Uncovered: Miami's Sexiest Hidden Beaches

We know, you’re so over hitting up the same beach, with the same view, surrounded by the same rowdy crowd. Like most Miami-dwellers, we'll never tire of our world-renowned waters, but we're always on the hunt for a hidden gem (where finding parking isn't akin to hunting for the Holy Grail). Miami has shores to spare, but we get that it’s easy to stick to the regular set of tourist-y sands. Well, get ready to put a little pep in your seaside routine, because we rounded up five relatively unknown beaches to add to your sun-and-san repertoire.
Why not kick back by kayaking, go for a nude tan line-free glow, or head towards Homestead instead of SoBe? We know you're curious, so, click through to see our picks for Miami’s hidden playas.
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North Shore Open Space Park : Best Staycation Beach

North Shore Open Space Park’s biggest perk? Um, open space. This park and beach, run by the City of Miami, feels spacious and fresh; the backdrop of Seagrape trees is a much welcome change from our token postcard skyscrapers. North Shore Open Space Park is one of those hidden places in the city that makes you feel like you’re on vacation...in someone else’s city.

North Shore Open Space Park, Collins Avenue, from 78th St. to 87th Terrace; (305) 993-2032.

Photo: Via Hello Miami
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach:Best Reason To Drive Past Sir Pizza.

You’ve seen the windsurfers on the Rickenbacker, you’ve joined a pickup game of beach volleyball at Crandon with the sounds and scents of the ever-present kids' birthday party, but have you ever driven (yes, past Sir Pizza) to the very tip of The Key? You have to fork over a few bucks to enter Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach, but it’s the price to pay for a quiet beach day with a view of a lighthouse, the oldest standing building in Miami-Dade County.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach, 1200 South Crandon Boulevard; 
(305) 361-5811.

Photo: Via Florida State Parks
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Haulover Beach Park: Best Beach for Zero Tan Lines.

You’re in the car, the air conditioner isn’t quite cutting it and the thermometer reads 90-degrees plus. You just want to take all your clothes off and book it to the nearest beach. Hopefully, that’s Haulover on 108th Street and Collins... because you don’t need a suit at this clothing-optional but incredibly open-minded beach. And hey, no tan lines!

Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Avenue; (305) 944-3040.

Photo: Via Flickr/TV_People
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Oleta River State Park: Best Beach For Outdoor Adventuring

Grab your Schwinn, fill up your basket with sandwiches and picnic goodies, and grab your helmet: Oleta River State Park is the largest urban park in Miami and a biker’s beach, a kayaker’s beach, and a fisher’s beach — well, it’s just about everyone’s beach. Just west of FIU’s Biscayne Campus, it's off the beaten Miami Beach path and big enough for you to explore.

Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd Street; (305) 919-1846.

Photo: Via Florida State Parks
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Homestead Bayfront Park : Best Boat/Beach Deal

The Keys are famous for a lot: inspiring Jimmy Buffet, stone crabs and lobster, snorkeling, but really... it’s beaches. Next time you’re heading down to The Keys, make a pit stop at the Homestead Bayfront Park and get your beach in. If you have a boat handy, dock up for the ultimate summer-in-Miami two-for-one boat and beach day. Do you have a schooner we could borrow?

Homestead Bayfront Park, 9698 SW 328th Street; 
(305) 230-3034.

Photo: Via Miami-Dade
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