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This 400-acre beachfront park on the southern tip of Key Biscayne is home to the Cape Florida lighthouse, first erected in 1825 and destroyed by Seminole Indians in 1836. A second tower, completed in 1846, still stands today. Recreational activities include swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing along 1.25 miles of sandy Atlantic beachfront, with fishing available from several platforms along Biscayne Bay. A highly recommended shoreline fishing spot is the seawall along the bay. Eighteen covered pavilions provide shaded picnicking overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay available for reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis. The park's concession offers a variety of rentals, including bicycles, Hydrobikes, paddleboats, ocean kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas. There are two walking paths -- Visitors may walk the 1.2-mile sandy beach, pedestrian-only nature trail, or other paths. Overnight boat camping is available in No Name Harbor, with the Boater's Grille (305-361-8487) offering limited convenience foods and supplies, as well as bait and tackle, showers, washers, dryers. Guided tours of the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's quarters are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Tours are limited to the first 10 people to sign up at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Note: the Lighthouse Café, which offered casual waterfront dining in the park, burned down and has not been reopened. After Hurricane Andrew leveled 98 percent of the trees (mostly exotic Australian pine) in the park in 1992, a massive native habitat restoration effort was launched to recreate beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock and freshwater and tidal wetlands. Today, the scenery is beautiful with tropical plants all native to Florida and the Caribbean. Watchable Wildlife: Shorebird migration in late summer is a good time to see plovers, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, willets and other species on the beach. Wading birds and marsh rabbits are common in the freshwater wetlands. Butterflies and dragonflies are found throughout the park. Magnificent frigatebirds and gray kingbirds are regularly spotted in the summer. Early morning visits Tuesday through Friday provide the best viewing opportunities at this busy park. IMPORTANT NOTE: Give nesting shorebirds a wide berth and heed any posted signs that restrict access to bird or sea turtle nesting areas. Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown.




Address
1200 S. Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
305-361-5811

Location
Key Biscayne

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