Miami has a tropical climate, which translates into long, hot and humid summers and short, temperate winters that, almost always, give away beach days as well. These are our favorite beaches, and we tell you why in each case.
It is the beach strip that corresponds to Ocean Drive and the entire SoBe hotel chain. It includes Lummus Park and the public beach between 5th and 15th streets. It is a social beach.
It has several beaches on the coast, but the most popular are Bill Baggs (the lighthouse), Crandon Beach Park, Virginia Key and Hobie Beach (the favorite of surfers). You can walk from Crandon Beach Park to Bill Baggs on the beach: it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes (it’s about 5.5 km).
Its beaches, just as nice but a little quieter, are about an hour’s drive from South Beach. Path: I-95.
It’s in North Beach and those who know it’s one of the best beaches in Miami say it’s because it’s free from the bustle that is the norm on the island. In addition, the rental of beach service is cheaper. It’s on Collins north, at 93rd Street.
It’s the beach of the condominiums. Ideal for family holidays, it seems difficult to access if you are not staying in one of those towers. But, once you find parking and access, you will not be able to believe the color of the water.
South Pointe Park
Because it is at the tip of Punta de Miami Beach, it allows a 360 ° view of the ocean that leaves you frozen. It has a dock, water games ideal for children and a marina from where international cruises depart.
Matheson Hammock Park
The best possible sunset of all Miami you will see from here. The beach itself is small, but the entire park retains a wild imprint that is rare in the city. There are kayaks and canoe rentals. It’s in Coral Gables.
Hallandale Beach and Hollywood Beach
They are two neighboring beaches of calm sea and rhythm ditto. Hallandale is a bit narrow, but that has its advantages if you go with children, for example. Hollywood is bigger and has very good infrastructure.
It’s the beach to rest. It has a rambla that runs parallel to the sea ideal for walking or cycling. It also has public access.
The nudist beach
Haulover Beach is not a nudist beach in its entirety, but it has one part (between two parking lots) where people prefer to go nude and another part (near the coast guard tower) for gay nudists.
It’s worth a visit. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Miami and is surrounded by a vegetal cord that makes it magical and wild.
Some tips before facing the beach
Violet flag: the lifeguards hoist a violet flag when the sea has a lot of animal activity. The aguavivas and mantarrayas are common inhabitants of the beaches of Miami.
Seagulls: they are nice to see, but they bother. It is good to know that they do not fear humans and that they can steal a fried potato from your hand, for example. And the noise they make!
Eye with the algae: that can irritate the skin of children.
On the beaches of Miami in the morning you can see the sunrise on the horizon and the direct sunlight. In the afternoon, the buildings can provide shade, so if the plan is to make beach and walk, I always recommend starting with the first thing.