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By: Shayne Benowitz

Running the length of Miami Beach – from the tip of South Pointe Park to North Beach Oceanside Park – the Beachwalk is an eight-mile-long oceanfront pedestrian promenade enjoyed by joggers, cyclists and anyone out for a scenic seaside stroll. Through the years, the composition of the Beachwalk has evolved from sections that were paved, others that were sandy, and a portion that was a raised wooden boardwalk. In the spring of 2021, Miami Beach unveiled a newly completed paved section, which runs from 23rd to 45th streets, replacing the former boardwalk. Now a continuous paved pathway runs from 1st to 79th streets.

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Hop on a Citi Bike to ride down the Beachwalk

While the old boardwalk was beloved, these improvements allow for a wider, on-grade, ADA-accessible pathway, so cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders can enjoy the entire length of the Beachwalk. Motorized and electric modes of transportation are not permitted, with the exception of wheelchairs. The last remaining section, from 79th Street to 87th Terrace in North Beach, is slated for completion in 2022; this will connect with pathways in Surfside and Bal Harbour.

No matter where you find yourself in Miami Beach, the Beachwalk is accessible and always just a few short blocks away. Along the way, you’ll find CitiBike stands for bike rentals, public restrooms, water fountains, and ample parking in lots and garages. Read on to learn about what you’ll discover along the way.

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 greenspace with playgrounds, walkways and a pier that extends into the ocean for sweeping, panoramic views of South Beach. Here, you’ll find Smith & Wollensky, with an outdoor bar and seating along the jetty overlooking the channel. This is one of the most picturesque meals in town.

You’ll notice that between the Beachwalk and the sand, a section of dunes and vegetation is roped off to protect 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, which line the beach. This section is also a popular area for surfers when wind and waves are present. At 3rd Street near Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park, 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, the Muscle Beach outdoor fitness area, and the Art Deco Welcome Center at 10th Street. Running parallel to Ocean Drive, it’s a lively section of South Beach across from historic Art Deco hotels, outdoor cafes and bars.

As you wind your way north from 14th to 23rd streets, Lummus Park gives way to a lovely hedge of 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, such as the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and SLS South Beach, with lavish oceanfront poolscapes opening up to the Beachwalk. You’ll also notice a public art installation along the pathway in this area.

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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 in Mid Beach, where there was once a wooden boardwalk, 15-foot-wide pavers now run north to 45th Street. You’ll pass the Miami Beach EDITION and the Faena Miami Beach, where 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 44th Street, you’ll find the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Eden Roc Miami Beach & Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, both originally designed by Miami Modern (MiMo) master Morris Lapidus.

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

North Beach & Beyond

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 condos and hotels. When you reach the end of the Beachwalk at 79th Street, you’ll find North Beach Oceanside Park. Spanning eight oceanfront blocks, this park offers picnic pavilions, barbecues, a dog park and winding pathways.

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