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Best Miami Beaches

Where are they, how to get there, where to park, things to do...

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The Best Miami Beaches

Where are they, how to get there, where to park,
things to do...

Miami Beaches

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.

Beach scene: chairs and umbrella

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.

Miami Beach
From South Pointe to North Shore...

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.

South Pointe Beach

South Pointe Park

At the southernmost tip of Miami Beach is the newer South Pointe Park. Gentle breezes, fabulous beach, and killer views of Fisher Island and the Miami skyline. It is a great spot to watch the massive cruise liners sail by as they leave or enter port.

South  Beach

South Beach

Trendy South Beach, when visitors mention "Miami Beach" what really pops into their minds is South Beach: chic Art Deco, sizzling nightlife, glamorous fashion, beautiful people... From 5th to 21st Streets, this beach is where the action is.

Central Miami Beach

Miami Beach

The area north of South Beach, Miami Beach "central", is the area running from 21st to 46th Street, home of Miami's iconic properties, the Fountainbleau and Eden Roc, and a fantastic elevated boardwalk for jogging or walking while enjoying some awesome views.

North Miami  Beach

North Miami Beach

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.

North Shore Space Park Beach

North Shore Open Space Park

And just next door but a world away, the very last stop in Miami Beach, North Shore Open Space Park, between 78th and 87th Streets, with no high-rises around it is literally a breath of fresh air. Very mellow beach, with plenty of greenery and walking trails.

The North Beaches

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:

Bal Harbour Beach

Bal Harbour Beach

Bal Harbour beach is a beautiful mile-long white sand beach, it has a very exclusive feel to it, lined with luxury resorts and condos, Bal Harbour attracts its share of celebrities. Although a public beach, there are no public facilities or lifeguards.

Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach is a mile-and-half stretch of pristine white sand beaches, cool ocean breezes and sparkling crystal clear waters, and yes, with the unique distinction of being Miami's only clothing optional beach.

Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach

A two-and-a-half mile stretch of white sandy beaches, Sunny Isles is a magnet for the sun-seeker souls looking for a more quiet retreat than South Beach. The area has gone through a major transformation where quaint waterfront motels have give way to luxury high-rises.

Oleta River Beach

Oleta River State Park

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.

Key Biscayne Beaches

Hobie Beach

Hobie Beach

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.

Bill Baggs State Park

Crandon Park Beach

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

Bill Baggs State Park

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!


Most Popular Miami Beaches... Where are they?


View Miami Beaches in a larger map

View Miami Beaches in a larger map
North Beaches:
Miami Beaches Map: Sunny Isles Beach Sunny Isles Beach
Miami Beaches Map: Oleta River State Park Oleta River State Park
Miami Beaches Map: Haulover Beach Haulover Beach
Miami Beaches Map: Bal Harbour Bal Harbour Beach
Miami Beach:
Miami Beaches Map:North Shore Park Beach North Shore Park
Miami Beaches Map: North Miami Beach North Miami Beach
Miami Beaches Map: Miami Beach Miami Beach
Miami Beaches Map: South Beach South Beach at Lummus Park
Miami Beaches Map: South Pointe South Pointe Beach
Key Biscayne Beaches:
Miami Beaches Map: Hobie Beach Hobie Beach
Miami Beaches Map: Crandon Park Crandon Park
Miami Beaches Map: Bill Baggs State Park Bill Baggs State Park


Best pick for...

Trendy, Chic and Hot: | South Beach at Lummus Park |

Family-Friendly Beaches: | Crandon Park | Oleta | Bill Baggs | South Pointe |

Water Sports and Outdoor Activities i.e. jetski rental, parasailing: | South Beach |
| Miami Beach | Crandon Park | South Pointe |

Wind Surfing, Paddle Board, Kayak, Hobie Cat/Catamaran rental: | Hobie Beach | Crandon Park |

Biking, Canoe/Kayak Rental: | Oleta River State Park | Bill Baggs | Crandon Park |

Fishing: | Oleta | Bal Harbour Beach | South Pointe | Bill Baggs |
| Sunny Isles (at Newport Fishing Pier) |

Dog-Friendly Beaches: | South Pointe (at park) | Hobie Beach | Haulover (at park) |

Gay-Friendly Beaches: | Lummus Park Beach at 12th Street | Haulover Beach |

Nude and Clothing Optional: | Haulover Beach |

Best Miami Skyline Views: | Hobie Beach | South Pointe Park |

Miami Beach

Miami Beaches

South Pointe Park
South Beach
Miami Beach
North Shore Open Space Park
Bal Harbour Beach
Haulover Beach
Sunny Isles Beach
Oleta River Beach
Crandon Park Beach
Bill Baggs Beach
Hobie Beach


Things to Do...

Miami Beach Jetskiing

Top Beaches For...

Jetskiing, Parasailing

South Beach
Miami Beach
Crandon Park
South Pointe

Wind Surfing, Paddle Board, Kayak, Hobie Cat/Catamaran rental

Hobie Beach
Crandon Park

Biking, Canoe/Kayak Rental

Oleta
Bill Baggs
Crandon Park

Fishing

Oleta
Bal Harbour
South Pointe
Bill Baggs
Sunny Isles

Trendy, Chic and Hot

South Beach

Family-Friendly Beaches

Crandon Park
Oleta
Bill Baggs
South Pointe

Dog-Friendly Beaches

South Pointe (at park)
Hobie Beach
Haulover (at park)

Best Miami Skyline Views

Hobie Beach
South Pointe Park

Gay-Friendly Beaches

Lummus Park Beach at 12th Street
Haulover Beach

Nude and Clothing Optional

Haulover Beach

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