A popular destination for sun worshipers, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is an easy getaway for most folks in the Miami area, which means it tends to be packed on the weekends. And no wonder: with water sports rentals, two restaurants, and sparkling beaches, it’s a desirable destination at the farthest point of Key Biscayne away from the city.
Location: Key Biscayne
Fees: $4-8 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome except on beach
Walk or bike around the park to see funky Stiltsville – a collection of old fishing shacks built over the reefs – from the seawall, and to get into its natural side where moonflower vines drape over the edge of the tropical hammock.
First built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, the Cape Florida Lighthouse is an unmistakable landmark from land and water. It’s the oldest standing structure in this part of Florida, and is open for tours.
Visitors are allowed to anchor overnight in No Name Harbor for $20 per boat per night. Restrooms and bathhouse available. Camping is available to groups only, including youth groups, which meet the participation requirements.
Explore the park
- Cape Florida Nature Trail- At Cape Florida State Park, the 1.5 mile nature trail loop bisects the natural areas of the park between the lighthouse and marina and shows you views of Stiltsville in Biscayne Bay