One of Florida’s most notable offshore parks, Biscayne National Park protects the mangrove coastline of south Miami-Dade County along with living coral reefs and a handful of barrier islands that barely managed to escape development.
Lat-Lon: 25.464522, -80.335498
Fees: $20/night for boat camping. $15/night for tent camping on the islands, May 1-Sep 1.
Open: Dante Fascell Visitor Center is open 9-5 daily.
Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, is the launch point for formal explorations with tour operators. The park may also be accessed from public lands along Biscayne Bay. Hiking trails follow old roads on Elliott Key and Spite Key.
Recreation opportunities include snorkeling and scuba, canoeing and kayaking, and hiking and camping on the islands of the park, but access to the park is only by boat. For an overview of the park’s habitats and resources, stop at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.