Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
A 1.25-mile stretch of beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is home to the historic lighthouse built in 1825, which is also the oldest standing structure in Miami Dade County. The beach has unusually gentle waves due to a reef located about six miles offshore, making it a perfect spot for leisurely walks and wading.
Location: 1200 South Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida
South Pointe Park
Known as South Point, this 17-arce park is more of a lookout point and activity spot rather than a sunbathing location. It offers gorgeous ocean views and skyline scenery.
Location: 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
Bal Harbour Beach
Bal Harbour Beach is located within one of Miami’s premiere fashion and retail districts. The small area of public access beach is meticulously maintained to the high standards of the surrounding community in a one square mile area. In winter, Bal Harbour Beach invites guests to ‘beach blanket movies’, for an unusual Oceanside cinema experience.
Location: 655 96th Street, Bal Harbour, Florida.
Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach Causeway
With a reputation for being a prominent windsurfing spot, Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach is tucked between Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, and Brickell. Its location and free parking makes it easily accessible, but it still has an easy-going vibe. It’s also dog friendly, offering a shallow water shoreline perfect for a stroll with your pooch.
Location: South end, North side of Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
Written by Kristen Clark
Crandon Park Beach Miami © iStock: Raul Rodriguez
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park © iStock: lucky-photographer