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North Beach Bandshell

North Beach Bandshell

Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky

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South Beach

South Pointe Park

South Pointe Park

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Mention the words Miami Beach and your listener will immediately conjure up images of white sand beaches, Art Deco hotels and aquamarine water lapping against a palm-lined shore. A subtropical paradise, Miami Beach is a barrier island connected to mainland Miami by a series of causeways. It’s the only U.S. city to be bordered by two national parks – Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.

From South Pointe Park to North Beach Oceanside Park, follow this tantalizing tour of Miami Beach’s warm and welcoming shores, beginning at the southern end of the island.

South Beach Jetty
South Beach Jetty

South Pointe Park & Beach

Start at the southern tip in the landscaped greenspace of South Pointe Park for panoramic views of South Beach’s shoreline, Fisher Island and PortMiami across the channel, and downtown Miami across Biscayne Bay. Beyond stellar views, the park features paved walking trails, a snack bar and a playground and splash park for the little ones.

The upscale Smith & Wollensky steakhouse occupies a prime position within the park, with waterfront seating and a popular al fresco bar. 

If conditions are right, this is also where you’ll spot surfers near the jetty. Don’t leave before taking a stroll down the scenic South Pointe Pier to soak in unforgettable views, especially at sunset.

South Beach
South Beach

South Beach

South Beach is arguably Miami Beach’s most famous beach. This legendary stretch of sand technically runs from the southern tip of the island to 26th Street. At Fifth Street, the beach meets iconic Ocean Drive, where historic Art Deco hotels and Lummus Park line the beach all the way up to 15th Street.

This is the South Beach of the movies, with rollerbladers weaving their way down beachside pathways, well-muscled exercisers working out on beachfront equipment and beach volleyball players digging, setting and spiking. Vibrant Ocean Drive is lined with cafes and bars, many offering live music. 

If the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t have beach service, no worries. Boucher Brothers, which has multiple locations, rents a variety of beach gear, including beach chairs, umbrellas, Jet skis, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, as well as offering banana boat excursions and parasail boat tours. 
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Pool at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Pool at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Mid-Beach

The section of Miami Beach that’s become known as Mid-Beach stretches from 27th Street north to 63rd Street. From 27th Street to 45th Street is still very much part of Miami Beach’s hotel zone – you’ll find vast resorts representing the mid-century Miami Modern architectural movement, including the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Eden Roc Miami Beach, both designed by Morris Lapidus. This portion of the beach has heated up in recent years as one trendy hotel after another has opened, reinvigorating the energy of Mid-Beach. You’ll find other splashy resorts here such as Faena Hotel Miami Beach and the boutique Miami Beach EDITION

The stretch of Collins Avenue from 45th Street north to 63rd Street was once known as “Millionaire’s Row” for the grand mansions and luxury hotels that populated the area. While it’s situated across the canal from the ritzy La Gorce Country Club, today the area is home to more residential condominiums and a smattering of resorts, providing a tranquil, uncrowded beach experience.

North Beach
North Beach

North Beach

Just north of 63rd Street, North Beach emerges. With chilled-out beaches, historic Art Deco and Miami Modern architecture, residential North Beach makes for a mellow, family-friendly beach destination. Here you’ll find more condominiums and a few large resorts, as well as the oceanfront North Beach Bandshell, which hosts concerts, dance performances and other events.

North Shore Oceanside Park
North Shore Oceanside Park

North Beach Oceanside Park

A beautiful waterfront park with ample shade trees, North Beach Oceanside Park (also known as North Shore Open Space Park) stretches from 78th to 87th Streets. It’s an ideal spot to access the beach for a relaxing afternoon. You’ll find shaded walking trails, a bike path, dog park and playground. There are also picnic pavilions with barbecue grills.

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