When you think of Miami, you think of sunshine, life, beautiful people, and a beautiful skyline. As a very active photographer in the city, when I am not on a paid shoot, I am always looking for the best photography spots Miami has to offer. As such, I am continually finding new places in this beautiful place we call Magic city.
Best Photography Spots in Miami Florida
Below is a list of the best photography spots in Miami. These are places I often visit and have my seal of approval. I also wrote when the best times to photograph at these locations are. The best photography spots Miami has are all straightforward to access. Pack light and get to work. If you hustle, you can get all these done by the time your vacation is done. I recommend staying in Miami Beach. Check out these discounted room rates.
Miami Photography Location Guide
The gear we recommend is a good camera and the holy trinity. A wide-angle lens. 14-24mm or something similar. A 24-70mm or something similar and, of course, a 70-200mm or something similar. If you do not have these particular lenses, do not worry; something similar will be just fine. It would be best if you also had a tripod.
Top 30 Photography Spots in Miami Florida
1. Matheson Hammocks Park. This park is lovely. It took a beating from Hurricane Irma; however, you can still get beautiful images there. This is a popular location for engagement photoshoots as well.
2. Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. This is an iconic place where a lot of famous films and TV shows are filmed. This place is a must at sunset and or night.
3. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This place is incredible. It is full of history and epic for photoshoots. The best time to shoot is all day as there is beautiful light all day in the gardens.
4. Miami Skyline under MacArthur Causeway. This is one of my favorite places to shoot and hang out at. This place is located right next to the Miami Children’s Museum. It is straightforward to find and a great place to catch a sunset over the skyline.
5. Miami Beach Surfers. You can find surfers in Miami Beach in the wintertime. As we get a cold front from the Bahamas, the waves get bigger, and the surfers come out. This is a very relaxed time to catch a sunrise and hang out with the chill crowd of Miami.
6. Key Biscayne Beach. This place is incredible, and one of the only dog-friendly beaches in South Florida. The best time to shoot is at sunset. Bring a beer or a nice bottle of wine and enjoy the scenery.
7. Miami Skyline on top of the MacArthur Causeway. This is the view from the top of the MacArthur Causeway. You can access it from the Southern side of it. There is a nice long ramp that takes you to this spot—Park at the Miami Children’s Museum.
8. Sunny Isles Pier. This is a great place to shoot the sunrise. You have to be up early to make it, but it’s well worth the short drive. There is almost never anyone here.
9. Ball Harbor Beach. Beautiful views of the Atlantic can be seen from here. The best time to come is at sunrise.
10. South Pointe Pier. I shot this photo from the top of the pier. From here, you can catch beautiful views of Miami just about any direction you look. The best time to come is at sunrise and or sunset.
11. South Pointe Park. This is one of my favorite places to enjoy the sunset. You can see the port of Miami and watch the ships come in and out of the harbor. It’s a site to see.
12. Maurice Gibbs Park in Miami Beach. You have beautiful views of the islands from here. The best time to come is at sunset. This place is right around the corner from me. We might possibly run into each other as I come here often.
13. The Miami Skyline from the Venetian Bridge. This is another view you can get of the Miami skyline. I shot this from the Venetian bridge closest to downtown. The best thing to do is to rent a bike and ride it across. Its only 2-3 miles each way, and it is a beautiful ride. I do this bike ride twice a day to relax and get the blood flowing.
14. Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers. These can be found all over the beach, and they are very colorful and beautiful. The best time to catch one of these beauties is during sunrise. Anywhere in Miami Beach, these can be spotted.
15. Alice Wainwright Park. This is a great park to relax and catch a sunrise—lots of palm trees and water views. You also have this cool benches that say Miami on them.
16. Bayside Mall. To get this particular shot, you have to walk up the bridge from Bayside Mall. It’s a short walk and well worth it. I recommend a wide-angle lens for this shot.
17. The rocks in Miami Beach. These rocks can be found on the beach in 30th street. The best time to come is at sunrise during low tide.
18.Brickell Key. This is shot from Brickell Key looking East towards downtown. Best time to come in at sunset and or at night.
19. The Miami River. This is the Miami River. You can find a path to walk it downtown. It is a beautiful walk with plenty of photo ops. The best time to come is at night.
20. Sunrise at the bach. This is as simple as it sounds. Head to the beach for an epic sunrise, kick back, and enjoy the scenery. This is Miami Beach, of course.
21. Haulover Inlet. This is an excellent spot to come for sunrise. There are lots of fishermen unless there is a storm. I captured this image during a crazy storm in the hurricane season.
22. Faena Hotel. This is the only place in Miami and possibly the world that has a golden Mammoth. Gret place to take photos, and it is right on the beach.
23. The Everglades National Park. If you have time, you absolutely must go to the Everglades National Park. Just look at this photograph.
24. Wynwood Walls. Alone or with a model, Wynwood is a must. It is a really cool trendy area covered in graffiti full of like-minded artists. While you are there, stop at Panther coffee. Trust me, its OK.
25. Downtown-Brickell skyscrapers. There are so many cool buildings all around Miami. If you are into architecture, you need to come here at night. Remember to look up.
26. Deering Estate. This is a cool property owned by the state. You need to have permission to come here, and it is $20.00 to get in. It is not always open. Make sure you check availability before you arrive. The best time is sunrise.
27. Brickell City Centre. This is a new mall, and its all the rage. Come here to get some food and enjoy the beautiful modern architecture. The best time to come is at any time.
28. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This is a beautiful park you can come to and relax. This is great, especially if you have a shoot to do.
29. Little Havana. Little Havana is a small taste of Cuba. There are restaurants and people playing dominoes. This is the perfect place to give your street photography a shot. It’s the closest place to Cuba you can get without actually being there.
30. Boca Chita Key. This place is just stunning; however, you will need a boat to get there, unless you are an incredible swimmer (jk). Once you find a boat, head there at sunset. The best lens to use is 24-70.
These are the best photography spots in Miami, Florida.
Whether you are a pro or a novice, these photography spots are sure to get your portfolio started in the right foot creating your Miami portfolio and having a great time doing so.
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