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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park - Key Biscayne

Minutes from downtown Miami located on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the US.

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Lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park

The lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Address and Directions

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-5811

Directions to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park:
The park is located on the southern end of Key Biscayne, south of downtown Miami.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Activities

The Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne offers biking, fishing, hiking, sun bathing, wildlife viewing, camping, picnic area, concession. and playground.

Noname Harbor, Bill Baggs

Boaters can anchor for the night at Noname Harbor in Bill Baggs State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Highlights

Just 15 minutes from downtown Miami, and voted “One of the Top Ten Beaches in the U.S.,”Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers visitors
recreational opportunities in a tropical paradise. With more than 1.2 miles of Atlantic shoreline and 1.4 miles fronting Biscayne Bay, it is one of the most popular parks in Florida.

Swimming and Fishing - Cape Florida’s Atlantic shoreline attracts swimmers and sunbathers from around the world. The historic Cape Florida lighthouse overlooks the park and is open for tours. The scenic Biscayne Bay side of the park draws visitors to the sea wall, where fishing is a popular pastime.

Biking and Hiking - In the middle of the park, a paved pedestrian/ bike path allows cyclists and skaters to enjoy the native plant communities restored to their former glory. Nature trails permit people to observe the diversity of plants and wildlife at a slower pace.

Picnicking and Rentals - Four picnic areas offer tables, barbecue grills and 18 covered shelters/ pavilions. There are excellent open-air restaurants, The Lighthouse Cafe near the beach and Boater’s Grill at No Name Harbor. The park’s concession offers a variety of rentals, including bicycles, kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas.

Camping - No typical camping is available, but overnight boat anchoring is allowed in the harbor, and a primitive campsite is available for organized youth groups.

Pavilion - Bill Baggs State Park

There are pavilions at Bill Baggs State Park

Seawall at Bill Baggs State Park

The seawalls are popular for fishing at Bill Baggs State Park

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park History

Ponce de Leon named this area “Cape of Florida” when he led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513.

The Cape Florida lighthouse, the park’s best known feature, was completed in 1825 but was damaged during the Second Seminole War. The repaired tower, completed in 1846, remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Tours of the 95-foot lighthouse and the keeper’s house museum are available.

The island served as a secret meeting place and port for runaway slaves and Black Seminoles waiting to rendezvous with sea captains or board dugouts for a passage to safety in the British Bahamas. Although the lighthouse was built to save lives and ships, its unflinching light brought
an end to this avenue of escape. In September 2004, Cape Florida was designated a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew uprooted a forest of non-native Australian-pine trees that dominated the landscape and left the park nearly treeless. The storm provided land managers the opportunity to restore the park’s native plant communities. Today, a variety of natural habitats,
from mangrove forest to maritime hammock, can be seen at Cape Florida.

Depending upon the season, more than 50 butterfly species and 170 bird species may be seen at the park. The peregrine falcon, piping plover and American crocodile regularly take refuge here. Loggerhead sea turtles nest along the beach each summer. Green sea turtles and Florida manatees often graze in the seagrass beds offshore.

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