Located in northern Miami-Dade County, the city of Doral—which was only incorporated in 2003—was named for a famous resort located within it, The Doral Golf Resort & Spa. A wealthy married couple, Doris and Alfred Kaskel, originally built the spa in the early 1960s, combining their two first names to coin the term. Although Doral is quite small, the fact that it is located near the Miami International Airport has helped it attract a surprisingly large amount of businesses, shops, and financial institutions in recent years to an area that originally required its citizens to travel out of town to get even the basic essentials.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa is still world-famous for its golf course, such as the Blue Monster, as well as for hosting the PGA Tour Tournament annually. The spa area, originally dubbed the Saturnia International Spa, is considered to be one of the best in the country and the largest in the state.
Local dining includes Flanagan’s Seafood Bar and Grill, Sushi Joe, Olivos Restaurant, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, and San Marco Italian Restaurant. There are also a number of bars and clubs in the area, such as Pink Pony, Templo, Ale House, La Covacha, a dance club, and Strike Miami, a bar and bowling alley. Doral also hosts an annual car show.
Hotels in the area include InterContinental West, Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, and the Blue Doral Golf Resort.
Students in the area attend public schools such as Doral Middle School, Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center, Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center, John I. Smith Elementary School, and Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School, and charter schools, Doral Academy Charter High School, and Renaissance Charter School. Doral also is home to Divine Savior Academy, as well as Carlos Albizu University, and the West Campus of Miami-Dade College.
Transportation around Doral is provide by the Doral Trolley, which runs all through the city, servicing many stops, including some of the major businesses and almost all of the public schools.
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Doral is a city located in north-central Miami-Dade County, Florida, west of Miami International Airport; Doral is a suburb of Miami, Florida. The City of Doral takes its name from the famous golf and spa resort located within its municipal boundaries. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa was originally built by Doris and Alfred Kaskel, who coined "Doral" by combining their names. The City of Doral was incorporated along with Miami Gardens in 2003. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,438. According to 2007 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 37,735. For a city of its size, Doral has a large number of shops, financial institutions and businesses, especially importers and exporters, primarily because of its proximity to the Miami International Airport. In 2008, Fortune Small Business and CNN Money ranked Doral as 51 on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal.