Best Beaches in Florida: South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
South Beach is both a beach and a neighborhood in Miami Beach, Florida. South Beach, the beach, runs along the Atlantic Ocean from 5th Street to 21st Street. It's composed of a long, wide swath of sand and beautiful, calm, very shallow, turquoise water. South Beach is a best beach for singles and couples.
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Beach Personality: Diverse
South Beach is a beautiful beach, but in my opinion, people watching is the main reason to go there. It’s an amazing, never ending display of humanity. Before going to South Beach I thought I would only see “beautiful” people and feel intimidated. That wasn’t my experience at all. You can see pretty much everything on South Beach, the beach itself and the neighborhood. I saw families, retirees, singles, heterosexual couples, homosexual couples, fat people, thin people, athletes, Europeans, South Americans, Americans, heterosexual and homosexual singles on the “make”, topless women, and yes, even a few “beautiful” people. Although there aren’t as many activities as I normally like at a beach, South Beach was never dull.
In addition to people watching, South Beach is a fantastic beach for walking because it’s a long beach with firm sand and warm, shallow water. You could walk the entire length of South Beach from 5th Avenue at the south end to 21st Street at the north end. If you have the stamina, you could keep going through Mid and North Beach, all the way up to Bal Harbour Beach.
- People watching
- Swimming (if you walk quite a ways out since the water fronting the beach is very shallow for a good distance.)
- Walking on the beach
- Volleyball (in Lummus Park)
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, on Ocean Drive for a fee.
- Food – Yes, on Ocean Drive across the street from Lummus Park and at the hotels fronting the beach north of Lummus Park.
- Lifeguard – Yes.
- Dogs allowed – No.
Beach chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas are available for rent on the beach.
South Beach is located in Miami Beach, Florida. It is bordered by 21st Street at the north end, 5th Street at the south end, Ocean Drive to the west from 5th Street to 15th Street, and Collins Avenue north of 15th Street to 21st Street.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
All photos courtesy of Lisa Dworkin. More photos available on Flickr.