The 15 Best Beaches in Miami

South Beach in Miami
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Miami, Florida, is practically synonymous with paradise, and this warm-weather town has plenty of beach options for all tastes and pleasures. The iconic South Beach with its spring break crowds is the most well-known, but don't assume that all of Miami's beaches revolve around day drinking and partying. There are miles of coastline around South Florida to enjoy, including beaches that cater to families with kids, snorkelers, naturists, water sports enthusiasts, and pretty much every other type of beachgoer. You'll find plenty of lists that tell you which beach in Miami is the best one to visit but in reality, the best one to visit depends on you.

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South Pointe Beach

South Point Park Pier

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Address
South Pointe Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

The South Pointe Beach and Park Pier sit within a 17-acre park at the southern tip of Miami Beach. For the anglers, the fishing pier includes a cutting and washing station sd well as collection bins to recycle used fishing line. Plenty of greenery, a wide beach, designated picnic areas, and a playground with water-features makes this a good destination with the kids. A postcard-worthy view of the downtown Miami skyline make it a favorite vantage point of professional and amateur photographers alike.

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South Beach

View of South Beach

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Address
Miami Beach - South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

Considered the quintessential Miami Beach experience, South Beach definitely lives up to the hype. Come here to see and be seen, and continue the beach party into the night at the famous Ocean Drive nightclubs just across the street. A favorite of the jet set, South Beach celebrity sightings occur with exciting frequency. The iconic Art Deco architecture and painted lifeguard stands make it impossible to mistake your location from the sand or water.

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Lummus Park Beach

Lummus Park

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Address
1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4609, USA

At funky Lummus Park Beach, which stretches from 5th Street to 15th Street, pretty much anything goes. You can find topless sunbathers, a notable number of birds (and plenty of people happy to feed them), and an LGBTQ+ vibe around 12​th Street. Thatched huts provide shade and pickup volleyball games occasionally get raucous. A paved pathway makes a great route for walking, jogging, or inline skating. You can also use the free public restrooms here, which are hard to come by in Miami Beach.

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Mid-Beach

MidBeach

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Address
Mid-Beach, Miami Beach, FL, USA

The central section of Miami Beach, mapped as Mid-Beach, begins around 21st Street and extends north to the neighborhood of the famous Fontainebleau Hotel. Head here for quiet beaches and the best examples of Miami Modern architecture. The area experienced a resurgence beginning in 2013, capped by the opening of the Faena Hotel in 2016. It's still considerably more relaxed than South Beach if you're seeking tranquility, but still close enough for a day trip or night outing if you want to experience the crazy South Beach scene.

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North Beach

North Beach

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Address
Miami Beach - North Beach, Miami Beach, FL, USA

Extending from around 63rd Street north along Collins Avenue, North Beach swaps the kitschy fun of South Beach for the laid-back air of classic Miami Beach. More suburban strip mall than tourist trap, the neighborhoods fronting the roughly 12-mile stretch of sand house a largely Latino population. As expected, a slew of reasonably priced restaurants serves homey Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, and Salvadorean food. You can also find Thai, Italian, French, Indian, and nearly every other ethnic cuisine here.

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Surfside

Lifeguard stand at Surfside beach in Miami

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Address
Surfside Beach, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

You can find a small-town vibe in Miami if you just head to Surfside, a residential community with a mile-long strip of beach. This mostly-locals gathering spot often thrums with beach bashes that don't have the same "spring break" vibe as the parties on South Beach. The quiet stretch of sand, devoid of any intrusive commercial activity, makes a natural sunrise-viewing location. Paddle-boarders and kite surfers come here for the uncrowded waves.

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Bal Harbour

Bal Harbour Beach

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Address
Bal Harbour Beach, Florida 33154, USA

Head to ​Bal Harbour for the luxury resort lifestyle in Miami Beach. You can check into the St. Regis, the Ritz-Carlton, or the Sea View for the fully pampered experience, or simply claim a patch of sand on the public beach as your own for a day. Resort staff provides a lengthy list of services, including lounge chairs and cabanas, watersports rentals, and even sunscreen spritzes, but you must be a guest of the resort to use them.

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Haulover Beach

Aerial shot of Haulover Beach Park

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Address
Haulover Beach, Florida, USA

Haulover Beach, located on Miami Beach between Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour, earned renown as Miami’s only legal "clothing optional" beach. Anyone skittish about shedding their swimsuit can easily avoid the free-spirited crowd and signs clearly mark the nude beach to prevent surprises. But the dense vegetation that protects the white sand from the intruding image of nearby urban high rises should be its primary draw. It feels the least developed of all of Miami's beaches, making it the perfect place to enjoy a scenic sunset without buildings getting in the way. A dependable supply of nicely formed waves attracts many of the area’s surfers as well.​

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Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach

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Address
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160, USA

Sunny Isles Beach lost much of the kitschy character that it was known for to luxury condo developments. But the two-mile stretch of sand makes a good destination, if somewhat generic, for an easy-going vacation, with plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops within reach. Access the only public fishing pier in Miami-Dade County, the Newport Fishing Pier, from Collins Avenue where it intersects with Sunny Isles Beach Boulevard. The historic site is the only designated fishing area at Sunny Isles Beach.

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Virginia Key Beach

Virginia Key Beach

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Address
4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Phone +1 305-960-4600

One of South Florida’s more interesting beaches, Virginia Key Beach sits right off the Rickenbacker Causeway (on both the north and south sides) near the Miami Seaquarium. The location makes access easy so some areas become quite crowded, but with a little exploration, you can still find your own quiet spot. This beach allows leashed dogs, one of only a few in the area, making it an especially appealing destination for vacationers missing their own furry friends back home.

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Hobie Beach

Aerial shot of Hobie beach with miami skyline in the background

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Address
Old, Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Phone +1 305-361-2833

Hobie Beach appeals mostly to surfers—not surprising since it takes its name from Hobie Alter, a pioneering surfboard maker—and other watersports enthusiasts. You can rent windsurfing equipment, jet skis, and sailboats here, and take lessons on how to use them. This beach also allows dogs and they often outnumber the people. Located off the Rickenbacker Causeway, Hobie Beach also goes by the name Windsurfer Beach and provides grand views of the Miami skyline and free parking.

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Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Beach Park

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Address
Crandon Beach, Florida 33149, USA

Miami parents with young children head to Crandon Park on the north end of Key Biscayne, where shallow water lets the kiddos play in comparative safety. A boardwalk, built-in barbecues, picnic tables, and ample and convenient parking contribute to its popularity with the mini-van set. Often appearing on lists of the nation's top beaches, Crandon Park Beach stretches for 2 miles and concessionaires rent chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and bikes for exploring the 800-acre park.

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Lighthouse

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Address
1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149-2713, USA
Phone +1 786-582-2673

At Bill Baggs State Park, located on the south end of Key Biscayne, you can take a guided tour of the famous Cape Florida lighthouse, the oldest building in the southern part of the state. The wide beaches here make sunbathing an enticing pursuit, but antsy visitors find plenty to keep them entertained too, with kayaking, windsurfing, cycling, and fishing from the shore among the options. Check out Boaters Grill, a full-service​ restaurant, when all of the activity makes you hungry.

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Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina

Bayfront Park

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Address
9698 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033, USA
Phone +1 305-230-3033

Located in the southern portion of Miami-Dade County about an hour from Downtown Miami, Homestead Bayfront Park lacks the tourist scene of other Miami-area beaches, a welcome point for many residents and vacationers in search of a more tranquil experience. A palm-shaded beach, calm lagoon, and full-service marina makes this a prime destination for both swimmers and boaters. Snorkels tours through the neighboring Biscayne National Park Institute take you 10 miles offshore to explore the vibrant coral reefs.

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Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park
Florida Parks Services
Address
3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160, USA
Phone +1 305-919-1846

Oleta River State Park, the largest urban park in Florida, adds the possibility of a rustic beach getaway to the Miami mix. Located bayside at Sunny Isles Beach, the park may be best known for its miles of off-road bicycle trails. Hop into a canoe or kayak to explore the river and the stand of wildlife-rich mangrove forest at the northern end. Relax on the sandy beach along Biscayne Bay which provides a cooling dip in calm waters or head out for a rustic hike. Cabins are available for overnight rentals.

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