1. 21st–45th Street Beach
What is it? A locals’ beach that lies slightly north of the South Beach chaos.
Why go? When you need a break from the sand, you can stroll down the Miami Beach boardwalk, which runs through this strip of beach and makes for a great jogging or people-watching spot. This beach also overlaps with some of the area’s best hotels, such as the Miami Beach EDITION and the Faena Hotel.