When it comes to choosing the best beach, how do you know where to go?
While all of Miami beaches’ feature picturesque turquoise water, soft sand and swaying palm trees desired by people all over the world, different areas are known for their distinct features and personalities.
Spanning an area from 1-21st Street, South Beach beaches are world-renowned, featuring open stretches of pure beach, sand, blue water and beautiful people. The beaches are clustered in blocks of unique experiences and backdrops located either behind private upscale condominiums or charming Art Deco boutique hotels. Large crowds of both tourists and locals walk the Oceanside strip, lay indulgently enjoying full seaside chair and beverage services, or get fit along the exercise paths. Hit the higher streets above 15th for a quieter beach experience while the mid and lower-South Beach areas boasts restaurants, bars, shops and cafes making it a lively party scene day and night. 3rd Street is known to have a more local, eclectic vibe complete with yoga and full moon meditations, while the gay community tend to favor 12th Street.
Miami Beach Central
This Beach area between 21st and 78th Street is a somewhat more tranquil and residential experience with an open stretch of sandy beach that has become popular for strolling, jogging and skating due to the elevated boardwalk that occupies most of this territory. Rent an umbrella or beach chair, soak up some sun and bathe in crystal waters while lying behind Miami Beach condominiums and famous luxury hotels such as the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel located at Collins Avenue and 44th Street. Miami Beach Central is sure to become a hotspot in the near future as the Faena District opens and other developments along Collins Avenue are completed.
The beach area between 46th Street and 78th Street, is within Central Miami Beach, however also leads up to the eclectic zone known as North Beach. Enriched by a multi-cultural ambiance, this area attracts more of a local community and is also famously known for its open-air amphitheater operated by The Rhythm Foundation, which plays host to a plethora of events throughout the year including the ever popular Heineken Transatlantic Festival. On the fourth Wednesday of every month you can dust the sand off your feet at sunset and enjoy free entertainment and music at the Food Truck & Music Fest. You can even find uninhabited areas here in the 70s where tall buildings have not yet taken over the landscape. Simply enjoy pure rustic beach behind the famed North Beach Park area which sits amidst acres of green trees.
Moving north up the coast of Collins takes you to the ultra luxurious zone of Bal Harbour’s beaches located from 96th Street to the Halouver Bridge. This beach area is less of a party scene and more of an upscale adult experience located behind the city’s most luxurious resorts such as the St. Regis and Ritz Carlton. You can enjoy a day of true relaxation and luxury while staring at the open ocean view and blue sky. Read a book, go for a nice swim, or take a walk on the newly renovated scenic Bal Harbour boardwalk. Instead of the typical picnic basket on the beach, indulge in the ultimate luxurious beach experience by heading across the street to the Shops at Bal Harbour for a relaxing lunch, restaurants include: Carpaccio, The Grill at Bal Harbour, and newly opened Le Zoo.
Sunny Isles beaches have become a growing choice for beach-goers as the area spanning from 163rd-192nd Street continues to produce come of the city’s most exciting new hotels and condominium properties. With this booming growth comes a larger crowd of people and a vast array of beach activity as each high rise property promises to outdo the next by offering a wide array of beachside services and activities. If you’re planning a day at the beach with the family, Acqualina Resort & Spa offers luxurious beachside services with a host of aquamarine children’s activities. In addition, the famous Beach Bar @ Newport Fishing Pier adds a unique rustic flavor to Sunny Isles for those who want to reminisce of the days when going to the beach was just big open beach and organic fun.
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