Miami spots for the most quiet/peaceful solo swimming?
March 3, 2021 8:37 AM   Subscribe

Miami area swimming beaches/shores that are 1) very peaceful isolated vibe, not party vibe and 2) walkable from some lodging that's not luxe priced? Especially in lowish-season winter, such as early or mid Jan? (I see Miami's lowest sea temps are around 70F, which is fine; I'm used to wild swimming down to 58F or so, and I welcome but don't need a lifeguard.)
posted by kalapierson to Travel & Transportation around Miami, FL (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't been in some years, but the first place that came to my mind was Matheson Hammock.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:12 AM on March 3, 2021

I like the Walkabout Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. There's a chill boardwalk with some restaurants and a bar or two. Not too crowded with tourists. A little further up is Dania Beach which is even less crowded.

For a little more rugged vacation, you could stay in a cabin at Oleta River State Park, though I've never done that.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:11 AM on March 3, 2021

Scuba diver/kayaker here.
It's been a while (my go-to hotel on El Mar Drive has been demolished) but we enjoy beach vacations at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL.
Good shallow beach diving on the first and second reefs. Do bring a dive flag because of boats and jet skis. Kayaks (we bring our own) and surfboards have easy access from the beach. There is a long stretch of sand to walk along.
Commercial Boulevard/ SR-870 is your access point from the mainland. Anglin's Fishing Pier is centrally located on this stretch of beach.
Easy public access to the beach from Palm Avenue (south) to Pine Avenue (north). There are open showers available, but no bathrooms the last time we were there. No need to walk through a hotel to get onto the beach.
Some paid public parking is available, including near El Prado Park. The street parking fills up fast in the morning. We prefer getting a hotel on El Mar Drive or Ocean Boulevard/ SR-A1A and walking to the beach. The hotels with beach access are noticeably more expensive.
Publix Supermarket is on Pine Avenue. The Pelican Hopper provides free shuttle transportation, which we have used. We enjoy walking around the town and crowd watching. The vibe is whatever you want it to be.
posted by TrishaU at 9:32 PM on March 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

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