Visit The Best Beaches In Miami

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By Kara Franker

From South Beach to Sunny Isles Beach and beyond, explore Miami's white sand beach selection.

Whether you're looking for the best place to party or a family-friendly oceanfront oasis, Miami has a beach made especially for you.

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An escape island in Key Biscayne and Virginia Key

Located a few miles south of downtown, the Rickenbacker Causeway stretches across Biscayne Bay towards Virginia Key and Key Biscayne . Both islands offer a wide range of beach scenarios perfect for sunbathing and surfing.

Before arriving at Virginia Key, you will see a narrow stretch of beach on the side of the road. Hobie / Windsurfer Beach earned its nickname because, as the name implies, windsurfers like to hang out here. You will also find a variety of stand up paddle surfers and kayakers. And one of the best parts of this beach is that it is suitable for dogs, so bring your puppy to splash in the calm shallow waters.

Located in front of the Miami Seaquarium is Virginia Key Beach , which offers great views of the city of Brickell Avenue and downtown Miami. Find some shade under a tiki hut and spend a day enjoying the tropical climate of Miami throughout the year.

Go to the next island and arrive at Key Biscayne, home to both Crandon Park Beach at the entrance to the island and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the end. Both beaches are perfect for families and offer some of the most perfect sea views in the area. For the best views, climb to the top of the Cape Florida lighthouse, originally built in 1825. Free guided tours are available Thursday through Monday at 10 a.m. M. Y 1 p. M.

    The most famous stretches of sand in Miami Beach

    Stroll along the beach along Ocean Drive and you will find yourself in the heart of Miami's most famous beach. It's the one you've seen on the big screen and read about it in magazines. South Beach stretches from South Pointe Park Beach all the way to Collins Park on 21st and 22nd Streets, where you'll find the Bass Museum of Art and the W South Beach .

    Most locals with families opt for South Pointe Park Beach because of its kid-friendly facilities, mini wading pool and playground and South Pointe Park Pier. The park not only has access to the beach, there is also a frozen yogurt stand Blissberry and a Smith and Wollensky restaurant with incredible views of the water.

    The 12th Street beach in South Beach is marked by two large gay pride flags. This gay friendly section of the famous beach flanks Ocean Drive and is within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

    Head a little further up the coast and you'll be in Miami Beach's central stretch of sand, which runs from Collins Park to Indian Beach Park around 46th Street, near the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach . This area is famous for its high complexes facing the beach and has a raised boardwalk that is ideal for running with a view of the water. This beach tends to offer a more relaxed atmosphere than the always busy South Beach.

    After 46th Street, you're in the northern part of Miami Beach, which extends to the North Shore Open Space Park near 79th Street. Enjoy free movies under the stars at North Shore Park Bandshell located at 7275 Collins Avenue. It is also home to the Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest, which offers free entertainment and music on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 5 to 10 p.m. M.

      From Surfside to Sunny Isles Beach and everything in between

      Located north of the North Shore Open Space Park, the beach at Surfside is a favorite for locals because of its relaxed atmosphere and access to a boardwalk path. Continue north along the road and you will find Bal Harbor Beach, famous for its luxury hotels and shopping centers, the Bal Harbor Shops.

      To get to the next stretch of sand, you will have to cross the bridge that separates Bal Harbor from Haulover Park. Famous for its optional clothing policy, Haulover Beach is as popular with locals as it is with tourists.

      For an ideal beach option for families nearby, Oleta River State Park Beach is located on the Oleta River and Biscayne Bay, and offers a tranquil environment for canoeing, kayaking and biking along the winding trails.

      The northernmost beach in Miami is Sunny Isles Beach, a stretch of two miles of beautiful white sand and turquoise water. This is a great place for the whole family and has a variety of water sports such as diving and diving. Or perfect your cast and go fishing at the Newport fishing pier.

        Beaches for families located in the south

        While many travelers are drawn to the most famous beaches surrounding South Beach, there are some gems hidden further south on the continent that are off the tourist circuit.

        Located in the picturesque community of Coral Gables, Matheson Hammock Park Beach offers calm waters that are perfect for the smallest swimmers. You will find a lazy lagoon surrounded by picnic tables and palm trees with shade. There is also a marina and an excellent restaurant called Red Fish Grill (only open for dinner, reservations are required.

        The southernmost beach in Miami before reaching Florida Keys, Homestead Bayfront Park Beach offers a natural atoll and beach. A favorite for locals, La Playa Grill is located inside the park and offers freshly caught seafood.

        Looking for an excellent place to stay on the beach? Check out this list of beachfront hotels in Miami.

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