South Pointe Park and Pier

#8 in Best Things To Do in Miami Beach
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Key Info

1 Washington Ave.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located at the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, South Pointe is a 17-acre park that features walking paths, grassy knolls and sweeping views of the ocean. The area also has a playground with water features, and a dog park. There's plenty of seating throughout the park and there are several art and light sculptures throughout. The South Pointe Pier juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular place to fish. After undergoing a $4.8 million renovation in 2014, the 450-foot-long pier now offers stations for cutting bait and washing fish, recycling bins for fishing line and more seating for additional vantage points of the ocean.

Overall, recent travelers said a stroll through this park and along the pier is enjoyable, with many noting they loved watching both cruise ships and smaller yachts come and go. Reviewers also commented on the stunning views and raved about the many photo ops. Visitors suggest renting bikes to get here and bike through the park, as the parking situation can be frustrating. (Visitors can pick-up and drop bikes at two-bike share locations near the park and pier.) Families also say South Pointe Park, with its grassy areas and playground, is a great spot for kids.

South Pointe Park is free to visit and open daily from sunrise to sunset, while the pier is open from sunrise to sunset.

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