Miami’s great weather makes it prime for fun, outdoor activities virtually all year around. Since summer and beachside fun is on the horizon, or already been happening for you, one of our favorite things to do is ride the stunning bike path along Miami Beach’s multiple corridors. We like to park up on North Beach (where the parking is actually possible), rent a Citi Bike, and head south all the way to 1st street. The ride is perfect for people watching, stopping to take a cool dip, and grabbing yummy bites along the way. Check out some of our favorite stops you can split into half there, half on the way back:
If you didn’t bring your own two wheels, the northernmost Citi Bike outpost is right on 79th ST at the very end of one of our favorite hang out beaches at North Shore Open Space Park. Known for being the beach at which the monthly full moon parties take place, during the day its filled with activity and even a dg-friendly park and beach. Get refreshed and then hop on that bike.
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You have to start with something both delicious and energizing, and Taquiza in North Beach is a perfect kick-off. Nothing too heavy, so grab their freshly fried totopos and local guac. Wash it all down with a cold beer, and you’ve got yourself the best first stop.
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On the weekends and throughout the month, the Rhythm Foundation has some great local and international acts hitting the historic North Beach Bandshell stage. There’s a variety of great programming happening along the calendar, from donation-based community concerts, food truck rallies, and even multiple-day long music festivals with some of the world’s most vibrant talent.
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At this point you’ll want to take a break and either cool off or just be stationary for a bit. Who says you can’t do that with a drink in hand? Our first option would be the boujee alternative at Eden Roc’s Malibu Farm, complete with an epic cocktail menu and unobstructed ocean view.
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Ride a little south and the bike path veers away from the sand and closer to the beach. At this point you’ll be flying by some of the city’s best bars like the poolside Driftway bar at the Generator Miami Hostel. Get the same caliber of drinks you would at The Broken Shaker while avoiding the weekend crowds.
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If the break you want must be poolside or just inside under the cool A/C, The Shelborne South Beach hotel is a great option where you can park your bike and head into Root & Bone for some delectable fried chicken. Another choice would be The Nautilus by Arlo, newly expanded and filled with jams, workshops, backyard hangs, and other fun happenings poolside on the weekends.
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Once the bike path pops right back out into Lummus Park and before the craziness of Ocean Drive kicks in, we think it’s a good idea to head into The Betsy’s delicious and hidden Italian spot, The Alley. There you can either sit down and enjoy a meal of pasta, pizza, and their heavenly zucchini salad, or make it quick and grab some gelato from their ventanita on the side.
As you get closer to the end of Miami Beach, right at 3rd street and hidden into the side of The Marriott, there’s Lolo’s Surf Cantina. It’s an chefy, trendy spot serving creative Mexican street eats and always boasting some kind of can’t-miss margarita special. Dig into their tacos and give yourself that much-needed energy.
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The great thing about this route is that it begins and ends with a park, no matter which way you decide to travel. Easily one of the most breathtaking parks in all of Miami and The Beaches is South Pointe Park. Not only does it have plenty of options for physical activity like wellness classes, bike and jogging paths, and even slackline, but it also has refreshments, a view of the ocean, and even one of Miami’s only bustling piers. There’s also tons of Citi Bike stations too.
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