If you’re on vacation in Miami, you’ve likely been told that visiting South Beach is a can’t-miss experience. Real talk: South Beach is great, but there are tons of other great beaches to visit in the Miami area! Here are five fantastic alternatives to South Beach that you should check out as well.
On a little island off the Miami shoreline, Key Biscayne is one of the best solo or family relaxation spots. The water is calm, making it a perfect spot to frolic, and there’s even a carousel. You can rent bicycles from the concession stand or take a tour of South Florida’s oldest lighthouse, built in the early 1800s. Whether you hang-out on the sunny beaches, basque in luxury at the Ritz-Carlton resort, or visit Crandon Park to the north or Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to the south, Key Biscayne is a great alternative to the big city of Miami.
Looking for a little more peace and quiet? Delray Beach is a great choice! Wide, sandy beaches and lots of places to barbecue make Delray Beach a great choice for a low-fi lounge around. If that’s a little too quiet for you, Delray Beach boasts Boston’s on the Beach, a renowned sports bar that’s a perfect spot for any Patriots fans on vacation.
Sunny Isles Beach
Sunny Isles Beach has become a premier luxury beachside condo location. The northern jewel of Sunny Isles Beach may be as far as you can get from South Beach, but there’s plenty there to keep you happy. Once loaded with kitschy tourist shops, If you’re looking to be pampered with impeccable service, Sunny Isles Beach is the place. Here‘s a tip: Stay at the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. It‘s an enchanting Mediterranean villa featuring 98-luxury rooms located on 4.5 beachfront acres Sunny Isles Beach.
Hollywood Beach and the Broadwalk
Hollywood Beach is a definite throwback to Old Florida. Nestled between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, this beach neighborhood has kept to its old-school roots without relying on the trappings of tourist kitsch. The two-mile-long Broadwalk gives Hollywood Beach a real Jersey Shore vibe, complete with places to eat and free concerts at the bandshell. And like Jersey’s Atlantic City, located a few miles from the historic beaches of Hollywood is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino if gambling is your thing. Overall, Hollywood Beach is great for a thrifty throwback beach going experience!
Haulover Beach Park
Haulover Beach Park has a bit for everyone and then some. Loaded with natural beauty, this location also boasts the only clothing-optional beach around. It’s not all beefcake, though — the sand and surf here are ideal for body boarding and light surfing, and there are family-friendly beaches towards the opposite end. Plus, Haulover Beach Park boasts a fantastic dog park sits right on the ocean if you want to give your little buddy an opportunity to get his paws wet!