Miami's 10 Best Beaches for Fun in the Surf and Sun

If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Miami guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to work on your tan, take a dip, collect seashells, have a picnic, jump on a jet ski or even do a little fishing. 

While most people think of South Beach when they think of Miami's beaches, they don't realize that it's actually a rather expensive area that changes personality every few blocks. What most folks are usually imagining is actually the stretch of land known as Lummus Park Beach. Located right on the world-famous Ocean Drive, and lined with palm trees and Art Deco buildings, Lummus Park is the go to place for tourists.

For a more family-friendly beach excursion, there are beaches like Crandon Park Beach and Virginia Key Beach. Both of these are located on Key Biscayne, and each bring their own flavor of beach life to visitors. Crandon features an outdoor skating rink, an educational visitor's center, and both beaches have their own antique carousels.

Then of course there's Haulover Beach, the only clothing-option, nudist-friendly beach in all Miami. It's truly a sigh to behold.

Whatever your inclinations, check out our list to find the right beach for you.

Venture past the toll booths on the Rickenbacker Causeway into Key Biscayne and you'll quickly find a striking number of colorful sailboards floating to your right. That's when you'll know you've hit Hobie Beach. Also known as Windsurfer Beach,...  Read More

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Commonly referred to as "The Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is also considered the yachting capital of the East Coast and is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. While the wealthy city stands on the cutting edge of fashion and...  Read More

Historic Virginia Key Beach was once known as the only beach in Miami that could be used by African-Americans. Today, it is simply one of many beautiful stretches of sand and surf available for picnics and swimming by all locals and tourists...  Read More

This beautiful recreation area set on an idyllic strand of Biscayne Bay is a great place to get away from it all. Visitors enjoy miles of walking paths and mountain bike trails, canoe and kayak rentals, a peaceful man-made stretch of beach, a...  Read More

Matheson Hammock Park, which also harbors the full-service Matheson Hammock Marina, offers several enticing features: natural, native landscaping, featuring old live oaks, mangroves and palm trees; a hammock trail (different from the main road,...  Read More

Known for its spacious expanses and small crowds, Haulover Beach offers free parking and endless leisure activities. With landlubber sports, including tennis and golf, water activities such as surfing and swimming, and interesting extras like...  Read More

Pristine, white-sand beaches away from the chaos of other Miami-based beaches and a beautiful pier are all found at Sunny Isle Beach. With fewer tourists and clear waters, Sunny Isles Beach is perfect for a day of snorkeling, sun bathing,...  Read More

This two-mile stretch of beach is a great destination; its clear water protected by the offshore sandbar and several lifeguards always on duty. In addition to the beach, the park maintains walking trails, picnic and cookout areas, and...  Read More

Because South Beach is such a broad description, and the varying beaches here go on for miles, we thought we'd narrow it down. Lummus Park, the area of the beach located along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15th Street, is the all-encompassing South...  Read More

One of Miami's most relaxing beaches, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Beach is a scenic, sunny bit of paradise. It was named the "Cape of Florida" by Ponce de Leon in 1513 during his first Spanish expedition to the area. Located at the far...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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