Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Beaches to Choose from on Your Miami Beach Vacation

Planning a trip to sunny Miami Beach? There are several different beaches you can check out, many offering a variety of sunning, surfing, and dining. Here’s a look at five beaches you won’t want to miss.

Bal Harbour Beach

Image via Flickr by charlie llewellin
If you’re looking for some quiet time on your Miami Beach getaway, Bal Harbour Beach is the place for you. North of Miami Beach’s main stretch of beaches, Bal Harbour shares space with luxury condos and five-star hotels. It’s a great spot for swimming in the turquoise water or sunning on the sandy white beach. Small cafes and bistros are located nearby. If this fits your style, stay at the Sea View Hotel , Bal Harbour, On the Ocean, where you’ll be minutes from shopping and Surfside Beach.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach

Interested in soaking up some of Miami’s history? Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach is home to the oldest-standing building in Miami-Dade County: a historic lighthouse. Take one of the scheduled tours, then enjoy a day full of activities, including walking and cycling on the trails, fishing, and dining. The Lighthouse CafĂ© and Boaters Grill offer great views, delicious Cuban food, and cold drinks. Or, pack a picnic and reserve a pavilion right on the beach.

Crandon Beach

Looking for more than just a beach? Crandon Beach offers a family amusement center, a nature center, and an area for renting cabanas. This sprawling stretch of beaches along Key Biscayne, features several different ecosystems including dunes, coastal hammock, and sea grass beds. You can take a tour with a local naturalist and learn all about this beautiful area. Stay at the nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, where you’ll enjoy close proximity to several beaches, entertainment, and nightlife.

Hobie Beach

Hobie Beach is known for one thing: windsurfing. Both experienced vets and adventurous vacationers visit this area of beach just off the Rickenbacker Causeway. First-timers can sign up for a two-hour lesson, then visit the locally-run windsurfing rental to find the perfect board for you. Hobie Beach is also a dog-friendly beach; bring your furry pal with you for the day to play in the shallow water. Enjoy great views of the city skyline while you surf the day away. Stay in nearby Motel Blu, which is pet friendly, offers a onsite bar, outdoor pool, and free self-parking.

South Beach

If you’re looking for the ultimate Miami party beach, South Beach is exactly what you want. Located at the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Beach is looking for a lively crowd full of energy. There’s plenty of sunning, surfing, swimming, and volleyball. You’ll find ocean-view shady areas under the palm trees at Lummus Park. A walk around the area will introduce you to the Art Deco buildings of South Beach, while a stroll along the beach gives you the perfect view of cruise ships.
These five Miami Beaches give you plenty of options to choose from when planning your trip.