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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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

It’s hard to think of Miami Beach without images of its legendary shoreline of white sand beaches, Art Deco hotels and aquamarine water lapping against a palm-lined shore. A barrier island connected to mainland Miami by a series of causeways, Miami Beach is truly a subtropical paradise. Stretching from South Pointe Park at the tip of the island and running north to 87th Street and the North Shore Open Space Park, there are more options than you might have imagined for a beach day on Miami Beach. Read on for our guide to the many beaches on this iconic strip of sand.

South Beach Jetty
South Beach Jetty

South Pointe Park & Beach

Situated at the southern tip of South Beach, South Pointe Park is a beautifully landscaped greenspace with panoramic views of South Beach’s shoreline, Fisher Island and PortMiami across the channel, and Downtown Miami across Biscayne Bay. The park itself features paved walking trails, a playground and splash park for the little ones, and a snack bar.

The upscale Smith & Wollensky steakhouse occupies a prime position within the park, with waterfront seating and a popular al fresco bar. On the sand, you’ll experience a more subdued atmosphere with local families enjoying an afternoon in the sun. If conditions are right, this is also the stretch of beach where you’ll spy surfers along the jetty. Don’t leave before taking a stroll down the scenic South Pointe Pier to truly soak in those views.

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 up to 15th Street.

This is the South Beach of the movies where you’ll spy fit rollerbladers zooming down beachside pathways, muscled men and women working out on beachfront equipment, and spirited games of beach volleyball. Ocean Drive is lined with cafes and bars featuring live music and an overall party atmosphere. If you’re looking for a beach scene where you can mingle with other vacation goers, this is the beach for you.

As you continue to travel north, the hotels get more lavish and mix with a residential area of South Beach for a more relaxed beach day.

If you’re not staying at a South Beach hotel with beach service, Boucher Brothers is a vendor with multiple locations for all kinds of beach activities, including beach chair and umbrella rentals, Jet Ski, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, banana boat excursions and parasail boat tours.

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. Here, the barrier island becomes more narrow and the density of hotels and attractions eases up. Twenty-seventh Street to 45th Street is still very much a part of Miami Beach’s hotel zone where you’ll find some of the more sprawling resorts from the mid-century Miami Modern architectural movement, including the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Eden Roc Miami Beach, both designed by Morris Lapidus. This part 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 like Faena Hotel Miami Beach and The Miami Beach EDITION inside historic digs.

The stretch of Collins Avenue from 45th Street north to 63rd Street was once known as “Millionaire’s Row” for the 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 residential condominiums and a smattering of resorts for 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 al fresco oceanfront North Beach Bandshell, which routinely hosts concerts, events and dance performances.

North Shore Oceanside Park
North Shore Oceanside Park

North Shore Open Space Park Beach

A beautiful oceanfront park with ample shade trees, North Shore Oceanside 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 a playground for the little ones. There are also picnic pavilions with barbecue grills if you feel like packing a feast to share with friends and family. Best of all, the white sands and aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean are right there for your enjoyment.

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