Hidden within the Magic City remains a beachfront paradise still undiscovered by many locals. Virginia Key Beach Park is a historic park offering a secluded area to beachgoers that want to spend the summer in privacy and sunshine.
During the 1950's Virginia Key Beach Park was exclusively a "colored only" recreation site. After many years out of sight from the public and later used as a training facility for law enforcement agencies, the park re-opened to the public in 2008.
Still, the beach park remains one of the less-visited sites in Miami. Virginia Key Beach Park features colorful pastel-hued beachfront cabins and undisturbed area for those looking to escape the tourist vibe of South Beach.
If you come early in the morning, you will find an empty beach and a little beachfront village with cute huts to take pictures at. However, you must contact the office and pay an authorization fee in advance for commercial photography.
This tropical paradise has picnic tables and a lush landscape to enjoy your own jungle experience. Even during high tides, this location is the perfect escape from urban areas.
For those looking to go topless, this beach offers the ideal private setting to sunbathe without inhibitions.
There are six beach cabins that you can rent for the day which include a grill, a picnic table and Adirondack chairs. The cabin rentals start at $55 a day and you can also rent a fire pit for $15 for three hours.
This beach park will give you the real South Florida experience you are craving this summer. However, we recommend you wait until the fall for clearer skies and unbeatable views of the ocean.
Virginia Key Beach Park
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. Close on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Price: $8 per vehicle to enter the park, $55 to rent a cabin
Address: 4020 Virginia Beach Dr. Miami, FL 33149
Why you need to go: This secluded beach offers the perfect privacy for your summer experience.