North Shore Ocean Terrace at 73rd St - Surfrider Miami

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.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 15th, 2019. Surfrider Foundation - Miami Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

North Shore Ocean Terrace at 73rd St - Surfrider Miami is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. Surfrider Chapters across the country use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions.

The Surfrider Miami BWTF team currently samples 6 public beach locations along the coast of Miami-Dade County, from Miami Beach to Sunny Isles. These 6 beaches are the locations that are tested weekly by the Florida Department of Health Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Surfrider Miami’s Blue Water Task Force tests beach sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. The BWTF lab is in operation year-round with samples being collected at each site every Thursday. Results are available 24 hours later and posted by Saturday morning.

Blue Water Task Force results are compared to water quality criteria established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

All water quality results are posted online and are publically available. Anyone may view or download the results at go.surfrider.org/BWTF and miami.surfrider.org/BWTF. Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email the day after sampling occurs (sign up here to receive water quality notifications). BWTF results from Miami can also be found on Miami's Surfline.com reports and our Alexa App called “Miami Surf Report!” Additionally, we have partnered with Ballyhoo Media to display water quality results on their floating platform cruising along Miami Beach, which reaches about 10,000-15,000 beachgoers an hour.

Bacteria levels are correlated to the Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories with sites being marked green (good) where there is 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, yellow (moderate) when there is 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and red (poor) when there is 71 or greater Enterococci indicated / 100 mL of marine water. On Swim Guide, a beach is marked green when there is good to moderate results indicated and are marked red when results indicate poor water quality.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

North Shore Ocean Terrace at 73rd St - Surfrider Miami

Miami Beach, Florida

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 15th, 2019. Surfrider Foundation - Miami Chapter updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

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.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

North Shore Ocean Terrace at 73rd St - Surfrider Miami is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a volunteer-run, citizen science initiative and water quality monitoring program. Surfrider Chapters across the country use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions.

The Surfrider Miami BWTF team currently samples 6 public beach locations along the coast of Miami-Dade County, from Miami Beach to Sunny Isles. These 6 beaches are the locations that are tested weekly by the Florida Department of Health Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Surfrider Miami’s Blue Water Task Force tests beach sites for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. The BWTF lab is in operation year-round with samples being collected at each site every Thursday. Results are available 24 hours later and posted by Saturday morning.

Blue Water Task Force results are compared to water quality criteria established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Test results are expressed as the Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL seawater by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

All water quality results are posted online and are publically available. Anyone may view or download the results at go.surfrider.org/BWTF and miami.surfrider.org/BWTF. Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email the day after sampling occurs (sign up here to receive water quality notifications). BWTF results from Miami can also be found on Miami's Surfline.com reports and our Alexa App called “Miami Surf Report!” Additionally, we have partnered with Ballyhoo Media to display water quality results on their floating platform cruising along Miami Beach, which reaches about 10,000-15,000 beachgoers an hour.

Bacteria levels are correlated to the Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories with sites being marked green (good) where there is 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, yellow (moderate) when there is 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and red (poor) when there is 71 or greater Enterococci indicated / 100 mL of marine water. On Swim Guide, a beach is marked green when there is good to moderate results indicated and are marked red when results indicate poor water quality.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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