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Florida: Best Beaches not in Miami

by KristinClark August - last edited March

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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.

Virginia Key Beach

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Virginia Key Beach, Miami © Fotoluminate LLC, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

Crandon Park Beach

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Crandon Park Beach, Miami © Fotoluminate LLC, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

 

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

North Shore Open Space Park

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Pathway to the beach, Miami Beach © fotomak, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

John Lloyd Beach State Park

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Sunrise at John Lloyd State Park Beach © FloridaStock, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

South Pointe Park

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Walkway in park South Pointe Park, Miami Beach © Alexander Demyanenko, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, Miami © Mariia Sats, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

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Bal Harbour each, Miami © Infinity2, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

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

Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach Causeway

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Twin sailboats on Hobie Beach © Thomas Barrat, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com
 

 

Earning a reputation in the Miami area as a prominent windsurfing stop, Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach is quaintly tucked between Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, and Brickell. Its location and free parking makes it easily accessable, but still has an easygoing vibe. It’s also dog friendly, offering a shallow water shoreline perfect for a stroll with your pooch.

Location: South end, North side of Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

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Have you discovered any secluded Miami beach spots? Which are your favourite stretches of deserted sand in the area? Share your tips below. 


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Kristin Clark

Kristin is an established lifestyle blogger [www.LivingInColorPrint.com] who has collaborated with numerous brands including Chandon, Levis, Express, H&M, and more. Raised in Colorado, she now resides in South Florida soaking up the sun 365 days a year. A wine lover and foodie at heart, she finds thrill in discovering the best hidden cuisine throughout her travels. Follow Kristin: @KristinClarkFSU