Every year, a new song about Miami is produced, comes on the radio and gets stuck in the heads of millions. Every year people visit the Miami area, fall in love and decide to stay in the tropical paradise of South Florida. Every year, Bluegreen Vacations owners flock to Solara Surfside and explore the Miami area, looking for the best of everything. Miami has excellent dining, shopping and star-spotting. It has an international atmosphere and aura of excitement within its streets. It also has incredible beaches. From Miami Beach to South Beach, Matheson Hammocks and Bill Baggs, the white sands and waters you can see down into forever make beach trips an integral part of a Miami vacation. We have uncovered some of Miami’s best beaches, in case you were looking for one.
Matheson Hammocks (Family)
Matheson Hammock Park is one of those secluded gems and secret hideouts of Miami. Matheson is a wonderful park to have a quiet BBQ amongst friends. The BBQ areas are well spaced, so parties do not have to worry about other parties being too loud. After wrapping up the eating portion of your beach BBQ, a great way to burn off those calories is to walk along the nature walk to the bay. It is a little marshy so make sure to wear closed toe shoes. It is scenic and shaded with views of lakes, the ocean and marshes, so it makes for a very nice stroll. At the end of the walk, you will get to see magnificent views of the bay and the high rises of downtown Miami. Matheson Hammocks is about 30 minutes southwest of the resort, Solara Surfside.
South Beach (Fun)
South Beach includes Lummus Park and Public Beach from 5th Street to 15th Street and all the way up to Collins Park. This beach area will mostly attract a mix of locals and those who are the guests of the many boutique hotels, B&B's, and hotels that may or may not be directly on Ocean Drive. It is an absolutely beautiful beach within walking distance of a multitude of shops, restaurants and galleries. There are plenty of cabanas for rent, a really wide beach area and a 1.6-mile path for rollerblading, biking, or walking. Hit the beach early if you're driving because parking, especially during tourist season, is somewhat challenging. South Beach is about 10 minutes south of the resort Solara Surfside.
Haulover Beach (Clothing Optional)
If you think you can bare the elements, it’s time to check out Haulover Beach in Miami. The north side of the 1.25-mile beach is clothing optional. Having been on Travel Channel’s Best Beaches List, it attracts many visitors who enjoy the clear waters, crystal colored sand, volleyball courts, BBQ grills and other amenities. Haulover Beach is just north of Solara Surfside, east of Oleta River State Park.
Bill Baggs (Historical)
Home to the oldest building in South Florida, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers a historic lighthouse, beautiful beaches and 400 acres to explore. This park is known to house one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Fishing and wildlife watching are popular activities, thanks to the abundance of opportunities that arise on this park. The park maintains a wildlife center, spots for camping, walking trails, a boardwalk, pavilions and bath houses. You can rent chairs, bicycles and other beach-trip equipment, and the water stays shallow pretty far out, allowing for optimal frolicking. It is a nice beach to visit if you want to get out of Miami. It is 30 minutes south of Solara Surfside at the bottom of Key Biscayne.