Filled to the brim with residents, commuters and visitors, some of the most popular cities in the United States, like Los Angeles, Miami and New York, never sleep. While major cities have endless things to do and see, not everyone loves the hustle and bustle of city life and may opt for one of the less busy, smaller cities or towns.
Don't worry though — it's completely possible to live outside of Miami while still living close enough to enjoy all of its benefits.
Read on and explore this list of 10 cities within about 50 miles of Miami that you may just love.
Boca Raton is known across the country for being one of the best places to live or retire.
One of the many beach towns 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 with fantastic food, theaters and dessert shops.
This city is nearly perfect to call home, but it comes with a price. Boca is known as one of the most expensive places to live in Florida (similar to Miami).
Coconut Creek was recently ranked one of 2021's safest cities in Florida by Safewise, having relatively low crime rates.
This city has a unique environmental consciousness, as it's home to an impressively large sanctuary for butterflies. Coconut Creek is also well known among adults for its casino presence and finely manicured landscapes.
Home to A-rated schools, growing business communities 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, where you can catch a play or music event 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 Everglades National Park, home to protected landscape and wildlife and one of the most well-known national parks in the country.
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, Nova Southeastern University and even branches of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida are all in Davie.
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 bait their lines in the hopes of catching a hefty-sized snapper.
If you're a seafood fan, head to Deerfield Beach! The Whale's Rib is famous for having some of the best seafood in Florida — dare we say in America? Plus, it's been featured on multiple Food Channel specials.
The Deerfield suburbs have a lower cost of living than many surrounding towns near Miami (and even below the national average), as well as lower crime rates and its population is far smaller than that of Miami — all great perks.
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 Florida 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!
Smack dab in between Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale lies Hollywood. With an average rental price of $1,612 for a one-bedroom, Hollywood is a known destination for travel, leisure and beaches. It's also turning the page from being a slightly more expensive city to slowly becoming one of the more affordable ones.
Hollywood brings a small-town vibe to the southern Florida coast, where there are fewer tall buildings and less crime, but still close enough to the airport that travel isn't much of a chore. And if you're a sun-lover, this is a great place to consider living because the summertime weather is year-round, just like the rest of the Miami area.
Small, quiet and typically unnoticed, Pembroke Pines is a low-key city filled with a population of friendly patrons and just over 20 miles northwest of downtown Miami.
Several dozen 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.
As one of the most family-friendly places in all of southern Florida, Plantation is a city that boasts healthy foliage, great academic institutions and a plethora of options for buyers and renters.
Major business institutions call Plantation “home," while they nestle among safe neighborhoods and impressive shopping plazas. It's a great place to live because it's quiet at night and the citizens are known for being friendly, with lots of families to keep you company.
Sunrise names itself as a “growing cosmopolitan city with the heart and soul of a small town."
Situated in west Broward County, which is right in the heart of the tri-county region on the map (Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade), Sunrise is home to one of the most popular outlet malls in southern Florida — the Sawgrass Mills Mall. If you're in search of great shopping, no doubt Sunrise will be one of the more appealing cities near Miami.
The town has a population of about 95,000 residents (according to the U.S. census) and a bustling economy, yet with more suburbs and less of a big-city vibe.
Lucky for residents, Sunrise is also home to the NHL's Florida Panthers, whose games take place at the BB&T Center where you can enjoy a fun outing and watch a game.
As you can tell, there are plenty of diverse cities in South Florida that you can call home. Considering the location and price factors, you'll never be more than an hour-long drive from one of the greatest cities in the world, yet still be living without the high price tag of Miami-Dade County.
And if you're still craving big city buildings rather than the quiet suburbs and smaller villages, take it as a sign to search for an apartment in Miami!