The 10 Best Beaches in South Florida (Miami – Fort Lauderdale – Palm Beach)

With more than 800 miles of coastline both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no doubt that the State of Florida has some of the best places to take a beach vacation.  

South Florida consists of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties and is home more than seven million people making it the most populous region in the Sunshine State.  It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world from the bustling Miami Beach to the serene Delray Beach, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly beach or a secluded spot to relax and soak up the sun, South Florida has it all.

Whether you are looking for a fun beach party crowd or a relaxing atmosphere, some of the most popular places to hit the beach and catch some rays is in South Florida.  Check out the beaches we feel are the 10 best.

The 10 Best Beaches in South Florida

  • South Beach Miami
  • Haulover Beach, Miami Beach
  • Crandon Park Beach, Key Biscayne
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park
  • Delray Beach
  • Juno Beach
  • Palm Beach

South Beach Miami

Few have not heard of South Beach Miami as it’s one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.  Not only known for emerald blue water and white sandy beaches, South Beach has some of the hottest nightlife located just off the beach.

There’s plenty of parking in a number of public garages a few blocks from the sand as well as restrooms, pavilions, volleyball courts, several playgrounds and two outdoor fitness facilities at Lummus Park.  South Beach is perfect for the party crowd as well as those who enjoy people watching.

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in the greater Miami area.  Crandon is located in the northernmost area of Key Biscayne on a site of a former coconut planation formerly owned by Commodore William John Matheson who’s family donated the property to be used as a public park.

There are more than two miles of white sandy beach along with a number of outdoor activities including water sports rentals, skateboarding, biking paths, tennis facilities and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center.  One of the most popular places in the park is the shallow water sandbar which is perfect for young children.

Crandon Beach Park has plenty of parking, public restrooms and a concession area.  The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is located within two miles and it is one of the best beachfront hotels in the greater Miami area.

Haulover Beach

If you are looking for action then Haulover Beach is the place to visit.  Haulover is one of the most popular beaches in South Florida and if you are planning on visiting on a holiday weekend, make sure you get there early make sure you can find a parking spot.

This beach is located in an expansive park and is known for its untouched natural beauty. It’s also a popular spot for surfing and fishing, and there’s even a clothing-optional section for those who want to enjoy the beach in the buff.

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. It boasts a wide stretch of sand, clear waters, and plenty of amenities. Visitors can rent chairs and umbrellas, grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants, or take a stroll along the promenade.

There are numerous hotels right along beach and it is also home to the iconic Elbo Room, a bar that has been a Fort Lauderdale landmark since the 1930s.

Hollywood Beach

Located just south of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach is a popular vacation spot known for its beautiful stretch of sandy beaches.  One of the highlights of Hollywood Beach is its extensive Broadwalk, a 2.5-mile pedestrian promenade that stretches along the beach. The Broadwalk is typically very crowded with joggers, cyclists, and beachgoers of all ages, making it a lively and engaging place to spend time

With oceanfront hotels and resorts, visitors can find the perfect accommodation for a weekend getaway or staycation. The beach is quieter and often more pocket-friendly than its neighboring Miami Beach, making it a great destination for those looking for a relaxing and affordable vacation.

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach is a quieter alternative to some of the more crowded beaches in the area. It has a more laid-back vibe and is perfect for families or those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.  This beach has a fishing pier, playgrounds, and picnic areas, making it a great place to spend the day.

Our favorite beachside hotels in this area include the Wyndham Deerfield Beach resort and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa.

Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park

Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park is a beautiful and popular destination located in Singer Island, Florida. With its pristine stretch of sand and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no wonder that visitors flock to this beach year-round.  The park is a great place to relax and take in the sights, or to enjoy a nice walk along the promenade.

There are a number of hotels in the immediate area which include the Palm Beach Singer Island Resort by Marriott and the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront / Palm Beaches Resort.

Delray Beach

Delray Beach is another popular beach in Palm Beach County. This beach is known for its wide, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. It’s a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. The beach is also home to several beachfront restaurants and bars where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the beautiful ocean views.

A few of our favorite hotels in Delray Beach are the Opal Grand and the Seagate Hotel & Spa.

Juno Beach Park

Juno Beach Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The beach is clean and well-maintained, with plenty of amenities to make your visit comfortable. The park has a large parking lot, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables.

One of the most popular attractions at the beach is the Juno Beach Pier. This iconic pier stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is a small fee to access the pier.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Palm Beach County. This beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. There is beachside public parking and it’s a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing.

Located within a short stance to the beach are a number of amazing restaurants and bars where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the beautiful ocean views.

Our favorite hotel in this area is The Breakers Palm Beach.

Breakers Palm Beach

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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