Miami Beach is a 56km-long stretch of white sand stretching north from South Pointe Park Beach to John U. Lloyd Beach Park, just south of Fort Lauderdale.
Although lined with hotels and condos for much of its length, the beach is easily accessed.
From South Pointe Park, a wooden beachside boardwalk merges into a wide, palm-fringed paved promenade at Lummus Park (5th Street); this continues north along South Miami Beach to 21st Street before again narrowing into a wooden boardwalk leading to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street – just perfect for jogging, biking and rollerblading.
The beach is divided into several sections, each with its own character, for families, sunbathing glitterati and gay beachgoers (around the 12th Street stretch).
Less-crowded areas to the north include Surfside Beach (between 88th and 96th streets), fashionable Bal Harbour (96th Street) and the wide Sunny Isles Beach (from 157th to 193rd streets). To the south lie the islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne.
Facilities include deck chairs and umbrellas for hire, toilets, showers, changing facilities, picnic tables and lifeguards.
A wooden boardwalk leads to South Beach. South Point Park Beach flanks the inlet to the south of Miami Beach, with access from Washington Avenue and Inlet Boulevard.
The 3km-long, 50m-wide, white-sand beach is edged by a palm-fringed promenade and Lummus Park (between 5th and 15th streets) and is lined with restored Art Deco buildings, shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs and boutique hotels.
The wide white-sand beach is separated from Ocean Drive by palm-fringed Lummus Park. It is common here to see sun-worshippers and supermodels sunbathing topless to avoid tan lines while pop stars shoot music videos.
Facilities include toilets, showers, changing facilities and lifeguards. Beachside concession stands offer food and drink, while a choice of restaurants and bars are just a short stroll away on Ocean Drive.
The extreme ends of the beach are popular with locals and families. Lummus Park Beach runs from 5th to 15th streets along South Beach.
Sunbathe on the beach or relax in the palm-shaded grassy area fringing the beach, with an old-fashioned bandstand at the northern end.
Facilities include toilets, showers, changing facilities and lifeguards. Beachside concession stands offer food and drink, with a choice of restaurants and bars just a short stroll away on Collins Avenue.
Surfside Beach is located on Collins Avenue between 88th Street and 96th Street.
There are no lifeguards or showers here and you’ll need to take your own food and drink. Bal Harbour Beach is located on Collins Avenue, from 96th Street to Haulover Inlet.
Haulover Beach is located just north of Bal Harbour, around 13km north of Miami Beach.
Facilities include deck chairs and umbrellas for hire, showers, toilets, picnic tables, volleyball and lifeguards. Sunny Isles Beach is located on Collins Avenue between 157th Street and 193rd Street.
To the south, the beach merges with the sands surrounding Bill Baggs Cape State Park.
Expect lots of music from competing stereos on this very popular family beach.
Facilities include toilets, showers, changing facilities, lifeguards, barbecue grills, picnic tables, 200ha of parkland, soccer, volleyball and softball fields, a tennis centre and a public 18-hole championship golf course.
Water sports include kayaking and snorkelling. Crandon Park Beach is 14km south of Miami Beach.
Visit the historic lighthouse that was built in 1825 then stroll nature trails through native bushland and forest.
Facilities include bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas for hire, as well as toilets, changing rooms, showers, picnic tables and food concession kiosks.
The beach is located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne.
Facilities include windsurfers for hire, toilets and showers, as well as food concession stands. There are also hiking and biking trails.
Hobie Beach is located on the north side of the Rickenbacker Causeway leading to Key Biscayne, around 5km from South Beach.
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