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Locating the Best Beaches in Miami


Miami, with it’s tropical climate and it’s coastal location, hosts a variety of great beaches. As you search for your luxury hotel Miami beach and/or short term Miami rentals, you will be pleasantly surprised to know the great variety of beach opportunities Miami has to offer.

There are some ways that you can locate Miami Beaches. These ways include looking online, word of mouth, contacting the City of Miami or the State of Florida for more information, walking on foot and exploring the area and looking at a map.

Here are some beaches that Miami has to offer:

  • Crandon Park
  • Oleta River State Park
  • Haulover Beach Park
  • 12th Street Beach
  • Virginia Key Beach
  • Matheson Hammock Park

Crandon Park

Crandon Park, filled with palm trees, is a beach that lies on Key Biscayne. The park includes lifeguards, rentals for standup-paddle boarding and kiteboarding, and concessions.

Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park. It is located along Biscayne Bay. There are no lifeguards. However, people go here to swim, fish and barbecue.

Haulover Beach Park

Haulover Beach Park is a park located on Collins Avenue. It stretches for 1.4 miles. What is interesting about this beach is that it has a .4 mile long clothing-optional section–which means that people can be nude if they wish. The beach also has various amenities and services, such as a dog park and bike rentals.

12th Street Beach

12th Street Beach is the most popular gay beach in Miami. If this is of interest to you, it is important to consider when you are shopping around for the perfect luxury hotel Miami Beach or short term Miami rentals. Three of America’s largest Gay and Lesbian events take place here. These events include White Party in November, Winter Party in March and Aqua Girl in May. 12th Street Beach is also home to Miami Beach Gay Pride, in April.

Virginia Key Beach

Virginia Key Beach lies on an 82 acre island called Virginia Key. Virginia Key is owned and maintained by the City of Miami. There are bathrooms and parking spaces, as well as lifeguard supervision where the Parks and Recreation Department is. There is a 4.1 mile bike trail where you can view the natural flora and fauna. There are fees to enter the beach.

Matheson Hammock Park

Matheson Hammock Park is a 630 acre park located south of Coral Gables. This park has a beach, as well as a boat launch and a marina. There is a manmade atoll that naturally gets flooded with water as the tides rise and fall. The water is usually very calm.

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