August 9, 2013
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and tropical weather, but some stretches of sand are more popular than others. In our opinion it’s worth making that little extra effort to find the perfect spot during your Miami holiday. You’ll find there’s an array of secluded beaches within an hour of the city centre, from pure sunbathing territory to scuba diving destinations and wildlife sanctuaries. Here’s a few of our favourite secluded Florida beaches beyond Miami.
Within the historic 82-acre Virginia Key, once only accessible by boat, lies Virginia Key Beach. The restored beach was re-opened in 2008 and now offers paying guests ($5-$6 entry fee) canoe rentals, bike paths, and family friendly beachside activities.
Location: 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, Florida
Known for its family friendly atmosphere, Crandon Park Beach offers an array of ecosystem wonders such as exotic plants, rare fish, mangroves, dunes, and sea grass beds. Beach-goers can access on-site grills or even purchase cabanas for the day.
Location: 6747 Crandon Blvd”¨, Key Biscayne, Florida
Staying true to its name, North Shore Open Space Park is virtually free of concrete jungle gyms, skyscrapers, or city skyline views. Instead, trees and natural landscape surround the secluded beach.
Location: Collins Avenue from 78th Street to 87th Terrace, “¨Miami Beach, Florida
For the adventurous at heart, John Lloyd Beach offers some of the most interesting shore diving sights in South Florida. It’s located close to the Port Everglades offering boat enthusiasts up close views of incoming and outgoing cruise ships daily.
Location: 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida
The 17-arce park, know as South Pointe, 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
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 in the area due to a reef about 6 miles offshore, making it a perfect spot for leisurely walks and wading.
Location: 1200 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida
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: 18 miles north of Miami International Airport
Location: South end, North side of Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
Have you discovered any secluded Miami beach spots? Which are your favourite stretches of deserted sand in the area? Share your tips below.