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Opa Locka, FL

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Located in the southwestern tip of Florida, Opa-Locka, Florida is a tiny town with a big name. Situated in the north section of Miami-Dade County in southern Florida, Opa-Locka got its name by shortening its original Seminole Indian name of “Opa-Tisha-Wocka-Locka,” meaning “wooden hammock in a swamp.” Founded in 1926 by Glenn Curtiss, a famous aviation pioneer, Opa-Locka has been the site of renowned aviation moments in history including Amelia Earhart’s famous trip around the world (she took off just south of Opa-Locka,) and was a regular stop of the Graf Zeppelin commercial German airship around the 1930s. Opa-Locka has a total area of 4.5 square miles and offers 2 lakes, 3 parks, and a general aviation airport, the Opa-Locka Airport.

Apartments in Opa Locka FL


Advenir At Walden Lake
Beds: 1-3  •  Baths: 1-2


Fairway View Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


IMT Miramar
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2.5


Holly Ridge Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


$1850 Two bedroom in Miami-9000 NE 7th Ave
Beds: 2
Baths: 2


$925 One bedroom in Miami-415 N Biscayne
Beds: 1
Baths: 1

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Getting Around in Opa Locka, FL

With such a small area to cover, the city does not have a large mass transit system. However, the area is serviced by Miami-Dade Transit buses and Tri-Rail, a commuter rail providing rail service to the Miami-West Palm Beach-Fort Lauderdale areas. The Opa-Locka airport provides executive charter services and cargo services to the Opa-Locka area. Commercial passenger air for Opa-Locka is provided in Miami Beach via the Miami International Airport.

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Barack Obama Highway

<p>Opa-Locka was the first city in America to rename a highway in honor of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama. Barack Obama Avenue is a mile-long section of Perviz Avenue from Oriental Boulevard to Ali-Baba Avenue and was renamed on February 17, 2009.</p>

Arabian Nights

<p>Opa-Locka is a city designed around the unique theme of Arabian Nights. Founded by aviation pioneer Glen Curtiss, the city exhibits many buildings of Moorish architecture and has streets named Sabur, Sultan, Aladdin, and Ali Baba in keeping with the Arabian theme. Though a hurricane devastated the city in 1926, there are still 20 Moorish architecture buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.</p>

Miami GP Raceway

<p>You will find the Miami GP Raceway located in Opa-Locka. Voted the best place for go-carting in Southern Florida, the Miami GP Raceway Park has the look and feel of a real race track. Servicing professional racers, recreational go-cart lovers, and racing enthusiasts, the park opened in 1997 and is considered the fastest track in Florida. With rental go-karts available, residents and tourists of South Florida find the Miami GP Raceway a great place for racing fun.</p>