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Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne

Claudia lives and works just 10 minutes from Miami, on the island of Key Biscayne. Once a coconut plantation and now a village, Key Biscayne is home to spectacular views of the Miami skyline, the classic Rusty Pelican, and the family-friendly entertainment of Miami Seaquarium. And for the sporting set, there’s some of the toughest golf anywhere at Crandon Park, next door to the world-famous tennis center, the Ritz-Carlton, as well as unmatched views from the lighthouse on Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

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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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