Originally Written for DADE Magazine as an entry for FSPA’s 2019 Competition

-Kevin Amézaga

Miami — Twenty-First St. beach is probably the beach everyone forgets about when they talk South Beach. With every tourist & resident alike going to South Pointe, it’s no wonder why the one parking lot wonder on the 21 is a favorite among its small crowd.

Travelling from West Dade out to our famous barrier islands, you may be tempted to cross along the two southernmost bridges, the McArthur & Venitian Causeways, but there lies one just directly north that will take you where you need to go. Connecting to I95, the Julia Tuttle Causeway takes you to 41st street, bypassing all the SoBe traffic (which Miami is famous for the world over).

…buyer beware, not everything is as cheap as the Miami Beach municipal parking…

At 21st St. Beach, there’s even a food stand selling all types of goodies from popsicles to hot dogs. However, buyer beware, not everything is as cheap as the Miami Beach municipal parking. Food is especially expensive in South Florida’s premiere barrier island.

If you’re looking for more amusement out of your beach adventure, then maybe you should check out the more packed South Pointe. At the south end of the beach, there are plenty of options (admittedly, most are for tourists and therefore is full of them) ranging from many dining locations, shops, and fun playgrounds and water areas for the kids.

I don’t want to even mention the permanently under- construction MacArthur Causeway A1A, and i395.

Want to get out of South Beach altogether? Indian Beach is not only more secluded (directly adjacent to the Eden Rock) but is less crowded than its smaller sister, 21st Street Beach. To get to Indian Beach, it’s even simpler than 21st. Just cross the Julia Tuttle Causeway onto the island and continue east on 41st Street. (Notice I didn’t even give directions to South Pointe because A) everybody already knows where it is and B) I don’t want to even mention the permanently under- construction MacArthur Causeway A1A, and i395.

No matter where you go I can assure you three things: 1) You will have an amazing time, 2) There will be traffic, and 3) There will be good food along the way. Have fun in our Magic City, and if you live here, drive safe.