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Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

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Sunny Isles Beach

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Life’s a beach year round in Miami

From world famous South Beach to hidden gem nature preserves in Key Biscayne and family-friendly swaths of sand in Surfside, it’s no secret that one of the major draws of a Miami vacation is the beach. Read on for our guide to the very best beaches in Miami and pick the perfect spot for you!

South Beach
South Beach

South Beach

It’s hard to think of Miami without visions of South Beach swirling in one’s head. This legendary stretch of beach runs from the southern tip of the island to 23rd Street. Turquoise-blue ocean laps against white sand beaches, Art Deco hotels flank the coastline, and the beach itself is a patchwork of lounge chairs and umbrellas. The raucous heart of the beach runs from 5th to 15th Street along Ocean Drive and you’ll find a more subdued, residential atmosphere to the north and south. Down at First Street, you'll spy surfers if conditions are right.

Surfside
Surfside

Surfside

Surfside is known as Miami’s Uptown Beach Town. Nestled between North Beach and Bal Harbour, it has a decidedly retro small town appeal. A day on the sands can sometimes feel like you’re on a private beach. From sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean to sunset behind the skyline, this pristine stretch of beach attracts families and anyone looking for a tranquil day under the sun. With the beach to the east and lush sand dunes to the west, you can use the paths for an oceanfront stroll, run or bike ride. It’s a great way to enjoy the peaceful sounds and views of nature coupled with a great fitness experience. You’ll find joggers on the elevated dune path and paddle-boarders and kite surfers zipping across the waves. Pack a picnic and beach blanket or simply recline on a cushy lounge chair at your oceanfront resort for an idyllic day at Surfside’s beach.

North Beach Oceanside Park Beach

With chilled out beaches, historic Art Deco architecture and inviting green spaces, North Beach makes for a mellow, family-friendly beach destination. A beautiful oceanfront park with ample shade trees, North Shore Oceanside Park is 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.

Haulover's Sandbar
Haulover's Sandbar

Haulover Beach

Just north of Bal Harbour, Haulover Beach is home to the only nudist beach in Miami. While topless sunbathing is common throughout Miami Beach, this is where to go if you want to bare all. The tranquil white-sand strand attracts other types of visitors too. It’s a prime spot for surfers when conditions are right because of the current at the Haulover Inlet, and the adjacent oceanfront park is a popular place for families to fly kites and have a picnic—there are tables and outdoor grills. There's also a marina full of fishing and diving charters facing the Intracoastal Waterway.

Sunny Isles Beach

This clean and uncrowded two-mile stretch of sand at the northernmost reaches of Miami Beach is lined with towering residential condominiums. Sunny Isles Beach is ideal for families looking for a day at the beach without the hubbub. Park at the lot at 174th Street and make your way to the beach through Samson Oceanfront Park – with a lifeguard tower and volleyball nets nearby, it’s a gorgeous stretch of beach. At 165th Street, Newport Fishing Pier juts over 600 feet into the ocean, and it’s a good place for a scenic stroll or a bite to eat.

Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach
Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, at the tip of Key Biscayne, is a treasure. With rugged sand dunes leading to an uncrowded beach and unlimited ocean views, it's a piece of unspoiled and natural old Florida. The water is typically tranquil here, thanks to a barrier reef located six miles offshore. You can visit the historic lighthouse built in the 1820s, and follow nature trails that wind through the park. For refreshments, Boater’s Grill and the Lighthouse Café offer authentic Cuban fare in rustic settings. There are also shaded picnic pavilions if you bring your own food.

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park on Key Biscayne is the place to go to be active. Vendors offer lessons and rentals for kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, while there are trails across a mangrove boardwalk to a fossilized coral reef, and naturalist-led tours provided by the Nature Center. The beach itself is a two-mile-long sandy, tranquil stretch along the barrier island with a famous sandbar that constantly changes due to the wind and tides. Back on the beach there are picnic tables, cabanas and volleyball nets, and within the park a marina, golf course and tennis center.

Matheson Hammock Park Beach
Matheson Hammock Park Beach

Matheson Hammock Park Beach

The 630-acre Matheson Hammock Park, just south of Coral Gables, opened in 1930 as a gift to the county from conservationist William J Matheson “to preserve the wild and natural beauty” of Miami. Wondering what a hammock is? In Miami, it refers to a unique ecosystem featuring a dense stand of broad-leafed trees set only a few inches above sea level surrounded by tropical wetlands At the park, you can hike along trails through the hammock, rent kayaks and canoes at the shore and swim in the tranquil, protected waters of a man-made atoll pool surrounded by a sandy beach.

Read More:

Hotels On South Beach’s Famed Ocean Drive
Spend The Day At Crandon Park
Paddleboarding & Windsurfing in Miami
The Best Things To Do In Sunny Isles

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