Framed by bays, oceans and keys, Miami beaches are the subjects of postcards. From shaded beaches adjoining parks to historic beaches signalling the southernmost point of America, Miami serves up endless beaches in all directions.
If you're considering surfing Miami, bustling South Beach and Bal Harbour Beach are among the best destinations to seek out the swell.
Alternatively, if soaking up the sun is more to your liking, there’s endless beaches to relish the rays and enjoy a quick dip. For the quintessential Miami beach experience, head to South Beach and revel in the exciting pace for which Miami is famed.
Slightly less crowded than its southern counterpart, Miami Beach is a wide expanse of sandy, white beachfront with clear blue waters and endless sights. Enjoy all the activity of the skaters, cyclists, and joggers traversing the elevated boardwalk. Pull up a chair and relax in the sun, or take in the view from the nearby restaurants and eateries. It’s a beach with it all in the heart of Miami.
Situated on a narrow stretch of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, Haulover Beach is noted for its crisp blue waters and nearly 2.5km stretch of soft, white sand. It’s a favoured destination for swimming and kite flying, with a nearby nine-hole golf course and tennis courts. Haulover Beach is located to the north of Miami Beach.
Acclaimed as America’s primary party beach, South Beach Miami is the beach you’ve seen in magazines, on postcards, or on TV. It’s a vibrant bustling beachfront that attracts a lively crowd enjoying the active pace. Stroll the beach and watch the frivolity, take in the ocean view dotted with cruise ships, or venture a little further to explore the Art Deco buildings nearby.
Located on Key Biscayne, Crandon Park is a sprawling series of beaches that features an amusement area and a nature centre with exotic plants, rare fish, and wildlife. Noted as one of the Miami region’s greatest assets, Crandon Park has a number of ecosystems to enjoy, including mangroves, dunes and sea grass beds. There are also cabanas for hire, barbecue facilities, and a park.
Located on the southern end of Miami Beach, Lummus Park Beach boasts ocean frontage and an inviting park. It’s the perfect place to people-watch and take in all the activity or even dive into the adventure yourself. Play volleyball, have a picnic, or grab your skates and join the fast-paced passing parade.
With more than 1.5 kilometres of sandy beachfront, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is a haven for swimming and snorkelling, and also features the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse. Further activities in the region include boating, fishing and kayaking, along with hiking and wildlife spotting. Occupying a third of the island of Key Biscayne, this is a place to soak up the sun and explore.
Quieter than the southern beaches in Miami, North Beach is popular with locals and visitors alike. The wide and sandy shoreline offers an old-fashioned band shell, adjoining park, and showers. Concerts are regularly held in the vicinity and an array of restaurants are located nearby, offering the opportunity to catch some rays, then grab a bite while enjoying the ocean views.