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Hidden Beaches in Miami for a Winter Getaway

Hidden beaches in Miami

For most people living in the Northern Hemisphere, a tropical vacation is among the best ways to beat the winter cold. Miami, in the south east of the US, is a hot destination full of idyllic beaches and a warm, tropical climate.

But due to Miami being a popular vacation spot, tourists from all over the world flock to the area as well, with the famous beaches in Miami feeling a lit bit crowded and hectic. Fortunately for travellers who want to get away from it all, there are less crowded beaches in Miami which are great for a quieter winter escape.

Check out these hidden Miami beaches, away from the typical tourist hotspots.

Hidden Miami Beaches

Sunny Isles Beach

Around 11 miles from the world-famous South Beach is Sunny Isles described by the Canadian Traveller as a tropical paradise, with coastlines totaling a distance of two miles. Sunny Isles faces the mighty Atlantic on one side, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other.

If you’ve spent enough time on the beach for one day and still have plenty of hours before dark, consider visiting the Everglades National Park, Fairchild Tropical Garden and Jungle Island which welcome tourists and nature lovers of all ages.

For automobile fanatics, a popular exhibit that is located in the area is the renowned Dezer Collection Car Museum.

While theatre aficionados should check out the local arts scene at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Hidden Beaches in Miami for paddleboarding

Oleta River State Park Beach

Despite it covering over 1,000 acres, Oleta River State Park Beach is relatively unknown to most Miami residents, according to Departures Magazine. Nonetheless, it’s a wonderful spot for outdoor adventures such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

Several species of birds can also be spotted in the region due to its proximity to both the sea and the Everglades, making it an ideal location for bird watching.

Virgina Key

Virginia Key greets travellers making their way to Key Biscayne after passing the Rickenbacker Causeway from Downtown Miami. This unassuming location holds a myriad of attractions, which can be best appreciated through kayaking.

Florida Rambler shared the experiences that potentially await Virginia Key kayakers: unparalleled views of Miami’s skyline covering the crystal waters of Biscayne Bay; mangrove lagoons with fish and rays swimming underneath that are perfectly visible to the naked eye and; incomparable vantage points towards the unused Miami Marine Stadium which, at one time, held the record for the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. Deep breath.

Miami Beach lifeguard post

These hidden beaches in Miami will cater best to off the beaten path travellers, and it’s comforting to know as well that despite being relatively quieter than some famous Miami attractions, they are totally safe for tourists.

In fact, both Sunny Isles and Key Biscayne are included in the safest neighbourhoods of Miami-Dade county as discussed in a list compiled by Discover Homes.

So if you plan on heading to Miami to escape the harsh winter weather, it is highly recommended to consider one of the hidden beaches in Miami. Take a look beyond the city’s beaches and head to some less well discovered tourist spots for a more secluded and memorable getaway.

 

Your guide to the best beaches in Vietnam

If you truly want to enjoy paradise under endless clear blue skies, take some time exploring the turquoise waters in Nha Trang in Vietnam’s Khanh Hah province. This area has the best beaches in Vietnam.

Whether you are in the mood for adventures above water or below, Nha Trang has a variety of sports and resorts to take advantage of. The area is known for Rainbow Divers, the first PADI-certified diving centre, and for being one of the best diving spots in the South China Seas.  In addition, you can enjoy kite surfing, wakeboarding and banana boats.

The town has a variety of spas with private access to the beach and the nearby mountains. Nha Trang is worth a stop on your Vietnam holidays if only for a ride on the Vinpearl cable car, the longest sea-crossing cable car system in the world. From a height of 60 meters, admire the bay, beaches and expansive vistas of this paradise.

the best beaches in Vietnam

Girls on the beach

If you seek tranquility, head away from the tourist circuit to the quieter Phu Quoc Island off the west coast of the Mekong Delta. Sprawling pure white sand beaches, untouched jungle, and dirt roads await you. Three of the island’s most visited beaches are Long Beach, Ong Lan Beach, and Bai Sao. Long Beach is the most developed and has a number of resorts. Recently long beach has also been voted as one of the best beaches in Vietnam

Called My Khe to the north and Cua Dai to the south, this area is home to a gorgeous stretch of white sand and surf. Formerly a big military strategic area during the war, Danang Beach is known for its excellent surfing, scuba diving, and resorts. Take a morning jog or swim along the beach in the morning, join in a tai chi practice, or pamper yourself at one of the area spas.

Halong Bay

Head just 30 miles up the coast from the bustling Nha Trang to the quieter Doc Let. Beautiful smaller resorts and pristine beaches make Doc Let a hot pick for your Vietnam holidays. You won’t find any tourist attractions here.

Phan Thiet is a fishing village located 3 hours from Saigon. Its proximity makes it a popular weekend beach getaway for locals. Known as “the Hawaii of Vietnam”, Cape Mui Ne is a 13 mile-long stretch of beach also known for its striking red sand dunes and rows of tall palms.

Swim in the blue waters, climb the sweeping sand dunes, or relax by a pool. Another popular beach, Doi Cat, is the favourite artistic subject of many inspiring photographs and paintings. To complete your Vietnam holidays, stay in a quiet thatched-roof bungalow overlooking the beach.

Author: This article was written by Tom Browne, a travel writer who went to Vietnam back in 2012. Vietnam holidays are a fantastic way of combining sparkling beaches with magnificently preserved culture and history, and he wanted to share this experience with those looking to visit this wonderful destination.