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By: Shayne Benowitz

No matter where you find yourself in Miami Beach, the Beachwalk is accessible and always nearby. Running the length of the city from the tip of South Pointe Park to North Beach Oceanside Park, the Beachwalk is a seven-mile oceanfront pedestrian promenade designed for joggers, cyclists and anyone out for a scenic seaside stroll to enjoy.

Over the years, Miami Beach has transformed the Beachwalk into a wider, on-grade, ADA-accessible paver pathway, replacing the wooden boardwalk that once ran from 23rd to 45th streets. In June 2022, the City of Miami Beach unveiled the final segment of the Beachwalk at its northern end, running parallel to North Beach Oceanside Park from 79th to 87th streets. This segment now connects with pathways that continue north through Surfside and Bal Harbour.

The Beachwalk is also a part of the Atlantic Greenway Network, which supports pedestrian-friendly, non-motorized modes of transportation along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Key West.

citibike
Hop on a Citi Bike to ride down the Beachwalk

Cyclists, skaters and strollers can now enjoy the entire length of the Beachwalk from 1st to 87th streets. Along the way, you’ll find public restrooms, water fountains, ample parking and CitiBike stands for bike rentals. Read on for highlights of what you’ll discover on your stroll.

South Pointe Park
Take the Beachwalk through South Pointe Park to enjoy the pier, park and views

South Pointe Park to Fifth Street

At the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe Park is a beautifully landscaped green space with playgrounds, walkways and a pier that juts into the ocean for sweeping, panoramic views of South Beach. Inside the park you’ll find Smith & Wollensky, with an outdoor bar and ample seating along the jetty overlooking the channel. It’s one of the most picturesque dining spots in town.

You’ll notice that, between the Beachwalk and the sand, a section of sand dunes and vegetation is roped off to preserve the native plants that keep the beach ecosystem healthy.

As you head north along the Beachwalk, take in the sights of Miami Beach’s colorful Art Deco-inspired lifeguard stands lining the beach. This section is also popular with surfers when there are waves. At 3rd Street, a group holds free beach yoga classes in the morning and at sunset.

Lummus Park
Work out by the ocean in Lummus Park

Lummus Park & Art Deco District

Lummus Park runs along the Beachwalk from 5th to 14th streets. This wide greenbelt is home to sand volleyball courts, a Muscle Beach outdoor fitness area and the Art Deco Welcome Center at 10th Street. Running parallel to Ocean Drive, this is a lively section of South Beach right across the street from historic Art Deco hotels and outdoor cafes.

As you wind your way north from 14th to 23rd streets, Lummus Park gives way to a lovely hedge of landscaped sea grapes and other subtropical vegetation with palm trees swaying overhead. Along this stretch, you’ll pass some of South Beach’s most luxurious oceanfront hotels – look for the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and SLS South Beach – with their lavish oceanfront poolscapes opening up to the Beachwalk.

Mammoth
Check out the woolly mammoth sculpture at Faena

Mid Beach

When you reach 1 Hotel South Beach at 23rd Street, you’ve made your way to the newest section of the Beachwalk. Here, the former elevated wooden boardwalk has been converted into 15-foot wide pavers that run through Mid Beach to 45th Street past the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Eden Roc Miami Beach, both originally designed by MiMo (Miami Modern) master architect Morris Lapidus. Along the way, you’ll pass properties like the Miami Beach EDITION. You can spy Damien Hirst’s “Gone But Not Forgotten,” an enormous woolly mammoth skeleton sculpture dipped in gold, resting casually inside a glass case on the pool deck at the Faena Miami Beach.

North beach park
North Beach Oceanside Park marks the end of the Beachwalk

North Beach

As you continue to North Beach, you’ll pass Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Allison Park at 65th Street, which is dotted with enchanting sea turtle sculptures. This stretch of beach is lined with a string of high-rise condos and hotels.

North Beach Oceanside Park spans eight oceanfront blocks from 79th to 87th streets. This leafy park boasts picnic pavilions, barbecues, a dog park and winding pathways. It’s an excellent spot to take a dip in the ocean and spread out a beach blanket for an afternoon on the sand beneath the Miami Beach sun.

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