If you aren't from here, you probably won't get the context of the next post so I thought I would clarify first. Around here (Florida) people love talking about beaches. And so I figured I would share my experience from this weekend with you today.
I drove up to Boca Raton to hit the inlet beach yesterday. Such a wonderful place. They've got the inlet where boats come in and out all day. There's also some really strong tides going in and out. One side of the inlet is bordered by a long rock outcropping. It's great for fishing and for snorkeling. I was blown away by the diversity of fish you could see just a few feet offshore.
The water was beautiful, the beach was pretty clean (and has bathrooms) and the waves were perfect for bodysurfing.
On top of all this, the seashelling was surprisingly good. I found a few conchs along with murexes and cones which were always prize finds when I was younger. Can't wait to go back and try out the fishing.
But if you don't make it out to Boca you can try John U. Lloyd, there is a jetty and bigger ships going in and out which is so-so but gives you some of the same aesthetic.
And we use the jetty to fish from.
Like most beaches, it depends on when you go. You can find crystal clear water by the Dania Pier where most people walk right out to go diving.
We saw a giant ray and a manatee there last month.
One of the nice things about it is if you want less busy, you can go to any of the side streets north of Sheridan St. at any time and you get a nice relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
If you want food, drink and people watching, the boardwalk on Hollywood Beach is nice.
They also have nice sandbars.
But the best beach "near" Miami is technically the one that also is the 2nd best rated beach here in the United States.
We really like Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs. We don't get out there much since it is probably about 1.5 hour drive west on 75 depending on the traffic. The sand is so soft, almost like powder, and you will find a lot of shells there. The water is surprisingly clear for how big the waves were.
And they keep everything nice and clean.
It is our favorite "vacation" spot here in the area.