CONDO CANYON & MID BEACH

Beach Scene

Condo Canyon
The three and a half miles strip of oceanfront from 72nd. Street down to 44th. Street, ending at the famous Fontainebleau Hotel, is hemmed in by huge condominiums and luxury hotels. There are two diminutive beachside parks at 64th. Street (Allison Park) and 54th. Street (Beach View Park) and a larger park beside the Eden Roc Resort at 46th. Street (Indian Creek Park). All three have lifeguards, parking, and fresh-water showers. The beach along this strip varies from quite wide to relatively narrow and is similar in quality to the rest of the beaches. Because parking is quite restricted, the beach seems to be less utilized, the condo and hotel crowd tending to prefer their chlorine ladened swimming pools rather than being bothered with annoying sand and salty water.

Map

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Parking
Meter parking in Allison Park and Beach View Park. Plenty of parking with Pay and Display machines at Indian Creek Park. No street parking anywhere along this strip.

Bus services
L (112) Lincoln Road to 72nd. Street. Every 10 minutes. Careful: This bus originates in Hialeah. When southbound make sure the sign says Miami Beach, not Hialeah. If you get on in the wrong direction, it will take you a really long way from the beach!
S (119) Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Every 12 mins.

Condo Canyon
Condo Canyon Beach

Mid Beach

The stretch of beach from the Eden Roc Hotel at 44th. Street, down to the beginning of South Beach proper, at Collins Park on 22nd. Street is mostly lined with hotels of varying quality.
It is at Indian Beach Park (See Condo Canyon) that Miami Beach's famous boardwalk, an elevated wooden walkway, begins and parallels the beach all the way down to 22nd. Street at Collins Park. The actual beach is similar to other sections, possibly less crowded as there is substantially less parking available, but the boardwalk is a tremendous plus, with the possibility of walking or jogging the full distance of one and a half miles. It is lit at night (lots of missing light bulbs last time I did it) and quite safe. It gives a wonderful opportunity to view some of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne hotels from the ocean side. Eventually this will be replaced by a Beachwalk. The City of Miami Beach plans a Beachwalk all along its coast from 87th. Street to South Pointe Park. Though the Boardwalk has charm, the Beachwalk is more environmentally sound, less expensive to maintain and more user friendly; bikes and skating will be allowed. The Beachwalk presently runs from 22nd. to Lummus Park (See South Beach).

Map

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Parking
There are no actual parking lots in this stretch, but innumerable streets that end at the beach all the way from 43rd. Street to 22nd. Street, each having a few coin parking meters. At 22nd. Street there is a large parking lot with pay and display. Keep in mind that there will not be fresh-water showers or toilets at street parking.


Bus services
C (103) 41st. Street to 5th. Street via Collins Avenue. Every 20 mins.
L (112) Lincoln Road to 72nd. Street. Every 10 minutes. Careful: This bus originates in Hialeah. When southbound make sure the sign says Miami Beach, not Hialeah. If you get on in the wrong direction, it will take you a really long way from the beach!
M (113) 41st. Street to 17th. Street via Collins Avenue. Continue on Alton Road to Downtown. Every 30 mins.
S (119) Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Every 12 mins.

Boardwalk
Beachwalk

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