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Matheson Hammock

Matheson Hammock is a park, a beach, a marina with public boat ramps and a great place to go windsurfing that is on Biscayne Bay in Miami. There is also a fine dinning restaurant - the Red Fish Grille - that is open for dinner.

The swim area is a protected enclosed man made lagoon that is a great place for small children to swim.

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Matheson Hammock Shoreline

Biscayne Bay to the left and the man made lagoon to right at Matheson Hammock, Miami

Matheson Hammock
9610 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL

Matheson Hammock Beach

Matheson Hammock is on Old Cutler Road between North Kendall Drive and Red Road.  It is a local favorite because of the protected swimming area.  The protected swimming area is a big circle of coral rock that allows salt water from Bicayne Bay to flow in and out. The swim area is surrounded by a sandy beach with palm trees.

The beach at Matheson Hammock is a good place to relax and for kids to play and swim but it is not your typical beach - there are no waves.

Windsurfing and Kite Surfing

The waters off Matheson Hammock are a prime spot for windsurfing. The water is relatively shallow and launching is easy. On any given day you will see many wind surfers and kite surfers flying back and forth right off the beach.

It is also a good place to launch a small sailboat like a sunfish.

Food at Matheson Hammock

There is a snack bar that offers lunch every day except on Mondays.

Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock

The Red Fish Grill restaurant is adjacent to the beach in a historic coral rock building. The restaurant is open for dinner only with both indoor and outdoor tables. The menu includes fish such as pan fried snapper, and grilled mahi mahi, as well as chicken, steak, and ribs.

Kite Sailing off Matheson Hammock

Kite Sailing and Wind Surfing are popular off Matheson Hammock Beach, Miami

Matheson Hammock Boat Ramp and Marina

The boat ramps at Matheson Hammock are wide and there is plenty of parking for vehicles with trailers. With its location right on Biscayne Bay it is an easy place to launch and go directly east past the tip of Key Biscayne out to the ocean, south in the bay, or north towards the beaches of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key.

To come to the Marina at Matheson Hammock by water head due west from the tip of Key Biscayne to 25.40.5 N. 80.15.5 W. The approach depth is 5.5 feet and the dockside depth is 5 feet. There is a marked channel leading to the marina basic - use red right return.

Matheson Hammock Swim Area

The swimming area at Matheson Hammock in Miami is a man made lagoon

Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock

The Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock is open for Dinner

The marina offers the following services:

  • Vessels up to 50 feet supported
  • Bait and Tackle Shop
  • Boat washing area
  • Up to 50 Amp hookups
  • Fresh water hookups
  • Fuel dock with gas and diesel
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Trailer Storage
  • Transients Welcome
  • Wetslips available

History of Matheson Hammock

Matheson Hammock opened in 1930 and was the first park in Dade County Florida. The land was a gift from William John Matheson.

Comments about: Matheson Hammock


I just wanted to know how much the boat ramp fee is.  I usually go to Crandon Park Marina, but living in Coral Gables it is a bit too far for me.


By Juan Militello on 09-12-2010

We checked with Matheson Hammock via phone and they said it is $15 to use the Boat Ramp. Sounds kind of expensive but not sure how that compares to other ramps in Miami.

By Inside Florida on 09-12-2010

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