The beautiful Key Biscayne, renowned for its stunning beaches and spectacular wildlife, is an essential stop on any trip to Miami.
Miami can get tiring. If you aren’t wearing yourself out shopping, your legs are probably lagging after all the museum hopping and art deco architectural tours. It’s good news, then, that a relaxing escape is available just the other side of the Rickenbacker Causeway, in the shape of gorgeous Key Biscayne. The laid-back neighborhoods here will compel you to slow down, while the beautiful beaches that teem with wildlife mean that you’ll never want to leave.
Without doubt, you’ll be spending a significant chunk of your time here by the ocean. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon State Park both have picture-perfect stretches of golden sand and crystal-clear waters. You can expect it to be hot year round, so you can lay down your beach towel knowing you’re pretty much guaranteed sunshine.
Don’t miss the chance to encounter some of the local wildlife. Eco-tours offer snorkeling and kayaking adventures around the edges of the key – the perfect opportunity to meet some of the resident turtles. Find out more about them in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, a non-profit organization with loads of information about the area and its ecology.
There are opportunities for sport on and off land. Bring your golf clubs to tee off with the bay as your spectacular backdrop or come to watch the Miami Open played in the tennis center. The water beckons to sailors and Jet Skiers looking for thrills on the waves.
Cap off your Key Biscayne experience at a restaurant with a view. The island is justifiably celebrated as a dining destination, where the quality of the food matches the views that come with your meal. Few Florida experiences are quite as satisfying as drinking a glass of wine while watching the evening roll in from the edge of the island, as the lights of Miami spark into life.