A beautiful Miami-Dade County Park. One of the few places you can drive right to shores of Biscayne Bay. One of the best views around of the downtown Miami skyline. Great for boat watching, walking, jogging, and swimming. This is not an ocean beach but a man made beach with an atoll pool. Bay water flows in and out with the tide. Makes it safe for small kids to swim and splash. Pool has small bay fish and little crabs etc. There are lifeguards when the beach is open. Restrooms (incl handicapped) nearby. Outdoor showers and changing rooms. Bring a picnic or get a burger from the privately run take out window on the beach during beach hours.
At night the beach and the take out window are closed and The Red Fish Grill opens its dining rooms and patio for upscale mostly seafood dining.
Matheson also has a large marina and boat ramp and a fuel dock with snacks and drinks available.
Can have mosquitos, bring bug spray.
Lots of different sea birds can be seen on the shores and flats off Matheson.
Entry fee is $6.00 per car. Free entry if biking or walking in. Beach is .7 miles from main entrance on Old Cutler Rd. There is a bike path that runs parallel to the main road but it floods at high tide. If biking down the main road you must share the road with cars, trucks and boats being trailered in so take care.
Matheson Hammock Park and Marina is at 9610 Old Cutler Rd, turn east off of Old Cutler Rd onto Matheson Street then drive about .4 miles to the toll booth.
I have been going to Matheson since I was a little kid and my parents before me. It a real tropical gem on Biscayne Bay.