Our Top 12 Beaches in Miami








All beaches in Miami are open to the public.


Looking for a popular touristic beach? Or rather an isolated palm tree oasis? Miami will offer you just what you need.






The reassuring presence of lifeguards allows relaxing vacations, however you should always be on the lookout for sea conditions while sun bathing.

If the weather – or your mood – does not allow for the latter, there is always a possibility to go to a nearby restaurant, bar, or other attractions. Our ranking below may not reflect your perception in terms of which beach is better than which other, so BonVoyageMiami invites you to make your own opinion based on your tastes and reasons for travelling (couple honeymoon hideaway, family trip…) 


Below are BonVoyageMiami’s Top 12 beaches in Miami.

1. Surfside

Surfside, Miami

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Long sandy beautiful beach, maintained daily.

The park along the beach is clean, with lots of picnic tables, shade trees and walking paths.

Beautiful part of Miami Beach, not as hectic as South Beach, lovely swimming, hotels, and close to Bal harbour.


2. Lummus Park Beach

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Located on the eastern side of Ocean Drive, Lummus Park Beach is a great destination for beach volley, and sunbathing.

If you are a fitness enthusiast this is the place to come get your workout, right next to the ocean.

Peaceful and picturesque place, with typical Miami swaying palms, and well kept grassy areas. 

Scenes from Miami Vice were shot here.



3. South Beach

South Beach

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Among the most popular beaches in Miami, South Beach is a must see place, due to the many celebrities calling it their favourite.

Plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions to see here. The beach is white sandy. It also has patrols from beach police keeping it safe and watch towers with cctv all the way along. Various booths along the beach selling refreshments, so no need to leave the beach for a cold drink or snack. Bicycle hire is available from self service stations and golf buggy style hire too. Public showers and foot wash along the beach.

There are plenty of fair priced convenience stores along ocean drove area where you can get bottled cold drinks cheaply. Would recommend seeing south beach although the hotel prices around the area were at a premium (you could stay at north beach for half of the price and drive down.)


4. South Pointe Park Pier

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South Pointe Park Pier features a playground, fishing pier, and picnic areas.

The view is amazing from this park. One of the best places in Miami beach to see the ocean, beach and the sunset of Miami city!

You can go to beach, or fishing, or take pictures to share with family and friends on social media.

Good for walking, cycling, running, or just relaxing.

Great place to watch the sunset. Walking down to the marina, you’ll see  amazing boats and cruisers. 
You’ll feel safe wandering anywhere at night up to 14th street. with so many people out.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the beach offers facilities like outdoor showers, restaurants, and a children’s playground.










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5. Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach

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Nestled between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, this beach boasts white sandy beaches, open ocean surf, picnic areas, dozens of lifeguard towers, and sweeping dunes.

Looking for a ‘clothing optional beach’? You’ll find one here.

If you come on a Tuesday, you’ll be greeted by a food truck festival with local vendors, and live music performances.

Surfers also like it here.


















6. Sunny Isles Beach

Sunny Isles Beach

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While visiting this place, you’ll come across the Trump International Beach Resort and its swanky oceanfront restaurant Bella Beach.

Other attractions include museums, sports stadiums, and shopping malls.

Beautiful colors reflect off the Atlantic Ocean each morning as the sun rises.  
No matter what time you get to the beach, the water is always warm!


7. 21st–45th Street Beach

21st–45th Street Beach

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It is worth getting up in the winter months and catching a late Miami sunrise. Sit on the beach here with dozens of other people for a free early morning light show.

21st–45th Street Beach features a small stretch of sand and is located a short walk from some of the most luxurious hotels and beach clubs in Miami.

Often busy, but getting there earlier will allow you to find a great spot. There are some amenities on the beach with many more with a short walk including restrooms.

Blue ocean, white sand and colorful life guard stations. This beach is a pop of color. The water is warm and the people are beautiful!


















8. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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The beach is white and sandy with clear blue waters for snorkeling. The lighthouse is gorgeous and made for great photos.

Walking around the barrier touching the ocean is fun. The water is crystal clear and you could watch tropical fish hanging out around the rocks. You’ll be tempted to dive in to swim with the fish! 

Those who like water activities can go fishing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

However, State Park offers an ideal place for vacationers looking for some peace and tranquility.

Bikes are available for rent as well.


9. Crandon Park

Crandon Park

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One of the greatest park treasures in Miami, Crandon Park is located on Key Biscayne and is famous for its crystal-clear and shallow waters. It’s a perfect destination for families with kids and features a winding boardwalk, nature center, and a family amusement center.

However, the beach is still the main attraction here at Crandon Park. You can play a game of beach volleyball or have a feast of a picnic by using the on-site grills.

Those who wish to rent a cabana should go to the south end of Crandon Park Beach where showers and parking spots can also be found.


















10. Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Paradise on earth: a sandy strip with a promenade, perfect for cycling, jogging, or skating. Here you will find tall coconut palms and amazing blue ocean views.

A great beach to watch the boats, people,sunrise and just relax. Pristine and well kept with exercise areas, picnic tables, grills and plenty of beach chairs.

Yoga aficionados love this beach, walkers too.

Umbrellas go very quickly as well as beach chairs so you might want to bring your own if you plan to arrive in the afternoon.


11. Oleta River State Park

In the largest urban park in Florida, Oleta’s The beach is calm and clean and the water was crystal clear. You might see some tropical reef fish around the neat pier!

Excellent place for a family vacation, you’ll be able to rent kayaks and bicycles as well. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
You’ll find cabins for rent here, with all the amenities like a motel.

The park also offers swimming and hiking.










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12. Matheson Hammock Park

Matheson Hammock Park

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Located south of Coral Gables, Matheson Hammock Park is renown for its natural landscape of swaying palms, mangroves and old oak trees.

A great bonus here is the safe spot for kids swimming.

Prepare to be amazed by attractions like the man-made atoll pool, the picturesque marina, and the spectacular beach.

Alternative water activities include kiteboarding and paddleboarding. 











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