â€œParking on South
Beach is a Missionâ€ â€“ quotable line of current and previous Miami Beach
Where and how do I park if I move
to the Beach? Thatâ€™s the question that everyone needs to be asking themselves
before they pack-up and move to the paradise known as Miami Beach. Your first
idea should be to sell your car and buy a scooter as this city is no place for
a car. But if you are unlucky enough to work over the bridge or need a car to
visit family or get around, then you will need a RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT.
They cost about $55 for about 14 months and it does NOT guarantee you a parking
spot anywhere close to where you live. If your building does not offer parking,
you need to look around you to see if its going to be an issue. If you are
getting an apartment on Collins or Ocean Drive, you will not find parking,
sorry. The further away you live from the hottest spots, the better chance you
have of finding a parking spot. If you are living close to Lincoln Road, you
will have a parking issue as well. Look at the buildings on the block and see
how many offer parking. Each block is different and youâ€™d be surprised how much
easier it is to find parking if you live on 13th & Pennsylvania
with compared to 15th and Pennsylvania. Do not think that because
you found parking at 3PM that you will find parking at 1AM. The parking
situation after midnight is a stark contrast to that of the day time. During
the day, people are working which is why you will find parking without issue. These
pearls of wisdom are based on those living in actual South Beach, parking in
Zone 2 (Flamingo Park). Zone 1, 3, 5, etc. are all different. If you are
fortunate enough to find a unit that offers parking, factor in a savings of
about $50-$100/month plus no daily parking aggravation.
Zone 1 is Ocean Drive and SoFi. SoFi has a lot of nice
buildings that offer parking, however there is a limited amount of street
parking available, especially now that the streets have been re-done with lines
for each space.
Zone 2 (Flamingo Park). The most prominent of all zones and
the one that offers the most issues. If you live on 7th and Jefferson,
you probably donâ€™t have the problems of those that live on 15th and
Drexel or 16th and Meridian. Zone 2 is the biggest zone and you may
want to look into getting into a (hyperlink for garages) parking garage or
renting a space privately from someone.
Zone 4 â€“ Small zone West of Lincoln Road. A good amount of
buildings here offer parking and the situation isnâ€™t too extreme
Zone 12 â€“ Large zone for residents on the North side of
Alton Road (Bay Road, West Ave., etc.) Most buildings offer parking and you
should be able to find spaces near your condo.
The further North you live (Surfside, Bal Harbor, etc.) the
parking situation becomes a lot easier and you will find many areas that donâ€™t
even require a parking permit.
More information about parking in Miami Beach can be found
on the official website: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parking/