Key Biscayne: Boating & Watersports

Key Biscayne is a tropical paradise, both visitor and residential friendly. This serene neighborhood just over the bridge from the busiest parts of Miami is island living at its best. What would island living be without endless options for ways to spend time on the water? Spend a warm, breezy day outside on the waters of Biscayne Bay aboard a catamaran, sail boat, or luxury yacht. Go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or explore the underwater world with a snorkel, mask and fins.

Places To Go

Set sail from Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Marina, a public marina that’s part of Miami-Dade County’s Parks Recreation and Open Spaces. It’s the gateway to the world-class wonders that await you off the docks. Crandon Park has amenities from golf to tennis, but you won’t want to miss what awaits just minutes off land. Enjoy a trip along the beautiful Miami skyline, explore a bit further into the Atlantic Ocean and see waterfront homes of the stars along Miami Beach’s Star Island. Anchor right off the Key, as the locals call it, at Nixon Beach where Miamians tie up their boats together and fire up the BBQ just about every Saturday of the year. The options are endless! Plan a trip from one of Key Biscayne’s marinas and end up in the Bahamas or stay close and see some local favorites.

Biscayne National Park isn’t anything like Yellowstone or your local children’s playground park. It’s 95% covered by water and is a series of islands that make up some of our local boater’s favorite nearby outings. Boca Chita Key, Elliot Key, Adams Key and Convoy Point make up the Park. Each are unique and offer different amenities from a museum to public campgrounds, but the main attractions are all underwater. Biscayne National Park looks like miles and miles of calm turquoise waters from above ground, but underground it’s a busy world of fish, coral reefs and native sea life of all kinds.

How To Get There

There are captains waiting aboard different types of boats ready to take you out for the day. There are also boats available to rent for the day by those ready to captain their own vessel.

Before choosing a company to help you get out on the water, you’ll have to decide what kind of boat interests you. There are luxury mega-yachts with a chock full of amenities from a stocked bar to Jacuzzi tubs and motor yachts with small cabins and open air seating. There are fishing yachts for the fisherman who wants to be able to retreat to an air conditioned space. Smaller fishing boats for open air fishing and party boats for anything from a company party to a wedding are also available.

At Tropicalboat Charters Inc. , located right off Key Biscayne’s Rickenbacker Causeway, you’ll find a full stock of all those options and more. Whether you’re looking for a 98-foot yacht with staterooms aplenty, personalized service, plasma televisions and three sun decks, or a speed boat for “Miami Vice style action” you’ll find what you’re looking for to take you on your luxurious day on the Bay. They also offer a boating school to teach you all you need to know to take a boat out on your own and extended charters. They’ll even take you as far as the Caribbean and arrange for an ocean-view property for your stay, or for an exotic car to pick you up.

Flyer Catamaran offers a unique experience on state-of-the-art catamarans from November to May. Enjoy dry, comfortable seating, a shaded lounge, full cocktail bar, large sundeck, refreshments, restrooms and a courteous crew on a day aboard a stable catamaran.

Why not give one of the listed companies a call? They’d be happy to talk you through your options and help you pick the perfect vessel for your perfect day.

Extreme Watersports and EcoAdventures

Hobie Beach, off the Rickenbacker Causeway en route to Key Biscayne, is also called Windsurfer Beach. The brightly colored sails right off the beach have long had a presence in the area. Windsurfing may look challenging, but the folks over at Sailboards Miami guarantee that you’ll be on your feet and windsurfing in less than two hours. They also have stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and kiteboards available for rent with an expert team to teach you how to use them.

The Miami-Dade Parks System makes it easy for you to enjoy the subtropical wilderness of South Florida’s ecosystem with EcoAdventures. These “masters of outdoor discovery” will adventure into anything from a 1,500-year-old fossilized reef or take you on a nighttime owl walk. Located right on Crandon Beach, you can rent all the equipment necessary for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and kite boarding – plus they have instructors onsite to teach you the tricks of the trade. There’s also a taxiboat service and a convenience store so you won’t have to leave the beach when you’re hungry after a long day of water sporting. If you have an audience with you that isn’t interested in all the adrenaline the rest of the party seeks, there are beach chairs and umbrellas available for rent.

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