SOUTH POINTE PARK
Miami Beach proper ends (or starts) at the lovely recently renovated South Pointe Park. This is probably the best beach of the whole island. Before, there was mostly plain open space with no major attractions. Now, there are 20-foot-wide walkways lined with Florida limestone and restored natural sand dunes, covered with grass. Children can play around metal tubes that look like stems and spout water like daisies. This is a dog park for Miami Beach, so watch where you are stepping.
The project was first envisioned in the mid-1990s, but city officials had to acquire extra land to make it work.
There is a long stone breakwater popular with
local fishermen, that forms Government Cut. This spot
is the very best place to watch the great cruise liners leave the Port
of Miami, including some of the world's largest passenger vessels such as the the 156,000
ton Norwegian Epic and the 130,052 ton Carnival Breeze. These mighty ships seem to sail by within hands
grasp, and the best time to view them is on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons
between 16:00 and 17:00.
On the other side of the
cut is exclusive Fisher Island,
only accessible by ferry and with a hotel reservation or permission from a resident. It is said to be the most expensive postal code in North America
While in this area be sure to visit Miami Beach's most iconic and oldest restaurant Joe's Stone Crab at 11 Washington Avenue, established in 1913 and still owned by the same family.
There is limited parking by "pay and display" at the park. The classy Smith
and Wollensky Restaurant uses this same lot, so don't park in their area. Apart from that there are nearby on-street coin parking meters and pay and display machines.
Blue South Beach Trolley Free circular shuttle service from Collins Park (22nd Street) past Lincoln Road to South Pointe Park. Every 20 minutes.
South Pointe Beach