Explore Coral Terrace and Flagami
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A couple of vibrant little towns in the Miami Metropolitan area, Flagami and Coral Terrace, are relatively small residential neighborhoods nestled west of Little Havana and east of Fontainebleau.
Flagami is roughly defined as south and east of Tamiami Canal, north of Tamiami Trail (US 41/South Eighth Street), and west of Red Road (SR 959/SW 57th Avenue), bisected by Flagler Street.
It is also just south of Miami International Airport and Blue Lagoon, a famous water park in Doral Golf Resort.
On a map of Miami proper, Flagami is the distinct "tail" that juts out of the west border of the city.
Flagami is home to 44,533 as of the latest US Census.
Coral Terrace is roughly defined as west of Red Road (SR 959/SW 57th Avenue), east of (SR 959/SW 67th Avenue), south of Tamiami Trail (US 41/South Eighth Street), and north of Bird Road (SR 979/SW 40th Street).
Tropical Park is within minutes of Coral Terrace.
Many locals love the park because of the tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts, the picnic facilities, the boxing center, and the long winding trails for cyclists, walkers, and runners.
Approximately 1,500,000 people visit Tropical Park every year.
Coral Terrace is home to 24,376 as of the latest US Census.
The word "diverse" will probably be the first thing that comes to mind when locals speak about Flagami.
For one, the festive town is home to a large percentage of Hispanics, and it's known to have more Cuban ancestry residents than any other neighborhood in Florida, with 71.3% of residents being of Cuban descent.
Its residential market is also a vast mix of moderately priced apartments, duplexes, and single-family homes.
But aside from the community's eclectic vibe, there are a couple more things that tourists look forward to whenever they visit Flagami, and shopping, dining, and entertainment are three of its top draws.
The extensive lineup of neighborhood shopping centers allows visitors and locals to shop a storm without needing to travel outside the area.
Flagami is also famous for its rich culinary scene. It offers folks a smorgasbord of eats, from Latin American cuisines and other world-class dining establishments to the neighborhood's hidden gems and quaint takeout spots.
But that's not all!
Flagami residents and tourists can easily find jampacked recreational options throughout the neighborhood, including a golf course, a casino, and a fun water park!
Magic City Casino is first on the list.
It's a famous Miami entertainment hub that offers exciting, state-of-the-art interactive slots, a smoking hot Poker Room, unparalleled concerts, multiple dining options, pari-mutuels simulcasting, and LIVE Summer Jai-Alai.
It was the first Miami casino to bring Las Vegas-style games to the city and is still considered the "best" casino in town years after its opening!
Another hot tourist attraction in Flagami is the Grapeland Water Park, a perfect oasis for a family outing in Miami. Designed by Miami's famous pop artist Romero Britto, the recreational center offers 13 acres of water slides, lazy rivers, and pools to have fun in the sun.
The water park also features colorful monuments, fountains, an enormous octopus structure, shipwreck-themed water slides, and more!
Meanwhile, golf lovers and enthusiasts can also play rounds of golf at the nearby International Links Melreese Country Club, a 135-acre golf course adjacent to the Miami International Airport.
The famous golfing destination is a few miles inland of Biscayne Bay and is a cornerstone of golf education and training for student-athletes and the community.
Its golf course underwent a $3.9 million renovation in 1997 to include a 12-acre driving range and a golf media center that's large enough to accommodate up to 100 people.
Some notable features of International Links Melreese Country Club include five lakes, nine waste bunkers, 97 sand bunkers, and a Cypress wetland area, landscaped beautifully and designed strategically around the course.
The rolling Northern-style fairway allows for dynamic elevation changes and is also a practical function of the irrigation system, allowing for play in conditions when many other courses are unplayable.
For outdoor leisure, visitors can also have a picnic, take a walk, venture out in a boat on Blue Lagoon at Antonio Maceo Park, or visit other small neighborhood parks within the vicinity.
Flagami is also a centric location within a few miles of Brickell, Wynwood, Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Downtown Miami (30-minute drive tops), so exploring more of Miami will be possible from this point.
Magic City Casino
International Links Melreese Country Club
Grapeland Water Park
If you're gearing towards more affordable living options close to the city for work and fun, look to Flagami.
In fact, living here is as west of Miami as you can get while staying in the city limits hence, it's the perfect pick for families, students, and professionals, one of the bang-for-your-buck Miami suburbs on this side of the city.
Touching on the topic of real estate, Flagami housing options are composed of medium-sized homes and townhouses.
Its small, affordable, brightly painted single homes neatly characterize its urban streets, and you'll often see residents walking their pets down the neighborhood's shaded streets lined with bungalows and townhomes.
Though the area is only a few minutes from the city, Flagami is also considered one of the most peaceful and coordinated communities in West Miami.
In fact, theirs is a close-knit community where you know who all your neighbors are, and during hurricane season, everyone pulls together to keep everyone in Flagami safe.
Meanwhile, for schooling, an array of public and private institutions are available around the area, from primary to tertiary education.
You'll also notice a lot of college students living in Flagami, as the Florida Education Institute is nearby.
At night, the suburban community comes alive with its lineup of supper clubs and popular lounges that also attracts people from all over Miami.
Indeed, Flagami is an ideal Miami neighborhood to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY!
They say that Miami living is expensive, and, to be honest, I won't disagree.
When you think about it, comfortable living always comes with a hefty price tag, wherever you are.
And in this case, Flagami is a breath of fresh air, offering world-class creature comforts at a much more affordable price.
An optimal neighborhood for families and professionals alike, it boasts a centric location to famous and larger Miami neighborhoods and an easy commute to the Downtown area where abundant opportunities lie.
It can't get any better than this, folks.
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