Beaches have long been a magnet to the city, for a lot of travelers, the beach is what Miami is all about. And there is no doubt that the year-round sunshine, crystal clear waters and wide assortment of water sports and recreation options will keep drawing locals and visitors alike.
For those looking for more than just a day of sunbathing, Miami beaches also offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor
activities: parasailing, jet skis, banana boats, volleyball games, biking, snorkeling, etc.
There are several beaches lining miles of coastline along the city and the small islands or "keys" that surround it.
Each one is different in its own way, there is "family-friendly" Crandon Park Beach, "ritzy and trendy" South Beach, and "clothing optional" Haulover Beach, for example.
Beaches are free for all to enjoy, although there might be a parking fee at some of them.
Facilities also vary but most include showers, restrooms and lifeguards.
Other amenities include picnic tables, barbeque grills and children play areas.
Here are some of our Best Miami beaches and what they have to offer.
At the heart of it all and the most well-known beach is of course Miami Beach, which is not "one beach" but rather a seven-mile strip of sun-drenched sandy seashore with several beaches and parks, a stretch lined with a mix of boutique art deco hotels, sprawling resorts, restaurants, shops, sports and recreation areas.
Then there is North Miami Beach, which spans from 46th to 78th Streets, a much quieter, less crowded and hectic area. As a general rule, the further up you go, the less crowded and touristy it gets.
Beyond Miami Beach, the stretches of white sand and turquoise waters continue all along the barrier islands that hug the Miami coastline leading up to Broward county and the Ft. Lauderdale beaches. Here are some of the favorites:
The beach at Oleta is not really the main attraction. The show-stealers are the many other activities for the outdoor enthusiast that are available at the park. There are miles of off-road bike trails, lots of mangrove creeks to explore by kayak or canoe and even cabins for camping.
Hobie Beach also known as Windsurfer Beach and Doggie Beach, it is a favorite of, well, windsurfers and dog lovers of course. Not your typical wide white sand beach, the attraction is in the watersports offering: water bikes, kayaks, SUP paddleboards, windsurfers, hobie cats, catamarans, and killer views of the Miami skyline.
Crandon Park Beach with its wide stretches of sand, shallow waters
and gentle waves, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike for spending a fun relaxing day with the family.
And besides the sun and surf, there's kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, biking and even a nature reserve. So bring along a picnic and enjoy!
Bill Baggs State Park at the end of Key Biscayne is a wonderful place to retreat from the city. The centerpiece of the park is the Cape Coral Light house which is one of the most picturesque anywhere. It has been voted one of the Top Ten Beaches in America, come and find out why!
|Sunny Isles Beach|
|Oleta River State Park|
|Bal Harbour Beach|
|North Shore Park|
|North Miami Beach|
|South Beach at Lummus Park|
|South Pointe Beach|
|Key Biscayne Beaches:|
|Bill Baggs State Park|
Trendy, Chic and Hot: | South Beach at Lummus Park |
Nude and Clothing Optional: | Haulover Beach |
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