Even though Miami is known for being a big city, that doesn’t mean it lacks in parks and beaches. After a long week of sitting in front of a computer screen, we like to unwind by visiting one of Miami’s many natural attractions. There are so many to choose from, but here are what we think are the best parks and beaches in Miami.
Found to the north of Miami is this quiet beach where you can easily walk along the shore and avoid the big crowds. Because the beach is narrow and not very built-up compared to other beaches in the area, this mile-long beach is perfect for avoiding the masses of tourists that can be found elsewhere. We love coming here to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the natural beauty of the beach.
Arch Creek Park
In North Miami, you can find this little gem where admission is free, and the attractions are surprisingly abundant. Here, you can find a butterfly garden, an animal and bird sanctuary, and an expansive Native American artifact collection. Despite its small size, it’s quite popular because of everything it has to offer, and one of the best parks in Miami for sure.
South Pointe Park and Beach
If stunning views are what you’re after, one of the best places in Miami is South Pointe Park. There, you can get some of the best views of the city of Miami, Miami Beach, Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami, and of course, the open ocean. The beach itself is beautiful, and you can find plenty of seating around the park where you can sit back and take it all in. For fishers, the observation deck is a favorite spot.
Also known as Miami Beach South, this busy beach is one of the best beaches to visit if you like people watching, or enjoy big crowds of people. As long as the weather is nice, you can find a ton of people here. The reason this is one of the best beaches in Miami is that you can get an amazing view of the Miami Beach skyline as well as the Art Deco district.
Miami Beach North
A little more chill than South Beach is Miami Beach North, where you can lay out in the sun during the day or watch one of the many performances that they have in the evenings at the North Beach Bandshell. Not too far from the beach are some of our favorite places to eat and hang out. The low-key atmosphere of Miami Beach North is what puts it on our list of the best beaches in Miami.
Oleta River State Park
The largest urban park in Miami, the Oleta River State park boasts a vast mangrove forest, a few miles of bike trails, and rivers where you can kayak or canoe. It’s a great place to visit for anyone who wants to spend some time in nature and have fun doing it, which is why it made our list of the best parks and beaches in Miami.