Miami and its beaches are world-renowned. The white sand, undeniable culture, and Cuban flare make it one of the most unique places in all of America. And one of the true hidden gems is the Biscayne National Park.
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, “National Park? In Miami?”
But Biscayne is unlike any other. Within sight of downtown Miami, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. For those seeking an outdoorsy thrill, you can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife or just kick back in a rocking chase and catch the end of day by watching the sun set in paradise.
At 172,000 acres, 95% of the park is underwater, making it the largest marine park in all of America. Majority of the park is only accessible by boat so a little planning is required.
Biscayne National Park is made up of four thriving ecosystems: the mangroves, Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, and the coral reef.
Best Ways to Explore Biscayne National Park
Snorkeling – The best, and only, way to experience the reef for first-time visitors. Tours depart twice daily, but private arrangements can be made if you are a certified scuba diver to different areas along the reef. Reservations must be made and they are worth every second of discovering this beautiful underwater world. Call 305-230-1100 for more details.
Guided Canoe Tours – Explore in style. Glide alone the mangroves and see the plethora of wildlife the ocean has to offer. From dolphins to jellyfish, and stingrays to baby sharks, the shallow waters are home to nearly 70% of the area commercially important fish.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out and explore one of the Earth’s true wonders!