Colorful Lifeguard Tower in South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

No vacation to Miami is complete without taking a trip to one of our famous beaches. The soft sand, crystal blue water, and beautiful people lining the coastline are unlike anywhere else. There is a beach for everyone whether you are looking for a good spot to swim, tan, or play.

LUMMUS PARK BEACH

Located between on Ocean Drive from 5th to 11th streets, the iconic Lummus Park Beach is what everyone pictures when they think of SoBe. Lummus Park has served as the backdrop for many TV shows and movies, making it one of the most recognizable areas of Miami. The beach is just steps away from restaurants like Naked Taco and shops like Surf Style. This area is best for people watching, tanning, and exercising. There are volleyball courts you can use, or you can talk a walk down the paved paths. Lummus Park Beach is just a 3-minute walk from the Blue Moon Hotel.

NORTH SHORE OPEN SPACE PARK

For beachgoers that are looking for to get closer to nature, North Shore Open Space Park, located off Collins Avenue and 85th Street, is the perfect place. You can layout freely without skyscrapers towering behind you,enjoy the sea grape trees and water. This area is best for swimmers, but it’s also lends itself to a variety of activities. The park has barbecue grills, picnic tables, and an outdoor exercise station. There are bathrooms available as well as lifeguards that patrol the beach throughout the day

BAL HARBOUR BEACH

Bal Harbour is a more luxurious beach than its South Beach counterpart. Located on 96th and Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour is a more quiet and natural area. You’ll find more older people here, since it has a less party vibe. It is updated with a jogging path and a Vita course for your enjoyment. Across the street you’ll find the upscale Bal Harbour Shops with stores like Chanel and Michael Kors.

HAULOVER BEACH

If you are looking for the opposite of privacy and want to let all hang out, visit Haulover Beach. Just north of Bal Harbour, this large beach is separated into three sections: the regular beach where you will find families and locals, a nude beach, and a gay nude beach which is north of the lifeguard tower. This beach does provide bathrooms and changing stations and also attracts many surfers who come for the large swells.

FLAGLER MONUMENT ISLAND

This tiny artificial island is a fun place to beach–if you can get to it. It is a few miles away from Star Island and Miami Beach, but can only be reached by boat, jet ski, or kayak. At the center of the island is an 110ft tall memorial tower dedicated to Henry M. Flagler—a Miami pioneer. This hidden gem does not offer any amenities like bathrooms of lifeguards, but it’s still a great spot to explore.