South Point Park - Miami Beach

Miami Beach, Florida

Known to locals as one of the better places to catch some (small) waves, the world famous South Beach in the cool neighborhood of SOFI (south of 5th) in South Miami Beach, is home to some of area's best restaurants, hotels, and bars as well as high priced real estate. One of the most popular beaches in Miami Beach, South Beach is also right next door to the newly renovated South Pointe Park, where Miami Beach proper ends - or begins - depending on which way you are heading. With restroom amenities 20-foot-wide walkways lined with Florida limestone and restored natural sand dunes, covered with grass, children can play in spouting a spouting water exhibit to cool off. Check out an amazing sunset, sunrise or have a meal at one of the local eateries. There are surf shops with equipment rentals close by. Watch cruise ships set sail for an ocean voyage from the adjacent government cut channel, or head up the beach to 5th street and Ocean, where the fantastic art deco hotels line Ocean Drive. Rent a bike and cruise the boardwalk and take in great people watching, beach volleyball and people from all over the world having a blast.

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Conocido por los lugareños como uno de los mejores lugares para tomar olas (pequeñas), la mundialmente famosa South Beach en el sensacional barrio de SOFI (al sur de la 5ta) en South Miami Beach, es el hogar de algunos de los mejores restaurantes, hoteles y bares de la zona, así como de bienes inmuebles de alto precio. Una de las playas más populares de Miami Beach, South Beach, también está justo al lado del parque South Pointe, recientemente renovado, donde Miami Beach termina o comienza apropiadamente dependiendo de hacia dónde se dirija. Con servicios de baños, pasarelas de 20 pies de ancho revestidas con piedra caliza de la Florida y dunas de arena natural restauradas, cubiertas de hierba, los niños pueden jugar en una exhibición de chorros de agua para refrescarse. Vea una increíble puesta de sol, el amanecer o disfrute de una comida en uno de los restaurantes locales. Hay tiendas de surf con alquiler de equipos cerca. Mire los cruceros zarpar para un viaje por mar desde el canal adyacente cortado por el gobierno, o diríjase a la playa hasta la calle 5 y Ocean, donde se encuentran los fantásticos hoteles art déco de Ocean Drive. Alquila una bicicleta y recorre el paseo marítimo y disfruta de la observación de la gente, el voleibol de playa y la gente de todo el mundo divirtiéndose.

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 August 3th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 5th, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
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Current Weather
29°C
Chance of rain and risk of a thunderstorm
Monitoring Frequency

South Point Park - Miami Beach 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

South Point Park - Miami Beach

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 August 3th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 5th, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
29°C
Chance of rain and risk of a thunderstorm

Known to locals as one of the better places to catch some (small) waves, the world famous South Beach in the cool neighborhood of SOFI (south of 5th) in South Miami Beach, is home to some of area's best restaurants, hotels, and bars as well as high priced real estate. One of the most popular beaches in Miami Beach, South Beach is also right next door to the newly renovated South Pointe Park, where Miami Beach proper ends - or begins - depending on which way you are heading. With restroom amenities 20-foot-wide walkways lined with Florida limestone and restored natural sand dunes, covered with grass, children can play in spouting a spouting water exhibit to cool off. Check out an amazing sunset, sunrise or have a meal at one of the local eateries. There are surf shops with equipment rentals close by. Watch cruise ships set sail for an ocean voyage from the adjacent government cut channel, or head up the beach to 5th street and Ocean, where the fantastic art deco hotels line Ocean Drive. Rent a bike and cruise the boardwalk and take in great people watching, beach volleyball and people from all over the world having a blast.

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

Conocido por los lugareños como uno de los mejores lugares para tomar olas (pequeñas), la mundialmente famosa South Beach en el sensacional barrio de SOFI (al sur de la 5ta) en South Miami Beach, es el hogar de algunos de los mejores restaurantes, hoteles y bares de la zona, así como de bienes inmuebles de alto precio. Una de las playas más populares de Miami Beach, South Beach, también está justo al lado del parque South Pointe, recientemente renovado, donde Miami Beach termina o comienza apropiadamente dependiendo de hacia dónde se dirija. Con servicios de baños, pasarelas de 20 pies de ancho revestidas con piedra caliza de la Florida y dunas de arena natural restauradas, cubiertas de hierba, los niños pueden jugar en una exhibición de chorros de agua para refrescarse. Vea una increíble puesta de sol, el amanecer o disfrute de una comida en uno de los restaurantes locales. Hay tiendas de surf con alquiler de equipos cerca. Mire los cruceros zarpar para un viaje por mar desde el canal adyacente cortado por el gobierno, o diríjase a la playa hasta la calle 5 y Ocean, donde se encuentran los fantásticos hoteles art déco de Ocean Drive. Alquila una bicicleta y recorre el paseo marítimo y disfruta de la observación de la gente, el voleibol de playa y la gente de todo el mundo divirtiéndose.

Monitoring Frequency

South Point Park - Miami Beach 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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