The warm and crystal-clear Atlantic waters characterize Miami from North to South. One of the world’s top vacation destinations, Miami is famous for its beaches, restaurants and nightlife. As we’ve previously mentioned on For Travelista, Miami is also known as the cruise-ship capital of the world with a multitude of party, sightseeing and Caribbean cruises departing its busy port. The luxurious hotels, shopping, art festivals and many sports activities attract tourists from all walks of life. To give you a taste of what you can experience, we’ve compiled a list of 7 beach destinations you can visit year-round.
Located in the northern tip of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour is famous for its uniqueness and is characterized by a rainbow of ocean blues, white sandy beaches, tropical gardens and luxurious dining destination. With more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city, Discover Homes Miami describes Bal-Harbour as an exclusive, luxurious neighborhood, known for its millionaire residents, deluxe ocean front hotels, resorts and private residences.
With just over 2,500 residents, Bal Harbour is a tranquil enclave along the Atlantic-Ocean. Ultra-chic shopping in the internationally renowned Bal-Harbour Shops open-air mall, is available for tourists and residents alike, with signature brands including Prada, Versace, Gucci, Hermes and Chanel among many others.
Although access to the beaches is only through the club or hotels, they are beautifully pristine and among the most protected coastal areas in the U.S. Those looking for fast food dining might be disappointed as Bal Harbour offers an haute cuisine selection highlighted by Italian, French, Japanese and other international cuisines, in a high-end setting.
21st Street Beach
Lying slightly north of South Beach, 21st Street Beach stretches from 21st street to 45th street and is characterized by its Art Deco buildings and architecture. The water is gorgeously crystal clear with vibrant shades of blue-green hues reminiscent of tropical beaches. A great spot for families, the water is shallow quite a long way out and tiny waves break peacefully on the shore. The wide, soft sandy beach affords ample room for everyone, especially on the weekends when crowds of families turn up with colorful umbrellas and beach paraphernalia.
The wooden pedestrian boardwalk runs parallel to the beach all the way to 46th street and an Art Deco ice cream snack shack stands at the entrance to the beach. The boardwalk is lined with various cafes and bars serving locals and tourists local food and refreshments. The boardwalk is used both by pedestrians and bikers, and bikes can be rented from one of the Deco Bike stations to ride along the boardwalk all the way to South Pointe Park.
South Pointe Park Pier
An iconic backdrop for many amateurs and professionals, South Pointe Park Pier is a short bike ride away from 21st Street Beach. With a more secluded and quiet beach area, a children’s playground with a water park, large green parks, a pier for fishing and easy access to restaurants and amenities, South Pointe is the perfect spot for relaxation and unwinding. Located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, it is also a great place to watch cruise ships come and go while relaxing on the beach.
The Pier juts outs into the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular fishing place for locals offering stations for cutting bait and washing fish. During stone crab season, you’ll find plenty of locals walking around with bags of claws and seafood from the nearby restaurants. The 17-acre park is verdant year-round and offers walking paths, grassy knolls and sweeping views of the ocean. Modern art dots the landscape with seating and architecture in the Art Deco style, blending in seamlessly with the surroundings.
With pristine fine white sand and surf stretching for miles, Haulover Beach is a great family spot or a perfect getaway for anyone looking to enjoy this picturesque locale. The beach is ideal for both surfing and swimming and attracts visitors from other states as well as Canada. The area also has South Florida’s most beautiful nude beaches, a gay nude beach and a dog beach; not to worry, however, as each area is clearly marked for visitors. The beach is visited by thousands of people with as many as 7,000 people visiting the beach each day. Haulover has been mentioned in many top lists of the best beaches in the world due to its features and because the weather is phenomenal almost all year. Haulover is located right between the Atlantic Ocean and the intercostal channel and has plenty to offer its victors.
This mile-long beach stretches from 88th street to 96th street and features beautiful fine sand with no commercial intrusion. Its sheer cleanliness, pristine sand and natural beauty makes this beach stand out above the rest. Early risers are rewarded with a breathtaking and quiet sunrise at Surfside Beach. As one of the most quiet and clean public beaches in Miami, Surfside offers its visitors that private beach feel, due to its natural splendor and absence of commercial stores.
Surfside also offers biking and walking paths, and it’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the beach from a different vantage point. With its more adult atmosphere, compared to most of Miami’s other family friendly beaches, Surfside is the perfect spot for local and visitors to enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature during a leisurely stroll or an ocean-side bike ride.
Sunny Isles Beach
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the East and internal Waterway on the West, Sunny Isles is situation just north of Miami Beach and south of Fort Lauderdale’s palm lined boulevards. Sunny Isles is also world-renowned for restaurants, nightclubs and theaters which dot the oceanside boulevard. The beach features some of Miami’s most gorgeous views, with white sand stretching for miles.
Clean public parks and plenty of places to play for children and adults make Sunny Isles Beach one of the top destinations in Miami. Easy access to shopping, spas, golf, tennis and boating make this top spot that much more desirable. Known as Motel Row in the 1950s, today Sunny Isles is a top international tourist destination with visitors coming to enjoy its natural beauty and its commercial appeal. The beach also has one of the most stunning sunrises in the world.
The world-famous South Beach is known for its glamorous scene, celebrity-chef restaurants and bistros and shopping extravaganza. The world’s sexiest beach, as it has come to be known, is lined with fine, sugary white sands and oceanside attractions.
The beach has featured in many Hollywood films such as “Bad Boys” and the popular TV series “Baywatch.” With its historic Art Deco architecture and abundant dining options, South Beach is the premiere tourist destination in Florida and a party-town, glittering with nightlife almost 24 hours a day. A major entertainment destination, with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels, South Beach is visited by tens of thousands of international visitors, some even residing or having second homes there.
Hopefully, this article has been helpful to you for your next trip to Miami. If you have other great destinations we forgot to mentioned, let us know in the comment below!