diverse places in South Florida that you can call home. You'll be able to experience city living without paying for the price tag.
These cities may not be located directly in Miami, but you're never more than an hour drive away from one of the greatest cities in the world!