South Beach, the beach and the neighborhood, is a cosmopolitan 24/7 kind of place. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is a quiet, secluded, natural environment. Yet both are located in the Miami Florida metro area and are only 16 miles, approximately 30 minutes by car, apart.
One characteristic that South Beach and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park share is they are both great walking beaches. You could walk the entire length of South Beach from 5th Avenue at the south end to 21st Street at the north end. If you have the stamina, you could keep going through Mid and North Beach, all the way up to Bal Harbour Beach. At the same time the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is a 1.25 mile long, narrow, uninterrupted length of semi-coarse, honey colored sand.
The people watching at South Beach provides an amazing, never-ending display of humanity. You will see pretty much everything there: families, retirees, singles, heterosexual couples, homosexual couples, fat people, thin people, athletes, Europeans, South Americans, Americans, heterosexual and homosexual singles on the “make”, topless women, and even a few “beautiful” people. Directly off the beach on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue you will find numerous stores, restaurants, and clubs with offerings that appeal to the wide variety of people who visit South Beach.
For more information on South Beach, please read its review in Beach Reviews.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park provides visitors with a much different beach experience. Although it’s only 20 minutes from downtown Miami, it feels far more remote. Most of the time you will find long stretches of beach with no one but you and the birds for company.
For more information on Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, please read its review in Beach Reviews.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
Photos courtesy of LIsa Dworkin