|There’s a lot to do and see in and around Miami, but if you only have time for a short trip, then there’s no better place to spend it than Key Biscayne.|
About Key Biscayne
This fairly small island is easily reached by crossing the Rickenbacker Causeway and once there, all the adventure you could wish for is right at your fingertips. If you’re vacationing in Florida, you’re obviously going to want to visit the beach. Key Biscayne has four beautiful beaches, all very accessible and each offering something different. The largest of these is Crandon Park Beach, which covers the northern third of the island. And while it is a beautiful beach, it is so much more than just that, it is a place where you can book a drop off from Miami International Airport, stay here for the day and then book a quick taxi to your local hotel and repeat the same the next day.
Cabanas are available to rent from the park office, which is open 365 days a year. If you are planning on spending the entire day at the beach, it’s smart to have some shade to retreat back to for regular breaks from the sun. For visitors who want to be a little more active than just lying on the sand, volleyball courts are available.
Once you venture a little farther off the beach, you’ll find even more activities at Crandon Park. Eco-adventure tours take you through the beautiful scenery on bird and butterfly walks. Kayaks are available for rent to get out into the water. And tram tours take you to nearby Bear Cut Preserve, which is a natural barrier island just off the northern tip of Key Biscayne.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is another huge attraction on the island. It holds the Bill Baggs Cape Lighthouse, is a historic landmark in Miami. The beach here is quiet and calm, with biking and fishing available. Rent a boat, dock it at No Name Harbor, and you can even camp on it overnight, setting you up for a full day of exploration the next morning.
For a smaller, more quaint beach you can visit Historic Virginia Key Beach, with its antique carousel, miniature train, picnic shelter, and playground. Hobie Beach rounds out Key Biscayne’s options. This is the only dog-friendly beach in Miami. It is also a popular beach for windsurfing and the equipment can be rented right there, along with kayaks and paddleboards