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Surrounded by palm trees and meandering through South Beach, this trail (also known as the South Beach Trail) is nestled in one of the country's most popular destinations. Both of the trail’s endpoints are located in Miami Beach, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. As it draws closer to central South Beach, with its popular bars and hotels, the trail starts to bustle with foot traffic. There are large, grassy areas with exercise spots and volleyball courts, people longboarding, street artists, and plenty of individuals using the trail for access to the wonderfully bathtub-like Miami ocean water.
The southern endpoint starts on the northwest side of South Pointe Park—Miami Beach’s southernmost tip—before curving around the point to head north towards Surfside. The trail passes by the South Pointe Pier, where you can walk out over the water and take in stunning views of the Atlantic. Just behind the pier is an artfully laid out small park, with a winding trail and a small ice cream shop in the middle. Heading north, the smooth, concrete trail becomes increasingly dotted on the left with shops, hotels, bars, and restaurants. Interesting sculptures, rocks, and places to stop and rest pepper the length of the trail. You’ll also pass frequent water stations for washing off beach sand and several public restrooms.
A 7-mile segment of the trail is also known as the Miami Beach Boardwalk or Beachwalk. Despite the word "boardwalk" the pathway has a smooth, pattern-painted concrete surface. Running along the beaches of Miami Beach's Atlantic shoreline, this section passes by Ocean Drive Promenade, Indian Beach Park, Allison Park & Playground, the Miami Beach Playground (5313 Collins Ave), the North Shore Community Center, and numerous local businesses. From 5th Street at the south end of Lummus Park (1130 Ocean Dr), the pathway runs through North Shore Oceanside Park to 87th Terrace, where Miami Beach becomes Surfside Beach. For those on bikes, blades, or skates, please travel slowly and be mindful of pedestrians, who have right-of-way. Officially, pets are also not allowed, but there are those who risk the small fine to walk their dogs on the path. As long as the pets are on leashes, don't disturb others, and their human companions clean up after them, it is unlikely to be a problem. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the sand on Miami Beach.
From 87th Terrace, the Atlantic Greenway continues through Surfside and Bal Harbour, where it ends at the barrier island's northern shore. With the trail complete, it is possible to traverse the entire length of Miami Beach's Atlantic shoreline on paved paths. The Atlantic Greenway is also part of two much larger projects: the Miami LOOP, a developing 225-mile trail network throughout Miami-Dade County, and the East Coast Greenway, which is connecting trails from Florida to Maine. It is the final link in the Miami Beach portion of the East Coast Greenway.
The Miami-Dade Country public transit system offers access to the trail, including the Metrobus and Metrorail. Visit the Miami-Dade Country public transportation website to plan your trip.
For those driving, parking is available at numerous locations along the trail. Please see the map for all the options and detailed directions.
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