Between the cities of Miami and Miami Shores lies the small village known as El Portal, a neighborhood named after a pair of massive wooden gates that once functioned as the entrance to the village before they were removed in the 1940s. The enclave is one of the city's most richly historic communities, incorporated way in the late 1930s and originally the capital of the Tequesta tribe. Today, “The Gate” as its name translates is comprised of three subdivisions called El Jardin (“The Garden”), Sherwood Forest and El Portal itself. The neighborhood is also rich in natural sights; it includes a nature trail, a profusion of trees and is also designated as a bird sanctuary.
El Portal is close to the many notable attractions and hotspots of the downtown Miami area. It also borders Biscayne Boulevard and is about two blocks north of Northeast 79th Street, a roadway that turns into John F Kennedy Causeway and facilitates access to Miami Beach.
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