Pantai Miami (or unflatteringly known as Miami Beach) is located some 12 kilometres to the west of Georgetown. To be exact, it is located some distance away from Tanjung Bungah and cars heading to the more popular beaches like Batu Feringgi and Teluk Bahang will first pass along Pantai Miami. Driving direction is rather straightforward as signage for Batu Feringgi are put up all over Georgetown and you will see a small road sign for Pantai Miami after 10-15 minutes when heading towards Batu Feringgi.
If the name origin for Batu Feringgi is contentious until today, one may argue along the same line when it comes to Pantai Miami or Miami Beach. While it is relatively undocumented, it is quite easy to grasp the reason behind its name. For many years, the beach was probably unknown and yes, unnamed. Hence, to spice up the scene for this short stretch of sandy beach, the name of Miami Beach was conceived by taking cue of the actual world-famous beach in Florida, which needs no introduction whatsoever. In recent days, a high-end gated housing development was built across the main road and it was aptly named Miami Bay to further entrench the name, while several high-rise condominiums collectively known as Miami Green were stacked nearby.
Truth be told, the area is often associated with neighbouring Batu Feringgi for commercial reasons and for the sake of simplicity, although Pantai Miami is clearly segregated by rocky promontories on boths ends that separate it from the former. There is no fashionable cafés or outlets here, only just a few basic food stalls selling snacks and such. There is actually one hotel here, Hydro Majestic Hotel, across the road and often fancies itself as one of hotels on Batu Feringgi beach.
As the beach is relatively unknown, one can find a decent seclusion away from the crowd here. The beach is decidedly good with ample sandy sands and colossal boulder rock formations at one end. Furthermore, as the beach is not fronting any resort, it is much easier to park by the roadside and head straight down to the water.
However unflattering its name might be, Pantai Miami is a perfect place to watch the ocean and there are plenty of spots to call you own.