After much back and forth, Miami-Dade is officially re-opening its beaches on Wednesday (tomorrow) just in time for summer. While we still urge everyone to stay safe and responsible, having our water and sand back does make us giddy. There’s nothing like gathering your friends and spending the day under the sun and blue sky, so to get you excited, here’s a small round-up of some of our favorite South Florida beaches that are off the beaten path:

21ST – 45TH STREET BEACH

Avoid the crowds to the south and north, and hit up this much-less frequented stretch of beach. Unlike the luxury hotels on South Beach, those that command this real estate take up much less space on the sand which gives you more room to spread out and enjoy a more quiet experience. Plus, the boardwalk stretches through here, which makes it a great option to enjoy a jog and jump in the water once done.

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SURFSIDE

Ask anyone who knows about the more northern beaches and they’ll tell you that Surfside is on the rise. Its charming deco-inspired rows of local shops and unassuming apartment buildings make the beach experience as relaxing as it comes. The water is beautiful here, with a much shorter walk from sand to sea than its southern counterparts. This is the type of place that makes you forget you’re still in Miami.

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HOBIE ISLAND BEACH PARK

This little pitstop on the way to Key Biscayne remains a great place to catch the sunset against a water-meets-city backdrop. Right off the Rickenbacker Causeway, this is a surprisingly tranquil spot that usually doesn’t get crowded even on the best Miami day. Not to mention, the drive over to Hobie Island might just make this destination worth it before the sun even sets.

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HOLLYWOOD BEACH

This one’s a local favorite and we couldn’t leave it off. Despite its name, Hollywood is a low-key beach town with a flare for relaxation as classic as they come. There’s a lot to do at the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, whether it’s renting bikes and taking in the 2.5 stretch, or spending the day under an umbrella watching the teal water as it crashes along the shore, you really can do no wrong here.

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HAULOVER BEACH

“Clothing optional”…we’re just going to leave that there. Aside from the famous LGBTQ and nude beaches along the 1.4 miles of sunny Haulover Beach, it has a lot to offer all sorts of beach-goers. The 99-acre Haulover Park it neighbors is luscious and relatively untouched–perfect for kayaking straight to the ocean. The beach is also family-friendly and offers stretches of remote sand just for you.

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Cover photo: Jacksonville District – US Army