It’s no secret that we love beach destinations. To us, there’s no better vacation than one that includes soaking up the sun and feeling the sand in our toes. Whether it involves inhaling a juicy beach read or sipping tiny umbrella adorned cocktails, beaches are the best escapes to help us forget our everyday woes. However, all of the things that make them so wonderful also make them immensely popular and subsequently, often crowded. For travelers seeking something a little quieter and more off the radar, we’ve unveiled some of our favorite secluded beaches for a quieter and more serene escape:
Just a short drive from the excitement of South Beach sits a secluded island called Key Biscayne. An upscale town filled with quaint shops and glorious waterfront mansions, this tiny paradise is situated between two major parks – Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Here you’ll find a coastal barrier reef and the only federally recognized underwater archaeological trail in the country, as well as mangroves and a tropical forest filled with exotic birds, butterflies and loggerhead turtles. Check out Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to see the oldest building in Miami, the 19th-century Cape Florida Lighthouse, which was built in 1825.
A favorite with locals, this quiet beach offers calm turquoise waters and stretches of white sand. There is also an array of fabulous beachside restaurants offering fresh local seafood and locally priced cold refreshments. The beach also is home to great snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking for those who love watersports. However, if you plan on snorkeling, ensure that you pack biodegradable sunblock, as regular sunblock can harm the coral and marine life.
Another great spot for snorkeling, Arashi Beach is a quieter option than the famed Eagle Beach, and is perfect for families seeking a quieter option to enjoy the day. With gentle currents, perfect for kids to swim in, and teeming with sea life, Arashi Beach is located just north of Malmok Beach. It’s a perfect outing for the entire day, as it offers convenient onsite showers, a large area parking area, and beach chair rentals. Even better, you can end your excursion by watching the sunset on Aruba, as the views are spectacular here.