By: Kara Franker
Visit Key Biscayne for a day of fun on the water.
Key Biscayne and Virginia Key are located just a few miles off the coast of Downtown Miami. Featuring panoramic water views everywhere you turn, Key Biscayne is home to a number of protected parks, historic preserves, attractions like the Miami Seaquarium, elite golf courses and more.
In the 1800s, Key Biscayne was made up of coconut plantations, but today, it’s one of the most visited destinations for water enthusiasts and beach lovers. Whether you go boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling or just hanging out on the beach, Key Biscayne is the place to be.
Visit Crandon Park, home of Crandon Park Marina, a protected area that is open to the public. Set sail from this marina and you’ll be in close proximity to views of the Downtown Miami skyline and bustling South Beach. Part of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department, and located right on Crandon Beach, Miami EcoAdventures offers a series of guided kayak, snorkeling, biking or hiking excursions that lets locals and visitors alike connect with Mother Nature. Dubbed the “masters of outdoor discovery,” guides host land adventures like ghost tours, archeological walks, archery lessons, biking and hiking tours and camping. For water lovers, this group also has a series of water adventures available, like kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, fishing and more. Rent everything you need from Miami EcoAdventures or bring your own equipment. A taxi boat service and convenience store is onsite with plenty of snacks and emergency medications available for purchase. Less adventurous participants can trade an adventure for relaxation by renting beach umbrellas and lounge chairs right there at Crandon Park Beach.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is another great place to try your hand at watersports. Guide your boat to No Name Harbor and anchor overnight for just $20 per night. When you do, you’ll have access to coin operated laundry machines, free pump out, a picnic shelter and restrooms. Near No Name Harbor there are V-shaped sets of safety floats and it’s the only place in the park where boats can both launch and return to shore. Canoes and kayaks can also launch from this area. And don’t forget to climb the historic lighthouse to soak up those spectacular water views.
On Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, watersport enthusiasts of all ages can come and have fun in the sun. The Virginia Key Outdoors Center is located onsite and there you’ll find kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more to rent.
A beach for windsurfers and dogs? Yes. At Hobie Beach you’ll find the only dog-friendly beach in Miami where dogs are allowed and colorful windsurfers floating across the water. Hobie Beach is located right along the Rickenbacker Causeway as you cross from the mainland into Key Biscayne. Drive right up to the beach where you can park your car along the causeway. There you’ll find Sailboards Miami, a company that rents out equipment, by the hour like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and windsurfing equipment.
Out on the water, Biscayne National Park, promises a completely different kind of adventure at sea, with equally beautiful views. Almost fully covered by water, this national park us made up of an archipelago of small islands like Boca Chita Key, Elliot Key, Adams Key and Convoy Point, many of which have become popular places to bring your camping gear and enjoy a night on the water.
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