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The Top South Florida Beaches to Visit

Who doesn't love to lounge around on a beach chair while listening to the waves hit the sand while you have a good summer read in one hand, and an ice cold drink in the other? Now that summer is here and it has become perfect beach weather in Miami I want to share with you a few of my favorite summer beach spots that you have to visit this season.


Lummus Park in South Beach

Everyone has to visit the chaos known as South Beach – even if you just go for the people watching. You are sure to run into a supermodel, actor or even see a commercial being tapped. Anything can happen down here. And you will be probably see more than you bargain for. My only “consejo,” or advice, is that you show up really early to make sure you get a good parking spot. This place gets packed by 11 a.m.


10th St & Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673.7730




Virginia Key Beach

I really love Virginia Key. If you are looking to feel completely secluded from the world then this is your beach. This is a beach where you can bring your kids and it will feel like your very own backyard. Did you know that back in the day this was the only segregated beach in Miami? As segregation ended less people came to this beach to enjoy it’s seclusion from the world. But now that it was recently restored more and more Miamians are taking advantage of this cool spot.


4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, Florida 33149
(305) 960.4600




Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Back in the day if you weren’t spending Spring Break on South Beach then you are spending it here. Now it’s been restored to be more of a family destination with beautiful sand and great surf. The best part about this beach is you can bake in the sun for a few hours and then walk over to the promenade of shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Again, this is definitely is a beach you need to get to early for the best parking.


7 Miles of beach starting at
State Rt. A1A and SW 17th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
(954) 828-4597



Key West

Now I know this isn’t right next-door but if you have never been to Key West then you have to make a trip this summer. The beaches are absolutely perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and even fishing. You can even take a romantic sunset cruise with your significant other. I recommend staying at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in the heart of Key West.


Casa Marina Resort

1500 Reynolds St.

Key West, Florida 33040




 Sanibel Island

I absolutely love Sanibel. I have been visiting this island longer than I can even remember. This is the ideal location for a quick weekend getaway – it’s only about 2 hours away from Miami. What is so perfect about this island is that you don’t really need to leave it unless you want to grab a quick bite in Ft. Myers. You have everything you will ever need in the island – a grocery store, coffee shops, shopping strips, and, of course, a beach perfect for shell picking.


Sanibel Island, Florida 33957




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  • Ft. Lauderdale Beach: Courtesy of: BEST WESTERN PLUS Oceanside Inn
  • Key West: Courtesy of: Key West Real Estate
  • Lummus Park Miami_Beach: Courtesy of: Miami and Beaches
  • Virginia Key Beach: Courtesy of: Urban Environment League
  • Sanibel Island: Courtesy of: The Islands of Sanibel Captiva

Katy Patao

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Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger:

Which is your favorite beach -- or aren't you going to share that special place with the rest of the world?

I honestly love all of them for each of the reasons I mentioned!

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