Beyond South Beach: Best Miami Beaches

Though most visitors flock to the sexy sands of South Beach, Miami is actually home to many other incredible beach hangouts. Sun-soaked shores, sparkling turquoise water and a mellower vibe await those willing to stray from SoBe's never-ending party.

North Beach
North Beach, Miami, Florida
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Stretching from about 63rd Street to 87th Street in Miami Beach, North Beach is primarily residential, remains relatively quiet during the week and fills with locals on warm weekend days. Enter the beach at 71st Street (public parking is across the street), grabbing sweet treats at Buenos Aires Bakery before you hit the sand.

  • 71st St and Collins Ave
  • Miami Beach, FL 33141 US
Haulover Beach Park
Haulover Beach, Miami, Florida
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Visitors to Haulover Beach Park can relax on a 1 1/2-mile swath of sand, enjoying family- and dog-friendly sections or — for more adventurous souls — the clothing-optional area. Lifeguards keep an eye on the water, and concessions (including beach chair and umbrella rentals) are available.

  • 10800 Collins Ave
  • Miami Beach, FL 33154 US
Surfside Beach

Luxury high-rises and a handful of high-end hotels line Surfside's wide, white-sand shores. The funky little town embodies Southern California cool — don't be surprised to see local teenagers toting surfboards down sidewalks to the beach. Relax on the sand, splash in the turquoise ocean, or take a stroll on the sandy, beachfront path.

  • 95th St and Collins Ave
  • Miami Beach, FL 33154 US
Crandon Park
Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
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A frequent contender on lists of America's best beaches, idyllic Crandon Park lies on Key Biscayne. Flanked by shady palm trees rather than Miami's ubiquitous high-rises, the park's family-friendly beach has lifeguards and concessions, as well as rentals for kite-boarding and stand-up paddleboarding.

  • 6747 Crandon Blvd
  • Key Biscayne, FL 33149 US

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