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The Best Beaches in Miami, Florida

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.
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South Pointe Park

If you’re looking for something between the “party” atmosphere of South Beach and the peace and quiet of a more secluded beach, visit South Pointe. Located at 1 Washington Ave, the beach boasts a quieter environment, so if you’re looking for a lovely area of Miami to stay in 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 infamous diner hangout Big Pink, Joe’s Stone Crab, Tiramesu, and Cibo Wine Bar.

South Pointe Park, Miami Beach, FL, USA

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Sunny Isles Beach

Located on a barrier island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, Sunny Isles Beach, found in northeast Miami, will offer a stunning view, 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.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA

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Crandon Park

Crandon Park is an excellent option for families – even Miami natives host family birthday parties and other events there. There is a merry-go-round, sprinklers for children to play in, and a few snack bars for you to grab a hot dog and frozen lemonade. You can also rent a bike to ride around the beach, all while taking in the beauty of the ocean and the feeling of the warm Miami sun on your back.

Crandon Park, 6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL, USA, +1 305 361 5421

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Virginia Key Beach Park

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!), and just sit back and relax.

Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 960 4600

Virginia Key Beach Park | Marc Averette/Wikimedia

Virginia Key Beach Park | © Marc Averette

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

The thing that makes Bill Baggs stand out is the fact that it is home to an old lighthouse, and yes, it does make 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.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL, USA, +1 305 361 5811

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Matheson Hammock Park Beach

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 or for the single person who just wants to clear their head. Located just south of Coral Gables, this beachy destination 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.

Matheson Hammock Park Beach, 9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL, USA, +1 305 665 5475

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Bal Harbour

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 and also shop the top brands in the world. Bal Harbour is a luxury fashion destination in Miami when it comes to shopping, with the Bal Harbour Shops housing 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 restaurants that will delight your senses, including the upscale Japanese restaurant Makoto or the elegant Italian Café Ragazzi.

Bal Harbour Beach, FL, USA