South of Fifth

South of Fifth Condos with blue sky background view and front ocean view

South of Fifth Street - or better known as the enclave "SoFi" – was once considered a bit of a dead zone for tourists, but these days it’s a vibrant destination in it’s own right. Some locals who have discovered SoFi actually gave up their landlocked houses to purchase condos in the clouds along Government Cut. There are multi-million dollar high rises all along the southern shore of Miami Beach. These homes happen to be first- and second- homes for wealthy business people. Not to forget to mention a few big-name celebrities as well.

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Today the area known as the South of Fifth neighborhood (SoFi) boasts many of the most affluent and exclusive condominium buildings in Miami 
Beach. In fact, the South of Fifth District has become almost its own small reserve due to it’s limited size at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach. As one gets closer, near the South Pointe Park area, the distance from the East side of the island (Atlantic Ocean) to the West side of Miami Beach (Biscayne Bay) narrows to just a few city blocks. This means that the section known as the South of Fifth area is fairly exquisite and a condensed upscale urban area which now accounts for nearly 18% of the residential tax base for all of Miami Beach.


In recent years, mostly since 2001, this area has come to be known for it’s affluent residents and high condominium values. The high rise condo towers inside the South of Fifth neighborhood include 
large resort-like condominium buildings such as The Portofino Tower, Icon South Beach (by designer Philippe Starck), The Murano at Portofino, The Yacht Club at Portofino, Murano Grande, Apogee South 
Beach
, and The Continuum North and South Towers. 


The South of Fifth district encompasses the area from the Atlantic ocean east to Biscayne Bay on the west, and from Fifth Street to South Pointe Park at the extreme southern tip of Miami Beach. Although mostly residential, the area has some light commercial (mainly restaurants, a few hotels and the Miami Beach Marina complex on Biscayne Bay).
The South of Fifth District also has several (limited by various commercial zoning restrictions) nightlife destinations: Opium Garden, Privé, Nikki Beach Club, and Pearl located inside the 
Nikki Beach complex at 1st and Ocean Drive. It also has many smaller, upscale bars and gourmet restaurants, such as Joe’s Stone Crabs, Smith & Wollensky’s steak house, China Grill, Prime 112, DeVito’s 
South Beach, and Texas de Brazil steakhouse.


South Pointe Drive

This is the main street on the western and southern tip of the South 
of Fifth area, which commences roughly where the Murano at Portofino 
condominium tower is located at 1000 South Pointe Drive and ends where 
The Continuum North Tower is located at 50 South Pointe Drive. The 
other notable condominium addresses on South Pointe Drive include 
Apogee, The Portofino Tower, and The South Pointe Tower.


South Pointe Park

This newly refurbished park located at the southernmost tip of South 
Beach is directly North of Fisher Island and faces Government Cut 
(otherwise known as Cruise Ship Alley). This beautifully landscaped 
park also contains many jogging paths, water attractions for kids, a 
party area, and a “green” environment that was completely restored in 
late 2008.


The Miami Beach Marina

Located at the western end of South of Fifth- located behind The 
Murano at Portofino, The Yacht Club South Beach, The Murano Grande, 
and Icon South Beach. This public Marina has boat slips available for 
annual and even monthly rental via the City of Miami Beach Parks 
Department.


The Nikki Beach Complex

Nikki Beach Miami is the hidden jewel of South Beach, located at One 
Ocean Drive, almost at the Southernmost tip of Miami Beach and running 
along the Atlantic Ocean. Nikki Beach has established itself as the 
landmark for parties, celebrations, and entertainment. This is THE 
party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and 
visitors alike. Also, a little known fact is that the beach access to 
Nikki Beach is PUBLIC, so all are welcome!

Nikki Beach Miami is comprised of a large oceanfront complex featuring 
an outdoor beach club, restaurant and nightclub. The Nikki Beach 
complex is one of the most famous beach resorts open to the public in 
the entire United States!