Wonderful Key Biscayne!!!

And again, this is a find from my vault! After trying to update several posts realised not written fully about this memorable spot in my previous life in Florida USA. It’s a must to visit while in the Miami area. Let me tell you a bit about the wonderful Key Biscayne!!!

Key Biscayne is located on an island in Miamli-Dade County, and the State of Florida, near Miami. The village of Key Biscayne incorporated in 1991. The northern part of Key Biscayne is home to Crandon Park, a county park. The central section of the island is home to the village of Key Biscayne. The southern part of the island is the Cape Florida.  The island is connected to Miami by the Rickenbacker Causeway (glorious ride !!) which was built in 1947. Alongside the old bridge, now used as a fishing pier, stands a taller and newer arched structure built to serve the population growing area of ​​the island and the many boaters who sail in Biscayne Bay. It cost you $1.50 for entry to Key Biscayne island (provide change !), and $ 5 for entry to the park beaches.

key-biscayne entrance to the key 2009

Key Biscayne is approximately 8 km or about 5 miles long and 1,5 to 3 km or 1 to 2 miles wide. The northern end of the island is separated from another barrier island, Virginia Key, and Bear Passage. The southern end of the island is Cape Florida. The Cape Florida Channel separates the Island from Safety Valve, an expanse of shallow channels cut by tidal channels that run south about 14,5 km or 9 miles to Keys Ragged at the north end of the Florida Key.

key biscayne over to beach bill boggs mia skyline aug09

The wonderful Crandon Park is two-mile stretch of wide sandy beach and calm waters draws locals and visitors from around the world , and yes is very nice I went there as my favorite spot, You also, have the Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, a championship 18-hole golf course and the former site of the Senior PGA Tour and one of America’s top 75 upscale courses by Golf Digest. The park offers a world class 26 court tennis facility ; The Tennis Center, which was also the former host site of the PGA Open from 1987-2018.

The highlight to eat here and one of my favorite , this brings me lots of memories was the Rusty Pelican restaurant, An iconic restaurant. With its elegant waterfront setting and floor-to-ceiling windows perched above a marina, a meal here is accompanied with dazzling views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami’s skyline. And still going strong!!!  Webpage : http://www.therustypelican.com/

As you continue along the causeway toward the village of Key Biscayne, you’ll cross through Virginia Key , also home to one of the destination’s classic attractions, the Miami Seaquarium (see post) .

And finally ,you reach the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park a natural paradise at the southern tip of Key Biscayne. The beach here was our favorite and I came even as a boy with my parents and local family aunt and cousins, You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for fantastic views, walk along tree-lined trails and soak up the sun on the beach , Built in 1825, Cape Florida Lighthouse offers one-of-a-kind views from its wraparound balcony. Climb the 109 spiral steps and emerge to bird’s-eye views of the Atlantic Ocean, the floating homes of Stiltsville, Cape Florida, Key Biscayne and world-famous Miami Beach. Bill Baggs’ beach has been ranked as one of the country’s top ten beaches and is a great place to relax and soak up the sun. Over a mile of the beach is open for swimming, but note that there are no lifeguards on duty. No problems at all safe for the whole family ! The park is also part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom heritage preservation program, commemorating the journey of escaped slaves to the British Bahamas.

key biscayne

key biscayne cape boggs lighthouse beach the boys aug2009

Some webpages to help you plan your trip and is a must are

The Village of Key Biscayne parkshttps://keybiscayne.fl.gov/parks___recreation/parks___beaches/index.php

The Village of Key Biscayne on the history of the village and the islandhttps://keybiscayne.fl.gov/uniquely_kb/about_key_biscayne/index.php

The Miami and beaches tourist office on Key Biscaynehttps://www.miamiandbeaches.com/neighborhoods/key-biscayne

The State of Florida tourist board on Key Biscaynehttps://www.visitflorida.com/places-to-go/southeast/key-biscayne/

There you go folks, now I feel better to have this wonderful piece of my life in my blog. Key Biscayne brings a lot of memories we were there last in 2009. Hope it helps you come and enjoy it as we did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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