Florida Atlantic Beaches: Miami Area Beaches Professional Review and Guide
"Through the exclusive shops of Bal Harbor, well known as the favorite shopping district of the hoi polloi, and the condos of Surfside, public beaches are hard to find on A1A. But then, just when you might begin to despair, a mirage appears before you. Can it be? Eight blocks of undeveloped beach, shady sea grape trees, luxurious greenery, fitness trails, and more? North Shore Open Space Park is definitely one of the hidden jewels of the Miami beach scene. A dozen blocks south is 65th Street Park, a very small and pretty public beach. The next stop marks the night-and-day difference between the quiet old Jewish neighborhoods of North Miami Beach and the new Miami.
Aside from popular attractions like the Miami Seaquarium—the original home of Flipper—the two keys contain some of Miami’s most gorgeous and spacious beaches with Virginia Key, Crandon Park, and Bill Baggs State Park. Routing back to the mainland again, the hectic traffic of US 1 is best avoided in favor of Old Cutler Road along Biscayne Bay. You wind through the festive community of Coconut Grove and a lot of beautiful and expensive old homes before getting down to the lush greenery of Matheson Hammock County Park."