Beaches in Miami

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Best beaches in Miami

The best thing about Miami is its beaches, and moreover, they’re open to the public. Beaches in Miami cater to the tastes of all kinds of beach-goers and have something to offer for every situation y (Read More)ou’re looking for on the soft-white sands beside the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean merging with the Carribean Sea. Below, we have curated a handpicked list of some of the options among many that are definitely supposed to stand out and are worth a visit during your time in and around the city.

Here is the list of 16 Beaches in Miami

1. Sunny Isles Beach, Miami

Sunny Isles Beach, Miami

Sunny Isles is one of the best beaches of Miami. It features a two-mile long beach with several access points, and its clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving and other water sports. Lifeguards are available throughout the bear access points to ensure your safety while you enjoy your day. If you need to refuel after playing in the sun, which you’ll probably need to, you can hit one of the many cafes and restaurants around the place for a tropical concoction and a snack.

Timings : 9.00 am - 5.30 pm

Parking : Available throughout the beach at different access points
Heritage Park Garage, Gateway Park Parking Garage, Pier Park Lot, etc.
Rates for most lots are $2 per hour, but Ellen Wynne and Pier Park lots are $3 per hour

Lifeguard : Yes - same as beach timings

2. Oleta River State Park, Miami

Oleta River State Park, Miami

The Oleta River State Recreational Area is the largest urban park in Florida encompassing 1,043 acres, and is situated on Biscayne Bay that offers a perfect getaway from the busy streets of downtown Miami. This place offers a 1,200 foot of sandy beach, where you have the chance to enjoy calm walking paths, dozens of bike trails and secluded beach spots.

Timings : 8.00 am till sundown - 365 days a year

Parking : $6 per vehicle - 2-8 people per vehicle
$4 for single occupant vehicle or motorcycle
$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers

Cabin prices : $55 per night + tax + $6.70 (non refundable) reservation fee

3. Haulover Beach, Miami

Haulover Beach, Miami

One of the most scenic beaches in the city, the Haulover Beach features landscaped dunes, a couple of picnic areas, and dozens of lifeguard towers. Haulover Beach is located right between Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour and it’s stunning landscape attracts travelers from all around the world. With 1.5 miles of sandy beach and surf, it is a perfect family beach in the city.

Timings : Sunrise to sunset

Parling lot : 8.00 am to 1 hour before sunset

Prices : Weekdays:
$5 for cars (all lots) ; $1 additional surcharge for Lot #1 and North Lot
$15 for buses

Weekends and holidays:
$7 for cars
$15 for buses

4. North Shore Open Space Park, Miami

North Shore Open Space Park, Miami

If you’re looking for a place to unplug and relax on the beaches of Miami, this park is the place for you. Enjoy its green spaces, explore its walking trails, or check out the beach - all without fighting the crowds. You can even take your dog there, but only in the park and not on the beach.

Timing : 8.00 am to 7.30 pm

Activities : Swimming
Water activities

5. North Miami Beach, Miami

North Miami Beach, Miami

This beach in North Miami is a popular venue among both locals and tourists. The park is relatively quiet, and features soft sand, sidewalk cafes, and a community center. Located midway between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and adjacent to the Golden Glades Interchange, North Miami Beach is truly at the "Crossroads of South Florida".

Timings : 8.00 am to 7.30 pm

Activities : Swimming
Water activities

6. Bal Harbour, Miami

Bal Harbour, Miami

This laid-back stretch of sand is fringed with luxury hotels. The jogging path winds around the mile-long beach, shaded by palms. You’ll find limited metered parking beneath Haulover Bridge. The tiny cafes in the nearby Town of Surfside or the elegant bistros in Bal Harbour Shops guarantee to keep you refreshed. A very important point to note here, though, there are no lifeguards or showers in Bal Harbour. It is all on the sands.

7. Surfside Beach, Miami

Surfside Beach, Miami

This beach boasts a mile-long reach of sand unfettered by anything commercial - hotels, shops, or restaurants - all the way from 88th to 96th Street. If you love the outdoors and pristine beauty, this beach, and its walking and biking paths, is for you.A little less crowded and quieter than South Beach, this beach is close to the sidewalk cafes, and bars that define the classic Miami Beach, as well as historic sites like the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. The calm and quiet environment here is sure to uplift your mood on the beach and give you a sense of tranquility.

8. Miami Beach, Miami

Miami Beach, Miami

This elevated boardwalk along Miami Beach's central section is ideal for strolling, jogging and skating. A little less crowded and quieter than South Beach, this beach is close to the sidewalk cafes, bars, and concession stands that define classic Miami Beach, as well as historic sites like the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.

Timings : Boat ramp: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm
Golf courses: 7.00 am to 8.00 pm
Tennis centers: 7.30 am to 9.00 pm

Parking : $2 to $20 based on duration

Activities :

Water activities
Bike share
Car rentals

9. South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, also known as SoBe, is located in the city of Miami Beach in Florida. It is known for its nightlife, food, beaches, and shopping districts. It has some of the best skyline and architecture in all of Miami.

Timings : Most bars, restaurants, and stores are open till midnight

Entry Fee : $5

Pet- Friendly : Dogs are not allowed on the beach, however, they are allowed on the boardwalk

Disability- Friendly : Yes

10. South Pointe Park, Miami

South Pointe Park, Miami

South Pointe Park, also known as South Pointe, is a 17-acre urban park in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach in Miami, Florida. It is lined with trees, benches, pathways, and runs right next to Miami Beach. South Pointe Park is the perfect spot for a beach picnic. There are also many green spots where you can pull out a blanket and lounge. You can go swimming at the beach and play in the sand. There are barbeque facilities as well. There is also an ocean-themed water feature located right near the shaded picnic area, which kids will enjoy a lot.

Timings : Open all week, the park closes at 10 pm but the walkway is open till 2 am

Entry Fee : Free

Dog Friendly : Free

Disability- Friendly : Yes

11. Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach, Miami

Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach, Miami

Located in Rickenbacker Causeway, Hobie Beach, also known as Windsurfer Beach is the best beach to go windsurfing and water sports. This narrow strip of beach is known for its scenic beauty that you can enjoy while indulging in water sports. Hobie beach offers a two-hour lesson and all-day group lessons. Hobie Beach has a locally run windsurfing rental concession for more than twenty years. The stand has top-quality equipment for windsurfing and other water sports.

Timings : Sunrise to sunset

Entry Fee : Free

Dog- friendly : Yes

12. Virginia Key Beach, Miami

Virginia Key Beach, Miami

Virginia Key Beach is known for its pristine landscapes and gorgeous beaches and ocean. It has a very important history attached to it regarding the American Civil Rights movement. The park is so historically important that the 1st of August is the official Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Day. Virginia Key Beach hosts many music shows and concerts. The Light Show at Virginia Beach is also well-known. There are picnic tables and shaded pavilions if you wish to have a picnic with friends or family. The beach has ample space for beachgoers who enjoy privacy and sunshine.

Timings : All week, 7 am - sunset

Entry Fee : Weekdays- $6, weekends and holidays- $8

Dog friendly : Yes

Disability- friendly : Yes

13. Crandon Park Beach, Miami

Crandon Park Beach, Miami

Located on the barrier island of Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Miami. The park is 808-acres of beautiful beaches, rich coastal landscapes, unique fossilized mangrove reef, and protected wetlands.

Timings : Mon-Sun, 7 am – 7 pm

Entry Fee : $8

Pet- Friendly : No

Disability- friendly : Yes

14. Matheson Hammock Park, Miami

Matheson Hammock Park, Miami

Located at 9610 Old Cutler Road, south of Coral Gables, in Miami, Matheson Hammock Park is 630-acres of vast stretches of Florida mangroves and hardwood forests, as well as planned green spaces.

Timings : Sunrise to sunset

Entry Fee : Mon-Fri- $5, Sat-Sun- $7

Pet friendly : No

Disability- friendly : Yes

15. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Miami

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Miami

If you are in the mood for a calming trip to a scenic and calm beach, then Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the perfect place. In contrast to other popular Miami beaches, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park is quiet and peaceful and offers panoramic views of the ocean.

Timings : Mon-Sun, 8 am - sunset

Entry Fee : $8 per vehicle, $2 for pedestrians and cyclists

Pet friendly : Dogs are allowed on the biking and hiking trails, but are prohibited from the beach, wetlands, playground, lighthouse, keeper's cottage, or restaurants

Disability- Friendly : Yes

16. Homestead Bayfront Park, Miami

Homestead Bayfront Park, Miami

Located in Homestead, South Dade, Homestead Bayfront Park is one of Miami’s most breathtaking beachfront parks. It is the perfect place for enjoying the beach, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring nature.

Timings : Sunrise to sunset

Entry Fee : $7

Pet friendly : Yes

Disability- friendly : Yes (park, pavilions, courts,etc. are accessible but protected natural areas and coastal wetlands are not accessible)

If you are in Miami, do make sure to check out these awesome beaches!

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