“Miami isn’t know for its beaches”, my friend M. told me when we were in Miami, and I mentioned that I wanted to go to Souch Beach. “It’s not like Punta Cana, which is famous for its beaches.”
Although, she might be right about that, I still think that South Beach is a MUST DO when in Miami…well, at least it was for me.
I’ve been to the beaches in Punta Cana so many times (gosh) that it doesn’t do much for me anymore. I know, I know. Sure, the beaches are still gorgeous as ever, but it’s familiar and therefore not as interesting to me anymore. It just sits there 5 minutes from my house, and I can go any time, which I hardly ever do, because I take it for granted.
But South Beach on the other hand, is something new, exciting, and unfamiliar and I just had to go! Luckily, my friend I. from Denmark was just as excited about it as I was.
Honestly, it was amazing!
Yes, the beaches in Punta Cana have this incredible, almost rare, sand that feels like powder and crystal clear water. Even though the sand at South Beach was much more grainy and felt like crushed sea shells and rocks, and even though the water was perhaps not as fabulous (it’s the Atlantic Ocean, after all)…it was still pretty darn beautiful! I was amazed by the sheer size of the beach, which seemed to stretch immensely from where we were and into eternity.
If for nothing else, South Beach is a fun place to go people watching. There’s a completely relaxed, come-as-you-are feel to the beach, which I really liked.
People go there, set up camp with a tent or a huge umbrella, a cooler, beach chairs and music and just hang out all day long…I think. Most people were lying around on a towel or a blanket, although it was possible to rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The whole ambiance just seemed much more relaxing than what I’m used to from Punta Cana where everyone is either lounging on a “private” hotel beach or a beach club. I don’t ever think I’ve seen people lying on a towel directly on the sand. You just don’t do that in Punta Cana.
The ocean was like stepping into a bathtub – warm and soft. The bottom was sandy, and the water pretty clear, although I don’t remember if I could see my toes. Obviously, being in Florida, I couldn’t help thinking about SHARKS! I wasn’t too concerned about it, though, but the thought did roam around in the back of my head. Luckily, we didn’t see any.
The best part about South Beach; there were no annoying beach vendors hassling you! What a relief. Well, we did see one guy walking around and asking people if they wanted to go out to a club in the evening, but he was pretty harmless.