Miami Beach: North Beach


North Beach

South Beach has the bustle, the energy, the vibrant sense of adventure — but only a few short miles away, North Beach has the relaxation and the escape. Frequented by locals as well as visitors, it's quieter than beaches to the south, but just as beautiful. You will find locals and visitors enjoying the sand and surf, with plenty of space to open up and spread out. The beach is wide and sandy, with concessions and showers. The boardwalk becomes a flat trail here, and winds its way up to Surfside on a path that’s popular with runners, bikers, and dog-walkers from the neighborhood.

This northern stretch of Miami Beach includes a community center, an adjoining park at the north end and an old fashioned band shell — the North Beach Bandshell — a historic, open-air amphitheater built in 1961. It was restored to its original splendor within the last decade, and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a prime example of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture. A popular Miami Beach music venue, the bandshell currently hosts regular concerts from around the world, and for almost sixty years, it has brought people together in the spirit of community, culture and entertainment. Interesting fact: The North Beach Bandshell sits on the site of Miami Beach’s first structure, the Biscayne House of Refuge, which was built in 1875 by the United States Life-Saving Service (now the Coast Guard) to rescue shipwrecked sailors. There is even a small monument on the site.

Where many of Miami’s beaches sit in the shadow of hotels and waterfront properties, North Shore Open Space Park stands apart, as it is a preserve of natural tree canopies and winding walkways. Filled with picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and lush greenery, it delivers what its name promises — open space. Most weekends you’ll find families hosting parties and locals running or biking through the park. But it’s never busy or overwhelming, and that’s why people come to North Beach.

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