What to do in Cape Florida State Park

Cape Florida is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Visitors come to the park to sunbathe, swim, and picnic on over a mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront. Biking and kayaking are also popular activities. Anglers can throw in their lines from the seawall along Biscayne Bay for some of the best shoreline fishing in the region. Guided tours of the lighthouse and lighthouse keeperĀ“s cottage are given twice daily, Thursdays through Mondays. The BoaterĀ“s Grill offers casual waterfront dining, or picnickers can reserve a pavilion and grill their own dinner. Bicycles, beach chairs, and umbrellas are available for rental. Overnight boat camping is allowed in No Name Harbor, and a primitive campsite is available for organized youth groups. Located at the southern end of Key Biscayne off the Rickenbacker Causeway, south of downtown Miami.

Organized groups may access the Youth Camp by contacting the Assistant Park Manager at (305) 361-8779 to apply for a permit. Fees include entrance for all vehicles and the permit. Groups may have the fees waived in exchange for providing volunteer service to the park.

Tours of the Lighthouse are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

Birds may be seen along the sea wall and the nature trails, depending on the season, weather and migration patterns.

Recreation
You may launch a canoe from No Name Harbor by lowering it off the sea wall. There is no boat launch ramp. You must portage your canoe by hand from the parking lot at Boater's Grill to the sea wall in front of the restaurant. You may not land your canoe on the beach, or tie up to the fishing platforms anywhere in the park.

Some of the best shoreline fishing in the region is available from the seawall located along Biscayne Bay. Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.

A mile and a quarter of Atlantic beach is open to swimming. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. The beach is accessible from access points in Areas A, B, & C by making any left turn once you enter the park. During the winter, please watch for Portuguese Man-of-War Warnings posted at the Ranger Station.

Nature trails are located on the west side of the park. To the north, is a trail through the mangrove wetlands, beginning 100 feet north of The Boater's Grill parking area. A trail through the coastal strand runs from 100 feet east of The Boater's Grill parking area and travels south ending in Area D.

Location
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on Key Biscayne. From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end.

Address
1200 S. Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Phone: 305-361-5811

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us
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