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A Local’s Guide to Miami’s Beaches

Greetings Real Estate Investors!

Our last few posts have been very technical in terms of focusing on the main reasons to invest in real estate, if you haven’t seen them yet you can check them out here.  So this time we wanted to give some attention to why South Florida is such an amazing place to invest in: the Beaches!

If you are visiting Miami and South Florida for the first time the vast number of beaches can be daunting and even if you have lived here your whole life there may be some beaches that you just never knew about.  Also we are going to look at beaches in Miami-Dade since those are typically the most popular.   But there are some great beaches in Broward and Palm Beach county as well that you may like if you are feeling like a little drive.  In face one of the nicest beaches in all of South Florida is Hollywood Beach.  But lets stay focused on Miami for now.
south-point-parkSouth Beach
Lets start with the big one, literally the king of all beaches in the US and maybe even the world!  South Beach has exploded over the last twenty years from a mini night club hotspot to being considered one of the world’s premier destinations.  If you are interested in the entire South Beach area, check out this article.  But lets talk about the beach itself.  There are actually several parts to the beach of South Beach.  We will start at the bottom with South Point Park.  The park sits on Government Cut and affords the opportunity to watch the giant cruise ships come and go.  You can also walk out on the South Pointe Pier to get an amazing picture of the entire beach to the north.

As you go up the beach it is usually less crowded south of 5th street (known locally as SoFi) and then begins to get more crowded as you go North.  The major hotspot for people watching is around 10th street so if you are looking to relax stay to the south but if you want to party go to 10th.  As you go further north to 17th it gets quiet again as you approach many condos that are literally on the beach itself.

Mid Beach
If you keep going north it becomes a little more difficult to get to the beach because of the afore-mentioned condos blocking the way but if you walk to them you will definitely find more peace and quiet.  But if you are look for public access once of the most popular places is just north of the world famous Fontainebleau Hotel around 47th street where you will find Indian Beach Park.  This park has a rather large parking lot, as beach parking lots go, and the  beach is very nice with softer sand than the south although it is not as wide as South Beach.  This is a big family spot with people setting up canopies and hanging out for the entire day.
Surfside, North Beach and Bal Harbour Beach
As you travel even further north you will find what used to be a very quiet part of Miami Beach known as North Beach which is actually part of the town of Surfside.  The town has experienced a mini building boom and has become more popular lately but is still much more quiet than it’s famous neighbor to the south.  North Shore park around 80th Street is a large park that sits right on the beach side of A1A and is great for BBQ’s and outdoor activities such as birthday parties or holiday celebrations.  Then about 20 blocks north sits Bal Harbour Beach which is a somewhat exclusive piece of beach in a ritzy older area that only has a few beach access points tucked in between numerous condos.  But if you can get in to one of the scarce parking spots you will find a beach that is always kept in excellent condition.

haulover-inletHaulover Beach
This is one of the most popular beaches for locals as it is incredibly large and not well known by tourists.  There is also a huge parking lot on the West side of A1A that allows beachgoes to access the beach itself by walking through tunnels underneath A1A.  So you will almost always be able to find parking.  The beach itself is nice and wide and very spread out which usually gives people plenty of space to throw Frisbees and do their own thing.  There is a locally famous clothing optional beach at Haulover but it is to far north of the main beach so you would really have to go out of your way to get there.  If you want to you can but if you don’t want to see anything like that don’t worry you won’t unless you really try.  The Haulover inlet actually produces some mini waves when the wind is blowing if you are looking to boogie board, but don’t plan on surfing unless there is big storm in the Atlantic, and if that is the case watch out for the locals who don’t take kindly to outsiders.  If you are looking for a calmer way to spend the day you will find a regular meeting of kite fliers on the west side of the highway and even if you don’t have a kite yourself there is a shop where you can pick one up.
sunny-isles-beachSunny Isles Beach
This is the northernmost public beach in Miami and one of the nicest in terms of upkeep.  There is actually one more beach to the north called Golden Beach but it is all privately held by some of the wealthiest people in Miami who have mansions on the beach itself.  Keep your real estate investment portfolio going and us a professional property manager and you may end up there one day!  But until then you can still get to the beach itself through a few of the public access alleys.  This is probably the most private of all the beaches just because it is more difficult to get to.  Many people many not even know that you can get there.

Well we hope you enjoyed our local’s guide to Miami’s Beaches!  Make sure to take it with you when you are enjoying the extra time you get because we are managing your properties for you!

Check back soon for our next post!

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