I'm moving down to Miami Beach in a month and have never surfed around the area- was hoping for some info on where/when to find the best waves the region has on offer from someone who's been around the scene enough to know. i appreciate it
It is not a bad place to be located though. If you look at a map you will notice a large group of carribbean islands off the SE coast of FL. That thing tends to eat all of the SE FL waves. However you can drive north an hour or two, basically as soon as you pass west palm beach the waves start getting good. Ft. Pierce, Hobe Sound, Jensen's Beach, those are all within an hour of northeast miami. Head up to sebastian inlet and hit the north side of the jetty for the (usually) best waves in the nearby area. Hope this helps!
I know at high tides, we get a big beach break. Great for skimming. People surf all but the highest tides here. I am not familiar enough however to discuss rising or falling tides, and to be honest I have a suspicion that with nothing but sand under the water, it matters less than in most places.
south beach will break a handful of times each winter and is super fun. If you don't mind driving, then as you get up towards the Delray area, the winter surf is usually bigger up there as it picks up more of the NNE swells. South Florida is pretty darn flat most of the summer tho, unless a hurricane tracks off the coast.