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Best Beaches in Miami

Miami is famous for its perpetually sunny weather and its miles of pristine beaches. Whether you’re looking to have fun in the sun or just relax to the sound of waves crashing, Miami’s beaches are the perfect destination—but some spots will suit you better than others.

By Maryline Lacorre 12 Apr 2021

Best Beaches in Miami

South Beach

South Beach is the most famous spot to swim in the ocean or just relax and tan. The 2.2-mile white-sand beach runs along Ocean Drive from 5th Street to 15th Street, where you can find a wide array of shops, restaurants, and bars with Art Deco architecture. South Beach also offers a variety of marine activities such as surfing and snorkeling.

Bal Harbour Beach

If you’re looking for a quieter beach to relax on, Bal Harbour is the place to be. As Miami’s most posh neighborhood, the neighborhood is home to many luxury brands’ storefronts at Bal Harbour Shops, and the pristine beach at Bal Harbour attracts families and anyone looking for a tranquil day in the sun. You can also follow one of the many paths for an oceanfront stroll, run, or bike ride.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Located on the southern tip of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is a mile-long undeveloped beach. It is ideal for those who want to get away from some of the more crowded beaches and be surrounded by nature. Not only can you swim and relax here, but you may also explore a variety of trails and visit the historic lighthouse, which was built in the 1820s.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Oleta River State Park

Located in Aventura, mere steps away from Sunny Isles Beach, Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park. With its natural mix of tidal mangroves, small islands, and sandbars, you can find a lot of activities: kayaking, paddling, running … and Oleta’s shallow beach cove is great for families with children, who can safely swim and splash around.

Living near the best beach spots

- Continuum on South Beach: This residential building is located on the southernmost tip of Miami Beach and offers stunning views of the city and ocean. The 42-story condo offers resort-style amenities and a beach club as well as direct access to South Pointe Beach.

- Oceana Bal Harbour: Completed in 2016, Oceana Bal Harbour is a 28-story oceanfront building offering high-quality design, landscape aesthetics, and artistic masterpieces. Sitting on 400 feet of beachfront, Oceana Bal Harbour is ideally located close to designer shops and fine restaurants.

- Key Biscayne: The island of Key Biscayne is home to many villas and condos. If you are looking for an apartment, Oceana and Towers of Key Biscayne (renovated in 2011) are great choices, both offering direct ocean views and beach access. If you prefer to live in a house, the streets of Mashta Drive and Harbor Drive are great locations as well.

- Sunny Isles Beach: Sunny Isles Beach is home to many luxury condominiums. With only 68 residences over 49 stories, Muse is an oceanfront building dedicated to offering its residents the highest level of luxury, comfort, and service. Other excellent condominiums include Porsche Design Tower, Residences by Armani Casa, or Estates at Acqualina.

Estates at Acqualina

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