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Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne

As Biscayne Nature Center employee Claudia tells us, Key Biscayne used to be a coconut plantation owned by the Matheson family, which donated 800 acres to what is now Crandon Park. The beauty has been preserved, and people also flock to the island for killer golf courses and top-notch tennis competitions (Miami Open, anyone?). For a small village, there’s a distinctive vibe, complete with locals getting around on golf carts, and occasional celebrity spottings including Andy Garcia and Iggy Pop.

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From Miami, head into Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park and you’ll find yourself at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center. This not-for-profit center is dedicated to environmental protection and education. Overlooking the Atlantic dunes and beach, it offers a wide array of educational hands-on marine exploration outings: seagrass adventures, hammock hikes, low-tide walks through tidal pools, and much more. Immerse yourself in the nature of Key Biscayne.

On the island of Key Biscayne, you’ll find the only public golf course on Biscayne Bay. Miami’s signature 18-hole championship course, Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is surrounded by water, mangroves, lush tropical foliage, island wildlife, and views so distracting they add to the challenge. One of the most difficult par-72 courses in Florida, and rated one the top 10 courses by Golfweek, it offers a driving range, putting green, clubhouse, pro shop, and the famed 7th hole – one of the greatest holes in golf.

Built in 1825, the lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the county’s oldest standing structure, and a beacon to all those who love to soak up the sun, bike, and play on over a mile of spectacular Atlantic beachfront. Ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in America, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers phenomenal shoreline angling from the seawall, guided lighthouse tours, and two restaurants: Lighthouse Café and Boater’s Grill.

A few quick minutes from Downtown Miami, on the barrier island of Key Biscayne, the iconic Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne rewards guests with relaxed elegance, tropical accents, and sequestered serenity right on the beach. Its West Indies inspired architecture delivers classic South Florida charm blended with the spirit of the Caribbean. This luxury family resort features 11 tennis courts, a lavish spa, spectacular views of lush gardens and the glittering Atlantic, five oceanfront restaurants, and legendary Ritz-Carlton luxury.  

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