Miami is full of great beach spots – but these 5 are the best for those who want a taste of Miami’s true beach experience.
4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne
The beach at Crandon Park is not only incredibly beautiful – but also the best beach spot for families for many reasons. It has a sandbar located just off-shore, creating the perfect calm swimming conditions for children. Crandon Park is also home to an array of activities that families will delight in exploring, including a playground, roller rink, carousel, the Biscayne Nature Center, and Crandon Park Gardens.
1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
Tucked away on the Southern tip of Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs State Park, where families and fishermen flock to each weekend. The park has many fun options, and the beach is considered one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S. You can sunbathe under the shadow of the Cape Florida Lighthouse – the oldest building in South Florida. The park has bike rentals, chair and umbrella rentals, a seawall for fishing, nature trails, picnic tables and pavilions, BBQ grills, two restaurants, and tours of the lighthouse.
Along Ocean Drive from 5th Street to 15th Street, Miami Beach
If people-watching is your thing, you will find a flurry of activity and all types of people to observe at Lummus Park Beach. Going topless is an option here – but make sure you put on a little something before crossing Ocean Drive for lunch at one of many restaurants and cafes. The park has bathrooms but they could use a good cleaning.
3701 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
If you are going to the beach on a weekend but want some solitude and quiet, look no further than Virginia Key Beach. Explore around a bit to find a nice quiet spot. The beach has picnic areas, restrooms, and little place called Jimbo’s where you can get beer and excellent smoked fish.
10800 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
The North end of Haulover Beach is Florida's only legal “clothing optional” stretch of beach – so if you truly want to avoid any tan lines then this is the place to go! The rest of the beach is more family-friendly, with concessions and picnic tables (and no view of the nudists on the other side.)
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