Miami Beach has perhaps the some of the best city beaches in the country. The water is relatively clear and the warm, white-sand beaches are wide, firm, and long enough to accommodate the throngs of visitors.
The most crowded beaches are from about 5th to 21st Street, which is essentially South Beach and all its circus-like glory. As well as sunbathing with the beautiful people, you can also get in some surfing. If you don’t get enough people watching on South Beach, head to the mid-Beach boardwalk, which runs from 21st to 46th streets. Families should head north of 21st Street, especially to the beach at 53rd Street and 73rd Street. Another family-friendly spot is Matheson Hammock Park and South Pointe Park.
Away from the beach is a jumble of restaurants, hotels, parks, and shopping. The main shopping drag in Miami Beach is Arthur Godfrey Road (41st Street). Nestled away from the pulsing party atmosphere, north of 14th Street between Washington and Pennsylvania avenues, Espanola Way is a historic cobblestone street lined with outdoor cafes and boutiques. This area is must-visit spot for those looking for a quieter Miami Beach experience or just a temporary break from the hustle and bustle.
Other non-beach attractions include the Ancient Spanish Monastery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Deco District on Collins Avenue. Bring lots of sunscreen.
Miami Beach is located on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; the Bay separates Miami Beach from the city of Miami. You can also get here by bus. Much of the area is pedestrian friendly, so if you like to walk, you’ll have plenty to look as you wind your way up and down the beach.