The best way to beat the famous Miami heat? A family trip to the beach. (And, of course, some ice cream or gelato afterwards).
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Need a little nudging? Here are six beaches in the Miami and South Florida area that are perfect for families, thanks in part to their kid-friendly amenities.
South Pointe Park
“My personal favorite is South Pointe Park,” Tatyana Rodriguez, of Florence’s Flowers and a native Miamian tells us. “It has a variety of amenities to appeal to the whole family. This beach is popular among joggers, it has a pier for fishing, and a children’s playground with water features.” Plus, there’s access to the beach. You can even bring the four-legged member of your family to this park because there’s a dog park nearby. In addition to seeing cruise ships pass by, your family might spot some film crews as its a popular spot for movies and photo shoots. (That’s testament to the park’s beauty!)
Crandon Park Beach
Another great park for families that Rodriguez shared with us is Crandon Park Beach. “It’s a wonderful place to visit with children since it has a nature center, nature trails and a mangrove boardwalk,” she says. “There’s also the option to rent kiteboards and kayaks.” Keep your eyes peeled for exotic plants, rare fish and peacocks! The Key Biscayne park also boasts volleyball nets, on-site grills and cabanas available for rent. Because of all the amenities, it’s a hotspot for birthday parties and other celebrations.
Oleta River State Park Beach
Want to get away? Point your GPS to this hidden gem. Oleta River State Park has a beach area and you can canoe or kayak out to a secluded island, Rodriguez points out. The park is also a great place for the whole family to go bike riding because there more than 10 miles of bike trails for different levels of cyclists (beginner, intermediate and challenging) and they also have a BMX track and spot to rent bikes and kayaks. Or, relax and stay put on the sandy beach. It’s also a cool camping spot. “You can rent a cabin or a tee-pee,” Rodriguez notes.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Visit a historic lighthouse that was built in 1825. Its claim to fame: It’s the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The beach here has also earned a spot on the top 10 list of Best Beaches in America, which is curated by Stephen Leatherman, AKA “Dr. Beach.” Take a guided tour of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, which are given twice daily Thursday through Monday and then enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine at one of park’s restaurants.
Bonus: Alligator Alley
OK, not technically a beach and you definitely don’t want to jump in for a swim. But, it’s worth checking out the Everglades nearby and seeing Florida’s famed gator residents. Vanessa Caceres, a travel and food writer, who blogs about her family’s adventures suggests taking a drive to “Alligator Alley” and making a stop at one of the recreational or rest stops. If you stay quiet, you’ll likely spot some gators at a safe distance. (During her family’s trip, they spotted three alligators). Keep a safe distance, don’t feed the gators and take pictures and videos, she suggests.