For South Floridians, it can be hard to head to the beach with the constant flow of tourists, heavy traffic and overcrowded shores.
But what if we told you that tucked away there are beaches that are still untouched by the hectic growth of South Florida?
Here are five under-the-radar beaches that have kept their natural, uninterrupted views and are worth mini road trips to get to.
Hobe Sound is an experience all on its own. Located next to a wildlife refuge between Stuart and Jupiter, it will take your breath away. Beautiful blue water and a natural sandy beach, this local spot has everything you need for the perfect Florida beach day including free parking, restrooms and a lifeguard on duty. Besides being secluded, one of locals’ favorite parts of Hobe Sound is the tunnel of trees that greets you as you make your way into the park.
Jupiter Island Beach Road and Highway A1A, Hobe Sound; 772.221.1418; discovermartin.com/directory/hobe-sound-beach/
Lazy palm trees swaying in the breeze, lounge chairs on the beach, crystal blue waves rocking back and forth… Oceanfront Park is paradise in Palm Beach County. Untouched with gorgeous sunset views, Oceanfront Park offers visitors a snack bar, lounge chairs for rent, grills and a watchful lifeguard always on duty. We recommend this beach hangout spot for all those looking for a peaceful day at the beach in the Boynton area.
6415 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561.742.6775; thepalmbeaches.com/family-friendly-beaches/oceanfront-park-boynton-beach-municipal
Gulfstream Beach Park
A local favorite in the Delray Beach area, Gulfstream Beach Park offers beautiful coastline, restrooms, a picnic area and free parking. The park is a hot spot during the winter months, so parking can be difficult. We recommend hitting the beach early to avoid the struggle of finding a parking spot.
4489 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.629.8775; discover.pbcgov.org/parks/Locations/Gulfstream.aspx
Located on North Atlantic Boulevard, Vista Park offers a secluded beach away from the heavy traffic and commotion of Fort Lauderdale. Nestled inside a residential area, Vista Park includes beach access, a picnic area, benches and an open play area for kids. Parking is difficult and limited due to the secluded nature of the park, but if you arrive early, it shouldn’t be an issue.
2851 N. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.828.7275; fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/city-parks/beach-public-vista-park
Looking for a natural beach in Miami, far away from hectic South Beach? Head to Crandon Park. The expansive park is located in Key Biscayne and has ample parking. Most people who head to Key Biscayne visit the beaches along Virginia Key, or head south to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, but Crandon is the best option if you are looking for a quiet beach with mostly locals. Plus, the large palm trees along the beach offer some natural shade from the Florida sun.
6457 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne; 305.361.5421; miamiandbeaches.com/beach/crandon-park-beach/102555
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