I've been planning a winter "move" to Miami. There are some very nice units available with short term lease agreements for $3,000-3,500 a month. My question is, what is the best area to look at; South Beach, Downtown? I've been to Miami on numerous Occasions, but I've never lived there. I know it's regarded by many as a third world cess pool full of illegal immigrants and brutal street thugs that commit murder, rape, home invasions, and car jacking on a daily basis, but many wealthy people do live here, some full time, and most manage to live here peacefully and have no problems with crime. What are the areas to watch out for? I won't be traveling much, I don't have a 9-5 job I don't have to go to work everyday, so traffic isn't a problem. Snobby people are also not a problem, I'm a snob myself. Rudeness, heat, and humidity are also not an issue (I love hot and humid weather). My main concerns are crime and amenities (whole foods and a good gym). I did some digging and stumbled upon city-data.com's Miami section and was shocked by the amount of people warning others to stay far away, I suspect most of these people are in the lower income brackets and are just disgruntled over the state of the U.S economy and the deteriorating neighborhoods around large cities. Am I right, or is it true? I found some nice lofts (The Lofts At South Beach) right on the venetian causeway (Dade blvd) and Purdy ave. Is this a good neighborhood? Is South Beach generally safe? Where are the bad parts around downtown? I hear around the Airport? Is there a high risk of getting your car stolen or damaged, more so then any other U.S city? Also, are there any upscale grocery stores and such near by on South Beach or does one have to drive a fair bit? Excluding Miami and SoBe, are there any other areas with comparable amenities (high rises, or lofts, with beach access) further north with less crime and more comfortable living? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!