North Shore Ocean Terrace

Miami Beach, Florida

This area spanning approximately 87th to 72nd streets along Collins Avenue offers visitors the feel of a wilderness park in the midst of the North Shore Historic District, recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, boasting the mid-20th century architecture style that has come to be known as “Miami Modernism” or MiMo. Despite readily available parking including parking meters and a public lot on 72nd Street, this beach never seems to be over-crowded like other parts of Miami Beach. A tropical landscape of grape and coconut trees and dunes housing sea oats, this beach also offers restrooms, picnic tables, grills, showers, a nature trail, an exercise trail and bike path. The park is generally open sunrise to sunset and lifeguards on are duty daily. Stop by the Ocean Terrace boardwalk or check out a concert at the fun North Shore Bandshell nearby.
A well-maintained and wide beach, it stretches all the way to the Hillsboro inlet and Lighthouse. The beach includes a boardwalk, surf fishing, snorkeling, swimming. Metered parking is available. Pass by a small serene lagoon on a stroll through the North Shore Ocean Terrace park to Biscayne Bay. A long sidewalk leads ot a wooden boardwalk over the mangrove-lined Bay and out to the beach. There are 2 picnic shelters, bbq pits, restrooms and outdoor showers. Note: there are no lifeguards and pets are not allowed.

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Esta área que abarca aproximadamente las calles 87 a 72 a lo largo de la avenida Collins ofrece a los visitantes la sensación de un parque natural en medio del Distrito Histórico de North Shore, recientemente publicado en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos, presumiendo de un estilo de arquitectura de mediados del siglo XX que ha llegado a conocerse como "Modernismo de Miami" o MiMo. A pesar del estacionamiento fácilmente disponible que incluye parquímetros y un estacionamiento público en la calle 72, esta playa nunca parece estar abarrotada como otras partes de Miami Beach. Un paisaje tropical de árboles de uva, coco y dunas que albergan avena de mar, esta playa también ofrece baños, mesas de picnic, parrillas, duchas, un sendero natural, un sendero para hacer ejercicio y una ciclovía. El parque generalmente está abierto desde el amanecer hasta el atardecer y los socorristas están en servicio todos los días. Pase por el paseo marítimo de Ocean Terrace o vea un concierto en la divertida concha acústica cercana de North Shore.
Una playa bien mantenida y amplia, que se extiende todo el camino hasta la entrada de Hillsboro y el faro. La playa incluye un paseo marítimo, pesca de surf, snorkel, natación. Hay disponible estacionamiento con medidor. Pase por una pequeña y serena laguna en un paseo por el parque North Shore Ocean Terrace hasta la bahía Vizcaína. Una larga acera conduce a un malecón de madera sobre la bahía bordeada de manglares fuera de la playa. Hay dos refugios de picnic, parrillas, piscinas, baños y duchas al aire libre. Nota: no hay salvavidas y las mascotas no están permitidas.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 26th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 27th, 2020 at 1:36 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
29°C
Chance of heavy rain
Monitoring Frequency

North Shore Ocean Terrace is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program from Tuesday through Friday and by Surfrider Miami (www.miami.surfrider.org) from Friday through Monday. FHB may recollect water samples from a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated by Miami Waterkeeper (www.miamiwaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water.

All local sampling programs collect weekly recreational water samples to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available. DOH sampling occurs on Mondays; Surfrider Miami sampling occurs on Thursdays. All local sampling programs on Swim Guide also use the thresholds for water quality as written in the Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-69 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 70 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. Swim Guide uses a color system to quickly indicate water quality; green=Good, yellow=Moderate, and red=Poor. Data more than a week old will revert the to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly of pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked GREY when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

The DOH will only issue a formal “swim advisory” after two failed tests in a row; Miami Waterkeeper will mark a beach as “RED” on Swim Guide after a single failed test is reported. These conservative advisories inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.

Miami Waterkeeper will also mark a beach as "Special Status" if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example, a sewage leak, red tide, or oil spill. If data is more than a week old, sites will show a historical record of water quality data from a given site.

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a volunteer-run citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. Surfrider Miami tests the same beaches as the Florida Healthy Beaches program, but on Thursdays, in order to increase sampling frequency. Anyone may view or download the results at go.surfrider.org/BWTF and miami.surfrider.org/BWTF. Visit Surfrider Miami at www.miami.surfrider.org. Any additional questions about Surfrider Miami’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can be addressed to Scott Stripling: atlarge2@miami.surfrider.org

The Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches program is a state-run initiative in partnership with Miami-Dade County and 33 other coastal counties in the state of Florida. The Florida Healthy Beaches program has been collecting and analyzing water samples from beaches and reporting FIB levels since 2000. (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality)

Visit Miami Waterkeeper at www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/water_monitoring or email hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org if you have any additional questions or to view a complete set of monitoring data.

Water Quality Graph

North Shore Ocean Terrace

Miami Beach, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 26th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on November 27th, 2020 at 1:36 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
29°C
Chance of heavy rain

This area spanning approximately 87th to 72nd streets along Collins Avenue offers visitors the feel of a wilderness park in the midst of the North Shore Historic District, recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, boasting the mid-20th century architecture style that has come to be known as “Miami Modernism” or MiMo. Despite readily available parking including parking meters and a public lot on 72nd Street, this beach never seems to be over-crowded like other parts of Miami Beach. A tropical landscape of grape and coconut trees and dunes housing sea oats, this beach also offers restrooms, picnic tables, grills, showers, a nature trail, an exercise trail and bike path. The park is generally open sunrise to sunset and lifeguards on are duty daily. Stop by the Ocean Terrace boardwalk or check out a concert at the fun North Shore Bandshell nearby.
A well-maintained and wide beach, it stretches all the way to the Hillsboro inlet and Lighthouse. The beach includes a boardwalk, surf fishing, snorkeling, swimming. Metered parking is available. Pass by a small serene lagoon on a stroll through the North Shore Ocean Terrace park to Biscayne Bay. A long sidewalk leads ot a wooden boardwalk over the mangrove-lined Bay and out to the beach. There are 2 picnic shelters, bbq pits, restrooms and outdoor showers. Note: there are no lifeguards and pets are not allowed.

*********************************************************

Esta área que abarca aproximadamente las calles 87 a 72 a lo largo de la avenida Collins ofrece a los visitantes la sensación de un parque natural en medio del Distrito Histórico de North Shore, recientemente publicado en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos, presumiendo de un estilo de arquitectura de mediados del siglo XX que ha llegado a conocerse como "Modernismo de Miami" o MiMo. A pesar del estacionamiento fácilmente disponible que incluye parquímetros y un estacionamiento público en la calle 72, esta playa nunca parece estar abarrotada como otras partes de Miami Beach. Un paisaje tropical de árboles de uva, coco y dunas que albergan avena de mar, esta playa también ofrece baños, mesas de picnic, parrillas, duchas, un sendero natural, un sendero para hacer ejercicio y una ciclovía. El parque generalmente está abierto desde el amanecer hasta el atardecer y los socorristas están en servicio todos los días. Pase por el paseo marítimo de Ocean Terrace o vea un concierto en la divertida concha acústica cercana de North Shore.
Una playa bien mantenida y amplia, que se extiende todo el camino hasta la entrada de Hillsboro y el faro. La playa incluye un paseo marítimo, pesca de surf, snorkel, natación. Hay disponible estacionamiento con medidor. Pase por una pequeña y serena laguna en un paseo por el parque North Shore Ocean Terrace hasta la bahía Vizcaína. Una larga acera conduce a un malecón de madera sobre la bahía bordeada de manglares fuera de la playa. Hay dos refugios de picnic, parrillas, piscinas, baños y duchas al aire libre. Nota: no hay salvavidas y las mascotas no están permitidas.

Monitoring Frequency

North Shore Ocean Terrace is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program from Tuesday through Friday and by Surfrider Miami (www.miami.surfrider.org) from Friday through Monday. FHB may recollect water samples from a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated by Miami Waterkeeper (www.miamiwaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water.

All local sampling programs collect weekly recreational water samples to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available. DOH sampling occurs on Mondays; Surfrider Miami sampling occurs on Thursdays. All local sampling programs on Swim Guide also use the thresholds for water quality as written in the Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-69 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 70 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. Swim Guide uses a color system to quickly indicate water quality; green=Good, yellow=Moderate, and red=Poor. Data more than a week old will revert the to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly of pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked GREY when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

The DOH will only issue a formal “swim advisory” after two failed tests in a row; Miami Waterkeeper will mark a beach as “RED” on Swim Guide after a single failed test is reported. These conservative advisories inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.

Miami Waterkeeper will also mark a beach as "Special Status" if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example, a sewage leak, red tide, or oil spill. If data is more than a week old, sites will show a historical record of water quality data from a given site.

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a volunteer-run citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. Surfrider Miami tests the same beaches as the Florida Healthy Beaches program, but on Thursdays, in order to increase sampling frequency. Anyone may view or download the results at go.surfrider.org/BWTF and miami.surfrider.org/BWTF. Visit Surfrider Miami at www.miami.surfrider.org. Any additional questions about Surfrider Miami’s Blue Water Task Force program or our results can be addressed to Scott Stripling: atlarge2@miami.surfrider.org

The Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches program is a state-run initiative in partnership with Miami-Dade County and 33 other coastal counties in the state of Florida. The Florida Healthy Beaches program has been collecting and analyzing water samples from beaches and reporting FIB levels since 2000. (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality)

Visit Miami Waterkeeper at www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/water_monitoring or email hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org if you have any additional questions or to view a complete set of monitoring data.

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