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The Best Beaches in Miami

5 Top Beaches in Miami

May 25, 2015

When speaking about Renting a Car in Miami, it’s impossible not to mention South Beach. For years now, film and television have made Miami’s South Beach into an icon of the city; however, it is far from being the only beach in Miami.

Miami offers a variety of beaches for all interests and tastes, from the most popular to the most remote and secluded. You only need to bring the necessary information, rent a car with a GPS in your language, and then you’re ready to jump into the adventure.

1. South Beach

As mentioned before, this white sandy beach with crystal-clear water, found along streets 1 to 25 in Miami, is the best known of the city. South beach is big showcase of tan, fit women, some topless, men working their ripped bodies at the gym, the latest fashion trends, and mostly, lots of fun and vibrant energy. This beach is located on Ocean Drive, where you can find the most famous clubs on Miami Beach, a scene of historical art deco buildings and an intense nightlife with bars, restaurants and trendy discos.

2. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

This beach is found South of Key Biscayne, just 15 minutes from downtown Miami. A more rugged and wild beach, it is two kilometers of tropical paradise, where you can go diving, fishing, kayaking, or biking. You can also climb the 119 steps of Cape Florida Lighthouse, a 29-meter beacon, built in 1825; from where you can admire an unrivaled ocean view. It is considered by many, one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.

3. Crandon Park Beach

To the north of this beach, you will find an ocean with big waves, ideal for surfers, while to the south, the calm water and white sand attracts families and couples alike. There are great bbq grills to prepare and enjoy food on the beach; as well as a huge parking lot that offers lots of parking. A good area of the beach is covered with palm trees, allowing you to spend the day at the beach feeling nice and cool, even in extreme heat.

4. Haulover Beach

Two and a half kilometers of white sand located between Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour, this beach is known as the only legal nude beach in Miami. It is a very popular destination, with some 7,000 people visiting a day. In addition to its unique appeal, Haulover Beach offers the possibility of surfing, tennis, golf, fishing, and also boat rentals. For those who just want to observe, there are signs that warn against taking pictures without permission or good discretion.

5. Cannon Beach

South of Miami towards the keys, you will find this beach in the John Pennekamp Park. A paradise of white sand and turquoise sea, where you can snorkel and see a variety of tropical fish that inhabit the world's third largest coral reef. You can also see two original Spanish cannons from the seventeenth century, and find an area designated for picnics.

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