Thursday, July 8, 2010
America's 2010 Top Beach #10: Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida
At the south end of Key Biscayne, right off of the city of Miami is Cape Florida State Park and a beach that makes Dr. Beach’s number 10 spot on the list for 2010 of Best Beaches in America. The color of the water is breathtaking and clear and because of an outlaying reef and shallows, the surf is gentle and inviting. The whole family can swim here. And with the Cape Florida Lighthouse as a backdrop, you’re assured a picturesque beach you won’t soon forget.
On days when there is heavy surf offshore, there can be a little seaweed/seagrass wash up. It’s not something you’d stay away from, however. It costs $1.50 toll on the causeway that will take you to Key Biscayne and once here, you’ll pay another $8 for entering the park.
Because you’re in Miami, this beach will get a little crowded around holidays.
You’ll forget you’re in the Miami area though when you arrive. Expect clear water and lots of places to bike. Rent a bike, or one of those 4-person Surrey bikes and have some fun. You can bring lunch and use the picnic tables to eat, or if you rent a pavilion, you can stay the day and grill right in the park. With the nature trails that run through the park you’ll think you’re in the Keys. There are iguanas on the key, but the park ranger said they don’t bother humans.
Since showers are available, you can swim in the blue waters, play a bit and shower off, then just drive to your hotel or home. On the way out on the causeway you can actually stop by the fishing boats and buy fish for your meal tomorrow!
You can also tour the Cape Florida Lighthouse (1852) and walk to the top where you can see the Miami skyline.
- Sand is white/tan quartz/coral mix
- Many people complain about the sea grass that washes ashore here (see pictures)
- Convenient from Miami
- Full facility park, restaurants on island
- Stop by fish boats off causeway to buy fish
- Can get real full on weekends and holidays