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Where to Kite Surf in South Beach & Miami

If there’s one thing everyone loves about Miami, it has to be the beaches. However, many of these beaches aren’t just good for sunbathing; some offer genuinely decent launches for kite surfing. Frustratingly though, many of Miami’s beaches have strict limitations on kite surfing, though there’s still a few places where you can relax and get some solid quality time with the water. Indeed, Miami and South Beach have an alright mix of easy and somewhat technical launches, with most being fairly easily accessible. So, here’s a few of our top spots for kite surfing around Miami.

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Crandon Park

Crandon Park is one of two major kite surfing beaches in Miami. This watersports concession park is carefully managed, and you’ll have to follow the rules carefully. To even get in, you’re going to need an IKO/PASA level III certificate off the bat. You can get a quick introduction when you register on entry with Miami Kiteboarding. They’ll explain the basics, which pretty much just involve staying within designated areas. If you can deal with this red tape, you’ll have some calm, shallow waters and decent NNE, easterly or south winds to look forward to.

 

Matheson Hammock Park

The second major kitesurfing area is Matheson Hammock. If you’ve already visited the above-mentioned Crandon, then there should be few surprises here. Expect tight rules, including entry requirements proving you’re already a proficient sportsperson. Once you get on the water, remain within the designated buoys, and you’ll have a stunning beachline to soak up.

 

It’s a matter of some debate which of the two major parks has the edge over the over. Some locals prefer Crandon, while others swear by Matheson Hammock. In general, there isn’t too much difference. Crandon is usually a little busier, and probably the more popular of the two by a whisker. Matheson Hammock, however, does consistently offer slightly calmer waters, lending itself a little better to freestyle training. Overall though, both Matheson Hammock and Crandon are more or less the same deal.

 

Key Biscayne

Not far from Matheson Hammock, Key Biscayne is a somewhat less well known alternative to the big names. It’s also absolutely beautiful, with a picture-perfect beach front replete with palm trees and some decent places to grab a bite to eat. It can sometimes be a little less busy than Crandon.

 

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately, if you’re a kite surfer, then Miami Beach doesn’t love you back. Kite surfers have repeatedly been banned from this beach, though that doesn’t mean it’s totally off limits. Beach patrol has been known to tolerate kite surfers when crowds are low. For your best chance, arrive before or after hours. Launch well away from the bulk of beach-goers, keep a wide berth from swimmers, and you might just be ok.

 

87 Street

The beach on 87th offers deep, choppy waters. The easterlies can come in to the shore, and there’s only one, extremely narrow corridor for launching. On top of this, there’s usually a lot of swimmers, especially on weekends.

 

21 Street

From 21st onwards, you can expect more deep waters with some serious chop. On top of this, this stretch of coastline is massively popular with swimmers; so be warned. Having said that, on good days a well-seasoned kite surfer can have a good time around here. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner, you’re strongly recommended to give this area a miss.

What’s Happening in South Beach in May 2017

May in Miami means heat, parties and, well, more heat and even more partying! This May has a great line up of events, with something for everyone. There’s a great mix of spring festivals, family friendly events and of course, some serious partying to be had. Check out our top picks for things to do around South Beach this May.

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Brew at the Zoo

Where do party animals belong? The zoo, of course! On May 7, Zoo Miami will hold its annual Brew at the Zoo, with over 100 beers from all over the world. Buy tickets ahead of time here for $50, or pay $80 at the door.

 

Miami Museum Month

Need to get out of the heat for a few hours? Why not cool off in one of Miami’s many great museums? May means museum month, and this year organizers have prepared a “museum hop”. Think pub crawl, but with less booze and more culture. Participating museums include the Perez Art Museum Miami, History Miami and the Miami Children’s Museum. Museum Month runs from May 1 through to May 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time to make the most of it!

 

Taste of Haiti

On May 14, the MOCA Plaza will host a Haitian food extravaganza that will no doubt leave you salivating. Entry is free, and the festival runs from 2pm until 10pm. More details available here.

 

Aqua Girl

The country’s biggest Women’s Week festival is on its way to Miami. Agua Girl will take over Miami for four days from May 18-21. There’s events all over South Beach and other parts of town, so be sure to check it out. More details here.

 

Best of the Best Concert

Living up to its name, Best of the Best features some of the biggest and best names in hip-hop, reggae, pop and more. The concert will run throughout the day on May 21. Tickets start at $49, with VIP passes selling for $130. More information here.

 

World OutGames

For the first time ever, the world’s largest LGBTI sports festival is coming to Miami. From May 26-June 4, there will be daily events, with after parties every night. In total, the games include 450 sports, cultural and human rights events. More information can be found on the official website.

 

Sizzle Miami

If OutGames isn’t enough, Miami will also be hosting one of the country’s biggest LGBTI party events. From May 25-29, Sizzle Miami will rock the town with five straight days of serious partying. There’s events planned throughout Miami, so check out the main website for more details.

 

Lego Takeover

Need something to keep the ankle biters occupied? Lego Takeover is taking over Gardens Mall from April 28 through to May 15. Kids (and kids at heart) have the chance to build their own Lego creations, and put them on display for mall goers. Don’t miss out on the Lego jungle! More information can be found on the mall’s website.

6 Weirdest Museums in Miami

Everyone knows Miami has some of the country’s best museums, but did you know it also has some of the weirdest? From electrotherapy to ancient porn, there’s something for every twisted mind to appreciate. Here’s our top picks for the most eccentric, yet most enjoyable museum experiences around Miami.

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  1. The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum

If you’re looking for a truly electrifying experience, the Electrotherapy Museum should give you a bit of a jolt. Puns aside, this quirky museum offers visitors an extensive exhibition featuring some of the weirdest examples of 19th and early 20th Century electrotherapy. Many of the exhibits are fine examples of A-grade, turn of the century quack electrotherapy. They also have a great collection of Nikola Tesla inventions. In fact, the museum claims to hold some of the earliest surviving Telsa coils.

 

  1. Coral Castle Museum

Perhaps the most famous museum on the list, Coral Castle might also be the strangest. For nearly a century, Coral Castle has been impressing visitors with its bafflingly large, complex limestone structure. The structure was built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin over 28 years, and is surrounded by some pretty weird urban legends. The story goes that Leedskalnin built the “castle” after being rejected by his fiancée on the eve of their wedding. Over the years, curious locals claimed the Latvian made use of otherworldly abilities to construct the enormous structure. However he got the job done, the result is inarguably a jaw dropper.

 

  1. World Erotic Art Museum

For an adventure into the glorious world of all things crude and smuty, look no further than the World Erotic Art Museum. This museum might sound a touch tasteless, but it actually offers a fascinating insight into humanity’s long love affair with erotica. The museum features works dating back to the time of ancient Rome, and includes an impressive mix of canvass, tapestry, sculptures and photography. Worth a peek.

 

  1. Wings Over Miami Air Museum

Perhaps not quite as eccentric as some of the other museums listed, Wings Over Miami still manages to pull a few left fielders. The museum has a focus on Cold War era aircraft, mostly military. Many of the exhibitions offer enlightening insights into the history of air travel, though there’s a few evolutionary dead ends to gawk at. Bring your aviator sunglasses.

 

  1. ArtCenter

ArtCenter has a bit of everything, and that’s what makes it so weird. There’s a range of rotating exhibitions from contemporary artists, and visitors are also free to peek in at studios of on site artists. The appeal of ArtCenter lies in the fact that you never really know what you’re in for. One moment, you’ll be trying to interpret some local artist’s abstract work; the next, you could find yourself in a jewellery workshop. It’s very unpredictable, but always fun. Best of all, entry is free!

 

  1. Great Escape Room

WTF is Great Escape Room? Is it a museum, a game or just a twisted joke? The basic idea behind this museum/mind-bending brain melter is to figure out how to actually get out. Each themed room is packed full of clues to help you figure out how to get to the next area. You’ll have to work together with your friends, or other baffled participants in what is unquestionably one of the most unique experiences you’ll have in Miami.