Haulover State Park, Miami, FL

Located just north of Miami Beach island before entering Sunny Isles Beach (SIB), you’ll find Haulover State Park.  This state park has a marina, beach, large parking lots on both sides (ocean (beach side) and intracoastal (marina side), dog park, skate park, walking/biking/running path, lifeguards, and access to restrooms and showers.  There are events, such as food truck night.  On popular boating days, expect a long line to enter the marina with a boat.  There are rumors that it’s a nude beach, so don’t be surprised.  The intracoastal side at Biscayne Bay has a popular sand bar where hundreds of boats congregate to swim and party.  It’s also entertaining to watch boats go from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic Ocean through the Haulover Inlet.  The waves and currents can make it challenging, so it’s a famous waterway for boaters. 

Be aware of crime, such as a car break-ins while you’re enjoying the beach.  Keep valuables on you and not in the car or at the beach.  In my 3 years living on Miami Beach, the majority of my weekly crime alerts were from theft/robbery at Haulover State Park.  Use common sense.

Haulover Park is a Miami-Dade County facility with a variety of recreation options perfect for people of all ages.  As of this writing, Haulover Park is one of two public beach parks operated by Miami-Dade County.  It is 177-acres with 1.4 miles of beach front!

Visit the Haulover Park website for the latest hours of operation, parking lot hours, boat ramp information, parking rates, fees, and rules.

http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/haulover.asp

Activities

-Swimming and beaches

-Biking (Bicycle Rentals)

-Fishing

-Skateboarding (State-of-the-art skate park and pump track)

-Dog park (Bark Park)

-Boating

-Rentals

-Picnic Pavilions

-Kite flying (with a kite company)

Haulover Beach, particularly the northern end, is a nudist beach as of this writing.  If you search online, you can find the latest information on if this is still allowed.

Lock your car doors and keep valuables with you.  Haulover Park also has some crime.  The most common over the first year of alerts I received was vehicle break-in/theft, but crime mapping alerts also included larceny, robbery, car break-in, assault, fraud, and vandalism.  I signed up for Crime Mapping alerts, and this was the primary location that I received alerts for, nearly weekly.  This is common in many large city parking lots and parks, but it is still worth noting as many on vacation are enjoying a more relaxed mindset!  

Enjoy your day outside!

While you’re in the area, also consider these options all within a few miles:

-The Bal Harbour Shops known for luxury brands.

Surfside’s town known for great restaurants (Kosher friendly) and a beautiful family friendly beach.

Oleta State Park