Kids love the gentle waves and warm (albeit often murky) waters of this beach in Coral Gables' suburbia, near Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. But the beach is only part of the draw—the park includes a boardwalk trail, a playground, and a golf course. Plus the park is a prime spot for kite-boarding. The man-made lagoon, or "atoll pool," is perfect for inexperienced swimmers, and it's one of the best places in mainland Miami for a picnic. Most tourists don't make the trek here; this park caters more to locals who don't want to travel all the way to Miami Beach. The park also offers a full-service marina. With an emphasis on family fun, it's not the best place for singles. Amenities: parking (fee); toilets. Best for : swimming.