Luxury by the Sea

South Florida's Best Beaches

Swaying coconut palms, sun-kissed supermodels, and champagne-fueled cabana parties may come to mind when contemplating a luxury vacation in South Florida. Perfect weather, gorgeous beaches, designer shopping, luxury accommodations, excellent spa treatments, and an exciting mix of international jet-setters should also be added to that list.

With miles of perfect, white-sand beaches languidly dipping into the Atlantic Ocean, South Florida provides beach-goers with many options for spending a luxurious day by the sea.

The most popular and the best-known beach, of course, is South Beach (or SoBe for the locals). The stretch of sand along the famous Ocean Drive is the most frequently visited section. This is where Gianni Versace, the Italian clothing designer, once owned a home. Excellent dining options are available in this area, many in exclusive restaurants run by celebrity chefs.

Whether on the sand or on a dining terrace, a favorite pastime in South Beach is people watching. A constant stream of beautiful people fills the streets, day and night. To get away from the crowd in style, one can have their personal Gaita Travel Butler to rent a comfortable poolside cabana or book a relaxing spa appointment in one of the luxurious buildings along the ocean.

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Those seeking more privacy or ultra-luxury will find it on the neighboring Fisher Island. This exclusive isle was once home to the Vanderbilt family and today is one of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States. The island contains private villas, palatial condominiums, a seaside golf course, and a tranquil spa. The original Vanderbilt mansion has been preserved and serves as the social centerpiece of the island. Fisher's pristine beach provides the perfect blend of natural beauty and resort-style ambiance.

Due south of Fisher Island is Key Biscayne, an oasis of opulent homes and understated refinement. A scenic golf course, a world-class tennis facility, as well as several marinas and yacht harbors are just a few amenities on offer here. The pace of life on the Key is relaxed and many residents choose golf carts over their luxury vehicles when running errands on the island. There is a village-like vibe, but don't be fooled, this is no rural village. It is actually one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Miami. Many billionaires and famous faces have called Key Biscayne home over the years, including President Richard Nixon.

Today, the island still attracts a-list celebrities, particularly during the tennis tournament season. The best beaches on the island are along its eastern shore. This includes the beautiful Crandon Park Beach. Densely planted with coconut palms, the park could easily double for Hawaii and is one of South Florida's prettiest beaches. Crandon is an especially popular destination for fashion photo shoots. It is common to see large crews of models, photographers, and production assistants here, particularly in the winter months.

Although the best beaches in Miami are located on its barrier islands, a small mainland beach just south of the luxury enclave of Coral Gables (inside the Matheson Hammock Park) is worth a mention. This man-made lagoon with an Old-Florida feel is a scenic spot that attracts affluent families and sports enthusiasts. While the beach is small compared to SoBe or Crandon, it is a very popular destination for kiteboarding, paddleboarding, and kayaking. It is also a great place for an afternoon walk or a sunset dinner at the classic Red Fish Grill.  Be sure to have your Gaita Travel Butler help arrange the perfect itinerary for you while on your luxury vacation.

Moving north of Miami, the areas of Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles provide sun-drenched beaches and quiet luxury in the shadow of some of the most exclusive high-rise developments in all of South Florida. High-end shopping, golf courses, yacht basins, and fine dining can also be found within a few miles of the sandy shores. For those who are brave enough to bare it all, Haulover Park even offers the only clothing-optional beach in this part of the state.

The benefit of a seaside vacation in the greater Miami area is that there is a beach for every taste and the perfect accommodation to go along with it. Whether it is a condo hotel or a stand-alone home, this part of Florida offers some truly spectacular luxury vacation properties.

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Aside from superior accommodations, world travelers demand excellent service. Gaita Luxury delivers on that as well. One outstanding example is your personal Gaita Travel Butlers. They pamper guests, customize travel, and cater to virtually every need.

From popular and fashionable to secluded and tropical, the character of South Florida's shores is as varied as the character of its lively residents and amazing luxury accommodations. What they all seem to have in common, though, is offering a fantastic time beneath South Florida's warm and brilliant sun.

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