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A Newbie's Guide to Miami Beaches

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Miami is one of those places that is on everyone's bucket list. Known worldwide for its vibrant beach culture and beautiful weather, this city is somewhere you'll come back to again and again. Here's a guide to Miami's beaches for a first-time visitor to the Magic City.

Popular Beaches
One of the most popular beaches in Miami, South Beach is the location that most people will recognize from films. It's a great place for people-watching, and being on Ocean Drive means that some of the world's best nightclubs and shops are right around the corner. Another beach that is very popular with locals is Surfside, which is known for a more relaxed atmosphere and amazing restaurants.
Family-Friendly Beaches
For visitors interested in keeping the whole family entertained, Crandon Park is the spot to visit. This beach is known for its shallow waters and meandering boardwalk. There's a family entertainment center just next to the beach, and it's the perfect place for a beach barbeque, as there are on-site grills. You can also take a walk along the sand to the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Active Beaches 
Hobie Beach is nicknamed "Windsurfer Beach" because of how popular it is with active folks. That's not the only activity though — you'll also find kayakers and paddle-surfers taking advantage of the waves here. For fishing, you should head to the South Ponte Park Pier — even if you don't catch anything, you'll have the beautiful vista of Fisher Island and Biscayne Bay to enjoy. For very adventurous visitors, a trip in an amphibious vehicle is a must-do. After learning about the history of Miami on the streets, you'll go for a spectacular splashdown in the water.
How to Get Around
It's not that difficult to get around in Miami — there are a number of transport options for tourists, including buses, trains, and even bike-sharing schemes. These systems can take visitors along the coast, including the beaches north of the city towards Fort Lauderdale. One way to make sure you don't spend too much time in transit is to book accommodation in an area like Miami Springs, which is well-connected through public transport. This means you can quickly get from one side of the city to another.
Things to Know  
All beaches in Miami have no entrance fees — however, dogs aren't allowed at most of them (one happy exception is Hobie Beach). It might seem like Miami beaches are always full of tourists, but it's possible to escape the crowds if you are careful about the timing of your visit. You could plan for a "shoulder season" trip, when the weather is usually still great but just outside of peak tourist season. Consider early fall or late spring (just be sure to avoid spring break). 
With this guide, you're now all set to start exploring the beautiful beaches of Miami! There's so much to see here, from bustling South Beach to the relaxed energy of Surfside — which beach are you most excited to visit?

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