Plan a Beach Day in Bal Harbour

By: Shayne Benowitz

Look no further than Bal Harbour for your next beach day.

Bal Harbour is bordered to the south by Surfside at 96th Street and to the north by the Haulover Inlet. At just over 2,500 residents, it’s a tranquil and luxurious enclave along the Atlantic Ocean lined with luxury hotels and condominiums, making this stretch of the beach one of the most peaceful and unspoiled. With well-groomed white sand and the aquamarine ocean lapping at its shore, Bal Harbour is the perfect beach for those looking for peace and quiet along an uncrowded stretch of sand.

Beach Access & Things To Do

Whether you opt to check-in to one of Bal Harbour’s resorts or simply unfurl a beach blanket on the sand for the day, all of Miami Beach is open to the public. There’s metered public parking located underneath the bridge connecting Bal Harbour to Haulover Beach for easy access to the sparkling sea beyond. Nearby, at the northern border of the beach, a seawall jetty extends into the ocean, perfect for a picturesque walk where you’ll see seagulls and pelicans swooping amidst local fishermen as boats enter and exit the channel.

There’s also a beautifully landscaped Beach Walk path that runs parallel to the beach and extends the length of Bal Harbour and south into Surfside. It’s perfect for an afternoon stroll, bike ride or jog.

The Resort Beach Experience

The three main resorts in Bal Harbour are The St. Regis, The Ritz-Carlton and the Sea View. If you opt to stay in one of these luxurious retreats, you’ll gain access to their beach service, offering everything from lounge chairs to daybeds and cabanas, as well as lunch and cocktails served right to your chair on the sand. Many of the resorts also boast their own water sports offerings, from jet skiing to stand-up paddle boarding.

The St. Regis features private cabanas, beach services and other special amenities. When you’re ready to take a break from the sand and surf, retreat to one of two heated infinity pools or the adults only tranquility pool. The expert staff will be standing by to offer foot reflexology mini treatments, smoothies, sunscreen spritzes and cold towels.

The 18-story Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour towers over the tip of the Bal Harbour offering an ultra-private experience to its guests and beachgoers. Opt for a lounge chair or daybed on the beach, or get some sun by their swimming pools with sweeping ocean views.

The Sea View Hotel is a more casual Bal Harbour option with “Key West-style” cabanas surrounding the pool featuring fans and mini-refrigerators so that you can stay cool even on the warmest beach day. Of course, the beach is always calling and you’ll enjoy expert beach service from the Sea View.

Surfing & Watersports

With the Haulover Inlet and the jetty along Bal Harbour, the area is sometimes ideal for surfing when conditions are just right. When the waters are flat and tranquil (that’s most of the time), it’s also a great place to put in a standup paddleboard or go snorkeling.

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