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Biscayne's human history begins over 10,000 years ago with the migration of Paleo-Indians down the Florida peninsula. Physical evidence such as the...
ark rangers are an important part of ensuring that special places like Biscayne are here for future generations to enjoy, but rangers can't do it a...
Whether you are retired and looking for a way to give back to the community, a college student looking for valuable career experience, or someone a...
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is the ideal first stop in any exploration of Biscayne National Park. The Center is located at Convoy Point, 9 mil...
The park's most popular island provides visitors with a variety of facilities. There is a campground with picnic tables and barbecue grills. Additi...
Alma, where are we?How should I know? You're the one with the steering wheel, Max.Well, we were just driving through Miami Shores on our way to North Miami; it seemed simple enough.Then you took that shortcut.That was because of all that traffic on NE Sixth Avenue, especially the buses.Well, which way did you turn, Mr. Adventurer?Right. You notice all these grassy medians?Yes, they're so pretty and peaceful. And shady. Where's the map?Whoa! Look at that green open space! Is... More »
It's infernally hot, suicidally humid; the hurricane threat looms; and the festivals are gone. Not even Grandma from North Dakota will visit. But while much of Miami whines, we celebrate. The brutal summer heat is, after all, a good thing: Water temperatures nudge past 80. (Go ahead. Hang up that wetsuit.) The nearly windless summer doldrums, trouble for our sailor friends, are brilliant for us. Boat rides out to the reef are easy, no need for Dramamine. Best of all, the heat drives away the... More »
BEST SNORKELING SPOT Biscayne National Park 9700 SW 328th Street South Miami-Dade 305-230-1144 Perennial winner and favorite of locals who want to avoid the famously crowded place next door, Biscayne National Park isn't the easiest spot to get to -- unless you have your own watercraft. Fortunately the concessionaire has a wide range of tours, boat and equipment rentals, and trips, including jaunts to the mere five percent of the park that sits above the high-tide line. (Yes, this... More »
If you live anywhere near the center of Miami-Dade County and you find yourself overcome with the urge to go snorkeling, we suggest you head to the rock jetty at the southern tip of Miami Beach. (Metered parking available at South Pointe Park.) When the water is relatively calm, the north side of the jetty offers surprisingly good snorkeling, especially out toward its end, in deeper water. Lots of colorful reef fish, some barracuda, the occasional moray eel, even a shark now and then. But... More »
Five times since 1992 we've tooted the horn for Biscayne National Park, always for the right reasons. Mind if we do it again? (1) Unlike John Pennekamp Coral Reef and State Park in Key Largo, this national park severely restricts the number of commercial operations carrying people to the reef. In fact only a single concessionaire (Divers Unlimited) is allowed to launch one boat per day with a maximum of 45 people. Compare that to the estimated one million divers annually who swoop down on... More »
As you set out across the glassy shallows of Biscayne Bay toward the mangrove-covered humps dotting the horizon, you'll know why we continue to choose this spot for superlative snorkeling. Because the place is a national park, boat traffic and commercial activity are limited. The reefs have flourished. Tangerine-color clown fish, spectral triggerfish, and barracuda, are abundant. The snorkeling boat, run by a Hollywood company called Divers Unlimited, leaves once per day at 1:30 p.m. (For... More »
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