Miami's Four Best Beaches for an Afternoon Barbecue

Monument Island

There's no question about it -- summer is here. But hey, it could be worse, like 110 degrees and no beach breeze. So while the rest of the country rides the heat wave, get outside for a beach barbecue before the inevitable afternoon storms roll in, and you'll never wonder again where your summer (and life) went wrong. Here's a shortlist of top spots to get your barbecue on while enjoying a beach breeze and chowing down on good eats.

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View from Haulover picnic spots

Haulover Park
Let's start this one with a caveat: This is a weekday-only spot, because weekends are crazy and getting a decent spot and tolerable neighbors are next to impossible. Instead, get to Haulover Park for happy hour one weeknight. You can drive your car right up to your grill and conveniently unload all your gear and grub. The picnic tables and charcoal grills on the southernmost end of the park offer the best view and overlook Haulover cut and the Atlantic Ocean -- perfect for watching the day's fishing boats come in with their haul. Park entry is free after 5 p.m., but if you must go before then, the cost is $6 per car. Stay till sundown or until the park staff asks you to leave.

Oleta River State Park
This is another one of those crowded weekend spots, but its beauty is the late-day sun. By 4 p.m., most beaches in Miami have a condo shadow cast upon them, but at Oleta's beach, you can still catch rays as the sun sets thanks to the west-facing beach. Fishing and kayaking are available for those who need more entertainment than grilled meat and a picturesque sunset. Parking is available, but the grills are a bit of a walk from the beach, so take a wagon or extra hands if you have a lot of cargo. The park charges $5 per vehicle and closes at sunset.

Location Info


Bill Baggs State Park

1200 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: General

Haulover Beach Park

10800 Collins Ave., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Oleta River State Park

3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

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