Due east of Downtown Miami, South Beach has it all. With a stunning stretch of turquoise-blue ocean and brilliant white sand, it’s the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy a walk along the beach, a stroll along pastel-colored hotels in the Art Deco Historic District, or explore Miami’s premier outdoor mall on Lincoln Road.
This family-friendly stretch of beach feels private and secluded, featuring sand dunes, sea grapes and sea oat lined paths perfect for a stroll, run or bike ride. Pack a picnic and a blanket, or check-in to one of Surfside’s oceanfront hotels – including the swanky Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club – for a perfect tranquil beach day or vacation.
Just north of Bal Harbour you’ll find Miami’s only clothing optional beach (at the beach’s northernmost section). And although topless sunbathing is common in an international destination like Miami, this is where to go to bare it all. At adjacent Haulover Park, you’ll also find shaded picnic facilities, concession stands, beach chair rentals and sand dunes.
Head to the southern tip of Key Biscayne for this pristine stretch of “old Florida” nature (and generally calm waters thanks to a barrier reef six miles offshore). With nature trails, a historic 1820’s lighthouse, and two great restaurants serving authentic Cuban fare in a rustic setting, it’s hard to beat Bill Baggs Cape Florida for historical charm or scenic beauty.
Here in Coral Gables, just south of Downtown Miami, a hammock also refers to a unique ecosystem featuring a dense stand of broad-leafed trees set only a few inches above sea level surrounded by wetlands. This park features hiking trails, kayaks and canoes to rent, and the tranquil warm waters of a man-made atoll pool surrounded by a sandy beach.