Did you know that just off the coast of Miami lie gorgeous coral reefs, pristine tropical waters and over ten thousand years of pirates, shipwrecks and Native Americans? A single trip to Biscayne National Park will change your views very quickly! This treasure is one of Miami's national parks.
Biscayne National Park is just south of the cultural and social hub of Miami, yet the atmosphere couldn’t be more different.
At Biscayne National Park, you can snorkel and explore an ocean of colorful coral reefs and the dense population of marine life that inhabit it, or you can opt to explore the mysterious mangrove forests that line the shoreline. No matter which activity you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the unique beauty of Biscayne National Park.
Outdoor ActivitiesIf you’re looking for outdoor activities in Biscayne National Park, then you’ll quickly discover that you could easily spend the entire day enjoying the wonderful amenities of this southern Florida treasure. If you consider yourself a nature enthusiast, then grab your gear and get ready to enjoy some of these outdoor activities in Biscayne National Park:
- Snorkeling and Diving: If you want to have an up-close and personal experience with the beautiful coral reefs of Biscayne National Park, then it’s time to take up snorkeling and diving. The park offers private tours for both snorkeling and diving, so make sure you call ahead to book a guided tour. You can also rent equipment at the park, or you can bring your own.
- Canoeing, Kayaking and Boating: Explore the surfaces of the waters of Biscayne National Park with a wealth of canoeing and kayaking tours. Additionally, book a tour on one of the park’s many famous glass-bottom boats, where you can see the beautiful coral reefs without getting in the water. Don’t be surprised to see dolphins, as they’re known to play in the wake of these boats!
Biscayne National Park LocationBiscayne National Park can be found at 9700 SW 328 Street in Homestead, Florida. The Park is located just south of Miami, so if you’re located here, take the Florida Turnpike or US-1 south towards Homestead. If you’re coming to Biscayne National Park from the north, you can take US-1 to Homestead. Signs to the Park are clearly marked.
Camping in Biscayne National ParkIf you’re interested in camping in Biscayne National Park, then you’ll have your choice between two compounds where you can set up for the night (note that these places are only accessible by boat; ferries to the islands are available for a small fee). Fees for the night range from $15 for the night to $20 per night if you have your own boat that needs docking. Additionally, group rates are $30 per night.
Any boat left in the harbor after 5 pm is officially considered an overnight visitor, and will have to pay the camping fee. The fees can only be paid in cash.