By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff February 26, 2016
The picturesque village of Bal Harbour is located in South Florida, and was originally called Bay Harbour. The founders of this community decided to create a new name by combining "Bay" and "Atlantic" to create the word "Bal" for the purpose of truly defining this lovely place.
Visitors to this upscale community stay in luxurious beachfront resorts and hotels, shop at high-end retail locations, experience various cuisines, and enjoy a pristine beach.
Weddings in this beautiful beach village are naturally romantic. Couples can choose whether to have a small and simple wedding on the beach, or a large and grand wedding at a world-class beach resort.
The beach in this little village is one of the most quiet, clean, and private beaches in the Miami metro area. The beach features a $3,000,000 jogging track that is perfect for an early morning run or a leisurely sunset walk, and a sea wall that juts out into the Atlantic that is excellent for a stroll.
Bal Harbour's beach is a well-kept secret, partially because of the semi-private feel due to luxurious hotels located on the beach. The beach has a laid back feel, which is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of a more active environment, while enjoying a natural beach setting.
Things To Do
It great to spend leisurely days on the beach enjoying the turquoise Atlantic water. But when you're not relaxing on the beach, there are activities for all ages to enjoy in Bal Harbour and in neighboring communities.
While in Bal Harbour, enjoy a fishing or boat charter, take a yoga class on the beach, and have fun with the amenities provided by your resort or hotel. Depending on where you stay, resort amenities include world-class dining, spas, pools, fitness centers, private cabanas, manicured beaches, and much more.
Choose from some of the most well-known names in resorts and hotels, where you are treated like royalty during your stay. Or choose to stay in a vacation rental, many of which are located on the beach and offer outstanding amenities.
The oceanfront, Sea View Hotel offers a traditional stay with family-friendly service. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour offers guests 750 feet of beachfront property to enjoy, along with all the amenities of an upscale resort. The Quarzo Bal Harbour is a lovely boutique hotel situated on the waterfront where you can see the Miami Intracoastal canal. And the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is an AAA five-diamond award property that has earned the Forbes five-star rating, and is the epitome of a glamorous resort.
Shoppers will enjoy many well-known luxury brands and the hottest boutiques located in Florida’s first high-fashion shopping center - Bal Harbour Shops, which opened in 1965
This charming open-air mall hosts numerous events throughout the year, as home to stores such as Michael Kors, Prada, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, and Versace.
There are several dining options in Bal Harbour, several of which are located in Bal Harbour Shops.
Makoto, Carpaccio, The Grill at Bal Harbour, Le Zoo, and Zodiac at Neiman Marcus are 5 of the best restaurants in Bal Harbour, and all located at Bal Harbour Shops. J&G Grill is another one of the best eating establishments, which is located at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.
Bal Harbour is a perfect spot for a destination wedding. The pristine beach is a superb site for any couple that wants to tie the knot in a romantic setting.
Many of the oceanfront resorts and hotels host weddings and receptions, including the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton. Area wedding planners can also arrange to have your wedding on the beach, and orchestrate every detail with local vendors.