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Life’s a Beach in Miami

Stroll Along the Ocean
Life’s a Beach in Miami
With long stretches of perfect sand and seductive blue Atlantic waters, Miami is defined by the ocean and the bay. Whether you want to work on your tan, explore nature, or feel the need for something more adventurous, this city is the place to be.
By GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
Photo courtesy of Chris Garcia/GMCVB
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    Stroll Along the Ocean
    Stroll Along the Ocean
    Take a walk along the water at David Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove for a scenic look at the bay and the residential side of Miami. A quiet place for a jog is Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, a national park that goes on for miles, ending at the world-famous Cape Florida Lighthouse. Alton Road passes by the marina in Miami Beach, or stroll the Venetian Causeway to view some of the most beautiful celebrity homes in the area. On Ocean Drive in South Beach, you’ll get a more cosmopolitan vibe, perfect for an easy stroll past its sidewalk cafés, shops, and restaurants.
    Photo courtesy of Chris Garcia/GMCVB
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    Oceanside Dining
    Oceanside Dining
    There are plenty of oceanfront bars and restaurants that have amazing views. You’ll love dining at Crazy About You in Brickell—its breathtaking views of the bay, chic dining space, and affordable menu make for a perfect night out. For a more casual evening, head to Monty’s Sunset at the Miami Beach Marina to enjoy a lobster roll or mahimahi sandwich and a cold beer while watching expensive yachts sail by. There’s also a pool on-site where you can take a quick dip.
    Photo by Juan Monino
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    Bayfront Park
    Bayfront Park
    One of the best spots for resting and relaxing in Miami is Bayfront Park, with 32 acres of lush grounds and home of the Klipsch Amphitheater and the Tina Hills Pavilion. From the beach you can watch dolphins play while luxury yachts pass through Biscayne Bay, and you’ll also have great views of the cruise ships and the marina. Take the renovated baywalk, shaded by oak and palm trees, past the rock garden and waterfall. Fitness classes are offered in the park during the week.
    Photo courtesy of Faroy Aerial Projects/Bayfront Park
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    Get on the Water
    Get on the Water
    In Miami, there’s no end of fun you can have on the water. To avoid groups of tourists and crowds, try snorkeling or paddleboarding along Key Biscayne, where you can view some of the most beautiful reefs on the East Coast. To enjoy the emerald waters of South Florida at a leisurely pace, try the Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise’s day trip around Miami’s waters.
    Photo by agefotostock
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    Bars on Miami Beach
    Bars on Miami Beach
    The sun can get strong while lazing on the beach in Miami, and sometimes you need to escape. There’s a variety of venues just steps from the sand where you can mix with the elite beach crowd, but without the sand. Fun and casual vibes are found at Ricky’s South Beach, which has themed music nights, including karaoke. Next door, the Bodega Taqueria y Tequila offers yummy tacos and mezcal cocktails. For a more refined vibe, head to Juvia, located on the roof of a parking garage above Lincoln Road with views across all of South Beach.
    Photo courtesy of Bodega South Beach
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    Drinks and Eats on the Beach
    Drinks and Eats on the Beach
    While on Miami Beach, locals avoid the velvet ropes at the South Beach nightclubs and head to bars and eateries where they can enjoy a cocktail without too much of a mad party scene. Start the night at Radio Bar in the South of Market area or Meat Market on Lincoln Road to sample the best lychee martinis in town, or head to NaiYaRa, which offers inventive cocktails and sublime northern Thai and Asian cuisine. And everyone loves Yardbird, where celebrities mix into the crowd dining on delectable Southern fried chicken, declared the best in the South.
    Photo courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar