This Beachside Florida City Is Artsy, Fun — And Surprisingly Affordable


For some of us, living the dream means waking up to the smell of salty ocean air and walking to a warm, sandy shore less than 10 minutes from our bed. But what happens when you’ve got Miami/LA/Hawaii-sized visions on a Lansing, MI budget?

You head to Hollywood, of course. Hollywood, Florida that is.

Located about 20 miles north of Miami, this cozy beachside city has the soul of a sun-worshipping hippie. Here, things move a little slower, and you can find charming touches of vintage Florida beach life (the Hollywood Boulevard Historic Business District is on the National Register of Historic Places) mingling with big city modernity around every corner… at a fraction of the cost of major cities close to the water.

If that doesn’t convince you to start packing your bags, here are seven more reasons why you should plan your next getaway to Hollywood — and maybe even move there.

6. Big city living is right at your fingertips.

Although it still retains that old-school beach town vibe, Hollywood is a city on the move — and there are plenty of new developments taking advantage of it. Circ Hotel, located across from the ArtsPark at Young Circle, artfully blends some of Miami’s sleek vibe with the local culture. Sure, there’s a chic, scene-y rooftop bar for sipping an Aperol Spritz on a Friday night, but the contemporary 12-story, 111-room hotel also embraces the local scene, inviting artists to contribute to their gallery and put their personal touch on select rooms with colorful murals through the “Suite Art” program. The in-house Italian eatery, Olivia Restaurant & Bar, elevates the Hollywood dining scene with its dramatic ceilings, fresh mozzarella bar and over 800 bottles of wine.

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