The Best Beaches in Miami, Florida

South Beach at Miami South Pointe Park is just one of the city's spectacular stretches of sand
South Beach at Miami South Pointe Park is just one of the city's spectacular stretches of sand | © Pola Damonte via Getty Images

Miami is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Spanning for miles, with white sand, crystal-blue waters and the best weather you can imagine, here are the seven best beaches to visit while you’re in the city of eternal summer.

South Pointe Pier, Miami Beach

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High view of South Beach in Miami from South Pointe Park, Florida, USA
South Beach is a great area in which to find a laid-back hotel | © Pola Damonte via Getty Images
If you’re looking for something between the party atmosphere of South Beach and the peace and quiet of a more secluded stretch of sand, visit South Pointe. Located at 1 Washington Ave, the beach boasts a quieter environment, so if you’re looking for a lovely area in which to stay while you’re on vacation, be sure to check out the hotels in this part of the city. You’ll get a great view, access to a gorgeous beach and great dining options, including the famous diner hangout Big Pink, Joe’s Stone Crab, Tiramesu and Cibo Wine Bar.

Sunny Isles Beach

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Aerial view, drone photography of Sunny Isles Beach City located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida in beautiful sunny day
Sunny Isles Beach is a particularly good place to catch the sunset | © Yaroslav Sabitov
Located on a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, Sunny Isles Beach, found in northeast Miami, offers stunning views, beautiful sunsets and great hotel options like the Faena. It’s also home to some great spas, such as Aveda Seven Seas Spa and the Tierra Santa Healing House. Choose this part of the beach if you’re looking to melt your stress away.

Crandon Park, Key Biscayne

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Key Biscayne, Crandon Beach - Florida (US) - Wildlife abounds at Key Biscayne's beautiful Crandon Beach
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Nestled on Key Biscayne, the scenic Crandon Park boasts miles of pristine white sandy beaches, dunes and seagrass for hikers to explore. While on a walk, visitors can spot wildlife such as ospreys, herons and sea turtles that are native to South Florida. The beach also offers on-site tennis, golf and watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami

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If you’re looking to hit the beach for a dose of vitamin D but don’t want to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of other, busier beaches, then Virginia Key is for you. This stretch of beach offers free parking, a dog beach, shady palms, concessions like frozen lemonade and snacks, water sports rentals, hiking trails and places to have a picnic. Many people choose to jog and cycle along the sidewalk that runs past the beach and over the Rickenbacker Causeway. This sandy destination is a perfect place to bring a towel or beach chair, a good book and a snack (or some beers), then just sit back and relax.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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Cape Florida lighthouse on a sunny day in Bill Baggs
Cape Florida Lighthouse and Lantern is one of Bill Baggs State Park's greatest draws | © Backyard Production
The thing that makes Bill Baggs stand out is the fact that it is home to an old lighthouse, so it makes for some great pictures. However, the lighthouse isn’t the only thing that makes it special – the beautiful sunsets that are visible from this beach make it a place to remember. If you’re looking for a place to go for a romantic walk, open a bottle of wine on a picnic blanket and watch the sunset, this is the spot for you.

Matheson Hammock Park, Coral Gables

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Boasting beautiful sunsets, Matheson Hammock Park Beach is great for a group of friends who want a relaxing afternoon before they hit the parties later on. Located just south of Coral Gables, this beach is a great place to relax if you’re staying in the area, which includes Coconut Grove or Kendall. Grab a book and some sunscreen, and get ready to enjoy a pleasant swim and breathtaking watercolor sunsets.

Bal Harbour

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Bal Harbour Beach is the playground of the rich and famous | © jmsilva
Bal Harbour is the beach you go to when you want to brag to all of your friends on Instagram that you’re living like a movie star. You’ll get to bask in the golden Miami sun until you get a beautiful bronze glow, then shop the top luxury fashion brands in the world, among them Alexander McQueen, Céline, Bvlgari, Chloe and Chopard. There are also great spas like Remède Spa, Exhale Bal Harbour and Mana Spa and Wellness that line the beach, as well as esteemed restaurants, including the upscale Japanese Makoto or the elegant Italian Café Ragazzi.
These recommendations were updated on December 20, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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