The offshore playground of Miami Beach, Key Biscayne has something Miami Beach doesn’t: an abundance of public land for the size of the island. The beaches at Virginia Key, Crandon Park, and Cape Florida State Park draw an abundance of visitors; the natural areas are easy to ramble on well-established trails. For boaters and paddlers, Key Biscayne offers a great launch point to the islands and reefs of Biscayne National Park.
Trails and Parks in Key Biscayne
- Bear Cut Preserve - On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, Bear Cut Nature Preserve is a precious sliver of natural oceanfront in Miami with both hiking and bike paths
- Biscayne Bay - Biscayne Bay is a shallow estuary bounded by barrier islands and coral reefs along the Miami shoreline, more than 63,000 acres of placid salt water
- 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
- Cape Florida State Park - A popular destination for sun worshipers, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is an easy getaway for most folks in the Miami area, with a long strand of beachfront complimenting trails along Biscayne Bay and a historic lighthouse at the point.
- Crandon Park - Opened in 1949, Crandon Park - which takes up a commanding portion of Key Biscayne - is packed with family fun. The biggest draw is the beach, which spans two miles of oceanfront with few waves.
- Miami Hikes? (2/4/2009) - Response to a reader question on trails within a half-hour of Aventura: My wife and I love to walk and hike. What trails would you recommend?