Miami Beaches
Gate to Latin America

Miami Beaches are just spectacular. Miami is one of the biggest cities of the country, but besides the city when we say Miami we mean the county of Miami-Dade that covers the city of Miami and many more, making it a huge metropolitan area, called the gate to and from Latin America.

I lived in Miami, Florida for more than 15 years and know its beaches one by one, because my Florida grandchildren love the beaches and we used to go almost all year round to the beach.

World renowned Miami Beach Florida

World renowned Miami Beach Florida

Miami Tourism

Miami Tourism has been steadily growing through the years. A great example could be seen at Miami International Airport, MIA, where you see planes arriving to Miami from every corner of the world, not only on connections to other countries, but also with tourists that like what Miami and its beaches have to offer.

Miami is located on the south east corner of the Florida Peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean, and offers an array of beautiful beaches of white sands and clear waters. Since the Miami weather is mild most of the time, its beaches are crowded all the time. Even when we, the locals didn’t go to the beach because it was “cold”, they were full of Canadians, Europeans and American from the bitter cold north.

The beaches of key Biscayne Florida

The beaches of key Biscayne Florida

Some of the most important Beaches of Miami are

Homestead Bayfront Park

This one is located south in Homestead on the way to the Florida Keys. It is a palm shaded popular beach offering food and drinks concessions, picnic tables with barbeque grills, and restrooms with shower facilities and lifeguards.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach

It is located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne. It features bicycle trails through wild vegetation. There is food concession and they have picnic tables and barbeque grills, showers and other facilities like umbrellas bed chairs and water sports rentals.

Crandon Park Beach

This is another sandy beach on Key Biscayne Florida. It is a three-mile long beach well protected by life guards. It is a family beach; by the way, this is the one we most used because it has facilities for children, like playgrounds. It offers picnic area with tables, as well as showers, restrooms. The parking is free.

Hobie Beach - Windsurfer Beach

It is located on the north side of the Rickenbacker Causeway, the one that links Key Biscayne with the mainland. From here you have great views of the bay and Brickell Avenue condominiums and the Miami skyline.

This beach features many water sports rentals and very important to mention it is a dog friendly beach.

Miami Beaches

The skyline of Miami can be seen from Virginia Key

The skyline of Miami can be seen from Virginia Key

Virginia Key Beach – North

It is located on the north of Rickenbacker Causeway at Crandon Boulevard. This is the place for windsurfing, light seaplane rental. It offers services like food, drinks and restrooms

Virginia Key Beach – South

This is an ultra secluded beach close to Key Biscayne with shady areas, nature trails and a bird sanctuary. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

South Beach Florida is the # 1 Spot in the country

South Beach Florida is the # 1 Spot in the country

Miami Beach – South Beach

The area that goes from the very southern tip of Miami Beach around 5th Street all the way north to 21st Street is called South Beach or SoBe Miami for many. I am going to dedicate a whole article to this phenomenon. I saw it growing from an abandoned neighborhood to the glory of today.

It has all facilities you can imagine on the beach, but if you walk a few steps towards the main street Ocean Drive you’ll find hotels and restaurants with boardwalk tables one after the other. In the evenings the traffic is so bad that one has to parks many blocks away to be able to walk to the area of action.

Miami Beach – Central and north

This is the area that goes from 21st Street north to 78ths Street. It has a raised boardwalk over the dunes for walking or jogging. They offer umbrellas beach chairs, food and drinks concessions. It features shady grass areas, lifeguard towers and many other amenities.

Surfside Beach north of Miami Beach Florida

Surfside Beach north of Miami Beach Florida

Surfside Beach

This is the area belonging to the City of Surfside Florida, between 87th and 96th Street. It is bordered by condominiums. Among the facilities offered are shower and restroom facilities, picnic tables, umbrella rentals and lifeguard patrol.

North Shore Open Space Park

It is located from 78th Street to 87th Terrace. It has some walking trails and a not so crowded green park. It offers snack bars, picnic areas with tables. Some Sundays you may see it full with families with children enjoying their leisure day.

The Beaches of Bal Harbour Florida

The Beaches of Bal Harbour Florida

Bal Harbour Beach

In front of the famous Bal Harbour Shops and behind the spectacular condominiums of Collins Avenue and 96th Street you’ll find a nice piece of palm-shaded beach with jogging paths. No lifeguards are available on this beach.

Haulover Beach Park

It is located around 108th street on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. It is a spacious beach with shady picnic area with tables and barbeque grills. Pedestrian tunnels link you to the Park and marina on Biscayne Bay. It offers a golf course, tennis courts, kite flying area and more.

On the northern part of the beach there is a secluded “clothing-optional” section.

Oleta River State Park

This sandy beach is located around 163rd Street facing Biscayne Bay. It offers many recreational activities. It is a very popular spot.

For more information visit Florida Tourism Website

Sunny Isles Beaches in Florida

Sunny Isles Beaches in Florida

Sunny Isles Beach

This area of Collins Avenue from 157th Street to 193rd Street is a well kept beach that serves the elegant and luxury condominiums that have sprung here in the last decade or so. It is a stretch of white sand beach with many facilities of snacks, water sports and more.

Miami Beaches are ready to welcome you. I enjoyed them for many years and every time we go to Florida to visit our son and his family.

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