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By: Shayne Benowitz

Kayak, camp, windsurf and more in Key Biscayne

Surrounded by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is a boater’s paradise. Situated on Rickenbacker Causeway just a few miles off the coast of Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne and Virginia Key function as Miami’s island paradise. Home to February’s Miami Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium, it’s a natural destination for boating and watersports. Featuring panoramic water views everywhere you turn, Key Biscayne offers plenty of opportunity to get out on the water. In the 1800s, Key Biscayne was made up of coconut plantations, but today, it’s one of the most visited destinations for watersports enthusiasts and beach lovers.

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

Crandon Park Marina & Miami EcoAdventures

Located on Key Biscayne, Crandon Marina boasts a dive boat operation and is striking distance to both artificial and natural reefs. It’s also a great spot for fishing charters or to simply stroll along the docks at sunset for beautiful views of the bay and the Downtown skyline. 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. Considered the “masters of outdoor discovery,” embark on kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, fishing excursions and more. Rent everything you need from Miami EcoAdventures or bring your own equipment.

Historic Lighthouse
Historic Lighthouse

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park & No Name Harbor

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 for the day or overnight. The anchorage offers amenities like coin-operated laundry machines, free pump out, a picnic shelter and restrooms. It’s also the only place in the park where boats can launch and return to shore. You can also launch canoes and kayaks from this area. When you’re onshore, don’t miss the chance to to climb the historic lighthouse to soak up those spectacular water views.

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

Located just off the Rickenbacker Causeway en route to Key Biscayne, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is located on the 82-acre barrier island of Virginia Key. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. In addition to its quiet, mile-long stretch of beach, Virginia Key is home to an antique carousel, a miniature train, a playground, vast picnic areas and pavilions, a nature boardwalk, coastal hammock trails and a 4.1-mile bike path. You can rent bikes, paddleboards and kayaks from the Virginia Key Outdoor Center to explore the lagoon and Biscayne Bay.

Hobie Beach
Hobie Beach

Hobie Beach/Windsurfer Beach Causeway

A beach for windsurfers and dogs? Yes. At Hobie Beach you’ll find one of Miami’s only dog-friendly beaches, as well as colorful windsurfers flying 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 and Miami Watersports, a company that rents out equipment by the hour, like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and windsurfing equipment.

Biscayne National Park

Out on the water, Biscayne National Park is accessible from Key Biscayne and promises a one-of-a-kind kind adventure at sea. Almost fully covered by water, this national park is 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 for snorkeling, diving and camping by boat.

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