Best Beaches in Miami for Kids

When you think of going to the beach in Miami, what comes to mind? While many travelers think there’s just “a beach,” there are actually more than 20 in Greater Miami to choose from. If you’re searching for a family-friendly stretch of sand on or near Miami Beach, read on for the five best beaches in Miami for kids.

Matheson Hammock Park

This 630-acre oasis is located just south of Coral Gables. It’s most unique feature is one that kids will love: a manmade atoll pool that’s flushed naturally by the tide. At Matheson Hammock Park, you can also rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area

Escape to Key Biscayne for a quiet day on the beach. Located just minutes from Miami, at the far southern end of the island of Key Biscayne, Cape Florida offers a relaxing and scenic alternative to South Beach. Added bonus? Kids will love exploring Cape Florida Lighthouse, an 1825 landmark and the oldest structure in Miami.

Crandon Park

Go beyond the beach at Crandon Park. Also located on Key Biscayne, Crandon Park offers Crandon Gardens — the former home of the Miami Zoo — a nature center, golf course, and tennis courts, which are perfect for kids of all ages.

21st-45th Street Beach

Just north of South Beach, the stretch of sand from 21st Street – 45th Street offers a somewhat quieter, laid-back day on the beach. When you stay at Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, you’re just steps from the beach at 40th Street — perfect for making memories with the family away from the hustle and bustle further south.

46th-63rd Street Beach

For a locals-only day by the Atlantic Ocean, head just a few blocks north from Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club with the kids. The further north you go, the more local of an experience you’ll get — completely removed from the tourist beachgoers on South Beach.

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