When visiting Miami, one should allot some time for exploring the soft sand, palm tree-littered island of Key Biscayne. This tropical paradise offers idyllic beaches, recreation-filled parks and the country’s only federally-recognized underwater archeological trail, the Maritime Heritage Trail. Only accessible by boat, you’ll see the remains of six shipwrecks as well as the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, a popular spot for snorkeling. Interestingly, Florida as a whole has an interesting network of underwater parks where you can explore wrecks and marine life.
The two main parks visitors to Key Biscayne can visit include Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. At the 808-acre (3.27 square kilometer) Crandon Park one can bird-watch (there are tons of peacocks!) cycle, kitesurf and bring the kids to the playground. For those heading to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park some activities include hiking nature trails, visiting a historic lighthouse, biking, wildlife spotting, fishing, and spending time at one of Miami’s best beaches for swimming and water sports. Start here and continue exploring the rest of Key Biscayne’s seven miles (27 kilometers) of pristine beach.
While there are many great places to grab a bite on Key Biscayne, no trip would be complete with a stop to the Donut Gallery Diner (83 Harbor Dr), one of the island’s oldest eateries. Open for over 30 years, the establishment attracts a diverse crowd and is great for people watching, as well as having an inexpensive yet delicious breakfast or lunch. We recommend the French Toast Ted’s Special featuring bacon, ham, cheese, tomato and egg combined between two delicious slices of French toast. Interestingly, there are no donuts here; however, the restaurant is housed in a former donut shop.
There are a number of tours allowing you to explore Key Biscayne via Biscayne Bay either on its own or combined with other experiences. Some of these include a Miami Everglades Airboat Adventure with Biscayne Bay Cruise, a Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride, or a Miami Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Biscayne Bay Cruise. From the bay, you’ll take in the Miami cityscape as well as attractions like Millionaire's Row, Miami Port, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and more.