Miami’s 15 miles of sun-drenched, white-sand beaches are really something to write home about. Edged by the warm turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami’s beaches are amongst some of the most celebrated in the entire world. But it’s the diversity of this iconic beachfront city which makes it such a big hit with visitors. Whether you’re looking for a party hotspot, a fun-filled family retreat or a quiet oceanfront paradise, Miami
has a beach with your name on it.
South Beach is Miami’s most famous beach, in fact if you’ve ever seen a beach in Miami on TV, it was most probably this one. Dubbed ‘America’s party beach’, South Beach is renowned for its lively atmosphere which is present year-round. Be sure to photograph South Beach’s iconic multi-coloured lifeguard huts and head over to Ocean Drive and explore the city’s fabulous art deco buildings.
Miami Beach South Pointe Park Beach
Located at the southern end of Miami Beach, South Pointe Park Beach is perfect for families looking to escape the lively atmosphere of South Beach. Enjoy glorious walking paths, stunning 360 degree ocean views and a miniature splash zone for the kids. Explore the area and find wonderful contemporary art sculptures as well as a delicious frozen yoghurt stand, a real local favourite.
Virginia Key Beach (Key Biscayne)
Historic Virginia Key Beach lets visitors escape the urban sprawl of the city to a place of stunning natural beauty. This 82-acre barrier island is home to an untouched area of beach where people can enjoy a quiet retreat in the sun or under the shade of a tiki umbrella. Explore the 4.1 mile bike trail which runs through the park and soak up the skyline views of downtown Miami.
Bal Harbour Beach
This peaceful stretch of semi-private beach is shared with a number of Miami’s luxury condos and five-star resorts. The sand here is pristine-white and the water both warm and clear turquoise. At the north end of the beach you’ll find a jetty where fishing is allowed, and a palm-shaded path curves around the beach. With its exceptional shopping and dining, head to nearby Bal Harbour for some time-out or refreshments.
Sunny Isles Beach
With its two-mile-long stretch of white sand, Sunny Isles Beach is particularly popular with those who enjoy water sports. You’ll find plenty of people snorkelling and diving here as well as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Take a stroll along the Newport Fishing Pier, a historic site, which has been a popular destination for fishing and sightseeing for many years.
Crandon Park Beach (Key Biscayne)
Crandon Beach is one of Miami’s most treasured hidden gems. Of course, the beach here is simply stunning but there are also a host of other features which make this area great, such as the Family Amusement Centre and Nature Centre. You’ll find spacious picnic areas with built-in grills so you can have your own BBQ and head to the south end of the beach where you can hire private cabanas with showers.
North Shore Open Space Park
North Shore Open Space Park is a fantastic alternative to some of Miami’s more popular beaches. This well-maintained natural area is home to plenty of lovely green spaces and uncrowded beach with pleasant walking trails across the sand.
With a mile-long pristine beach which is uninterrupted by commercial intrusion, Surfside is incredibly clean and the perfect place to escape the busyness of everyday life. An elevated dune path is ideal for a morning jog or to simply enjoy the views, and plenty of kite surfers and paddle-boarders can be spotted in the area thanks to the uncrowded waves.
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