El Portal, Florida

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El Portal is a village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The village name is derived from the Spanish phrase for "the gate," after two wooden gates that once stood as a gateway to the village. The population was 2,505 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 2,468.[3]



El Portal is a small, diverse enclave between Miami Shores and Miami. It was incorporated on December 6, 1937. The enclave was originally the capital of the Tequesta tribal area, and was visited by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in the 1670s.[citation needed] Three small subdivisions (now neighborhoods)—Sherwood Forest, El Jardin (Spanish for "The Garden"), and El Portal—merged into the Village of El Portal.[4] Its borders include 91st Street on the north, 85th Street on the south, Northeast Fifth Avenue on the east and Northwest Fifth Avenue on the west.

The village's name is derived from a Spanish term used to describe "The Gate," after two huge wooden gates on Northeast Second Avenue that were taken down in the 1940s.

The village was also designated as a bird sanctuary by the state for more than 50 years, which means that the birds and trees cannot be harmed in any way. A nature trail winds its way through the village. El Portal also boasts links to prehistoric Indian life at the Little River Mound, a four-foot-high, innocuous grassy knoll that is actually an ancient burial ground. The Little River Mound, located in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood, is the first archaeological site to be publicly recognized and preserved in Miami-Dade County.[5]

The population was 2,505 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 2,427.[6]


El Portal is located at 25°51′19″N 80°11′39″W / 25.85528°N 80.19417°W / 25.85528; -80.19417 (25.855173, -80.194168)[7].

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