Miami’s Top BeachesJanuary 21, 2014
Frommer’s put together a very insightful list of Miami’s Best Beaches, categorized by what a visitor might like to experience while in the sun-kissed city. Below are some highlights sure to get you beach-hopping this weekend.
Best Family Beach: Because of its man-made lagoon, which is fed naturally by the tidal movement of the adjacent Biscayne Bay, the waters of Matheson Hammock Park Beach are extremely calm, not to mention safe and secluded enough for families to keep an eye on the kids.
Best Windsurfing Beach: Hobie Beach, on the side of the causeway leading to Key Biscayne, is not really a beach, but an inlet with predictable winds and a number of places where you can rent windsurf boards.
Best Beach for Seclusion: Virginia Key on Key Biscayne is where people go when they don’t want to be found. It’s also incredibly picturesque.
Best Surfing Beach: Haulover Beach, just over the causeway from Bal Harbour, seems to get Miami’s biggest swells. Surfers also like the southern tip of South Beach, not necessarily for the waves, but for the surfers themselves.
Best Beach for Communing with Nature: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the pot of gold at the end of Key Biscayne, with over a mile of unfettered beach, a historic lighthouse, and nature trails that take you back to the days when South Florida was a tropical wilderness.
Best Party Beach: In Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Beach offers 3 miles of oceanfront beach, bathrooms, changing facilities, 493 acres of park, 75 grills, three parking lots, several soccer and softball fields, and a public 18-hole championship golf course. The beach also offers Eco-Adventure Tours, including kayaking and snorkeling.
Best Beach for People-Watching: Lummus Park Beach, also known as South Beach, runs along Ocean Drive from about 6th to 14th streets on South Beach. It’s the best place to go if you’re seeking entertainment as well as a great tan.