NORTH SHORE PARK
Miami Beach's only quasi-wilderness
park, bordered by sea grapes, coconut trees and dunes planted
with sea oats, the natural-looking beach runs from 87th
to 72nd. Streets, exactly one mile, along Collins Avenue
in the North
Shore district . East of the avenue is a public wooded
park, then dunes and the long, flat beach. There are restrooms,
picnic tables, grills, showers, a nature trail, bike path,
exercise trail. The park is open from sunrise to sunset
and lifeguards are on duty daily. At the southern end there
is lonely two-block Ocean Terrace bordering the beach with
a duo of two-star small art-deco hotels Ocean
Inn North Beach and Ocean
Way. We only wish Ocean Terrace could have extended
all the way up the beach. It would have made Miami Beach
one long Ocean Drive. What an exiting thought, crushed by
greedy developers. There were a few private residences engulfed
when the park was created, but for the most part, you can
enjoy the beach without a high rise background, one of the
few places in Miami Beach where there may be some experience
of being on a tropical shore.
Here is a map of the area.
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Plenty of parking. All the
way up Collins Avenue at parking meters, several lots on
the west side of the avenue, and a huge lot at 72nd. Street.
With all this parking you may imagine the beach gets packed,
but this is never the case, a little crowded, but never
a crush like the north-east coast or European beaches.
Mid-North Beach Connection(115) Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue to North Miami Beach and Surfside via Collins Ave. Every 40 mins.
(119) Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and
Collins Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Every 15 mins.
(112) Lincoln and Washington to North Beach and Hialeah. Every 15 mins.