South Beach's Lummus Park

A beach with an attitude...
Lummus Park Benches

Lummus Park is home to South Beach's legendary beach, running alongside South Beach's legendary strip, Ocean Drive.

This is one of the most energetic and highly charged beaches in the city, renowned for its iconic candy colored lifeguard towers.

So here is where you come for a day in the sun and more... A vivid blue ocean, wide sandy beaches that stretch for miles, gentle waves... and a highly charged atmosphere.

Although being a magnet to Miami's young and trendy, you find in its people an international melting pot from all walks of life, all enjoying the South Florida warmth and alluring spirit of this corner of the world.

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Lummus Park is flanked on the one side by Ocean Drive and its plethora of Art Deco buildings, cafes and bars, shops, boutique hotels...

Ocean Drive runs along Lummus Park

And the fabulous beach on the other side.

The Beach at Lummus Park

There is plenty of activity to enjoy or enjoy watching, in and out of the water. From wave-runners, parasailing, boating, jet-skiing, paddleboarding... or simply sunning and swimming...

Anything goes in South Beach. This is not a nude beach but expect to see lots of skin, topless bathers, body builders flexing their muscles, and the "in" crowd showing off their suntans.

It is not unusual to see camera crews around and photo shootings.

The section around 12th Street is Miami's best known Gay beach.

South Beach Lummus Park at 12th Street Miami's best known Gay beach

Go for a stroll along the Beach Walk that runs along the waterfront... This is is an endless promenade for walking, jogging, rollerblading, or biking, which connects for miles from South Pointe Park to the boardwalk in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Walk at Lummus Park

And just as easily rent a bike from one of the many stations around the park...

Bike Rentals at Lummus Park

And South Beach is of course home to the iconic Lifeguard Towers, the multi-colored structures in an array of fun shapes and styles that quickly became a symbol of Miami and its revival after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in the early 90s.

Lifeguard Tower at 8th Street

Beach Access and Facilities

Lummus Park beach is the main stretch on Ocean Drive located between 5th and 15th Streets.

A nice shaded palm-tree lined park with plenty of benches and walking paths, lays between the street traffic, the restaurants and bars just accross and the white expanses of white sand beaches just on the other side.

There are plenty of paths that provide access to the beach, some are wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Lummus Park Beach access

You will also find plenty of showers and restroom facilities at the park along the beach, and concessions for umbrellas and beach chair rentals, and of course all kinds of gear and watersport activities.

Where?: Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets

Parking: Challenging unless you come early. Several options, metered parking on street or city lots and parking garages, see Parking in South Beach.

Restrooms and Showers: Plentiful

Other ammenities: Many offerings for watersports, biking, rollerblading, volleyball

This is a place to experience at least once during your stay... a beach with an attitude. Come on and find out what the fuss is all about!

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