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.

Vieques, Puerto Rico

There’s a beach for everyone on Vieques. In fact, you could choose one of 40 beaches to suit any mood, from solitary to social, on this 21-mile-long island east of mainland Puerto Rico. The island has made a total transformation, from its history as a US Navy training ground to a protected wildlife reserve and a quaint, increasingly cosmopolitan getaway. Here, wild horses and roosters roam freely, along with discerning vacationers.

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Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

If you are looking for an unpretentious, Wi-Fi-free zone to completely unplug and embrace a slower pace, there are few places better than Culebra. The charming archipelago 18 miles east of Puerto Rico’s mainland has no major hotel chains or stores — and likes it that way. It prefers to own one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a Calypso vibe and waters teeming with sea turtles and tropical fish. So trade that smartphone for snorkel gear when you arrive.

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