Miami, Florida is one of the hottest spring break and summer vacation destinations in the United States. Known for being a place where tired college students can have some fun in the sun before tearing up the nightlife on the strip in South Beach, Miami truly has a lot to offer visitors from all walks of life.
There is, however, really no point to visiting Miami if you’re not going to spend time on the beaches. The warm sands and blue waters are certainly inviting and spending a day in the sun is exactly what you need to wash away those winter blues. So where are the best beaches in Miami?
7. North Shore Park Beach
The North Shore Park is a well-maintained park along the northern section of Miami’s beaches. This often-overlooked Miami destination features luxurious strips of sand, spectacular picnic areas, and some of the best lifeguards in the city.
The amenities here are to die for as well. You’ll find that the restrooms and showers are in better shape than most other beaches and the outdoor amphitheater is a spectacular place to catch a show on a breezy evening. Be sure to check out the Florida Dance Festival here at the end of June or stop by for North Beach Skates every Friday evening throughout the summer.
6. Matheson Hammock Park Beach
Despite the name of the park you will not find yourself in a tropical beach setting surrounded by hammocks for you to lounge in all afternoon. What you will find, however, is an incredible man-made lagoon that is regularly and naturally refreshed by the waters of the Biscayne Bay. It’s surrounded by a dense hardwood forest containing mangrove trees (also known as hammock trees).
Matheson Hammock Park Beach is known for being a family-friendly destination. When you’re not relaxing on the beach or swimming in the sparkling blue waters you’ll enjoy visiting the marina and snack bars or hiking one of several nature trails. If you find the right place to park your beach blanket and you’ll have spectacular views of the passing boats and the folks at Miami Beach across the bay.
5. Crandon Park Beach
Crandon Park is more than just a beach – it’s an entire amusement area designed to occupy families of all sizes. When you first arrive at Crandon Park Beach you’ll find yourself stumbling through a beautiful park before actually hitting the sandy beaches. The park includes picnic tables with grills, well-kept restrooms with showers, and entrance to a myriad of attractions.
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The beach is littered with palm trees – perfect for providing shade or to lean against while you watch the kids in the sand or read your favorite book. Up in the Crandon Park amusement area you’ll find a historic carousel, an outdoor roller skating rink, and even a splash fountain. Golf lovers only need to drive a short distance from the beach to find a stunning 18-hole golf course.
4. Oleta River State Park
Oleta River State Park is located right in the center of Miami and at 1,042 acres is considered the largest urban park in Florida. The park sits on the Biscayne Bay and the Oleta River runs through the center (although it no longer runs through the Everglades). Keep your eyes peeled for some incredible birds and wildlife and make sure you watch for the endangered West Indian manatee in the waters of the river.
This park is perfect for outdoor adventure lovers. There are miles of bike and hiking trails and visitors can rent bikes and helmets if they forgot to bring their own. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent as well and if you’re really looking for a relaxing beach vacation you may want to consider renting one of the park’s log cabins.
3. Haulover Beach
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Naturists visiting the Miami-Dade area will certainly appreciate a trip to Haulover Beach – the only legally nude beach in the entire area. This incredibly beautiful beach draws crowds from all over the world – all looking to have some nude fun in the sun without reservation or critical glares from those who don’t enjoy the same lifestyle.
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Haulover Beach has tons of amenities aside from the beach itself. You’ll find tennis courts, barbecue areas, water sports, and even kite shops. The white sandy shores here are perfect for lounging, swimming, and watching the activity in the nearby marina.
2. Sunny Isles / Golden Beach
Visiting the Sunny Isles / Golden Beach area of North Miami is like stepping in to another world. This quiet utopia welcomes visitors from all over the world while at the same time embracing life as it was in the 1950′s – with flamingo t-shirts, snow globes, and old hotels.
The beach is beautiful and the people are fun, but you have to visit early if you want to find a parking spot. Make sure you check back often if, by chance, you should happen to be stuck in a metered lot. The meter maids in this area are quick to catch cars that have run out of time.
1. South Beach
The South Beach section of Miami is huge but speaks volumes about the party goers visiting the city for a sensational vacation experience. The beaches are broken into sections, some more appropriate for families and others more appropriate for topless beach-goers.
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Along the beaches you’ll find several paved paths for bikers and skaters while down on the beach itself you’ll find tons of preset volleyball nets and a few sections of hard packed sand great for playing ball. This is, by far, the trendiest beach in all of Miami and you’re guaranteed to find a great spot to relax or enjoy time with the family.
Miami is a dynamic city full of fun and adventure. Finding the perfect beach won’t be difficult, especially with so many spectacular hot spots to choose from!