Northwest 3rd St
"Close enough to Downtown, yet quiet enough"
NW 3rd begins right at the Miami River and continues West past the old Orange Bowl. This street is lined with affordable housing, and traffic is not too bad. Henderson Park is on this street, and two small hospitals are close by. As far as shopping and dining out, most of the stores are of the value and specialty kind, and there are plenty of latin cafeterias and restaurants which offer cheap delicious food. Not much of a nightlife, unless you want to count the seedy bars which can be fun but dangerous. The street is mostly quiet, though there is some criminal activity.
Living along NW 3rd would be ideal for those wishing a short commute to Downtown Miami (head East to S River Drive, down to NW 1st St, head East and you are there!
West 68th St
"NIce shortcut to main roads"
W 68th St is also known as Gratigny Drive, but it is not to be confused with Gratigny Parkway (that's a toll road accessible off the Palmetto and near I-75. If you move to the neighborhoods surrounding W. 68th, expect to see tons of traffic during the daytime. W 68th can take you to the Palmetto and I-75 if you are going north to West Broward, or you can follow it in the opposite direction to Douglas Rd, the Gratigny Parkway, and Lejeune Rd. W 68th going West will eventually take you to the beautiful Amelia Earhart park and its nature trails, athletic fields, and artificial ponds (catch and release fishing is encouraged).
Very affordable housing can be found in the area, and public transportation is standing by to take you to the nearby industrial areas and Downtown Miami.
Northwest 1st Ave
"Lots of things to do"
North Miami Beach Drive starts as Sunny Isles Blvd on the East, very close to the ocean; and then it turns into 163rd St and NE 167th St even further as it approaches I-95. Closer to the beach it crosses the beautiful Oleta River Recreation Area which is an amazing park with challenging mountain bike trails and kayaking. There are many different zones to this street: many blocks are retail commercial later giving way to residential areas. This street can see heavy traffic as it gets closer to I-95. This street is quiet for the most part, and some industrial zones can be reached off the side streets. As you drive away from the beach, the housing becomes more affordable; and the crime increases a bit.
"Great street for getting around in Miami Beach"
Alton Rd runs from Allison Island all the way to South Pointe. As far as traffic goes, it is one of the best north-south thoroughfares to drive while in Miami Beach. Alton Rd provides easy access to the McArthur Ramp in South Beach, and to Collins Avenue and North Miami Beach. Alton Rd has long stretches of both commercial and residential zoning. Housing is mostly on the expensive side, though small affordable apartments can be obtained during low season. The utilities can seem to run on the higher end, though; and cable tv and broadband internet service are offered by Atlantic Broadband instead of Comcast. Alton Rd has plenty of interesting Art Deco architecture to look at; and for all its traffic, it is constantly kept crime free by the Miami Beach PD.
West Flagler St
"Not the best in Miami"
There is about one block of nice housing in W Flagler St, and that is just West of I-95. As you continue through Little Havana and away from the Miami River, W Flagler begins to look dreary. The street is lined with a combination of low income dilapidated housing and run-down storefronts. Crime is high in the area, and there is very little landscaping and an abundance of litter in some spots. There are areas of heavy traffic which make the neighborhood noisy at times. Shopping is mostly of the value kind, though there is an abundance of Cuban and Central American cafeterias and restaurants that offer authentic and delicious latin food at great prices. Residents of nearby neighborhoods are super nice and friendly; and the housing prices are great for those looking to save some cash.
South Bayshore Dr
"Nice scenic drive"
South Miami Avenue becomes South Bayshore Drive south of Mercy Avenue and continues along the bay south to Coconut Grove. It is a very nice drive which offers glimpses of the Bay, along with a bike path. Pedestrian traffic can be heavy during the weekends, especially around Kennedy Park. Raccoons can be seen crossing the road at night. Bayshore Drive is lined with many examples of South Florida vegetation. At the end of Bayshore Dr is McFarlane Rd, on which you can walk to the Ritzy Street of Mayfair shopping mall for some upscale retail therapy.
"Very clean and metropolitan"
Brickell Avenue runs parallel to South Miami Avenue. From 3rd st on south, it runs down the middle of the Miami Financial District. Large investment banks and corporate office buildings line Brickell Avenue, and the overall look is very clean and upscale. The Miami Financial District is easily accessible via the Metro Mover (and it's free!). Continuing south, Brickell Avenue gives way to luxury condominium housing and some upscale eateries and bars.
Northeast 181st St
"Busy industrial area"
West of I-95, Miami Gardens Dr (or 183rd St), is a busy stretch lined by heavy industrial zoning. A large Publix warehouse and distribution center for South Florida is located there, as well as many other large warehouses. Traffic can be busy at times, and the street itself is very noisy all the way west to 441 (or State Rd 7). The rest of Miami Gardens Dr is a mixture of affordable residential zones combined with light retail all the way to I-75. Raccoons and possums can be seen crossing the street at night. A large exotic nightclub (Tootsies Cabaret) is located at the corner of 441 and 183rd St.
Northwest 122nd St
"Densely Populated, Heavy Traffic"
NW 122nd (or W 68th St, depending on who you ask) is a densely populated and heavily transited street in Hialeah Gardens which can be easily accessed from the Palmetto Expressway, I-75, or Okeechobee Rd. This is part of the Great Miami Metro Area, and as such, it has grown exponentially over the last few years. The traffic can be horrendous at times, and crimes such as breaking and entering, grand theft auto, and robbery are on the rise. Housing is mostly middle class and affordable; and there are many retail outlets, including many small restaurants that offer delicious latin cuisine.
"Dramatic Skyline Views"
One of the most scenic drives that can be taken in Miami, this causeway offers the best day or nighttime views of the Miami skyline; especially when driving north from Key Biscayne. The Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park and historical Virginia Key Park are must-visit spots. Key Biscayne itself is home to many ritzy hotels, as well as luxury housing and nightlife attractions.
8th St Southeast
"Nice slice of Little Havana"
Calle Ocho is the quintessential tourist spot in Miami for anyone wishing to get a splash of Cuban culture. Calle Ocho is fairly clean and orderly, though traffic can get backed up sometimes. The restaurants and bodegas are a must-visit, as well as Domino Park, the Bay of Pigs memorial, and the Jose Martí statue. Shopping is definitely for the value-conscious (not the fashionable crowd).