Fun in the sun in Miami, Florida!
When you think of Miami there are probably a couple of things that spring to mind, like art deco, architecture, great weather, and great beaches. Miami, and in particular Miami Beach has always been one of the top beach destinations in Florida, and for that matter the entire USA. Though heaving with college students at Spring Break, Miami’s beaches are actually usually quite full all year round thanks to the great Southern Florida weather, making this the perfect winter getaway destination too. Here’s our guide to some of the best beaches in Miami…
Find the Best in Miami Beach
The resort city of Miami Beach is really just one huge beach set across a series of natural and man-made barrier islands. It includes the most famous neighborhood of Miami, South Beach, which is home to the many art deco landmarks on Ocean Drive and some fabulous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In terms of the beach, what can we say? Miles upon miles of beautiful sandy beach split into different sections that will appeal to different users. Some are better for families while some are great for recreation and people-watching, but whatever you want to do Miami Beach’s South Beach is the trendiest beach in the whole of Miami. It’s the place to be seen!
The Best of the Rest
Of course, Miami is a huge place and with its coastal location you will never be short of a great beach. While South Beach is most certainly one to spend some time on you can enjoy a very different Miami beach experience if you head to some other parts of the city.
If you prefer to avoid the crowds and spend a relaxing day on the beach you should head over to Virginia Key Beach. The sections of this beach that are closer to the road do get busy – it’s a really beautiful place after all – but if you want that seclusion just wander further down the beach and you’ll have the palm trees and sand to yourself.
For those of you who want to bare all and get yourself an all-body sun tan you must visit Haulover Beach. It’s the only Miami beach that is clothing optional so you can go completely nude here if you want to, but if you’re a little shy there are sections for the more traditional sunbathing too!
At the southern end of Key Biscayne is yet another Miami beach experience; Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is more than just a beach for sunbathing, though it’s great for lying around if you want to do that. It’s also somewhere you can take the family to experience some history – the historic lighthouse – plus it’s a really nice place for walking on the nature trails, fishing, or just relaxing. It’s easy to forget you’re so close to Miami in this relatively untouched wilderness!